Israelis to sue Ahmadinejad for Holocaust denial
22 February 2006
TEL AVIV – A group of Israeli citizens is set to file a lawsuit in a German court against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because of his series of remarks denying the Holocaust, the Israeli Yediot Ahronot daily reported Wednesday.
The suit, brought by an Israeli lawyer and the Civil Coalition – a human rights organization working both in Israel and abroad – requests Ahmadinejad be tried for Holocaust denial, harming the memory of Holocaust victims, incitement to hatred, racism, and violation of United Nations conventions and resolutions.
The suit was submitted to the Karlsruhe constitutional court.
The plaintiffs decided to submit the suit in Germany because of its tough anti-Holocaust denial laws which ban the direct and indirect denial of the Holocaust and outlaw harming the memory of the dead.
They have also hired the services of a German public relations firm in a bid to initiate a media campaign that would place the matter firmly on the agenda.
Ahmadinejad provoked international outrage late last year when he said the Nazi genocide of European Jewry was “a myth.”
He had previously said Iran did not accept the claim made by “some European countries” who “insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces.”
Subject: German news