Everybody knows

Yesterday the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs hosted an international symposium devoted to a modest proposal: “Bring Ahmadinejad to Justice For Incitement to Genocide.” Among the speakers at the symposium were Ambassador John Bolton, Ambassador Dore Gold, Ambassador Meir Roseanne, Irwin Cotler, and Alan Dershowitz. One Jerusalem has posted video excerpts of the speeches here. I have viewed them all and they are all worth viewing.
MEMRI has posted useful material on the background to the symposium’s proposal. Here, for example, is the Iranian presidential adviser elaborating on Tehran’s interest in Holocaust studies: “So long as Israel exists in the region, there will never be peace and security in the Middle East. So the resolution of the Holocaust issue will end in the destruction of Israel.” See MEMRI’s special dispatch here.
Caroline Glick’s December 11 Jerusalem Post column bears on the subject:

Everyone knows that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Everyone knows that Iran and Syria are the primary engines of the insurgency in Iraq. Everyone knows that they instigated and commanded Hizbullah’s war against Israel this summer and continue to arm Hizbullah and prepare for the next round of fighting. Everyone knows that like Hizbullah, the Palestinians today act as Iranian proxies.
Everyone knows that Syria engineered the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005 and the murder of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel last month. And everyone knows that Iran and Syria are currently working to overthrow the pro-Western, democratic government of Lebanon.
And everybody knows that everybody knows. The problem isn’t whether people know. The problem is that the Europeans, the UN, the Russians, Chinese and the Arabs either do not care or wish them well in their endeavors.

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