IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ALAN QUARTERMAIN
As David Irving retreated to his Internet site to snarl impotent threats at his enemies and heap his fawning adulation on the geriatric remnants of the Third Reich , the IHR reversed Horace Greeley's famous admonition and looked east to improve their fortunes. The IHR had always maintained several friendly contacts with Arab anti-Semites over the years (see: "Between Friends" SPLC Intelligence Report 105; Spring 2002) and now increased that effort.
The first public manifestation of the IHR's new direction was a conference on "Revisionism and Zionism" which the IHR scheduled for March,2001, in Beirut, Lebanon. It was jointly organized by the IHR and Jurgen Graf, a Swiss denier and neo-Nazi then living in exile in Iran (he has since moved to Russia), who claimed "The meeting reflects, and will further strengthen, growing cooperation between revisionists in the West and in Muslim countries." (IHR press release; December 26, 2000) It was clear, however, that the real target was not scholars and academics but a direct appeal for political support from the Muslim leaders of the region. French denier Robert Faurrison minced no words as to whom he addressed his remarks:
The automatic anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist themes of the conference were accompanied by a flood of anti-American rhetoric equally as shrill as the denunciations of the Jews. As the IHR blasted U.S. policy towards Iran: "This belligerent policy, which reflects America's subservience to Zionist interests, is hypocritical." (IHR "Background on Jurgen Graf") Robert Faurrison - a defender of Nazi Germany and stridently denies that the Holocaust occurred -- bellowed: ". . .Israeli killers are, on a modest scale, the worthy successors of the US Air Force, the military corps which, in all of a cruel human history, has contributed to killing, mutilating, disfiguring or starving more children than any other, first in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, then in Japan, in Vietnam and in much of the rest of Asia, then in the Near- and Middle East and, finally, in still many other places in the world whenever the American soldier receives from his masters the order to hunt down a new "Hitler" and to prevent a new "genocide"."
After protests from moderate Muslim scholars and diplomatic pressure from several sources, the Lebanese government banned the meeting. Stepping into the breach was the Jordanian Writers Association who offered to co-sponsor the conference in Amman, Jordan. Ibrahim Alloush, the head of the Jordanian Writers Association. Alloush is a radical activist and open advocate of "human bombs" who openly calls for the destruction of Israel: "In fact, Zionism is equivalent to Nazism in its crimes in Palestine and worldwide. The existence of the Zionist entity itself is not only a crime against the Arabs, but against humanity as well, and against truth and justice." (Statement of the Jordanian Writers Association, April 11, 2001 published by the IHR). Thus, in their search for new funding and political acceptance, the IHR was willing to embrace even the most violent of Arab radicals as allies.
At the same time as this public overture was made to the Arab leaders of the Middle East, the IHR was actively seeking an Arab ally behind closed doors. Raven and Weber had secretly entered into private negotiations for massive funding from that region. While the specific identity of the proposed donor and the details of the proposals are not known, there is an account by Germar Rudolf of the basic facts:
The IHR was founded for the purposes of spreading anti-Semitic propaganda denying the murder of Jews during the Holocaust. When circumstances made it a necessity for the IHR to look for new sources of revenue, it sought out those who share its goals. It is a certainty that the IHR and other Holocaust deniers will continue to attempt to obtain financing from what Prof. John C. Zimmerman of UNLV (author of "Holocaust Denial: Demographics, Testimonies and Ideologies") has described as their "natural constituency." The lure of large sums of money attracts them and the IHR is evidently willing to provide a forum even for radicals who advocate violence and murder.
the price for support from the Middle East is the implicit endorsement
of violence and terrorism against Jews, it is a price Weber and Raven
are quite willing pay. In the recent shift in emphasis of the IHR , Weber
and Raven have jettisoned their facade of scholarly detachment to embrace
the most radical and violent forms of anti-Semitism. The only question
that remains is how far the IHR will go obtain the resources it needs
to propagate its message of hate.
Last modified: September 5, 2002