The Holocaust and the UN Conference on Racism
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the destruction of Israel yesterday in his speech at the UN conference on racism. He said, “Governments must be encouraged and supported in their fights at eradicating this barbaric racism. Efforts must be made to put an end to Zionism.” Although some representatives left the room in protest, many others stayed and applauded.
An editorial in The Jerusalem Post talks about the connection between Holocaust denial and anti-Zionism, the new anti-Semitism. Since today is Holocaust Remembrance Day Ahmadinejad’s speech is even more galling than usual.
This conference was a farce in the first place and the countries which boycotted it made the right decision. The very idea of letting one of the biggest racists in the world get up to speak about racism is ridiculous. Ahmadinejad said exactly what everyone expected him to say, what the conference organizers were aware he would say. It doesn’t sound as if anything will be gained from this conference and the UN has once again damaged its reputation as a fair-minded neutral body.