By Ted Belman
Yesterday I met, by chance, Dr Elihu Richter who is a knowledgable activist winding down his career at Hebrew U. He sent me a copy of Commentary on Genocide: Can We Predict, Prevent, and Protect? which he recently published. He also referred me to an article, incitement deserves indictment, he and R. Blum, G. Stanton and I. Charney wrote two years ago.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the first world leader to recognize the connection between Iran’s uranium enrichment, its testing of long distance missiles, and the genocidal statements of its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A day after declaring that Israel “should be wiped off the map” on October 25, he incited students to scream “death to Israel,” at a government-sponsored conference called the “World without Zionism.”
Chancellor Merkel declared: “A president that questions Israel’s right to exist [and] denies the Holocaust, cannot expect to receive any tolerance from Germany. We have learned our history.” Will Chancellor Merkel’s warnings of the parallels between Iran’s actions today and Nazi Germany’s first steps towards genocide in the 1930’s prod the world into effective deterrent action? The International Association of Genocide scholars (IAGS) has passed a resolution noting that Iran’s actions, including Ahmadinejad statements, are early warning signs of genocide. These signs include open expressions of an exclusionary ideology characterized by hate speech, an authoritarian government that represses dissent, the organization of fanatical militias, such as the Revolutionary Guards, and a sustained record of support for terror attacks against Jews around the world.
This is the same Merkel who is permitting German businesses to trade with Iran.
Currently he is working with Irwin Cotler to cause to have Ahmedinejad indicted for incitement to genocide. The efforts started when this was published. I might add that when they sought approval for such a move in the US Senate, Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate, opposed it.
We talked for quite a while and found we saw eye to eye on many things.