Ahmadinejad: What befell freedom of speech? + Speech at Durban II conference + transcript

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Update: April 21, 2009 Added link to the transcript; added full speech

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 18:30:32 GMT

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has questioned the advocates of “freedom of speech” about the sincerity of their conviction.

After Israeli advocates staged a walkout in the midst of the Iranian president’s speech at the UN anti-racism summit, President Ahmadinejad criticized the “so-called advocates of freedom of information.”

“Why is it that the so-called advocates of freedom of information fear hearing other people’s opinions,” the Iranian president asked.


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Israeli Prime Minister: We will not allow Holocaust deniers to carry out another Jewish Holocaust

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compiled by Cem Ertür
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Dandelion Salad
21 April, 2009

1) Address by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Holocaust Remembrance Day(20 April 2009)
2) Remarks by President Obama at the Holocaust Days of Remembrance Ceremony (23 April 2009)
3) UK Prime Minister Brown’s words at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp (28 April 2009)
4) UK Prime Minister Brown: The lesson I learnt at Auschwitz (22 May 2009)

from the archives:

1) “Wiped Off The Map” – The Rumor of the Century (January 2007)
2) Quotes on Iran by Obama, Brown, Sarkozy and Merkel (July 2008)

Editorial note:

Speaking at the “United Nations World Conference Against Racism” in Geneva on April 20th, Iran’s president Ahmadinejad denounced “the most cruel and repressive, racist regime in Palestine” as well as the US-led imperialism:

Netanyahu speaking at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, 20 April 2009
Netanyahu speaking at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, 20 April 2009

“Have they [i.e. the previous US administration and its allies] been authorized on behalf of the people of the world to interfere in all parts of the globe? And of course mostly in our region aren’t these measures a clear example of egocentrism, racism, discrimination, or infringement upon the dignity and independence of nations?” [1]

On the same day, another speech was delivered by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem to mark the Holocaust Remembrance Day (see the quote below).

Given the extremely bellicose rhetoric of the new Israeli government [2] as well as the thinly veiled threats from the Obama administration [3], Iran is still at risk of annihilation by the US, Israeli and NATO forces. The Holocaust-mongering of the Israeli establishment can be seen in this light.

http://www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng/Communication/PMSpeaks/speechholoc200409. htm

Address by [the Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day

Prime Minister’s Office website, 20 April 2009

The unfortunate fact is that while we are marking the events of the Holocaust here at Yad Vashem [Memorial] in Jerusalem, there are those who chose to participate in a spectacle of hatred of Israel, conducted at this very hour in the heart of Europe [i.e. the “Durban Review of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism” in Geneva].From here I turn to you, President of Switzerland, and I ask you: how can you, as a head of an enlightened state, meet with those who deny the Holocaust and strive for another one?

In opposition to this, we express our appreciation to those important countries which chose to boycott this demonstration of hatred – including the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as representatives who left the hall during the hateful words of the Iranian president.


We will not allow Holocaust deniers to carry out another Jewish Holocaust. This is the supreme commitment of the State of Israel, and it is my supreme commitment as Prime Minister of Israel.



excerpt from:

Remarks by the President at the Holocaust Days of Remembrance Ceremony

The White House website, 23 April 2009

How do we ensure that “never again” isn’t an empty slogan, or merely an aspiration, but also a call to action?

[US President Barack Obama, Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the United States Capitol, Washington D.C. , 23 April 2009]



excerpt from:

PM’s words at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

Number 10 (website of the UK Prime Minister’s Office), 29 April 2009

When you see the gas chambers, the concentration camps, […] [t]hese memories can never leave you, but it makes you absolutely determined that we should not ever allow this to happen again.

[UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, interview at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, 28 April 2009]



excerpt from: The lesson I learnt at Auschwitz

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown shares deep impact of visit to Nazi death camp

by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Ynetnews, 21 May 2009

“I now have a new understanding of the burden of memory, that distance from the Holocaust in time and geography does not lessen but increase our obligation to remember and to resist.”


from the archives:


excerpt from: “Wiped Off The Map” – The Rumor of the Century

by Arash Norouzi, Global Research, 20 January 2007

Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran’s President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, “Israel must be wiped off the map”. Contrary to popular belief, this statement was never made, as the following article will prove.



So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in farsi:

“Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad.”

That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word “Regime”, pronounced just like the English word with an extra “eh” sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase “rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods” (regime occupying Jerusalem).

So this raises the question.. what exactly did he want “wiped from the map”? The answer is: nothing. That’s because the word “map” was never used. The Persian word for map, “nagsheh”, is not contained anywhere in his original farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase “wipe out” ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran’s President threatened to “wipe Israel off the map”, despite never having uttered the words “map”, “wipe out” or even “Israel”.


The full quote translated directly to English:

“The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”.

Word by word translation:

Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).



https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2008/07/28/quotes-on-iran-by-obama -brown-sarkozy-and-merkel/

Quotes on Iran by Obama, Brown, Sarkozy and Merkel

28 July 2008

Below are some quotes taken from the speeches given by prominent political leaders during their recent visits to Israel.

“The threats to Israel’s security… [include] an Iranian regime that sponsors terrorism, pursues nuclear weapons and threatens Israel’s existence”

[US Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, speech in Sderot, 23 July 2008] [1]

“And to those who mistakenly and outrageously call for the end of Israel let the message be: Britain will always stand firmly by Israel’s side.”

[UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speech to the Israeli Parliament Knesset, 21 July 2008] [2]

“Yes, France is Israel’s friend, and France will always stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel when her security and existence are threatened… And those who call scandalously for Israel’s destruction will always find France in their way, blocking the path.”

[France’s President Nicholas Sarkozy, speech to the Israeli Parliament Knesset, 23 June 2008] [3]

“Ladies and gentlemen, the threats directed against Israel and the Jewish people by the Iranian President are without doubt a particular cause for concern…. If Iran ever acquires nuclear weapons, the consequences will be disastrous.”

[Germany’s President Angela Merkel, speech to the Israeli Parliament Knesset, 18 March 2008] [4]


Two cartoons from the Times and the Guardian




[1] Full Text of President Ahmadinejad’s Remarks at U.N. Conference on Racism
Jeremy R. Hammond, Foreign Policy Journal, 21 April 2009


[2] Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran—Or I Will
by Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic, 31 March 2009


[3] Phony Nuclear Disarmament
by Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report, 8 April 2009




http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article624 5200.ece

excerpts from:

Barack Obama to walk in footsteps of uncle who helped free Buchenwald

Concentration camp visit will send message to Jewish voters

by Tom Baldwin and Roger Boyes, Times, 8 May 2009

President Obama is preparing to follow in the footsteps of his great-uncle, Charlie, with a visit to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany when he returns to Europe this summer.

The site is laden with historic and personal significance for the President. More than 50,000 people died at the camp before its liberation in April, 1945 by American soldiers, including Charlie Payne, the uncle of Mr Obama’s mother. […]

Although the White House said yesterday that it was unable to confirm claims that Mr Obama would visit Buchenwald and Dresden next month, almost every senior official in the states of Thüringia and Saxony already appears to have been informed about the impending trip. […]

Visiting a concentration camp will send an important message to Israel and Jewish voters back home — who have sometimes been suspicious towards him — that he fully recognises the horrors of the Holocaust.


US National Security Advisor: We understand Israel’s preoccupation with Iran as an existential threat

excerpt from: ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos”

Host: George Stephanopoulos
Guests: General Jim Jones, National Security Advisor; Senator John McCain

Federal News Service, 10 May 2009

GEN. JONES: [W]e understand Israel’s preoccupation with Iran as an existential threat. We agree with that. And by the same token, there are a lot of things that you can do to diminish that existential threat by working hard towards achieving a two-state solution. This is a very strategic issue. It’s extremely important.

And we’re looking forward to having a good, constructive dialogue with our Israeli friends when they visit Washington in the next seven or eight days.


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