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May 16, 2014 12:13 pm

Event Glorifying Holocaust Denier Canceled by London College

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An event at King's College London featuring speaker Azzam Tamimi (pictured), who is reported to be Hamas's "special envoy to the UK," was canceled due to student pressure. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgKing’s College London has canceled a May 19 lecture intended to glorify a Holocaust denier in response to pressure from pro-Israel students.

The event was organized by the pro-Hamas publication Middle East Monitor Online (MEMO) to honor the late Egyptian Holocaust denier, Abdelwahab Elmessiri, and was going to feature speaker Azzam Tamimi, who is reported to be Hamas’s “special envoy to the UK.”

Elmessiri led the opposition organization Kefaya in Egypt until he died in 2008. In his book, Zionism, Nazism and the End of History, he wrote that far fewer than 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. “The Nazis desperately needed workers, why would the war machine waste its time destroying millions instead of using them as slave labourers?” he wrote.

In addition to his involvement with Hamas, Tamimi, the event’s guest speaker, was the director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought, a leading Muslim Brotherhood organization. He is known for using glorified rhetoric when speaking about Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad. In 2004, he told the BBC that if he “had the opportunity,” he would become a suicide bomber in a “noble cause” for Palestine.

Members of the King’s College London Students’ Union Israel Society wrote a letter about the event that said “holding the lecture will damage the College’s reputation and international standing, as well as giving succour to hard-line fanatics who desperately want to see nothing short of the destruction of the state of Israel.”

“We feel that, whilst the College has a duty to uphold free speech, this constitutes incitement, and thus a vitiation of the well-being of our Jewish, Israeli and Zionist students at King’s. We urge you to refuse to host this lecture,” they wrote.

Despite its cancelation at King’s College, the same MEMO lecture will be held at the Senate House, a conference venue owned by the University of London.

”There is no defense for hosting an event glorifying a well-known Holocaust denier, and it is extremely troubling that the University of London would welcome such a person,” said Jonathan Hunter, UK campus coordinator for the pro-Israel group StandWithUs, in a statement.

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  • Joe

    I too was idiotized and brainwashed by the mainstream,official version of the so-called “Holocaust”, narrative until after extensive research I came to the conlusion that the three basic dogmas of that virtuallly secular religion were false,namely:that six million Jews perished,that there was a systematic plan to exterminate them and (for the indoctrinated and brainwashed the biggest “blasphemy” of them all)that gas chambers xited.Without delving into the details,there were maximally 4,5 million Jews under the Nazi sphere of influence during the war,of which perhaps some 600 thousand perished in camps due to illness or hunger or as the result of mass executions primarily in the East.Intersetingly enough,no one calls the Jews to account for the murder of millions of non-Jews in the Soviet Union since 1917 where they were the ruling and privilged nation and reached the zenith of their power under Stalin,or in Poland,Hungary,etc. where they were installed as the ruling elite.To cut to the chase,Europe and particularily the US,are simply zionist stooges,whose mainstream politicians are leading their peoples into ruin if things continue on their present course.Their sons and daughters will die for the last colonial experiment,Israel,and for the interests of global Jewry,which holds sway over all key aspects of live in the West.

    • HH

      The anti-Semites and Jew haters come out of the woodwork….

  • The strongest reason(s) to doubt the official narrative of the Holocaust is the extraordinary energy, vitriol, and criminal legislation employed to defend it.

    It was MY tip-off to the vast and intricate web of lies that further inquiry revealed it to be.

    • HH

      Wow, Jett. I bet you felt the same way when you realized Santa Claus was just a fat, bearded pedophile who sneaks into children’s homes.

  • Azzam Tamimi

    The claim that Prof. Elmessiri was a Holocaust denier is a blatant lie. The late professor’s writings are available for all to read and see that he bitterly criticised Holocaust deniers. Not only is the Holocaust a fact of history, without the Holocaust Israel might never have come to existence. Most Jews prior to the Holocaust did not accept Zionism but many of who escaped death in the concentration camps felt betrayed by Europe and when they fled had no option but to travel to Palestine. The Zionists keep trying to prevent the truth from coming out and that is why they make bogus claims to convince some universities in the UK to close their doors in the face of free speech and open discussion. I challenge the Zionists to an open debate. So, come and have a debate instead of spreading lies about me and about other Muslims who sympathise with the just cause of the Palestinians. By the way, the function is going ahead in another British university.

  • .

    Bernhard Rosenberg –

    I LOST MY JOB AT RUTGERS BECAUSE AN ANTI-SEMITIC PERSON BROUGHT A RIDICULOUS CHARGE AGAINST ME ( I believe a Muslim) THEY REFUSE TO GIVE OUT THE NAME, BUT ONLY A MUSLIM DROPPED OUT OF MY CLASS. SAME THING HAPPENED AT MIDDLESEX BUT THAT MUSLIM WAS NOT BELIEVED. I YELL AND SCREAM BUT WHO CARES. I AM VERY ANGRY ABOUT RUTGERS WHICH IS FULL OF ANTI-SEMITSM
    Subject: Fwd: I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS. IT IS MORE THAN HALF OF THE WORLD THAT IS ANTI-SEMITIC. .

    PLEASE SHARE I have been called every name in the book, I continue to fight.

    Bernhard Rosenberg

    We Jews are our worst enemy. IF WE ELECT HILARY AS PRESIDENT IT WILL PROVE JEWS HATE JEWS ALSO. I WAS PRESIDENT OF JEWS FOR ROMNEY . LOOK WHAT THE LIBERALS DID TO US BY ELECTING OBAMA TWICE. WE MUST KEEP ISRAEL STRONG. I lost most of my family in the holocaust including two siblings and grandparents, aunts and uncles. MY parents of blessed memory were in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. I will fight. Never again can another holocaust be allowed to occur. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  • rulierose

    I’m generally in favor of letting everyone speak, no matter how loony. but holocaust denial isn’t a point of view as much as it is a sickness. there’s simply too much evidence for any rational person to dispute the Shoah. and the “deniers” are all motivated by just one thing–hatred for Jews–which doesn’t really lend any gravitas to their arguments.

    so this is a good-news story, in a week that needed one.

    • Moise

      rulierose claims that he is generally in favour of free speech. That is except when he strongly disagrees with what is said. That is what is generally considered hypocrisy, not withstanding his extraordinary ability to determine the facts without getting all the input.

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