Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10017
February 15, 2006
Dear Ambassador M. Jarad Zarif,
I would like to congratulate your President and government for exposing European and American hypocrisy and double standards in regard to the so-called Jewish Holocaust doctrine. Herewith.
In reference, I believe, to Zionism and certain Western governments, President Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying: “They have fabricated a legend under the name of Massacre of the Jews, and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves. If somebody in their country questions God, nobody says anything, but if somebody denies the myth of the massacre of the Jews, the Zionist loudspeakers and the governments in the pay of Zionism will start to scream.”
In our Western society, hypocrisy abounds. It is socially and morally acceptable for Jews and others to write books that blatantly offend the Christian and Islamic religions, but it is absolutely and positively, “evil and immoral” for anyone to publish books and make statements that challenge the so-called “sacred doctrine” of the Jewish Holocaust. Let me give you three examples to demonstrate my point.
Many years ago, Jewish intellectual Hugh Schonfeld published a book entitled The Passover Plot. The book’s thesis is that Christianity is one big, baldfaced lie. According to Schonfeld, Jesus Christ planned his own arrest, crucifixion and resurrection. He arranged to be drugged on the cross, simulating death so that he could later be safely removed and thus bear out the Messianic prophesies. Schonfeld was never deported from his home in London to a prison cell in a Christian country for his anti-Christian writings, nor were his publishers deported to prison cells. Quite the contrary! His book was published by a respected United States mainstream publisher (Bantam Books) and sympathetically reviewed and discussed in respected mainstream US media outlets.1 Even 30 years after Schonfeld published his book, in the mid 1990s, I saw American religion professors at distinguished universities calmly refer to and discuss his ideas.
Also many years ago, University of Manchester intellectual John Allegro published his The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross. Once again, the book’s thesis is that Christianity is one big fraud, and the concept of the Christian God is a drug-induced hallucination. The man we know as Jesus Christ was the illusory personification of a fertility cult based on the use of a psychedelic drug.
Once again, Allegro’s book was published by respected mainstream publishers in the United States (Doubleday, Bantam), and discussed in respected US media outlets.2 Allegro was never deported to a prison cell for his anti-Christian writings. Once again, more than 30 years after the publication of his book, I witnessed learned religion professors at institutions of higher learning calmly discuss his ideas.
For a most recent example, consider the case of Dr. Michael Shermer, a boring and intellectually mediocre atheist that bolstered his career by promoting the Jewish Holocaust ideology. Shermer, founder of Skeptics Society, has a long track record of attacking religion and the concept of God. Shermer suffers no persecution or harassment. Quite the contrary! He is a respected figure in academic circles and is also a media celebrity.
These three examples support President Ahmadinejad’s statements. Throughout most of Europe and the United States you can openly deny the existence of God and lampoon and criticize the Christian and Islamic religions. Yet, the Jewish Holocaust doctrine is protected by a system of legal and extra-legal prohibitions and taboos. If one questions and disputes the Holocaust ideology, you can suffer severe persecution here in the US and end up in prison in Europe.
Furthermore, the administration of President George W. Bush is guilty of aiding and abetting this hypocritical double standard. Herewith.
In a public statement issued on December 10, 2005, President George W. Bush called for the immediate and unconditional release of prisoners of conscience by the Syrian authorities, labeling the imprisonment of these individuals as an example of the government of Syria’s ongoing repression of Syrian people. I will quote directly from President Bush’s statement: “As we commemorate Human Rights Day, we call attention to the continued imprisonment in Syria of Dr. Kamal Labwani and the many other prisoners of conscience whom the Syrian authorities have denied the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression.”
President Bush operates with a hypocritical double standard. He chided the Syrian government for imprisoning Syrian prisoners of conscience, yet under his administration he allowed the deportation and imprisonment of the German prisoner of conscience and Holocaust revisionist scholar Germar Rudolf.
Mr. Rudolf, a former chemistry doctoral candidate at the prestigious Max Planck Institute, is a German citizen who was forced to flee his native Germany because he has questioned and refuted certain aspects of the Jewish Holocaust ideology. In short, he showed that the so-called “Auschwitz gas chambers” never existed. In the United States, near Chicago, Revisionist scholar Rudolf was recently torn from his American wife and their child and delivered to Germany. He is in prison in Stuttgart.
Just as those Syrian intellectuals were imprisoned because of their beliefs and public statements, so too is Germar Rudolf being imprisoned for his beliefs about the Holocaust ideology. President Bush chided the Syrian authorities because they have denied Dr. Labwani and others their fundamental rights to freedom of opinion and expression, yet he is silent about the German government’s denial of Germar Rudolf’s right to freedom of opinion and expression.
President Bush makes public protests about the Syrian intellectuals, yet he allows and apparently condones the deportation and imprisonment of Germar Rudolf.
This legally formulated persecution of Holocaust revisionists is in blatant contradiction to the sermons President Bush has given the rest of the world on “human rights and freedom of expression.” As Holocaust revisionist scholar, Dr. Robert Faurisson, has pointed out: “[A]s long as in the United States, Canada, nearly all of Europe and as far away as Australia the revisionists are subjected either to special laws or tribunals, underhanded police procedures, or methodical vilification by media in the service of certain Jewish or Zionist pressure groups, the Western world will have ever less right to impose lessons of lawfulness, morality or democracy on others.”
I fully realize that President Bush will not live up to his publicly promulgated dictums about “human rights and freedom of expression,” and speak out against the persecution and imprisonment of the Holocaust revisionist scholar Germar Rudolf.
However, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is very clear and unequivocal on the right to freedom of speech. It states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.” By imprisoning and persecuting Germar Rudolf because of his opinions and expressions about the Holocaust ideology, the German government is guilty of violating his right to freedom of opinion and expression. And my own government aided and abetted this human rights violation.
The next time the subject of human rights is made a major issue at the United Nations, I respectfully request that you bring up the persecution and imprisonment of Holocaust revisionist scholar Germar Rudolf. By so doing, you will be exposing the hypocrisy, corruption and double standards of Western society.
I await your response.
1. Hugh Schonfeld, The Passover Plot: New Light on the History of Jesus (Bantam Books, 1965).
2. John M. Allegro, The Sacred Mushroom & The Cross: A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity Within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East (Bantam Books/ published by arrangement with Doubleday & Co., 1970).