Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday expressed doubt that the Holocaust occurred and suggested Israel be moved to Europe.And the UN is more than willing to comply. The UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people included symposia and there were maps aplenty.
His comments, reported by Iran's official IRNA news agency from a news conference he gave in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, follow his call in October for Israel to be "wiped off the map", which sparked widespread international condemnation.
"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that they condemn that person and throw them in jail," IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
"Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, our question for the Europeans is: is the killing of innocent Jewish people by Hitler the reason for their support to the occupiers of Jerusalem?" he said.
None showed Israel, which is a state recognized by the United Nations astride areas claimed by the Palestinians as their own. Kofi Annan himself was at these meetings and it's astonishing that an organization that claims impartiality and neutrality would take sides in a longstanding conflict.
Actually, I take that back. It isn't astonishing. The UN has long sympathized with the Palestinian people - complete with setting up an entire bureaucracy to deal with a refugee problem that is so narrowly construed that it only applies to Palestinians and not Israelis who were thrown out of the 22 Arab/Middle Eastern countries in retaliation for Israel's very existence. The UN repeatedly fires off condemnations of Israel for responding against terrorist actions against Israeli citizens, and looks the other way when Palestinian terrorists murder Israeli men, women, children, and babies.
Israel needs to push back - and hard - against the UN and its whitewashing of history. The UN, and Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan, should be held accountable for this dispicable act. I fear that both will emerge unscathed from this.
Sister Toldjah also notices the UN perfidy. [UPDATED - typo fixed thanks to Cato the Elder]