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International Forum Regulates Holocaust Denial

The scope of Holocaust denial is now defined clearly and without exceptions.

Tourists visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem. An international committee has now decided for the record what constitutes Holocaust denial.

Tourists visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem. An international committee has now decided for the record what constitutes Holocaust denial.
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The International Alliance for Holocaust remembrance (IHRA), comprised of 31 member states, the UN and UNESCO have accepted a universal definition of holocaust denial. (Editor: You can see real, live examples of holocaust denial and antisemitism in the comments below).

According to Gideon Bachar, the head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry department for the fight against antisemitism, who represented Israel in the discussions, the newly accepted definition of a holocaust denier is anyone who doubts the number of Jews killed, who denies the existence of the gas chambers, as well as anyone who claims the Jews have brought on the holocaust intentionally, to serve their own ends, such as the establishment of the State of Israel, and also anyone who includes the 1939-1945 holocaust among other great tragedies in human history.

However, according to Wikipedia, In 2007 the IHRA expanded its thematic mandate to include the genocide of the Roma. This would seem to be in conflict with Bachar’s point about the holocaust remaining a distinctly Jewish event, incomparable with any other case of human suffering.

Bachar told Israel Radio that the new universal definition does not have a legal validity, but it may help in the fight against holocaust denial and antisemitism.

IHRA, which used to be called called the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF) until January 2013, is an inter-governmental organization established in 1998. The organization’s mandate is founded on the principles laid out by the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust.

On January 29, 2000, the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust was attended by 23 Heads of State or Prime Ministers, and 14 deputy Prime Ministers or Ministers from 46 governments. Yehuda Bauer headed the academic committee, and Elie Wiesel was the Honorary Chairman of the forum. A joint declaration was unanimously adopted, as follows:

1. The Holocaust (Shoah) fundamentally challenged the foundations of civilization. The unprecedented character of the Holocaust will always hold universal meaning. After half a century, it remains an event close enough in time that survivors can still bear witness to the horrors that engulfed the Jewish people. The terrible suffering of the many millions of other victims of the Nazis has left an indelible scar across Europe as well.

2. The magnitude of the Holocaust, planned and carried out by the Nazis, must be forever seared in our collective memory. The selfless sacrifices of those who defied the Nazis, and sometimes gave their own lives to protect or rescue the Holocaust’s victims, must also be inscribed in our hearts. The depths of that horror, and the heights of their heroism, can be touchstones in our understanding of the human capacity for evil and for good.

3. With humanity still scarred by genocide, ethnic cleansing, racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, the international community shares a solemn responsibility to fight those evils. Together we must uphold the terrible truth of the Holocaust against those who deny it. We must strengthen the moral commitment of our peoples, and the political commitment of our governments, to ensure that future generations can understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences.

4. We pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education, remembrance and research about the Holocaust, both in those of our countries that have already done much and those that choose to join this effort.

5. We share a commitment to encourage the study of the Holocaust in all its dimensions. We will promote education about the Holocaust in our schools and universities, in our communities and encourage it in other institutions.

6. We share a commitment to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to honor those who stood against it. We will encourage appropriate forms of Holocaust remembrance, including an annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance, in our countries.

7. We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust. We will take all necessary steps to facilitate the opening of archives in order to ensure that all documents bearing on the Holocaust are available to researchers.

8. It is appropriate that this, the first major international conference of the new millenium, declares its commitment to plant the seeds of a better future amidst the soil of a bitter past. We empathize with the victims’ suffering and draw inspiration from their struggle. Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity’s common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.

The stated aims of the IHRA are to mobilize and coordinate political and social leaders’ support for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research at national and international levels.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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52 Responses to “International Forum Regulates Holocaust Denial”

  1. The holocaust was preceded by University of Wisconsin Eugenicists and psychiatry. And indeed the principles have been with us today from the time of the FDR administration. The holocaust is going on today right under your noses, it never ended. Schizophrenics are human are human being victims of an actively created medical fraud.

  2. The holocaust was preceded by University of Wisconsin Eugenicists and psychiatry. And indeed the principles have been with us today from the time of the FDR administration. The holocaust is going on today right under your noses, it never ended. Schizophrenics are human are human being victims of an actively created medical fraud.

  3. Jennifer Katona says:

    The Jews are only digging their own graves with this nonsense and when the next so-called holocaust occurs (and it will, as history shows us), they'll again be asking, ironically, "Why us?"

  4. so in some countries you could be arrested or fined for not putting the holocaust on a pedestal, above and beyond the suffering of all other people in other events throughout history. That is disgusting, imho.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The construction of an official orthodoxy, and the reinforcement of a historical narrative with legal sanction suggests that there is indeed something to be kept hidden. I don't think any other historical event uses laws to keep it "pure", just facts seem to be enough. What's so different here?

  6. Anonymous says:

    The construction of an official orthodoxy, and the reinforcement of a historical narrative with legal sanction suggests that there is indeed something to be kept hidden. I don't think any other historical event uses laws to keep it "pure", just facts seem to be enough. What's so different here?

  7. Oy vey. There is NO business like shoah business. Must keep the lie going.

  8. I survived the holohoax and it is real. Never again!!!

  9. Kit Holz says:

    Who denies the Holocaust. Adolf Hitler was an Austrian Jew, who ruled with a mostly Jewish cabinet and commanded also over 120.000 Jewish soldiers. The Jews at that time were victims and perpetrators. Sure Adolf Hitler the Jew hated certain kinds of Jew and killed them, but he also killed more other people such as Gypsies, those who opposed him and 12 million Russians.

  10. Kit Holz says:

    The new Holocaust is also committed again with the help of the Jews in Palestine, Iraq, Pakistan and in the regions of the Zionist Muslim religion.

  11. Kit Holz says:

    Correct – now it is the other Semite tribe the Arabs mostly Muslims.

  12. Chris Coff says:

    Gays, Gypsy, Black etc etc make up the final number not just Jews

  13. Follow the sheckels; who owns the media and has its tenticles in nearly all Western governments?

  14. Notable absence of a holacaust museum for the hundreds of millions of aborted babies and the ongoing geNOcide of the white race. Wonder why?

  15. Chris Sky says:

    so pretty much anybody who tries to shine a light on a spec of truth will be "condemned"…. What else is new?

    over 12 million people died in Russia alone… but "6 million Jews" (if you believe that ridiculous number) was obviously leaps and bounds more important than the other tens of millions killed during WW2.

  16. People are sick of Jews and sick of hearing about the Holohoax! There's a reason Jews are the most hated group in history. Notice how Jews are always wailing that they are victims, but never why?!?

    If 6 million Jews did get wiped out, the world would be a much better place without the Satanic parasites!

  17. According to Gideon Bachar, the head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry department for the fight against antisemitism, who represented Israel in the discussions, the newly accepted definition of a holocaust denier is anyone who doubts the number of Jews killed,
    Jct: After Auschwitz reduced the number of Jews killed from 4 million to 1 million, it's pretty hard to explain to disbelievers of the 6 million number that I'm now a believer that 6 – 3 = 6! I'm no anti-semite.

  18. Look at all this anti-whitism. In the 60's, anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to bring in millions of non-whites. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face penalties for being “naziswhowantokill6millionjews.” Now anti-whites are praising and counting down the days till ALL and ONLY white children are minorities and extinct EVERYWHERE. That makes it genocide. “Diversity” is a codeword for anti-white. /watch?v=lKDeyuM0-Og

  19. Jeff Turner says:

    "The American Hebrew"(august 10, 1920) "The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia was the work of jewish brains,of jewish planning,whose goal was to create a new world order. What happened in Russia, shall also, through jewish mental and physical forces, become a reality over all the world"

  20. I personally know Holocaust survivors who lost most of their families who were burned to ashes in these camps. Including some members of my own family. How can anyone dare say that the Holocaust never happend?

  21. YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! …
    Adolf Hitler – The greatest story Never told ! Watch it on you tube.

  22. Jason Vega says:

    there were over 135,000 Jews who served in Hitlers army and in the "death camps". HITLER was a JEW. according to new DNA studies Jews aren't even Semites. they are azhkaNAZI from the Balkans. You cant regulate lies like your Talmud says its ok to do. WE SEE YOU!

  23. John Dicarlo says:

    a jewish collective one, collossal, lie.

  24. John Dicarlo says:

    You survived? And now you're here to perpetuate the lies.

  25. Mel Quiades says:

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”- Voltaire

  26. 21.YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! …
    Adolf Hitler – The greatest story Never told ! Watch it on you tube.

  27. Sean Moran says:

    Both my parents died three times in the holohoax before I was born so any doubters should be set on fire and pushed off the highest synagogue in Israel.
    Voy voy voy!

  28. Max Born says:

    Do you who wrote this, and do you who run this site, do you look at these comments here? Practically 100% can now see through you and your sad attempt to make your holocaust sacred and beyond analysis and criticism, and we all know why you are doing this and to what ends. The jig is up, my friends, the world has had quite enough of your bull**** and "by way of deception shalt thou do war". It´s over. Come along quietly now…

  29. Rob Litvak says:

    Please research the info on this site and see the holocaust that is being done right now a soft kill holocaust.http://www.stopthecrime.net/

  30. All the leaders of the communist movement in the Bolshevik revolution were all fake Ashkenazim Jews who were ancestors of the Khazar tribe of the Caucus mountain region. They are the same people who orchestrated apatite in South Africa and are currently doing the same in Palestine. Hasn't anyone notice that the fake star of David on the Israeli flag is the same exact star on the communist Red flag.

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