Holo­caust de­nier in web at­tack

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Ira­nian English-lan­guage television sta­tion has pub­lished an on­line ar­ti­cle cast­ing doubt on the ex­is­tence of the Nazi gas cham­bers by a re­cently ex­posed Holo­caust de­nier.

Last month, Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don with­drew the hon­orary re­search fel­low­ship of Ni­cholas Koller­strom af­ter his Holo­caust views came to light.

But this week Press TV, a Tehran­based news net­work, gave space for the lec­turer, a spe­cial­ist in as­tron­omy, to pro­mote his ideas.

De­scrib­ing him as a “dis­tin­guished aca­demic”, it says he “ar­gues that the al­leged mas­sacre of Jewish peo­ple by gassing dur­ing World War II was sci­en­tif­i­cally im­pos­si­ble”.

The TV sta­tion, which prom­ises “un­bi­ased re­port­ing of con­tro­ver­sial global news”, in­tro­duces his ar­ti­cle: “The West pun­ishes peo­ple for their sci­en­tific re­search on Holo­caust but the same West­ern coun­tries al­low in­sults to prophets and re­li­gious be­liefs.”

Mark Gard­ner, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions of the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust, said: “The Ira­nian gov­ern­ment spon­sors Holo­caust de­nial and also pays for Press TV. It is there­fore shock­ing, but not sur­pris­ing, to see Press TV push­ing this dis­gust­ing an­tisemitic pro­pa­ganda.”

Dr Koller­strom lost his UCL po­si­tion af­ter pub­lish­ing an ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled The Auschwitz “Gas Cham­ber” Il­lu­sion on a re­vi­sion­ist web­site.

Last week Press TV car­ried a re­port of Ira­nian stu­dents de­mand­ing the clo­sure of the Bri­tish em­bassy in a protest out­side it.

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