Iranian Jews blast Holocaust conference

Maurice Motamed, only Jewish MP in the Iranian parliament: "This is indeed an insult."

December 11, 2006 14:34


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Iran's tiny Jewish community reacted with dismay and condemnation Monday to the controversial Holocaust conference which got underway in Tehran. Maurice Motamed, only Jewish MP in the Iranian parliament: "This is indeed an insult, not only towards the Jews in Iran but also worldwide as it is widely known that we are quite sensitive as far as the Holocaust is concerned. "To question this historically proven fact has indeed made us (Jews in Iran) quite upset," Motamed said. A Jewish physician in Teheran - who spoke on condition of anonymity - called the conference "sad" and "indecent." "Iran can criticize the Israeli government or even not acknowledge Israel as a soverign state, but misusing the Holocaust for political causes is simply sad," the physician said. "Inviting over sixty Nazi-smpathisers to Tehran for questioning a bitter chapter of history and inhumanity is just indecent," he added.

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