December 9th, 2005

Political sanctions against Iran: Back the words with deeds

“Monstrous and despicable” was the reaction of Dr Paul Spiegel, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, to the latest utterances by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad proposing that a Jewish state be established on German or Austrian territory and denying that millions of Jews were murdered under the Nazi dictatorship.

“Ahmadinejad has demonstrated yet again that he is not only a convinced holocaust denier, but also an ethnic hatemonger”, commented Spiegel. “Dismissing the remarks by the President of Iran as hardly ‘serious’, as Foreign Minister Steinmeier is reported to have done, is not very helpful”, criticized Spiegel. “The continuing appeasement policy of European governments, including that of Germany, towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, must be terminated for once and for all”, Spiegel demanded. “Every opportunity to exert political influence, from political and economic sanctions to exclusion from the United Nations, must finally be seriously examined and then implemented. Anyone who wants to be taken seriously on the stage of world politics, and Europeans like to do that whenever an occasion presents itself, must ensure that their demands are at last backed by deeds”, maintained Spiegel.

Berlin, 9 December 2005