Re: palestinians must not pay for holocaust

xxarag@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

So far.. the Iranian leader has been much more honest with us then the Jews have ever been! And I don't see his country sucking up American tax
dollars. ;-p

On 25 Sep, 06:08, "Heinrich" <Heinr...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
NEW YORK - In an address before students and faculty at Columbia
University in New York on Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said
that if the Holocaust really happened, the Palestinian people mustn't be
forced to pay the price.

The Iranian leader defended his calls for more research into the
Holocaust, saying that the Nazi genocide of the Jews in World War Two was
abused as a justification for Israeli mistreatment of the Palestinians

"Why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price for an
event they had nothing to do with?" Ahmadinejad asked.


"You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated,"
Columbia President Lee Bollinger told Ahmadinejad about his Holocaust
denial. "Will you cease this outrage?"

The Iranian leader also ducked a question about his previous calls for
the destruction of the State of Israel, declining to give a direct "yes or
no" answer.

"We love all nations," Ahmadinejad said in response to the first
query. "We are friends with the Jewish people, there are many Jews in Iran
living peacefully with security."

He described the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a "60-year-old
problem," which can only be resolved by allowing "the people of Palestine" -
Jews, Muslims and Christians - to decide their own fate, without
international intervention.

Introducing Ahmadinejad, whose address at the campus sparked
widespread protests, Bollinger compared him to a "petty and cruel dictator."
The university president also took aim at Ahmadinejad's previous calls for
Israel's destruction, asking: "We have ties with Israel, do you plan to wipe
us off the map too?"

With Ahmadinjad sitting next to him on the platform, Bollinger also
demanded that the Iranian leader explain his country's recent execution of
human rights activists and even children, about its support of violent
insurgency in Iraq and its oppression of women, homosexuals and followers of
the Bahai religion.

Bollinger was strongly criticized for inviting Ahmadinejad to
Columbia, and had promised tough questions in his introduction to
Ahmadinejad's talk. But the strident and personal nature of his attack on
the president of Iran was startling.

"Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel
dictator," Bollinger said, to loud applause. He said Ahmadinejad's denial of
the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant.

"When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,"
Bollinger said. "The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented
event in human history."

Ahmadeinjad, when he finally took the stage, called the introduction
an "insult" designed to cloud the open-mindedness of the audience and their
ability to fairly judge his views. He noted that such a negative
introduction would not take place in Iran.

"There were insults and claims that were incorrect, regretfully,"
Ahmadinejad said, accusing Bollinger of offering unfriendly treatment under
the influence of the U.S. press and politicians.

"I should not begin by being affected by this unfriendly treatment,"
Ahmadinejad said.

He did not address Bollinger's accusations directly, instead launching
into a long religious discursion laced with quotes from the Quran before
turning to criticism of the administation of U.S. President George W. Bush
and past American governments, from warrantless wiretapping to the bombing
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

He closed his prepared remarks with a terse smile, to applause and
boos, before taking questions from the audience.

'No war plans'
Ahmadinejad said earlier Monday that Iran would not launch an attack
on Israel or any other country, and he does not believe the U.S. is
preparing for war against Iran.

"Iran will not attack any country," Ahmadinejad told The Associated
Press. "Iran has always maintained a defensive policy, not an offensive one,
he said, and has never sought to expand its territory."

Asked whether he believed the U.S. is preparing for war, he responded
"that is not how I see it... I believe that some of the talk in this regard
arises first of all from anger. Secondly, it serves the electoral purposes
domestically in this country. Third, it serves as a cover for policy
failures over Iraq."

In a 30-minute interview at a hotel near the United Nations,
Ahmadinejad struck a soothing tone. He said Iranian foreign policy was based
on humanitarian concerns and seeking justice.

He reiterated his call for a debate at the United Nations on world
issues with U.S. President George W. Bush.

Referring to fears of a military campaign against Iran, he said "we
don't think you can compensate for one mistake by committing more mistakes."

The Iranian president, in what is believed to be his first comments on
a reported attack September 6 by Israel Air Force aircraft inside Syria,
said the attack stemmed from Israeli expansionism and it had nothing to with

Israel disagreed sharply with the Ahmadinejad's description of Iran's
foreign policy. "The Iranian government, through its words and actions, has
an aggressive and expansionist policy," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark

"They are supporting extremist groups in the Palestinian territories
and in Lebanon. They have their own aggressive nuclear weapons program."

"I think we would be irresponsible if we didn't take the threat that
Iran poses to the region and the world seriously," Regev said.

But the president also lashed out at Israel, accusing it of occupation
and racism.

His comments came after he met leaders of an anti-Zionist Jewish
group. Mainstream Jewish groups were among those who condemned an invitation
by Columbia University for the Iranian leader to speak later Monday at its
World Leaders Forum.

"We do not recognize that regime [Israel] because it is based on
occupation and racism. It constantly attacks its neighbors," Ahmadinejad
said in a video news conference from New York with the National Press Club
in Washington, citing recent IDF action in Syria and Lebanon.

"It kills people. It drives people from their homes."

He also took a swipe at the United States, saying: "We oppose the way
the U.S. government tries to manage the world We think this method is wrong.
It leads to war, discrimination and bloodshed."

Ahmadinejad arrived in New York on Sunday as critics protested his
planned speech at Columbia, and the hardline leader denied that his country
was building a nuclear weapon.

"In political relations right now, the nuclear bomb is of no use,"
Ahmadinejad said in a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday.

"If it was useful it would have prevented the downfall of the Soviet
Union. If it was useful it would resolved the problem the Americans have in
Iraq. The time of the bomb is passed."

The interview with CBS reporter Scott Pelley was taped Thursday in
Tehran. Ahmadinejad arrived Sunday evening in New York, according a
spokesman for the Iranian Mission to the United Nations. He was to speak at
Columbia on Monday and address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

But the protests had already started. Elected officials demonstrating
at Columbia claimed the Iranian leader is trying to obtain nuclear weapons,
is a Holocaust denier and rules his country with an iron fist. The
university defended the decision to allow Ahmadinejad to speak as a matter
of free speech.

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