VII. .#1/2 Jan 1 & 8, 2007. americanfreepress.net
AFP REPORTER TELLS TRUTH
ABOUT CONFERENCE IN IRAN
Readers of this newspaper know that the media is the enemy. But
perhaps never before in recent memory has this been so apparently
and consistently clear as when watching mainstream media
coverage of the Iran Holocaust conference. Facts were few and far
between with vitriolic invective filling the gaps. Thank goodness, AFP correspondent Michael Collins Piper was on the spot. Catch up on what really happened in Iran with our special 8-page exclusive report.
See THE IRAN CONFERENCE, Pages B-1 through B-8
FREE PRESS * January 1 & 8, 2007 An American Free Press On the Scenes Report
Michael Collins Piper
What Really Happened in Iran
By Michael Collins Piper
. . .What follows is a first-hand account of what
did—and did not—take place at the historic
Holocaust conference in Iran on December 11-12.
The author, AFP correspondent Michael Collins
Piper, was one of the speakers at the conference.
Earlier this year Piper met with Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when the Iranian leader
visited New York City for the opening of the
United Nations General Assembly.
By Michael Collins Piper
. . .
Take this for what it’s worth: what you may have
heard on television or radio or read in your daily
newspaper about the now-infamous international
conference on the Holocaust in Iran is largely
untrue, or, at the very least, seriously distorted
and very much misrepresented.
. In some respects, the conference was largely painted as a
rally of anti-Semites, white racists, and Muslim extremists,
when nothing could be further from the truth.
. . Instead, the conference — which included some 67 invited researchers from 30 different countries—was a diverse and
eclectic gathering which not only featured a group of anti-Zionist Orthodox Jewish rabbis but also included Black
speakers from the African continent, as well as Palestinian
Muslim attendees and European academics who insisted that
the Holocaust, as it is popularly remembered, did happen,
that it was a major tragedy in which many millions of Jews
were deliberately exterminated.
. . .Thus, the false image presented by the media—that the
conference was some sort of “hatefest,” dedicated entirely to
the proposition of what has been called “Holocaust
denial”—is anything but the truth.
. . Thus, if anything, the tone of the conference itself was one
of genuine open debate and freedom of expression, perhaps
the first time ever in modern history that an international
gathering actually addressed literally “all” sides of the controversy
surrounding the events referred to as “the
. . .So the truth is that there were many very different points
of view being expressed at the conference, and they were
hardly in agreement on any particular issue except for one
possible general area of convergence: the concept that the
Holocaust has been used as a political tool to steal 8,019
square miles of Palestine for the Zionist scheme to eventually
take over the entire Mideast.
. . .In addition, however, there were many speakers—including
voices from the Arab and Muslim world—who put forth
the notion that it is the United States and Britain, as imperial
powers, that are more so to blame for the dislocation of the
Palestinian Christians and Muslims of the Middle East—
rather than Israel itself.
This photograph by Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh shows a general view of the audience which comprised
honored guests, speakers, members of the media allowed access to the event. At far right is Dr. Robert Faurisson.
Just to the left is Dr. Fredrick Töben of the Adelaide Institute. Above, resident Ahmadinejad listens intently during one of
the lectures. Lady Michele Renouf of Britain was in attendance. Both she and Dr. Toben spoke at the AFP-TBR Free
Speech Conference in September this year. Also in attendance was AFP European correspondent George Kadar, who
gave invaluable assistance to AFP during the conference.
. . .Israel, these speakers said—and there were many reflecting
this point of view—was not the problem, per se, but
rather the guilty parties responsible for the ongoing crisis in
Palestine are the imperial American and British powers that
brought Israel into being as an outpost for their geopolitical
designs in the region.
. . .Many took the position that the basic story of the
Holocaust, as it has been told in the media, was essentially
what happened, but that whatever happened—to whatever
degree—did not justify Israel’s ongoing treatment of the
. . .One speaker in particular broke the basic mold of the conference.
That was Lady Michele Renouf of Britain.
Acknowledging the potentially inflammatory nature of her
remarks, Lady Renouf suggested that the root of the modern
day conflicts between Jewish people and the people of
Palestine has more historic antecedents, going back through
. . .Lady Renouf asserted that the often hateful (and indeed
racist) attitudes toward non-Jews expressed in the Jewish religious
reflections in the collective works known as the Talmud
were the root of much opposition to Jewish people in the
nations of the West. This in itself, she said, could be partial
explanation for the foundational concerns of so many
Europeans who supported measures taken by the National
Socialist regime of Adolf Hitler to curtail the influence of the
Jews of Europe before and during World War II.
. . .Although the Western media relished pointing out that
controversial American author, Dr. David Duke, who has
been teaching political science in recent years at a prestigious
private university in Kiev, Ukraine, was among the speakers—always harkening back to the already well-known fact that 30
years ago Duke was involved in the Ku Klux Klan—Duke was
no more “featured” as a speaker than any of the wide-ranging
number of speakers from around the globe, people of all
races, creeds and colors.
. . .And for the record, it should be noted, as the accompanying
article points out, the mass media actually distorted what
the articulate Duke really did say, literally putting words (and propositions) in his mouth that
Duke never uttered once during
his remarks to the conference.
. . .Duke’s primary emphasis was
not focused on the truth—or the
lies—about the Holocaust, rather
instead on the need for all nations
to recognize and support freedom
of speech and thought, no matter
what the issue, no matter what
special interest group might have
the intention of dictating what
can or can not be discussed about
a particular subject.
. . .So again, the mass media version
of events was once again
entirely off the mark of reality. It
was, instead, a mass of lies. And it
is to Duke’s credit that he took
advantage of the mass media’s
focus on his attendance at the conference
to correct the record for
those who care to know the truth.
WHAT THE CONFERENCE ACCOMPLISHED
. . .In the end, given the many differences of opinion among
those who lectured and attended the conference, what was
probably the most profound result (and perhaps the original
aim itself) of this momentous gathering was the very fact that
this conference directly challenged perhaps the most hallowed
icon of modern history, the Holocaust, and made clear
and enunciated in no uncertain terms the basic principle that
there can be no restrictions (by any single nation or ethnic
group) on the discussion of historical events as those who
have controlled the discussion of the Holocaust insist there
. . .That the conference was actually sponsored by the
Institute for Political and International Studies, a division of
the foreign ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was
momentous indeed: this was the first time that any government
since World War II dared to acknowledge the fact that
there are serious questions being raised about the specifics of
. . .But the truth is that, since the
end of World War II, there have
been countless (and often unsung)
historians and researchers
who have diligently devoted their
resources (often at risk to life and
limb) to ferreting out the truth.
Those relentless truth-seekers have
been subjected to an unending
campaign of hatred by the mass
media, but with the advent of this
conference the international
media—as a whole—was forced
to acknowledge their work, however
grudgingly it may have been.
. . .Great credit must be given to
Dr. Fredrick Toben, often called
the “international ambassador” of
the Holocaust revisionist movement,
for his singularly instrumental
role in helping the Iranian
sponsors of the conference bring
the gathering to fruition.
. . .Although Willis A. Carto, the publisher of the world’s
most-widely-circulated revisionist magazine, THE BARNES
REVIEW—6,500 subscribers strong—did not attend the conference,
he took great satisfaction in seeing the Iran conference
materialize as it did. When this reporter, who is on the
editorial board of THE BARNES REVIEW, took the podium at the
Iran conference, I extended Carto’s best wishes to the conference.
. . .Beyond dispute the pioneer publicist of Holocaust revisionism,
responsible for the publication of hundreds of
books and research papers on the topic, many of which have
been translated into multiple foreign languages, thereby laying
the groundwork for a burgeoning global Holocaust revisionist
movement, Carto told AFP: “The Holocaust giant has
feet of clay. The myth can only be sustained by suppressing
the truth. But the people of the world want the truth—or at
least unfettered access to the facts. What will they do now—
lock up the world? Too late! Their giant is crumbling.”
(Issue #1/2, January 1 & 8 2007, AMERICAN