WJC: Ahmadinejad remarks on Holocaust „a giveaway of his true intentions” – WJC

 

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has strongly condemned the latest denial of the Holocaust by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and called it “another good reason for United Nations members to walk out on him” when he speaks before the United Nations in New York next week.


WJC: Ahmadinejad remarks on Holocaust „a giveaway of his true intentions” – WJC

 

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has strongly condemned the latest denial of the Holocaust by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and called it “another good reason for United Nations members to walk out on him” when he speaks before the United Nations in New York next week. At an anti-Israel rally in Tehran on Friday, Ahmadinejad had said that the “Holocaust is a false claim, a fairy tale, used as a pretext for crimes against humanity.” In an NBC interview aired on Thursday, he failed to rule out that Iran will develop nuclear weapons.
Lauder said the Iranian president’s latest comments “are a giveaway of his true intentions” and they provided “more clear evidence that Ahmadinejad and his government are currently not a serious partner for diplomatic talks” with the West. He expressed concern that the meeting between the Six Nations group and Iran in October will only play into the hands of Iran as Tehran was being allowed to gain further time to advance its nuclear program.
Ahmadinejad’s comments were also condemned by the governments of many countries, including Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. However, on Monday, Ahmadinejad said he was proud of what he had said: „The anger of the world’s professional manslayers is a source of pride for us,” he was quoted by an Iranian news agency as saying.
WJC President  Lauder again called on UN member states to boycott Ahmadinejad’s speech to the General Assembly next Wednesday. In letters to the 190 UN ambassadors Lauder urged them to stand up against the Iranian ruler and “not to lend legitimacy to his hateful rhetoric” by their presence in the room.
Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attacked Israel, Western powers and foreign media networks in a sermon on Sunday on the occasion of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr. The annual al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally held across Iran on Friday, he said, was a „day of loud and clear shouts” against this „deadly cancer of Zionism which is gnawing into the lives of the Islamic nations.”