Saturday, April 22, 2006

Fascists and Iran

Last week, I know it was along time ago but I've been away, YaBass blogged on this story of German neoNazis planning to link themselves to Iran during the World Cup so they can spread anti-Semitic hatred.
A neo-Nazi group in Germany has announced plans to attach themselves to Iran during the World Cup to further its dissemination of anti-semitic propaganda. The NPD party, a right-wing extremist group, intends to march around the east German city of Leipzig on June 21, when Iran take on Angola in group D.
The Guardian goes on to report
The NPD [, a fascist group] admires the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has referred to the Holocaust as "a myth" and called for Israel to be "wiped of the map". Germany's interior minister Wolfgang Schäuble has however confirmed that German and Iranian diplomats are discussing the possibility of Ahmadinejad - who showed his support for the national team last month by turning up at a training camp in a tracksuit before their friendly against Costa Rica - coming to the World Cup.

Germany's Jewish Council pointed out that Ahmadinejad could be arrested under German law. "There is no doubt that the Iranian president's public utterances denying the Holocaust and calling for the destruction of Israel infringes paragraph 130 of Germany's statute book," said Stephan Kramer, the council's secretary general.
That would be good, having Ahmadinejad arrested in Germany. Perhaps he could start a prison penpal relationship with David Irving over in Austria.

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