Magazine article The Christian Century

Jewish Groups Say Iran Deserves Sanctions for Holocaust Remarks

Magazine article The Christian Century

Jewish Groups Say Iran Deserves Sanctions for Holocaust Remarks

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American Jewish groups, irate over comments by Iran's president that the Nazi Holocaust was a myth, are stepping up pressure on the international community to punish Iran for the remarks.

Several Jewish groups have launched a public relations campaign to censure Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who in mid-December called the Holocaust a myth and said Palestinians are suffering because of European guilt over the Holocaust.

"If you committed the crime, then give a part of your own land in Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to them so that the Jews can establish their country," Ahmadinejad said, according to the New York Times.

Ahmadinejad was echoing comments he made at an Islamic summit in Mecca weeks earlier. In October, at an Iranian conference titled "The World Without Zionism," he called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

In response, Jewish groups are mounting public pressure, including a rare move by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which criticized the Bush administration for not referring Iran's noncompliance on nuclear activities to the UN Security Council.

"As the United States and its allies ponder their next move, a radical Iranian regime is steadily marching toward an atomic bomb," wrote AIPAC president Howard Kohr in the group's newsletter. …

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