1. “The history books in schools and universities do not correspond to the truth”
2. Faurisson, Shamir, Mahler, Butz, Irving
3. U.S. Jews ask exiled Iranian media to carry Holocaust message
4. UN to host its first Holocaust remembrance event
5. Berlin’s New Year celebrations spill over into city’s new Holocaust memorial
6. Hamas TV
7. Halutz: Iran on “brink of the abyss”
8. Volkswagen unveils new slogan
9. Secret nuclear deals linked to Sudan
10. “Iran: Holocaust conference soon in Tehran” (AKI, Jan. 5, 2006)
11. “‘New Year’s orgy’ at Holocaust memorial” (Ynetnews, Jan. 3, 2006)
12. “Hamas launches TV station in Gaza” (AP, Jan. 9, 2006)
13. “Meet Candidate ‘Martyr Mom’” (By Andrew Bostom, FrontPageMagazine, Jan. 5, 2006)
14. “Clandestine nuclear deals traced to Sudan” (The Guardian, Jan. 5, 2006)
Haroonian said the Los Angeles-based Pars satellite television network on Sunday carried reports about the Holocaust as well as excerpts from the Academy Award-winning 1981 documentary “Genocide.”
UN TO HOST FIRST HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE EVENT
On Friday, January 27, 2006, the United Nations will host an international Holocaust Remembrance Event in the General Assembly Hall.
This historic occasion is the first annual commemoration of the Holocaust at the UN since its founding in 1945. For decades, Jewish groups and others have been pressing the UN to remember the Holocaust.
January 27 is the day the Soviet army liberated Auschwitz in 1945.
BERLIN’S NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS SPILL OVER INTO CITY’S NEW HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL
The Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot reports that New Year’s Eve celebrations at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate overflowed into the nearby Holocaust memorial. The desecration which included “wine bottles, decorations and even empty packs of condoms” may take some time to clean.
A dispatch on this list in May last year titled (1) IDF recruits Harley Davidsons; (2) 50,000 Germans sing for Israel (May 16, 2005), included a report that vandals scrawled swastikas on the new Holocaust memorial in Berlin on the very first day it was open to the public.
Hamas have launched their first TV station in the Gaza Strip. The well-funded terror group say they hope it may give them a boost in the upcoming Palestinian elections. Hamas also hope that “Al-Aqsa Television” is a first step in setting up a satellite station like Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV.
Moheib Nawati, a political analyst in Gaza, told the Associated Press that “The timing serves the election campaign and is in a way a form of early preparation for Hamas’ attempt to control matters more, including presenting its political programs after the elections.”
One of the Hamas candidates for the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections is Umm Nidal Farhat, the mother of three Hamas terrorists killed in so-called “martyrdom operations”.
I attach an article below by Andrew G. Bostom, the author of an important new book, “The Legacy of Jihad.” Bostom asks “how moribund is our world that the mother of three murderous jihad terrorists – a triumphal ‘Martyr Mom’ – can run for elective office in the Palestinian Legislative Council, and this harrowing spectacle is regarded with the same banality by these elites as if she were a ‘Soccer Mom’?”
The Palestinian elections are due to be held on January 25, 2006.
HALUTZ: IRAN ON “BRINK OF THE ABYSS”
It was announced today that Iran has removed international seals from its nuclear facility in Natanz. Iranian officials have verbally notified the IAEA of their intention to introduce uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges at the facility, 150 miles south of Tehran. Introducing hexafluoride gas into centrifuges is the necessary step in producing enriched uranium.
Dan Halutz, Israel’s Chief of Staff, warned today that Iran is driving itself “to the brink of the abyss” by resuming its ultra-sensitive nuclear research.
Halutz said “The Tehran government is pursuing a policy of going to the brink of the abyss and if it doesn’t take care, it could fall in… International pressure on Iran proves that (its nuclear activities) are not only Israel’s problem.”
VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS NEW SLOGAN
The British paper the Guardian reports that the German company “Volkswagen Polo has changed its slogan in the hope of erasing the memories of last year’s fake advert, which showed a suicide bomber blowing himself up in the car.”
Under the old slogan “small but tough,” a fake advert featuring a Palestinian suicide bomber blowing himself up in a car was widely distributed last year on the internet. The new slogan will be “Polo – built to protect.”
For more on this story please see the dispatches:
Spoof Volkswagen suicide bomber ad sparks global row (Jan. 23, 2005)
Update: VW sues over fake suicide bomber ad (Jan. 26, 2005).
SECRET NUCLEAR DEALS LINKED TO SUDAN
The final article below reports on how western intelligence are claiming Sudan has become “a major conduit for sophisticated engineering equipment that could be used in nuclear weapons programs.” Hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment was imported into the Islamist African country over a three-year period before the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington in 2001 and has since disappeared.
A new European intelligence assessment says Sudan has been using front companies to import machine tools, gauges and hi-tech processing equipment from western Europe and that much of the equipment is too sophisticated for use in the country itself. The suspicion is that it is being passed on to Iran and elsewhere.
I attach five articles below.
-- Tom Gross
“President Ahmadinejad has placed at the centre of international attention, a very important question on the truthfulness of the version that Europe and the Zionists have imposed on the world on the murder of Jews during the years of the great war, and therefore we are of the opinion that it is useful and necessary to organise an international conference on that theme, where all the historians and researchers, even those that do not believe in the official version, will be able to express themselves freely,” Mehdi Afzali, spokesperson of the Association of Islamic Journalists told Adnkronos International (AKI).
“We want to offer a free and democratic platform to the historians to examine in-depth this myth, seeing that in different European countries there exist laws against democracy and freedom that to do not allow intellectuals who believe in a version distinct from that which is officially pronounced on the Holocaust,” added Afzali.
“We will invite those who believe in the imposed version as well as all those who have spent years of their lives in the study of documents related to the Holocaust and have come to the conclusion that the history books in schools and universities do not correspond to the truth,” said Afzali, who however refused to supply the names of the revisionist historians who have been contacted to appear in the conference in Tehran. Revisionists are those who deny that the Holocaust ever happened.
In Iran, books by the English historian, David Irving, currently in custody in an Austrian jail after having been accused of denying the Holocaust, are very popular.
Among the names of possible guests at the conference are the Israeli journalist lsrael Shamir, a convert to Christianity, and Horst Mahler from Germany, a former member of the terrorist group, the Red Army Faction. Other revisionist scholars, such as the French Robert Faurisson and the American Arthur Butz, are also some of the other possible participants of the conference in Tehran.
International investigators and western intelligence have for the first time named Sudan as a major conduit for sophisticated engineering equipment that could be used in nuclear weapons programmes.
Hundreds of millions of pounds of equipment was imported into the African country over a three-year period before the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington in 2001 and has since disappeared, according to Guardian sources.
Western governments, UN detectives and international analysts trying to stem the illicit trade in weapons of mass destruction technology are alarmed by the black market trade.
A European intelligence assessment obtained by the Guardian says Sudan has been using front companies and third countries to import machine tools, gauges and hi-tech processing equipment from western Europe for its military industries in recent years.
But it says that Sudan is also being used as a conduit, as much of the equipment is too sophisticated for use in the country itself.
“The suspicion arises that at least some of the machinery was not destined for or not only destined for Sudan,” the assessment says. “Among the equipment purchased by Sudan there are dual-use goods whose use in Sudan appears implausible because of their high technological standard.”
Western analysts and intelligence agencies suspect the equipment has been or is being traded by the nuclear proliferation racket headed by the Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who admitted nuclear trading two years ago and is under house arrest in Islamabad.
Khan is known to have visited Sudan at least once between 1998 and 2002, and the suspicion is he may have used the country as a warehouse for the hi-tech engineering equipment he was selling to Libya, Iran and North Korea for the assembly of centrifuges for enriching uranium, the most common way of building a nuclear bomb.
Sudan has been ravaged by internal conflicts for decades, and has until recently been governed by an Islamist regime.
Analysts point out that a “failing state” such as Sudan is an ideal candidate for the illicit trading. David Albright, who is investigating the various players in the Khan network and tracks nuclear proliferation for the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, said about £320m worth of dual-use engineering equipment was imported by Sudan between 1999 and 2001.
The purchases were denominated in German marks (before the introduction of the euro), suggesting that at least some of the equipment came from Germany.
Investigators say the machinery has not been found in Sudan. Nor has it been found in Libya, since Tripoli gave up its secret nuclear bomb project in December 2003. Given Osama bin Laden’s long relationship with Sudan, where he lived before moving to Afghanistan, there had been suspicions of al-Qaida involvement. But the goods have not been found in Afghanistan either.
“A huge amount of dual-use equipment was bought by Sudan and people don’t know where it went to,” Mr. Albright said. “It’s a big mystery. The equipment has not been found anywhere.”
A senior international investigator confirmed that Sudan had been importing the material and that the transports had ceased in 2001. “No one now seems to be buying to that extent,” he said. “Perhaps the activity stopped because they got all that they needed.”
While the Khan operation is a main suspect, Iran is also suspected of being behind the Sudanese dealings. “There is the Khan network and then there is a much bigger network in this, and that is the Iranian network,” the investigator said.
Yesterday, the Guardian reported that the same European intelligence assessment - which draws on material gathered by British, French, German and Belgian agencies - concluded that the Iranian government had been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to build a nuclear bomb.
Western intelligence and Mr. Albright identified a state-owned firm in Khartoum as a “pivotal organization” in Sudan’s procurement of weapons and dual-use technology in eastern and western Europe and Russia.
The named company has offices in Tehran, Moscow, Sofia, Istanbul and Beijing. According to the European intelligence assessment, the company “is cooperating intensively with Iran”.
“It is striking,” says the document, “that [the company’s] partners are enterprises subordinate to Iran’s Defense Industries Organization. Technology transfer between these two states and links between their programmes cannot be ruled out.”
While the machinery was dual-use, meaning that it could be used in civil or military applications, Mr. Albright said he understood the equipment was “nuclear-related”. “For the people following this, the interest is whether it’s nuclear. The assumption is it is.”
The likelihood that the machinery was for Sudan is slim, say experts and investigators.
“The idea that Sudan could buy and make use of extremely sophisticated nuclear technology is obviously a question mark,” said Jon Wolfsthal, a nuclear proliferation expert at Washington’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
Sudan is known to have a small civilian nuclear programme, researching nuclear medicine, radiological safety and food irradiation techniques.
Never before has it been suspected of involvement in nuclear weapons research, however. It signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty in 2004.