NOTE: This letter was copied to: Iranian embassies in Ottawa and Dublin, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Institute for Political and International Studies
Bradley R. Smith
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, CA 92143
08 December 2010
The Honorable Mohammad Khazaee,
Permanent Representative of the Mission of
The Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 687-2020 / Fax: (212) 867-7086
As you are aware, on November 7 to 9 some 250 politicians and experts from 53 countries gathered in Ottawa for the 2010 Conference on Combating Antisemitism. Sponsored by the government of Canada and organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (ICCA), the conference was billed as the world’s largest gathering of delegates dedicated to eradicating "the age-old hatred."
The keynote speaker was Elie Wiesel. Wiesel pleaded that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be arrested and charged with incitement for crimes against humanity. He argued that laws should be adopted in their respective parliaments declaring anti-Semitism a hate crime punishable by imprisonment, as well as laws declaring suicide bombing to be a crime against humanity.
Wiesel told the parliamentarians: "We need you to tell us by your actions and your behavior that my fear is unfounded and that our message [that of the survivor 'eyewitnesses'] has not gone unheeded." http://tinyurl.com/2cojgzg
Currently Iran is the target of a massive propaganda campaign in Ottawa, in Dublin, in New York. One goal appears to be to promote the destruction of the Iranian military and the Iranian economy. A primary tool used to morally legitimate these goals is the UN Holocaust Outreach Program. The original Program was created at the request of the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 60/7, adopted on 1 November 2005. http://tinyurl.com/2682reg
Originally, the Program may have had a laudable purpose, but it has been twisted into a program to attack Islam, to attack Iran, and to promote the censorship, blacklisting and jailing of Holocaust revisionist scholars.
The plan is as simple as it is devious. Organize a conference on the politically popular topic of fighting anti-Semitism and Hate. Invite governmental officials to speak. Have the press ready to write a panegyric. Smear Islam. Agitate for aggressive measures against Iran. Promote censorship.
One example of all this is the Holocaust Education Trust of Ireland International "Conference on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial" held in Dublin this November. It would have been a propaganda coup, except for Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust. Working with a very small staff of volunteers we did much to call attention to this showcase of propaganda.
The fundamental hypocrisy of holding a conference on Iran without a representative of Iran being invited to speak is breathtaking. Holding a conference on Holocaust “Denial” without a Holocaust revisionist being invited to speak, or even being allowed to attend as an audience member, is disgusting. The hypocrisy of publicly attacking Islam without allowing an Islamic voice to be heard is unconscionable. The question of an honest and open debate on Iran, Revisionism, and Islam is not what the organizers at HETI wanted, no matter that the Conference was sponsored by the United Nations itself.
I am the founder of Committee for Open Debate of the Holocaust. I spoke at the 2006 Tehran Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust. I asked permission to attend the HETI conference, to perhaps deliver a short paper comparing the Iranian and the Israeli attitudes toward the matter of intellectual freedom and a free exchange of ideas regarding the Holocaust question.
Unfortunately, the Conference organizers did not want to associate itself with any question that might possibly place Iran in a better light than Israel on the Holocaust question.
CODOH is reaching out to you on this important issue. We encourage a free exchange of ideas throughout the UN, not the suppression of such an exchange as occurred at the HETI Conference. We need your help to turn the United Nations Holocaust Outreach Program around, to make it a program that is dedicated to reaching out to all, not to those beholden only to special interests.
We encourage you to help now! Each day that hateful propaganda, such as that which was produced at the HETI Conference, is not responded to, the possibility increases that bombs will soon begin to fall on Iranian women and children And finally, it is damaging to the UN itself to be associated with, much less subsidize, this level of dishonest special pleading.
For the sake of peace in the Middle East, and to honor and fulfill the authentic intent of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Rights --
Bradley Smith, Founder
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, CA 92143
Telephone: 209 682 5327
Full text of my presentation at the 2006 Tehran Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust see: http://tinyurl.com/299d2d9