Holocaust Memorial Day in Geneva
In an incident of immaculate timing, the Holocaust-denying president of Iran Mahmud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at the UN headquarters in Geneva, at the eve of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day — as well as Hitler’s 120th birthday. Mr. Ahmadinejad and delegates from many other countries are in Switzerland to attend the controversial and widely condemned conference Durban II.
In the past, Mr. Ahmadinejad has on many occasions denied the Holocaust and called for the destruction of Israel. This time around, he used the forum of the UN anti-racism conference to once again spread his message of racism.
To his credit, the Swedish delegate joined his EU colleagues at the conference when they stood up and walked out in reaction to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s latest installment in his seemingly endless diatribe.
The Norwegian foreign minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, stayed in the hall. However, he took advantage of the fact that he spoke immediately following Mr. Ahmadinejad, and criticized the Iranian president for spreading “hatred, fear and intolerance”.