Jewish attendees of Iran Holocaust conference persecuted
JERUSALEM (AP) - For decades, the Jewish community just barely tolerated a small, fiercely anti-Zionist sect as its members traveled the world, denouncing Israel's existence and embracing its enemies.
But when a delegation from Neturei Karta hugged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a conference questioning the Holocaust last month, that was too much.
. . . "We know what we have done, we know the value of what we have done, and we think that in the course of time that will come out clearly," said Rabbi Ahron Cohen, a Neturei Karta member from Manchester, England.
When Cohen returned from Iran , he needed police protection. His house was barraged by hundreds of eggs, his window smashed by a brick and a billiard ball and he continues to be pelted with pebbles, eggs and insults in the street, he said.
Last week, two tires on his Volvo were slashed, he said, and his synagogue has closed its doors to him.
That's really a shame.
The article also says,
Neturei Karta say they never denied the Holocaust or its proportions.
That is not exactly true, because a news article (no longer available) reported that one of the Jewish attendees was a revisionist:
Rabbi Moshe David Weiss, one of six members attending from the group Jews United Against Zionism, told delegates, "We don't want to deny the killing of Jews in World War II, but Zionists have given much higher figures for how many people were killed."
"They have used the Holocaust as a device to justify their oppression," he said. His group rejects the creation of Israel on the grounds that it violates Jewish religious law.
The Anti-Defamation League's claims about Neturei Karta are so bizarre as to have little credibility. For example, on a webpage titled Neturei Karta: What is it?, the ADL says that "Characteristic Neturei Karta claims" include the following blood libels:
Zionists have purposely cultivated anti-Semitism throughout the world by issuing statements that non-Jews would find inflammatory and by staging fake acts of anti-Semitic violence as a means of inducing Jews to immigrate to Israel. The most extreme example of this is the claim that Zionists were complicit in the Holocaust in order to force Jews to flee from Europe to Palestine. Neturei Karta propaganda alleges that Zionists intentionally infuriated the German people and fanned the flames of Nazi hatred, and they helped the Nazis, with trickery and deceit, to take whole Jewish communities off to the concentration camps.
The Holocaust was justified as a divine punishment for the sin of Zionism.
I can feel the pain of these persecuted Jewish attendees of the Iran Holocaust conference because I feel that this blog has been hurt by bigotry towards my own Holocaust revisionism. For example, someone told me that he and others on his website wanted to cite this blog's material about the evolution controversy but were afraid to do so because of fear of being associated in any way with a Holocaust revisionist. I answered that this blog is not copyrighted and that anything in it may be used without attribution, but some people might still be afraid to use anything that others might connect to this blog. Making ad hominem attacks is of course a sign that one does not have any good arguments to make, but ad hominem attacks nonetheless continue to be made and too many people find them to be acceptable and persuasive. If I am discussing, say, the evolution controversy with someone, I don't care if that person believes, say, that the earth is flat -- I am only interested in that person's views about the evolution controversy.
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