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Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Iran's Ahmadinejad is an anti-Semite, racist, and Israel-hater. (Lior Mizrahi)
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Iran pledges to finance Hamas-led Palestinian government
By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent

Iran offered Wednesday to help finance a Palestinian Authority run by the Hamas militant group, Iranian state radio reported.

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, announced the offer after a meeting with Khaled Mashaal, the political leader of the Hamas, in Tehran, the radio said.

Larijani said the decision was taken after the United States said it would not provide aid to an authority governed by Hamas until the group renouced violence, recognized Israel and agreed to abide by existing agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.

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"The United States proved that it would not support democracy after it cut its aid to the Palestinian government after Hamas won the elections. We will certainly help the Palestinians," Larijani said, according to the radio.

Earlier on Wednesday, Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an anti-Semite, a racist, and a hater of Israel, Army Radio reported.

Speaking before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Olmert was quoted as saying:

"The president of Iran, with all of his statements, is a heinous anti-Semitic phenomenon. He is an Israel-hater, but there's no point in holding a competition of inflammatory statements with him," Olmert said

Holocaust deniers from East, West joining forces
Meanwhile, Holocaust-deniers from the West play a key role in attempts by Iran to cast doubts on the veracity of the Holocaust, according to documents that have appeared on an Internet site.

The documents reveal Iranians have consulted with well-known Holocaust-deniers from Western countries as part of the Iranian initiative to hold a conference about the Holocaust.

The documents were published on an Internet site involved in Holocaust denial and reached scholars at the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism at Tel Aviv University.

On January 15, the Iranian News Agency announced it was going to convene a "scientific conference" on the Holocaust. A month before, French Holocaust-denier Prof. Robert Faurisson received a request regarding the
conference from Dr. Jawad Sharbaf, head of the Neda Institute of Political Sciences, Tehran.

In the letter, which opens by expressing regret over the United Nations
resolution to establish an international Holocaust Day, Sharbaf writes that the recent statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the Holocaust had created the right conditions to raise the subject in Iran. "Our assumption for the time being is that the president will undoubtedly do his best if you make contact and request assistance for organizing an international conference," Sharbaf wrote.

In his response, Faurisson wrote that the scientific conference was
impractical, mainly because many of his colleagues are "either in prison, in exile or in a precarious situation that forbids them from crossing national borders."

Faurisson added that "in accord with an idea put forth by Prof. Arthur Robert Butz [a Holocaust-denier from Northwestern University in the U.S.], I shall say we hope to see President Ahmadinejad create in Iran an international center for revisionist studies."

Faurisson praised Ahmadinejad and added a request "that Iran make repeated appeals to the Western world for the freeing of our prisoners of conscience," referring to his colleagues convicted of denying the Holocaust.

Faurisson, 76, is considered the most prominent Holocaust-denier in Europe and is very much in demand by the Iranian media. Last November he gave an interview to an English-language Iranian newspaper, the Tehran Times, where he was quoted as saying that the more the West believes in the Holocaust, the more Muslims will be killed in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the head of the Roth Institute, Prof. Dina Porat, in recent years solidarity between Holocaust-deniers and extremist Muslims has increased.

"Since the law has begun to be enforced regarding Holocaust-deniers, they
often speak of the 'common fate of the persecuted,' which they feel they share with radical Muslims," Porat said.

Prof. David Menashri, head of Tel Aviv University's Center for Iranian
Studies, said Holocaust-deniers had in recent years begun to feel at home with the heads of the Iranian regime. Menashri said this was especially true with regard to Roger Garoudi, who was invited to Iran in 1998, shortly after he was convicted of denying the Holocaust by a French court. Ahmadinejad represents the new generation of Iranians who have been educated on the theory of Holocaust denial, Menashri said.

Kenneth Jacobson, assistant national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said adopting the theories of Holocaust denial of Western scholars is a relatively new phenomenon in the Muslim world. The accepted attitude had been to say that whereas it was true the Holocaust had taken place, the Palestinians should not have to pay the price. A look at Ahmadinejad's statements shows he has mixed the two approaches, Jacobson added.

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  1.   Hollingsworth YOUR CHURCHs MMORALITY 00:56  |  TORQUEMADA 22/02/06
  2.   Faurisson-Winkler-Hollingsworth 01:07  |  "CAPTAIN COMIC" 22/02/06
  3.   Denial 01:18  |  Jew 22/02/06
  4.   JOHANES and BRYAN are invited 01:31  |  Foreign Ministry 22/02/06
  5.   Let`s hold a conference: "did the Iranian revolution happen?" 01:52  |  howard 22/02/06
  6.   OMG NO!! 01:57  |  Arthur 22/02/06
  7.   For a conference on Holocaust denial 02:06  |  Gideon Weisz 22/02/06
  8.   Let all the deniers get together in a stadium in Teheran 02:21  |  Ronnie Wolman 22/02/06
  9.   Propaganda 02:28  |  me 22/02/06
  10.   Holocaust denial 02:36  |  Emilio 22/02/06
  11.   So Sickening It`s Hard to Believe 02:40  |  Jane 22/02/06
  12.   Let them spend 02:52  |  Nuri 22/02/06
  13.   SO, THEY NEED EXPERTS 02:58  |  Cipora Julianna Kohn 22/02/06
  14.   Synergy 03:09  |  Yoram 22/02/06
  15.   Radical Muslims and Holocaust survivors...liberals? 03:17  |  D.B. 22/02/06
  16.   When you have something to hide... 03:57  |  Roberto 22/02/06
  17.   Johanes I`m sure you can feel the invitation coming from Tehran.. 04:04  |  Jajaa 22/02/06
  18.   Together they fall 04:19  |  Geoffroy 22/02/06
  19.   #5--and guess who is giving the inaugural address? 04:25  |  Paul Freedman 22/02/06
  20.   I NEVER WROTE THAT COMMENT ABOVE. haaretz stop the forgery! 05:20  |  D.B. 22/02/06
  21.   #9? Maybe you meant Holocaust deniers and not survivors 05:22  |  Ariel 22/02/06
  22.   Shoah in reverse.... 05:27  |  Pastor Phil 22/02/06
  23.   I wish they were right! 06:23  |  Mosher 22/02/06
  24.   underestimating Iran 06:52  |  dan 22/02/06
  25.   Faurisson.- his future 07:14  |  CHARRO 22/02/06
  26.   Underestimating Iran 07:25  |  DAN 22/02/06
  27.   ACADEMIC AIRHEADS!!! 07:53  |  Lavi 22/02/06
  28.   Holocaust Denial 08:10  |  Scott 22/02/06
  29.   Nuri, Jews could also lie about the holocaust 08:13  |  American 22/02/06
  30.   Why do they want to deny the holocaust? 08:30  |  Philip Marmaros 22/02/06
  31.   Poor Mr. Faurisson 08:35  |  Adam Newman 22/02/06
  32.   #26 Jews Lie About the Holocaust? 08:54  |  Adam Newman 22/02/06
  33.   Pity "Hitlorian" Irving wont be able to attend! 09:39  |  Joe Moer 22/02/06
  34.   Get me tickets to the conference please! 09:50  |  JOHANES Franzen 22/02/06
  35.   Yeah, but what about Neve Gordon who endorses Norman Finklestein 10:21  |  Haim Asias 22/02/06
  36.   Message to so call "American" 10:30  |  Shamgar 22/02/06
  37.   This is sad, dangerous and very scary indeed! 10:33  |  Casey 22/02/06
  38.   Roberto - you show your intentions with this post #17 10:40  |  William 22/02/06
  39.   @ #31 answer to Philip Marmaros 10:42  |  Casey 22/02/06
  40.   Why deny the Holocaust? - #31 10:52  |  William 22/02/06
  41.   To #31 10:55  |  Vermont Ted 22/02/06
  42.   #20- Unfair Reference 11:08  |  Vermont Ted 22/02/06
  43.   "The Holocaust Industry" 11:57  |  Rick 22/02/06
  44.   i thought iranians were proud of their culture i must be wrong 12:12  |  joy springreen 22/02/06
  45.   i thought iranians were proud of their culture????!!!! 12:27  |  joy springreen 22/02/06
  46.   Israel-hater? Look at the details: 12:33  |  Nethanel 22/02/06
  47.   HOLOCAUST DENIAL 12:53  |  Gideon 22/02/06
  48.   why doesnt Majounjihad say that slavery didnt exist 13:16  |  joy springreen 22/02/06
  49.   The Black Holocaust and the jews 13:32  |  a true historian 22/02/06
  50.   holocaust deniers 13:33  |  michail 22/02/06
  51.   To St.Louis Rick 13:36  |  Scott 22/02/06
  52.   Brilliant! 13:40  |  Ronnie Wolman 22/02/06
  53.   shooting arrows and painting targets 13:55  |  Josh Dinner 22/02/06
  54.   De nile is a river in Egypt 14:09  |  Kysl 22/02/06
  55.   Ronnie Wolman: Re: Brilliant 14:14  |  Cherry Picker 22/02/06
  56.   American: Post No. 36 14:25  |  Cherry Picker 22/02/06
  57.   answer for Case 14:31  |  Dov ben David 22/02/06
  58.   Iran backs Hamas, not PA/Palestinians 14:31  |  bruce 22/02/06
  59.   talk about denial 14:38  |  in the US 22/02/06
  60.   re #54: Brilliant 15:06  |  Nadir 22/02/06
  61.   Iran is officially the most evil country in the world 15:12  |  Danny 22/02/06
  62.   Iran and democracy 15:22  |  walkabout 22/02/06
  63.   To true historian 15:29  |  Stan 22/02/06
  64.   holocaust denail 15:37  |  ibrahim jarrar 22/02/06
  65.   Holocaust is fact 15:48  |  David 22/02/06
  66.   Iran finance Hamas 15:58  |  Lebanese 22/02/06
  67.   no.51 16:05  |  ABC 22/02/06
  68.   to `true historian` so what ur point? 16:11  |  arthur 22/02/06
  69.   EVERYONE READ THIS PLEASE 16:17  |  kuku`s nest 22/02/06
  70.   There is no decency 16:17  |  Ben 22/02/06
  71.   Ronnie, Nadir 16:38  |  West Ham Utd 22/02/06
  72.   Re The Hamas,WHU and Nadir 17:20  |  Ronnie Wolman 22/02/06
  73.   I can`t attend,my pass is not kosher 17:54  |  JOHANES Franzen 22/02/06
  74.   Denier 18:55  |  Jake 22/02/06
  75.   To #30 "Why do they want to deny the holocaust?" 19:05  |  Mosher 22/02/06
  76.   The Iranian Bluff, The Palestinian Stall 19:09  |  Yoram 22/02/06
  77.   the price of elections 19:14  |  Pierre Picot 22/02/06
  78.   re #71: West Ham United on Hamas recognition 19:36  |  Nadir 22/02/06
  79.   Holecaust deniers as sick as Israel Aparthied state deniers 21:22  |  BRIAN 22/02/06
  80.   idiots should not get so much air time 01:11  |  montana girl 23/02/06
  81.   HOLOCOST DENIAL! 01:50  |  Mr Ruben. 25/02/06
  82.   Holocaust denial 08:22  |  James Erickson Sr. 25/02/06
  83.   What is "Holocaust" denial? 04:43  |  Reuben 02/03/06
  84.   Cowardice 19:32  |  Goy 02/03/06
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