- Over the past two months or so, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
the newly elected president of Iran, has made his mark on the world stage
to overwhelmingly bad reviews.
- Observations like: Israel should be wiped off the map;
Israel should be moved to Europe; Europe supported the founding of Israel
because of Holocaust guilt; and the Holocaust is a myth - have been vehemently
- Here's Prime Minister Paul Martin's diatribe:
- "These statements are irresponsible, contrary to
Canadian values To cast doubt on the Holocaust and to suggest that Israel
be 'moved' to Europe, the United States or Canada is completely unacceptable
to the Canadian people."
- This is the same Paul Martin, by the way, who last month
asserted: "Israel's values are Canada's values." Good Gawd! What
better proof is there that Canada's Foreign Ministry is under Zionist occupation?
- Anyway, while world leaders like Martin sputter away
and pro-Israel typists like the Globe and Mail's Mark MacKinnon do their
best to stigmatize Ahmadinejad as a threat to world peace, let's subject
his "outrageous" statements to historical scrutiny:
- 1. "Israel should be wiped off the map"
- First of all, we should ask: "Should Israel be on
the map in the first place?" Loyal readers of this space know the
answer, but for the rest of you, here's the Reader's Digest version.
- First, the Nov. 29, 1947, "Partition Plan (UN General
Assembly Resolution 181) was never ratified by the Security Council, and
thus any division of Palestine into Jewish and non-Jewish areas was never
legal. Moreover, a UNGA Resolution is only binding if all parties to it
agree to be bound by its terms, which in this case did not happen.
- Second, the General Assembly had no right under the
UN Charter to take land from one people (Arabs) and give it to another
people (European Jews).
- Three, David ben Gurion declared Israeli statehood on
May 15, 1948, even though the term of UNGA Res. 181 had not expired. Therefore,
the creation of Israel was a land grab contrary to the UN and international
- Four, Israel was admitted to the UN on May 11, 1949,
only after it agreed to sign UNGA Res. 273, by which it recognized the
right of all Palestinians to return to their homes and receive compensation.
- Israel is a criminal entity that has never had a moral,
legal or political right to exist. Score one for Ahmadinejad.
- 2. "Israel should be moved to Europe."
- He's got a point. In fact, ben Gurion said much the same
thing to Nahum Goldmann, future head of the World Jewish Congress:
- "If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an
agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is
true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is
not theirs. There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz,
but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have
stolen their country. Why would they accept that?"
- Why indeed? Since the EuroJews who created "Israel"
were mostly Slavs, it does seem logical to move the "Jewish State"
to Ukraine, Poland, Russia or Byelorus. After all, Slavs are not a Middle
- That's two for the plucky president!
- 3. In Mecca, Ahmadinejad implied that European countries
had backed the founding of Israel in the Middle East in 1948 out of guilt
over the Nazi genocide. (AP reporting)
- In fact, Western European governments were largely against
the creation of Israel, but pro-Israel U.S. senators threatened to withhold
Marshall Plan reconstruction aid if they didn't support UNGA Res. 181.
Guilt was doubtless rife throughout Europe, but blackmail was a bigger
- The Holocaust had nothing whatever to do with "Israel"
which had been in the works since the 1870s. As professor Ilan Pappé
of Haifa University wrote in 1997:
- "Generally speaking, the Zionists succeeded in
persuading large segments of world public opinion to link the Zionist cause
with the Holocaust. Against such a claim, even able Palestinian diplomats-and
there were not many in those days-could hardly win the diplomatic game."
- Since guilt did play some role, I'll give Ahmadinejad
credit for this one.
- 4. "If someone were to deny the existence of God
... and deny the existence of prophets and religion, they would not bother
him. However, if someone were to deny the myth of the Jews' massacre, all
the Zionist mouthpieces and the governments subservient to the Zionists
tear their larynxes and scream against the person as much as they can."
- The Holocaust has been so polluted by propaganda that
it's virtually impossible to separate fact from disinformation, so I cannot
say for certain if Ahmadinejad is right. For its part the International
Committee of the Red Cross published a three-volume report in 1948 in which
it found no evidence of systematic genocide. On the other hand, estimates
of Jewish deaths range from 470,000 to 9 million!
- I believe Ahmadinejad is wrong to deny the Holocaust
outright, but he is right to call into question the dogmatic acceptance
of Zionist verities, such as Auschwitz's Crematorium I, which exists today.
As reporter Eric Conan wrote in a lengthy 1995 exposé for France's
- "In 1948, when the Museum was created, Crematorium
I was reconstructed in a supposed original state. Everything about it is
false (Tout y est faux): the dimensions of the gas chamber, the locations
of the doors, the openings for pouring in Zyklon B, the ovens (rebuilt
according to the recollections of some survivors), the height of the chimney."
- Also, the new plaque at the entrance to Auschwitz reflects
the Polish government's revision of the number of dead from 4 million to
1.5 million. The 4 million figure came from Capt. Rudolph Höss, the
camp commandant, whose testimony has been discredited.
- Despite the reduction of 2.5 million dead, the Zionist
figure of 6 million is still maintained. Clearly, this number is pure myth,
and Ahmadinejad is at least partly right.
- Final score: 3.5 out of 4. Excellent!
- It seems honesty and courage are Iranian values. Too
bad they aren't Canadian, eh Mr. Martin?
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- Greg Felton is an award-winning investigative reporter
and columnist on Middle East affairs from British Columbia, Canada.
- He writes a political column for the bi-weekly Arabic/English
newspaper Canadian Arab News, contributes to mediamonitors.net, and is
the author of an upcoming book on U.S. Middle East policy. Mr. Felton holds
a Bachelor's degree in Russian Studies and a Master's in Political Science
from the University of British Columbia.
- He is married with one child.