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Washington - Obama: I Pledge to Confront Holocaust Deniers

Published on: April 23, 2009 03:45 PM
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Obama at Washington ceremony (Photo: AP)Washington - President Barack Obama pledged Thursday at a ceremony remembering the millions of Jews who were slaughtered in World War II to confront “those who tell lies about history” and deny the Holocaust.

“There are those who insist the Holocaust never happened, who perpetrate every form of intolerance—racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism and more,” Obama told a gathering in the Capitol Rotunda, including Jews who survived the World War II slaughter and non-Jews who sheltered them.

“We have an opportunity and an obligation to confront these scourges,” said Obama, speaking just days after Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a UN conference on racism, denounced Israel as “the most cruel and repressive racist regime.”

“We have the opportunity ... to commit ourselves to resisting injustice, intolerance and indifference in whatever forms they may take, whether confronting those who tells lies about history or doing everything we can to prevent and end atrocities like those that took place in Rwanda, those taking place in Darfur,” said Obama, who spoke after Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
President Barack Obama hugs Kaddish Morris Rosen, a Holocaust survivor, right, as Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, of Chicago, watches at left, at the end of the National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance in the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Wiesel, who survived the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, where his mother and sister perished, directly took on Ahmadinejad.

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The Iranian leader has become “the number one Holocaust denier in the world,” said Wiesel.

“He used the solemn setting of a United Nations gathering again to insult the state of Israel in a way that no civilized person should ever do,” the Nobel laureate said.

The United States and several other countries, including Israel, did not attend the UN meeting in Geneva, and many European delegates walked out in protest at the Iranian leader’s statements.

Israeli deputy prime minister Silvan Shalom said Tuesday in Poland, where the Nazis ran many of their death camps, that what Iran was trying to do “is not far away at all from what Hitler did to the Jewish people just 65 years ago.”
President Barack Obama talks with Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2009, as they participated in the 'Holocaust Days of Remembrance' ceremony. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)



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 Apr 23, 2009 at 03:46 PM proud american Says:

ya right what By chatting with them. Obama is a fony he ruining this great county.

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 Apr 23, 2009 at 04:03 PM Anonymous Says:

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proud american Says:

ya right what By chatting with them. Obama is a fony he ruining this great county.

Yep. He will shake their hands and smile at them. We elected a loser. We messed up.

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 Apr 23, 2009 at 03:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Huh? Do your job, Obama. We did not elect you to waste time messing with Holocausts and their deniers.
We elected you to LEAD this country. That means to make others respect us, not love us.
I do not care if the world hates the USA. I want them to respect our strength, and our resolve to defend ourselves and our allies.

In that you are a total failure, Mr. President.

The same goes for those embarrassing gifts you gave to the British leaders.... my face is still red.

Stop "Running for President" and start being one. Please. I voted for you.

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 Apr 23, 2009 at 05:03 PM plony Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Huh? Do your job, Obama. We did not elect you to waste time messing with Holocausts and their deniers.
We elected you to LEAD this country. That means to make others respect us, not love us.
I do not care if the world hates the USA. I want them to respect our strength, and our resolve to defend ourselves and our allies.

In that you are a total failure, Mr. President.

The same goes for those embarrassing gifts you gave to the British leaders.... my face is still red.

Stop "Running for President" and start being one. Please. I voted for you.

i agree with you but L'mysah your a loser (or worse) for voting for him couldn't you see this coming. your still a good guy.

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 Apr 23, 2009 at 06:59 PM Anonymous Says:

BH! Kol Hakavod President Obama for his beautiful speech today. Everyone should be required as well to listen to what Sallai Merridor and Elie Wiesel both said. They gave great speeches. The entire event - from the military flag procession of camp flags to the kel molehs and the including Joe Lieberman and even Donald Payne (who was nearly attacked in somalia last week) and lighting candles with the righteous gentiles was a truly magnidficent event and a testament to this great country and the great time in which we live. Yashar Koach and kol hakavod to America. The entire event is acrchived and can be viewed at the holocaust memorial museum's website.

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 Apr 23, 2009 at 06:11 PM Lazer Says:

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plony Says:

i agree with you but L'mysah your a loser (or worse) for voting for him couldn't you see this coming. your still a good guy.

Jews seem to vote Democratic no matter who is running. We vote for a party not a person. What do you know, just like in Israel.

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 Apr 23, 2009 at 08:51 PM Anonymous Says:

statements like these will give him cover when he screws Israel for the arabs

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 Apr 23, 2009 at 10:00 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

statements like these will give him cover when he screws Israel for the arabs

Exactly right it will give him cover for many other things, especially he will want money and a black state or what ever else. He is turning everything around and doing it really quickly. Lets hope it won't be to damaging. In yiddish there is a vort Tzigun And Libhuben cost nisht kin gelt. IN plain english love and promises don't cost you money. I worry more about these people then other plain outspoken ones. Lets daven Mossiach should come quickly AMEN.

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 12:07 AM coast2coast Says:

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Anonymous Says:

statements like these will give him cover when he screws Israel for the arabs

like hes checking this site. you never know he's addicted to that fancy Shancy blackberry, maybe put it down and do your job.

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 09:10 AM Anonymous Says:

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coast2coast Says:

like hes checking this site. you never know he's addicted to that fancy Shancy blackberry, maybe put it down and do your job.

this is is his job you twit! be happy and thankful and greatful!!!

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 09:09 AM Anonymous Says:

Why is he not sincere? why when bush does it it means he is the best friend ever but for him its pandering? sounds to me like a bunch of blind partisan hackery...guess thats what happens when you dont get any real education.

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 11:04 AM popular Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why is he not sincere? why when bush does it it means he is the best friend ever but for him its pandering? sounds to me like a bunch of blind partisan hackery...guess thats what happens when you dont get any real education.

Not everything President Bush did was one hundred Percent right. Infact many things weren't but one thing President Bush wasn't was a phony person. He said what he thought and wasn't afraid to be unpopular

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