Israel: Iran trying to do 'what Adolf Hitler did to Jewish people'
April 21, 2009
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, pictured with Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz. Israel withdrew its ambassador to Switzerland in protest at the meeting
The Israeli government used the potent,
emotionally-charged platform of Auschwitz concentration
camp today to rebut President Ahmadinejad’s latest tirade against the Jewish
Standing under the notorious wrought-iron
gateway to the camp with its cynical slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes
Free), the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Silvan Shalom, said Iran was advocating no less than the Nazi-style elimination
of the Jews.
“What Iran is trying to do right now is not far away at all from
what Hitler did to the Jewish people just 65 years ago,“ said Mr Shalom.
Mr Ahmadinejad provoked outrage at an
anti-racism conference in Geneva yesterday when he called Israel “the most cruel and racist regime”. European Union
delegates walked out; the governments of the US, Israel, Poland and Germany —
aware that Mr Ahmadinejad has a long record of criticising Israel — had stayed
away. In the past, the Iranian President has advocated wiping Israel off the map and has described the Holocaust as a “myth”.
“Yesterday in Geneva and today here in Auschwitz shows us unfortunately... the the world has to fight back against those
enemies of peace, those enemies of living one with the other,” said Mr Shalom.
Over one million Jews were killed in the SS-run Auschwitz camp and some six million were killed in the Holocaust overall.
Mr Shalom was visiting Auschwitz to take part in the annual March of the Living, when thousands of young
people join Holocaust survivors to walk the three kilometres between the brick
buildings of the camp to the decaying wooden prisoner barracks of
Mr Shalom was determined to use the occasion
to put pressure on Iran. “I think that if the American administration — and first and foremost
President Obama — is willing to open dialogue with Iran, I think it should be with a deadline and not dialogue
that can last for years,” he said.
Dialogue without deadlines would “only enable
them to end the programme and to have a nuclear bomb.” The combination of
nuclear weapons and a virulently anti-Israeli policy posed a serious threat, he
said; one with historical echoes.
“Israel can never live with the idea that
Iran will hold a nuclear bomb because we have heard what the President of Iran
and other leaders there have said: that Israel has no right to exist and that
Israel should be wiped off the map and that they will do everything to destroy
As usual the western European countries and the USA
wearing silk gloves when they mention isreal or its policies.
This is a mix-up between religion, politics and history.
many get confused. the state of Israel
did not exist for 2000 years but of course Jews lived there during that time
What happened in the holocaust was horrific but for the
Israeli government to use this as propaganda in their dispute with the
Palestinians, Iranians, Arabs, whoever just makes it seem they are trying to
disguise the real cause of the problems in the middle East
J Cagnell, Bristol,
Tony of NY:
Jews have always lived in Israel.
Even after the Roman's exclusion from Jerusalem, they
remained in northern Israel,
from where the beginnings of the Talmud emerged.
calls itself the Islamic Republic of Iran, like many other states whose
constitution proclaim itself Muslim.
Jack Shattuck, Claymont, DE,