January 25, 2007

US submits UN Resolution rejecting Holocaust Denial

The United States introduced a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, calling on member states "to reject any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event." Wire reports said the resolution notes that "ignoring the historical fact of these terrible events increased the risk they will be repeated." Although the resolution does not mention Iran by name, it follows a conference hosted by Tehran last month, questioning the veracity of the Holocaust and whether six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called the Holocaust a "myth," has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and has suggested that a Jewish State be located in Europe, not the Middle East. The resolution condemning any denial of the Holocaust apparently is timed to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27.

Two years ago, the U.N. General Assembly held its first ever session on the Holocaust when it marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and designated the date as an international day of remembrance for the Holocaust.