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Wednesday, 12 April, 2000, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Iranian paper backs Irving
In an editorial, Iran's English-language Tehran Times newspaper has praised the stance taken by David Irving, the controversial right-wing British historian.

Mr Irving is facing financial ruin because of defence costs of up to $3.2m. A court in Britain ruled on Tuesday that he is "an active denier of the Holocaust, that he is anti-Semitic and racist and that he associates with right wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism".

The following is the full text of the Tehran Times editorial:

One of the biggest frauds of the outgoing century which has dragged into the new millennium is the story of the Holocaust made up by the Zionists to blackmail the West.

Several Western countries, under the pressure of Zionist circles, are still paying huge amounts of money in reparations to the Zionist entity and the relatives of those claimed to have perished in the Nazi gas chambers.

A Swiss writer Gaston-Armand Amaudruz wrote an article which proved with logic and evidence that the claim by the Zionists that some six million Jews were killed during World War II was false and unsubstantiated.

However, on Monday he was sentenced to one year in prison under a Swiss anti-racist law for writing the article.

Such treatment of researchers and historians by Western countries is a token of their subservience to Zionist circles

Tehran Times
In a similar development, a historian in London David Irving on Tuesday lost his long-running libel battle in the British court to defend his views on Nazi Germany.

There are many other writers and researchers who have also proved with evidence that the so-called Nazi gas chambers could not accommodate six million Jews, and that the story of Holocaust was a historical lie.

The West, on the one hand, pays reparations to the Zionist regime for some baseless claims, but on the other it turns a blind eye to the havoc the Zionists have played with the lives of Palestinians during the last half a century.

Millions of Palestinians are still homeless and live outside their homeland in different refugee camps under miserable conditions.

How many Western countries have condemned the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians and Arabs? Not a single country.

But the same countries condemn, imprison and stigmatise as 'racist' and 'anti-Semitic' whoever tries to dig the facts and expose the fraud of the Zionists.

Such treatment of the researchers and historians by the Western countries is a token of their subservience to the Zionist circles, particularly their submission to the pro-Zionist US Administration.

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