Iran Opens Holocaust Conference
Iran on Monday opened a Holocaust conference that it said would examine whether the genocide took place, claiming the meeting was an opportunity for discussion in an atmosphere free of Western taboos.
The conference,"Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision," was initiated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has described the Holocaust as a"myth" and called for Israel to be wiped off the map. Even before it opened, the gathering was condemned by Germany, the United States and Israel.
The organizers, the Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies, say the two-day conference has drawn 67 foreign researchers from 30 countries.
In his opening speech, the institute's chief, Rasoul Mousavi, said the conference provided an opportunity to discuss"questions" about the Holocaust away from Western taboos and the restrictions imposed on scholars in Europe.
In Germany, Austria and France, it is illegal to deny the Holocaust.
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DeWayne Edward Benson - 12/12/2006
I take exception with the article saying Germany, America, and Israel condemned this meeting.
As generally the case with censor's and rumor prone media today, you will find the truth more accurately that (some) within these nations complained.
In fact even the respected Jewish Orthodox are attending, not to prove the holocaust happend, because as they say this is proven, but to break the Ultra-Orthodox minority of radicals in Israel who are using this to drive what little of Palestinian people out of Palestine.
That ewe have this radical Jewish and Christian Zionist's in America, they do NOT speak for me.
Those generally affraid to discuss what is truth that can be proven, are generally those who would hide truth from others.