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Holocaust meeting stirs passions
Mid East Press

The two-day Holocaust conference in Tehran has aroused strong passions in the region's press.

In Israel, commentators give an angry but measured response to the conference, and urge strong and effective action to counter its affects.

A commentator in Jordan equates Zionism with Nazism, but an Egyptian columnist argues the conference is slanted towards the Iranian president's viewpoints and suggests its premises are unconvincing.

ISRAEL'S LEFTIST HAARETZ

The Holocaust denial conference is an integral part of an Iranian foreign policy that has achieved great success over the past year after all the West's diplomatic offers to Iran were politely rejected...To counter this, it is necessary to create a moral, diplomatic, political and even military front - one that will be activist rather than sleepy and apologetic, and that will make the discussion of Israel's destruction unprofitable for the Iranians.

YOSEF (TOMMY) LAPID IN ISRAEL'S CENTRE-RIGHT MAARIV

The gathering of Holocaust deniers in Tehran is a provocation to which we must respond strongly... A year or two ago no-one would have contemplated that the president of any country would deny the Holocaust and preach that Israel be wiped off the map. Not only the peoples of the world but also Jewry itself once considered Hitler a madman who should not be taken seriously. It will be a tragic mistake if we are once again tempted into such an illusion.

NOAH KLIGER IN ISRAEL'S TOP SELLING YEDIOT AHARONOT

All those lunatics, the professional deniers of the Holocaust who are veterans in infantile arguments that so much contradict reality and all the facts, they all rushed to Tehran to contribute their share to this colossal scandal. From France came Robert Faurison, From Australia came one of the biggest deniers, Frederick Toben, and from the US, one of the deniers' jewels in the crown, David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader.

ISRAEL'S JERUSALEM POST

While Holocaust denial is in most places either illegal or the province of quacks, the claim and belief that the Palestinians are paying the price for Western Holocaust guilt is much more widespread... The Iranian idea of justice is that the 22nd member of the Arab League, Palestine, be founded not alongside Israel but on our ashes.

GEORGE HADDAD IN JORDAN'S AL-DUSTUR

It is true that the Nazis hated the Jews, but they also concluded deals with them and helped them emigrate to the 'Promised Land' in return for espionage services against the Allies. Nazism with its racist reactionary backward principles is as bizarre as its counterpart, Zionism.

IRAN'S AL-VEFAGH

Why should the Palestinians pay the price even if the Holocaust were true?

IBRAHIM SADAH IN EGYPT'S AL-AKHBAR

President Ahmadinejad expects that research will conclude that the Holocaust is dubious on one hand and that the figure of six million Jews, who were allegedly killed in the Nazi detention camps, is a great exaggeration. There is general agreement that the conference will agree with President Ahmadinejad's viewpoint, otherwise he will lose credibility among Iranians. A brief look at the issues up for discussion suggest there are vague phrases but outspoken aims.

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