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Tarantino to direct Jewish Vendetta

Berlin is abuzz with news about Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film “Inglorious Bastards“, which is set to begin production in Germany next week.

The cast includes heavyweight names such as Brad Pitt (“Fight Club”), Mike Myers (“Austin Powers”) and B.J Novak (NBC’s “The Office”).

Tarantino is well known for his graphic and bloody movies, such as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. And his new film will be no different: The fictional plot revolves around a squad of Jewish-American soldiers during World War II that hunt down, torture, and execute Nazi soldiers in occupied France.

What do you think? Should Tarantino transform the Holocaust into pure entertainment?

Yosef “Tommy” Lapid dies at 77

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Tommy Lapid - Torch BearerFormer Minister of Justice, Yosef “Tommy” Lapid died this morning from cancer in Tel-Aviv. Lapid was a life-long journalist and publicist. He was a central figure in Israeli media, as is his son, Yair Lapid. In 1999, Tommy Lapid became chairman of Shinui, a political party which acted under the banner of secularism and the rights of the middle class.

Lapid was born in Serbia, and had survived the holocaust. Among his many positions, he served as the chairman of Yad Vashem, the holocaust memorial center. The word Lapid means “Torch” in Hebrew.

As a child, I became familiar with the name Lapid via the travel guides Tommy wrote in his travels around Europe. I remember his books being arranged on my parents’ cupboard. Later, I came to know him as the “loud man” on “Popolitica” — the weekly television panel, hosted by journalist Dan Margalit. Every week, Dan and the panel interviewed political guests and discussed current events, while accompanied by pop performances between the different items.

Later in his life, Lapid became the torchbearer of the secular vendetta. He led Shinui in 2003 when it gained its largest electorate ever, promising to fight religious coercion and to diminish the massive financial support that large parts of the orthodox community receive regularly from the government. As a result, he was accused of being overly divisive.

Whether you endorse Lapid’s doings or not, one thing is certain — his legacy is not one to be overlooked.

Claims Conference Disgraceful Exploitation of the Holocaust

Claims Conference DocumentaryToday we mark the Holocaust Memorial Day. Last year, the entire country was shaken after watching the documentary film The Morals of Restitution (Musar Hashilumin) . The film, created by the socially-conscious journalists Orly Vilnai Federbush and Guy Meroz, revealed the shameful economic conditions of so many of the holocaust survivors who live in Israel. More than 80,000 Shoah survivors live in atrocious poverty without some of the most basic means such as food and medicine. One survivor told the cameras shockingly that she had to go back to Germany, a place of her persecution, due to Israel’s lack of financial support. The film raised a pointing finger at the Jewish institutions including the Israeli banks, JNF (Jewish National Fund) and the Claims Conference, an organization established for the primary purpose of transferring restitution funds from Germany, for withholding payments of survivors who are literally dying in the meantime.

How could this happen in Israel, a state built by and for Jews? This is the question the audience of this documentary is left with. There was a point where things seemed as they were about to change. People protested and the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made a speech emphasizing the importance of the Holocaust survivors for this country while promising to distribute special funds. It all turned out to be a mere media spectacle – survivors were given a one-time allowance of a few dozen NIS and were left forgotten again.

A year has passed since. In a sequel broadcast last night the journalists returned to further investigate how and whether things have changed. They didn’t. Many of the survivors passed away while others continue in their daily suffering. The sequel shows how the Claims Conference organization has turned into a corrupt money making machine accumulating fortunes for its own benefits and agenda.

In light of this, one must wonder how these people live with themselves. More importantly, how does our society allows this to happen? It is about time that we not only remember but wake up from our apathy and take action to protect these people from death in disgrace. The only positive thing emerging from this issue is the courage of the creators to speak out which highlights the true purpose of journalism.

The CON in the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims

We are at home watching the shows and stories of the Holocaust. A day dedicated to the stories and the survivors here in Israel. There are 80,000 survivors in Israel that can barely survive and leave below the poverty line yet when they ask for help they are put through hell. Insurance monies, property taken from these people, claims money that were awarded all went to a group called the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims in New York.

The Conference is the sole beneficiary of German compensation. Actually $1,070,000,000 worth of compensation. When properties were released after the fall of the Berlin wall in Germany it was this organization that collected the properties – a list that until today is not being revealed to survivors. This body is today one of the largest single property ownership groups in Europe.

Today when a survivor wants to get the money he is left, he needs to face a battery of lawyers controlled by this New York organization. Even today this organization refuses to provide a list of the properties that are held supposedly for the Holocaust survivors.

120,000 properties were received, worth $1,050,000,000. And this money is transfered to organizations and foundations that have nothing to do with the Holocaust and its survivors. Organizations that are in Brooklyn, Jewish Museums, and a whole network of organizations not related to the Holocaust in any way.

Not only that, in one case when the Conference received a property and then is faced with a claim from the actual property owner, the Conference demanded 50% of the money and threatened in writing the owner that they will take his house if he doesn’t pay up. Blackmailing Holocaust survivors!!! The CON gets worse and is aggressively covered up to the extent that employees are fired for asking the wrong questions.

There are 24 Jewish organizations that control the Claims Conference each having the same weight in decisions and allocations. And so Israel with its 80,000 survivors gets the same weight in deciding on the allocation of aid as for example South Africa with its 900 survivors.

The Conference allocates money for political favors and people on the board of directors are getting ridiculous salaries with administrative costs that are running in the millions. The term for this in the US is Self Dealing! It is Self Dealing that is now hopefully going to be investigated by the District Attorney of New York.

“Yirgon Uotzei Merkaz Europa”, an organization in Israel that received $9,000,000 from the Conference over the years, is managed by one of the guys close to the plate. That organization that supposed to help Eastern European jews is charging $4,000 a month for a room in their retirement home. It gives no breaks to Holocausts Survivors of course. The organization that received money and is supposed to help Holocaust education and support survivors has absolutely no such services or consideration to survivors. This year the organization will receive another $670,000.

To date 2,000 Holocaust survivors received assistance from the Conference.

Gideon Taylor the head of the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims makes $450,000 a year!

Good People…

German Youth Suffering Holocaust Fatigue

A report issued by a German Foreign Ministry delegation that deals with teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to German school children said that many children in the country are becoming weary of this subject, even to the point that they may be suffering from what is now being called “Holocaust fatigue”. The report was given by Dr. Benedikt Haller, a Foreign ministry official who is involved in relations with Jewish organizations in respect to issues involving the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.

German Youth Suffering Holocaust FatigueThe gist of the problem, according to Haller, revolves around a new generation of educators who believe that German children “must know the truth about what happened in their country before and during WWII”. Previously, not all the actual details had been conveyed to schoolchildren, perhaps for the reason that their parents and others of the same age group were embarrassed by what had happened during the Holocaust. This new idea of literally “bombarding” German children with literature dealing with this subject has now worked in reverse of what it was intended to do.

An example of this feeling was expressed in a recent cartoon in Der Speigel, one of Germany’s top newspapers. In this cartoon, a young, bewildered German student is standing in a bookstore that is literally crammed with books and other literature dealing with the Holocaust. This cartoon ironically came out on the 60th anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.

A specially designed comic book, entitled “The Search”, has recently been introduced into German school curriculum, and deals with Jewish children of about the same age who became victims of the Holocaust. German schoolchildren are required to read the book and afterwards discuss it in class. German kids then give their ideas of what they would have done if in the same situation.

These issues come on the eve of German’s Chancellor Angela Merkel’s planned visit to Israel in which she addressed the Knesset in her native language – German. This has already been criticized by some officials in Israel, while others do not have a problem with it as German is, after all, Merkel’s native tongue. The German Chancellor visited Israel not long after she took up her post, and visited the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem. Her uncomfortable feelings regarding her country’s past were very evident during this visit.

A new Holocaust remembrance and memorial office is soon to be opened in Berlin, which Haller is very proper since Berlin was the city where the Holocaust actually began during the1930’s and where acts of genocide against were later planned.

If German children are taught less about their country’s darker past, it could later reflect on how they feel about Israel and Jews in general, and could result in a rise in antisemitism in Germany. And as the well said saying goes: “he who forgets the lessons of history is doomed to repeat them”.

Bush: We Should Have Bombed Auschwitz

Bush at Yad Vashem 2008U.S. President George Bush appeared to have been moved to tears during his visit Friday morning at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. As he viewed many of the exhibits showing scenes from Auschwitz and other death camps where many of approximately 6 million Jews perished during WWII, Bush, who was accompanied by Israeli notables such as Prime Minister Olmert, President Shimon Peres, former Justice Minister Yosef (Tommy) Lapid (himself a Holocaust survivor) and Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, was said to have shed tears at least twice.

As he viewed the exhibits, the President appeared to be so moved that he was quoted from Shalev as saying “we should have bombed it (Auschwitz) ” in reference to the map of the camp compound that was supposed to have been the one that then President Franklin D. Roosevelt was shown when he decided not to have U.S. Air Corps bombers attack during bombing raids in the later months of WWII.

Bush was said to have made this statement following his placing a wreath on a memorial containing the ashes of Jews murdered at six extermination camps, including Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, Buchenwald, and Treblinka. This was the President’s first personal visit to Yad Vashem as he did not visit it during his visit as Governor of Texas in 1998. Though he did not appear to express it, he surely can testify that nobody can deny that the Holocaust existed, and in such a terrible scale.

That Bush was moved by his visit to the memorial, as well as his visit to the Jewish State is indicated in the words he wrote in the Yad Vashem guest book: “God bless Israel, George Bush”. He also made the point of shaking hands with members of a choir composed of young Israeli schoolgirls and posed with them for pictures.

The President ended his visit to Israel with a short tour of the Galilee and Lake Kineret, including the Christian holy sites of Capernaum and the Church of Beatitudes, where historian say Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount. The next stop on Bush’s Mid East tour is the Persian Gulf State of Kuwait. Though no final agreements were made by either Israel or the Palestinians during Bush’s short visit, the President seemed optimistic that a peace treaty will be made between the parties by the end of his term as President. He did note that Jerusalem “will be a problem” in regards to solving its final status.

The meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian officials have not concluded what will be done in regards to the Palestinians living in Hamas controlled Gaza, who took to the streets and demonstrated loudly against Bush’s visit, which did not include any contact with Hamas leader and former P.A. Prime Minister Ismail Hananyeh. These protests also included firing 12 Kassam rockets and at least 11 mortar rounds at the Israeli town of Sderot and nearby areas.

Bush said that he is willing to return to the region before his term expires to help implement a final peace agreement The only problem here is how to include 1.5 millions Palestinians whose leaders do not seem willing to go along with what their Palestinian brethren in the West Bank are involved in. Bush will most likely be pondering this problem during the remainder of his 8 day Middle East visit.

Eleventh Hour Plea for Aged Holocaust Survivors

Israel has one of the largest populations of Jewish Holocaust survivors in the world. This reality is largely due to the Jewish State being the only place of refuge for the remnants of Europe’s Jewish community, most of who were wiped out during the years 1938 to 1945 by the Nazis and their allies.

Most of these people who are classified as Holocaust survivors, including those who were partisan fighters, now live in Israel and many of them are living far below the poverty line and are in poor health. A great deal of media attention has been given to the survivors recently, particularly regarding their attempts to receive increased pensions and more health care benefits from the Israeli government; which until now appears to be far from granting what this segment of the population has asked for. There are more than 120,000 Holocaust survivors over age 70 living in Israel. A great many of these are well into their 80’s. The largest number of survivors living outside of Israel, reside in the USA.

Holocaust Survivor March IsraelAlthough the Israeli government has promised to give Israeli Holocaust survivors a special stipend amounting to around N.S. 300 per month for individuals and N.S. 520 per month for couples, most survivors consider this amount as “too little – too late” for many of them, as indicated in the above photo. This is especially so if it is to be spread out over a 3 year period beginning in 2008. For many of these people, especially those over age 85, they will probably not be around to receive the full amount, scheduled for 2011.

Many of these survivors feel that they are actually reliving the Holocaust considering how they have been treated on this matter. A spokesman from the Ministry of Finance said, however, that “if we give the survivors the full amount they are asking for (between N.S. 3,000 and 5,000 immediate grant per person or couple, plus the monthly allotment) we will be forced to cut back on child allowances given to large families”.

Israel, like most other Western oriented countries, has a high population of older people. Though all are not Holocaust survivors, a great many of them are in the same situation as the ones who survived the Holocaust. There are also many families with small children living below the poverty line, and according to Finance Ministry spokesmen, there just isn’t enough money to go around.

Not enough money; or just not allocated properly? Who deserves more of the government “Pie”, the Holocaust survivors or others in similar financial straits?

More than 30% of Israel’s 7+ million population are living below the poverty line. Many elderly people are included in this percentile, and many were not involved directly in the Holocaust. It appears that the only fair solution is to take each case on its own merits; and perhaps the time has come to give more assistance to the country’s elderly, especially those in need of long term and other special care.

The Holocaust survivors are definitely a special case, though; and judging from their reactions to meetings their representatives had with governmental authorities, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the issue is far from over.

Hat Tip for Image: Ynet..

A Hero and Holocaust Survivor is Brought Home to Rest

Dr. Liviu Librescu
The body of Dr. Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor and lecturer at the Virginia Tech School of Engineering for more than 20 years, was brought back to Israel following his death at the hands of the 23 year old South Korean student who killed not only the 76 year old professor, but 31 others as well.

Dr. Librescu, who at the age of 10 was interned with his parents in a work detention camp in Romania during WWII, became a hero on Monday, April 16, when he barred the door to his classroom with his own body to prevent the slayer from entering – an action that is now being credited with saving the lives of at least twenty students. For that heroic action, Dr. Librescu paid the ultimate price – his life.

When interviewed following the carnage that still has the campus of nearly 30,000 students, and Americans all over reeling from the sadness and shock of this tragedy, several of Librescu’s students said that his actions probably saved their lives. “I probably wouldn’t be here today if Professor Librescu hadn’t acted like he did – he is a real hero” one student was quoted as saying. While Dr. Librescu blocked the doorway, many of his students were able to escape by jumping out the classroom windows.

Dr. Librescu’s son, Joe, who lives in Israel, said that his father had lived a very “eventful life”, having had experienced both the horrors of the Holocaust and the severe hardships of life under the regime of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu before immigrating to Israel in 1977. Professor Liberescu had managed to gain distinction in Romania in the field of engineering science and mecanics; and was invited to do research at Virginia Tech in 1986, where he continued on as a research fellow and lecturer.

It’s ironic that the tragedy in which so many died, including Dr. Librescu, occurred on Holocaust Remembrance Day, when thousands of Holocaust survivors, many living in both the U.S.A. and Israel, still feel the grief and pain of perhaps the world’s worst human nightmare.

Those who knew Dr. Librescu personally, including colleagues, students, and members of his own family, say that he was thoroughly dedicated to his profession and had refused to retire; feeling that he was needed as an academic leader.

For those who lived through and survived the terrible years of Nazi tyranny, it has often been said that they were being saved for some kind of higher purpose. In the case of Dr. Librescu, that purpose was demonstrated many times during his life and appears to have culminated with his brave and heroic act to save the lives of many of his students.

One of three academic lecturers from Israel on the Virginia Tech campus, Dr. Liviu Librescu was brought back to Israel for burial. Perhaps this is most fitting as the State of Israel, has become a symbol for Jews everywhere to live in their own homeland and not be subject to whims of some king or political despot, as had been the fate of the Jewish People for more than two thousand years.

Being a Holocaust survivor, what more fitting way to leave this world than as a hero, trying to protect those he taught, guided, and loved. His life – and death, should be an example to us all.

Remembering Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah 2007 Every year, soon after the end of the Passover Holidays, Jews all over the world, and especially in the State of Israel, observe a day of remembering for one of the worst periods in the history of the Jewish People.

Known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, all normal activities are altered and in Israel, places of entertainment, including restaurants, theatres and like are closed. Programs dealing with this subject are conducted in Synagogues, community centers, schools, etc., while television programs run ceremonies, interviews, movies and other features to bring forth various aspects of the period which ran from the mid 1930’s until the end of World War II.

We are now seven years into the new millennium and more than 66 years after the last shots were fired in Europe and the remnants of the cream of European Jewry were finally set free from the man-made hell of concentration camps all over northern and central Europe. For more than six million Jews, however, liberation came too late, as they had been swallowed up in the inferno created by a country that was once considered to be one of the most law-abiding and cultured in the World.

The Holocaust for the Jewish People is not the only disaster that has stricken Mankind – within the framework of man’s inhumanity to man. Literally thousands of events are evident throughout recorded history, ranging from conquests by the great empires of the earth, religious carnage by events such as the Crusades, rise of Islam, etc., Spanish Inquisition, and, of course, wars. Since the beginning of the 20th century, when Mankind was supposed to be more enlightened and cultured some of the worst atrocities have occurred, and in themselves, were no less horrible than the Holocaust itself. Ranging from the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians in 1918, to the Japanese persecution of the Korean and Chinese peoples, not to mention those living in South East Asia; the mayhem in various African countries, such as Rwanda, Liberia, Senegal, Ethiopia, and Sudan, where millions have died horrible deaths; the Khmer Rouge carnage in Cambodia; and the events in various Balkan countries including, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Kosovo province of Serbia-Yugoslavia, the Chechnya province of Russia; the list literally goes on and on.

And despite all of this, it was recently announced in the U.K. that public schools there will no longer include studies of the Holocaust in their study curriculum, as this offends Muslims who are denying that the Holocaust ever happened!

For the Jewish People, whether living in Israel or in the Diaspora, life is never 100% secure, even in democracies such as England, America, Canada, etc. Israelis know all too well the alternative to being unable to defend oneself. As a country established for Jews to live in after being hounded and persecuted for centuries, Israel form the outset has had to defend itself from its “neighbors”, some of whom actually welcomed Jews in former years. In war after war, terrorist atrocity after atrocity, and recently Intifada after Intifada, the Jews of Israel have literally been fighting for survival. With one of the largest population of Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust survivors, the importance of Yom HaShoah carries on year after year, in order that new generations of Jews will continue to spread the message of “Never Again”.

“Never Again”: the meaning of this expression is symbolic in the culture of Israelis, in that Jews will never again allow themselves to be weak and defenseless and at the mercies on the peoples of the countries in which they live. Never again will Jews be forced to give up their faith and religious practices. Never again will Jews be considered as pariahs, stateless wanderers, being forbidden to live in certain areas, and barred from working in certain trades and professions, etc.

But being strong has its price, and this price is particularly and painfully felt in the State of Israel, especially within the past few years. Both physical and economic hardships have become a part of Israeli lives, with more and more wars and terrorism attacks.

Despite all of the adversities, Israel continues to carry on, and likewise, Jews all over the world continue to have this Homeland to come to if they should ever need to flee their present places of dwelling.

By continuing to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, Jews continue to be strong.
Because once they begin to forget this segment of their past, it creates the seeds of it happening again in the future. Already many non-Jews all over the world, like the example of the U.K., preach denial of Holocaust, saying it was a fabrication to create sympathy towards the Jews.

The truth is stronger, however, and millions of Gentiles join their Jewish brethren annually to commemorate this event. For they too know that “he who forgets the lessons of history will certainly be doomed to repeat it”.

Ynet News just published a collection of 178 family pictures, which were hidden in the walls of a house in Poland just before the Holocaust, only to be found some 60 years later and be returned to their rightful owners ..

He’s at it Again! Ahmadinejed and the 2006 Football World Cup

It seems that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad just doesn’t know when to shut up. His latest contribution to his country’s increased isolation now comes from remarks he made today regarding the German Government’s refusal to let him attend this year’s World Cup, scheduled to begin in Germany this coming July. In an interview with a reporter for the German newspaper Der Spiegel, Mr. Ahmadinejad continued with his opinions concerning the Holocaust.

Mahmoud AhmadinejadDuring the interview, Mr.Ahmadinejad continued to state that the story of The Holocaust is “a series of lies” told by the world Zionest ‘conspiracy’, and that he personally would believe it and accept it as the truth only if be believed it to be so. “I only believe that something can be true if I totally believe in it.”, Ahmadinejad commented, regarding The Holocaust.

Since being elected of the Islamic Republic of Iran, few if any kind words regarding the non-Islamic word have been uttered by Mr. Ahmadinejad. If personally barred from the World Cup, the Iranian president will most likely take out his wrath against countries who simply do not accept Mr. Ahmadinjad and his line of rhetoric.

Iranians themselves view their president’s statements with mixed emotion. “We feel that our government does not care for out well fare, and only gives money to terrorist groups and similar organizations”, a young Iranian student was reported to have said recently in a protest gathering of university students. Perhaps Iran’s younger generation, being more and more frustrated, due to lack of job opportunities and curtailing of individual freedoms, are beginning to view their president in a different manner. “Islam may have a strong pull in this country, but in the long run, people have to live” an Iranian businessman commented.

Iran’s pledge to give the Palestinian Authority a sum of 50 million dollars has also been met with protest by Iranians, many of whom would love to see that money used to help create job opportunities to young (and not so young) Iranians.

Returning to the Iranian president’s World Cup remarks, Mr Ahmadinejad had planned to be present in Germany when the Iranian team plays there this summer. “A Zionest web is preventing me from traveling to Germany to see may country’s team play”, he remarked to the reporter. Interesting that he should say this, in light of all the rhetoric that has been coming from him in an almost continuous flow, since he assumed office as Iran’s president. “My decision (to the attend) depends upon a lot of things”, Ahmadinejad was reported to have said.

Perhaps Mr. Ahmadinejad should take time to consider just what people have against him outside (and probably inside) of Iran. With this in mind, and the Iranian nuclear issue still very much in the forefront, Mr. Ahmadinejad should consider being more compromising in terms of his feelings toward the West, in general, and Israel in particular. The Iranian president ended the interview commenting that Germans are not being allowed to “write the truth” regarding the Holocaust. He claims to only be speaking the truth – his version that is.

Remembering the Holocaust

Holocaust remembrance

by Liza Farachdel

To live in Israel is to be constantly subjected to powerful, collective experiences, whether it be the unbridled joy of taking first place in an international sporting competition, the searing pain of a terror attack, the utter disbelief when a powerful leader becomes incapacitated. Despite the outer layer of toughness for which Israelis are generally known, we rely upon one another and cling to each other in times of need, both in good times and bad, coming together as a nation as we celebrate, mourn and remember.

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, a day when we join together to remember. To remember those who perished in the Holocaust, to support those who lost their lives, lost their loved ones, lost their innocence. It is a day of reflection, a day to remember what we must never forget. Daily life is altered accordingly in order to mark the solemnity of the day, which manifests itself through the closing of restaurants and other places of entertainment, Holocaust-related television programming on all channels, radio playlists containing only quiet songs, and schoolchildren being taught about different aspects of the Holocaust. Names of those who perished are read out from the Knesset plenum, commemoration ceremonies are held, and a two minute-long siren is heard throughout the country.
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What Holocaust ?

By Denis Schulz


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad You just got to love that precious little rat-bag. When Pat Robertson and Harry Bellefonte run out of stupid things to say and when Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich lapse temporarily into brain-lock one can depend on Iran’s new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to keep the insanity alive. If His Worthiness had been born Moe Howard his finger would have been attached permanently to Curley’s eye; if he had been born Archie Bunker the meathead would have shot him dead after the first episode; if he had been born Joseph Goebbels, Herr Hitler would have let him run the Third Reich and retired to Berchtesgaden with Eva Braun knowing that things were in competent hands. Ahmadinejad is beyond outrageous. He is where the Twilight Zone ends and Dante’s Inferno begins.

The precious little rat-bag delivered a speech recently to thousands of admiring true believers in the Iranian city of Zahedan and he couldn’t resist mentioning the Holocaust. It’s amazing how he keeps going on and on about something he thinks never happened. “They have invented a myth,” he said, “that Jews were massacred and place this (the massacre) above God, religions, and the prophets.”

A myth? Is he sure? How could that be possible? The Germans were very thorough in their search. Did the Jews hide behind non-Islamic trees that refused to betray them to the Nazis? Is that how they escaped being sent to Dachau or Treblinka? Is he as mad at the trees as he is at the Jews? Are these trees the famous Cedars of Lebanon? Does he want to cut them down? Is he in need of a refresher course at a Mad-Rats-Asses school? One takes one’s pick.

“The West has given more significance to the myth of the genocide of the Jews,” he said, and it “deals very severely with those who deny the myth but does not do anything to those who deny God, religion and the prophet.”

Deals very severely with whom? David Duke is still alive and so it David Irving and unless Mahmoud’s hair glows in the dark and he has a couple of spent nuclear fuel rods embedded in his butt, nobody has laid a hand on him either.

But our precious little rat-bag wasn’t finished. “If you have burned the Jews, why don’t you give a piece of Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to Israel,” he suggested. “If you have committed this huge crime why should the innocent nation of Palestine pay for this crime?”

The Twilight ZoneOkay, forget that Palestine is not innocent; forget that Palestine is not yet a nation; forget that the crimes committed by Palestine on a per capita basis are equal to those committed by Nazi Germany forget all that and one is living in Mahmoud’s world. If Rod Serling had listened to just one of Ahmedinejad’s speeches he would never have written another Twilight Zone episode. He would have gone to where the woodbine twineth and would never have been heard of again. One cannot top reality shows when combined with the theatre of the absurd.

Mahmoud is Hannibal Lector, Darth Vader, and Count Dracula all rolled into one. Okay, maybe Dracula doesn’t belong in that group. Compared to the little rat-bag, the Count is a sympathetic fellow who needs frequent blood transfusions. And who wouldn’t prefer Transylvania in the summertime to Iran at any time of they year? It’s the ambiance.

Someone must have whispered in Mahmoud’s ear that George W. Bush was a believer in the Holocaust. Well, that would never do! Of course, the Texas Gunslinger is a million light-years and a dozen hadiths below Mahmoud’s intellectual level and was liable to believe anything Condi Rice might tell him, but, nonetheless, Bush and the dhimmi world is in need of enlightenment.

So within a few days Iran will convene a Holocaust-denial conference. Among those expected to attend one might include: David Duke, David Irving, Noam Chomsky, Louis Farrakhan, James McDermott, Norman Finkelstein, Ward Churchill, and most of the professors of Middle East studies at Columbia, Berkeley, Chapel Hill, Cambridge and non-sectarian DePaul University.

FYI, and please, Ward Churchill, pay attention:

From The Trial of Adolf Eichmann: Judgement (part 50 of 70)
“156. This is the place to add a few words about the accused’s personal contact with the Mufti (the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem) Hajj Amin al-Husseini. It has been proved to us that the Mufti, too, aimed at the implementation of the Final Solution, viz., the extermination of European Jewry, and there is no doubt, had Hitler succeeded in conquering Palestine, the Jewish population of Palestine as well would have been subject to total extermination, with the support of the Mufti.”

Gosh! Do you think anybody will bring that up at the conference? It’s something Our Precious Little Rat-Bag needs to know!

Meanwhile, in Mecca tens of thousands of Muslims, urged on by Iran’s Mad Mullahs, are screaming, “Death to Israel! Death to Israel!” And, oh yeah, “Death to America!”

If Rod Serling had ever written anything like this he would have been locked up in a mental institution.

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