“We consider any denial of the Holocaust or minimizing of its effect a crime [that] distort[s] history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished,” a prominent Saudi cleric stated.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Iran on Sunday for staging a Holocaust-themed cartoon contest that mocked the Nazi genocide of six million Jews during World War II, and charged that the Islamic Republic is busy planning another holocaust.
A common misconception on Iran is that the government is split between “hardliners” who support global terrorism and “moderates” who are willing to cooperate with the West. But especially on issues like Holocaust denial, there is no difference between moderates and hardliners.
The founder and former leader of France’s far-right National Front party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, 87, was fined by a French court for denying crimes against humanity over a remark he made that the Nazi gas chambers are just a “detail” of World War II history.
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond was accused of “breathtaking pomposity” on Friday for rebuking Israeli Knesset member Michael Oren over his denouncement of the Iranian president, who was visiting France during International Holocaust Memorial Day.
A Budapest court sentenced Ferenc Oroshazi for denying the Holocaust ever happened. In Hungary, it is illegal to publicly deny, downplay or justify the Holocaust or the crimes committed by Hungary’s communist regime.
Israel is demanding that the UN condemn Iran for its anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Iran plans to host another cartoon contest in June with a cash prize for the “best cartoon on the Holocaust.” This contest typifies Iran’s Holocaust denial and its efforts to ridicule or use it for anti-Israel propaganda.