SecretaryGeneral views Holocaust deniers as bigots says spokesman

Responding to a question at the regular press briefing about whether Mr. Annan would raise the subject of Iran’s cartoon contest on the Holocaust during his expected upcoming visit to the country, Stephane Dujarric reiterated that Mr. Annan condemns all forms of anti-Semitism.Mr. Dujarric said that while he would not pre-judge any of the issues to be discussed, Mr. Annan has already made his views clear and has brought up the matter during previous discussions with Iranian officials.He also said that the Secretary-General, as he did during the row earlier this year over the Danish cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad, affirms the universal right to free expression while insisting it must be used responsibly, and not as an incitement to hatred against anyone or any group.Mr. Annan is likely to visit Iran as part of his trip to the Middle East and Europe, starting later this week, in which he aims to strengthen the situation in Lebanon and Israel following the formal cessation of hostilities there in the wake of the recent Security Council resolution.Asked about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reported threats against Israel, Mr. Dujarric also noted that Mr. Annan has spoken out against them before and his position has not changed.Last December Mr. Annan issued a statement expressing shock following media reports that Mr. Ahmadinejad had cast doubt on the truth of the Holocaust, in which the Nazi regime in Germany murdered one third of the world’s Jewish people during World War II, along with countless members of other minorities.He also called on UN Member States to combat Holocaust denial and to educate their populations about the well-established facts of the subject.A month earlier the General Assembly passed a resolution which rejects “any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or in part.” read more

Attlees greatnephew suspended from Labour over CameronHitler image

first_imgPostwar Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee  “It is absolutely clear to me it is because of my support for Corbyn.”The post they are referring to was put up over a year ago so it is extraordinary to use it now.”Someone has got paranoid and thought I am describing the Labour bureaucracy as fascist. They are making a big mistake.”I would never describe the Labour Party as fascist.” John Macdonald says he was informed that he was suspended as a result of abusive comments on social media The great-nephew of former Prime Minister Clement Attlee has been suspended from the Labour Party after he posted a picture on social media of David Cameron with a Hitler moustache.John Macdonald, a longtime Labour member who supports Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership, uploaded the image of Mr Cameron in August 2015.Superimposed on the picture was a quotation from Mein Kampf, in which Hitler outlines how to take total control by taking “a little of their freedom at a time…until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed”.Mr Macdonald’s suspension, which occurred last Friday, came immediately after he publicly backed Mr Corbyn’s latest campaign. Mr Macdonald only discovered that he had been suspended when he contacted the party HQ to find out why his voting papers had not arrived.He is now calling for an investigation into the conduct of those who are overseeing what some are calling a “purge” of the Labour Party.A Labour Party spokesman said: “Officials in the Scottish Labour Party are consulted and informed regarding any action of this kind.”In addition, the NEC includes a Scottish member.”Ultimately, these decisions are not taken by the political leadership of the Labour Party, but by the NEC who are elected by members across the country.” John Macdonald says he was informed that he was suspended as a result of abusive comments on social mediaCredit: Deadline News Postwar Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee Credit:Deadline News And Mr Macdonald, from Dunfermline, Fife, claims the old Facebook post is being used as an excuse to rid the party of prominent Corbyn supporters.He said: “Even if the allegation, which I refute, was proved to be true it is highly suspicious and self-evidently underhand to suspend a member during an election for the party leader, therefore invalidating their vote in the contest – particularly in such contentious times. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more