|EU criminalizes Holocaust denial|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Wednesday, 18 April 2007 17:00|
After six years of talks, the European Union has finally agreed to make Holocaust denial a criminal offence. Holocaust denial is already a criminal offence in France and Germany, but other states such as Britain have been less enthused by the idea of making it a crime to deny that Nazis caused the deaths of over 6 million Jews. The UK is afraid that jailing people who deny the Holocaust will infringe on civil liberties, but I find that hard to believe considering the same nation was more than willing to pass an Incitement to Religious Hatred bill, which could have landed many law-abiding Christians in jail. Perhaps the real reason is that Britain is full of Holocaust deniers, and that to start trying them in the courts could prove too controversial. There are that many politicians who have anti-Semitic views, it wouldn't surprise me if they also denied the Holocaust.
Quote: "EU justice and interior ministers said the rules call for criminalizing "incitement to hatred and violence and publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivializing crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes." The mass killing of Jews during World War II was the only genocide specifically mentioned in the rules. Demands from Baltic nations that major Stalinist atrocities be included were rejected. German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries, whose country holds the EU presidency, said a compromise was reached to organize a public debate on genocide and other hate crimes not mentioned in the draft rules.
There is a very good reason why Holocaust denial ought to be made a crime. I must admit, I didn't fully understand why at first. But the Jews believe that anyone who denies the Holocaust occurred, must by implication call for another one to take place. A prime example of that is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He doubts the Jewish Holocaust took place, stating it was an elaborate Jewish hoax to pave the way for the creation of the "Zionist state". But he then he invites a second Holocaust saying that Israel ought to be "wiped off the map" as the state has no legitimacy on what the Arab's term "Palestinian land". And so it is with many groups, such as neo-Nazis, etc. Well, now that the EU has decided that Holocaust denial is a punishable offence, who is going to fly over to Teheran and arrest the big man?
Quote: "Consider this passage written by an Egyptian columnist for the state-controlled newspaper Al-Akhbar, Egypt's second-largest daily, and published in April 2002: The entire matter [of the Holocaust], as many French and British scientists and researchers have proven, is nothing more than a huge Israeli plot aimed at extorting the German government in particular and the European countries in general. But I, personally and in light of this imaginary tale, complain to Hitler, even saying to him from the bottom of my heart, "If only you had done it, brother, if only it had really happened, so that the world could sigh in relief [without] their evil and sin."