Special Dispatch Series – No. 1425
January 16, 2007 No.1425

Criticism of Tehran Holocaust Denial Conference in Arab and Iranian Media

Following the December 11-12, 2006 Holocaust denial conference in Tehran, Arab columnists condemned the conference’s organizers and participants, calling them hate-mongers who spreadpropaganda and “criminals, enemies of freedom, and distorters of historical fact.” The columnists challenged the claim that the conference was an academic research symposium, arguing that, from a moral point of view, it reflected a lack of human and cultural sensitivity, and that it could lead to conflict around the world. They also disputed Iran’s argument that the conference gave Western participants an opportunity to express their views freely, pointing to the lack of freedom of speech in Iran and to the link between the conference and Iran’s threats to annihilate the state of Israel.

In Iran, the Baztab website, which is affiliated with Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezai, published an editorial on December 19, 2006 criticizing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial.

The following are excerpts from the articles: