Iranian News: Turkey to Broadcast Pro-Holocaust Film
The Turkish public television (TRT) is set to air a Holocaust documentary said to be the first broadcast of its kind by a Muslim country’s national media.
A TRT spokesman said the 1985 French production, titled Shoah, will be shown on one of the network’s 14 channels, AFP reported.
Sponsored by the Paris-based Aladdin Project, the nine-hour-plus documentary is directed by Claude Lanzmann and has never been completely shown in a Muslim country.
Shoah mostly consists of interviews with those who claim to be Holocaust-survivors, exploring the alleged killing of European Jews in Nazi death camps during the World War II.
Turkey’s move can be considered as controversial and unacceptable since Muslim nations hold that Holocaust believers have lost touch with the reality and that western governments are using the saga to play the role of innocent victims.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has on several occasions called for a historical research to find realities about the Holocaust. His remarks have sparked outrage among the pro-Israeli powers, which labeled him a Holocaust denier.
Prominent American scholar Norman Finkelstein argues in his book The Holocaust Industry (2000) that many exploit the myth of Holocaust as an “ideological weapon”, saying this is also the case with Israel, “one of the world’s most formidable military powers, with a horrendous human rights record, [can] cast itself as a victim state” in order to garner “immunity to criticism.”
The documentary was shown last year in Iran.