Mohammad-Ali Ramin

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Mohammad-Ali Ramin
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Mohammad Ali Ramin
Vice Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance
for Press Affairs
In office
November 2009 – December 2010
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Minister Mohammad Hosseini
Personal details
Born 1954
Dezful, Iran
Political party Coalition of the Pleasant Scent of Servitude
Alma mater University of Dezful
Religion Shi'a Islam

Mohammad-Ali Ramin (born 1954 in Dezful, Iran) is an Iranian politician, political analyst and writer who served as the Vice Minister of Culture and a presidential advisor under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[1] He is known for organising the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust which took place in Tehran in 2006.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mohammad-Ali Ramin was born in 1954, in Dezful, Iran. He attended the University of Dezful.[3] He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and teaches comparative philosophy at Payame Noor University in Tehran.[4]

Ramin studied and lived in Germany from 1971 to 1994 until he was deported, allegedly for links with the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany.[5] He speaks fluent German.[6] He founded the Islamische Gemeinschaft in Clausthal.[7]

Ramin heads the Society for the Defence of Muslims in the West and the founder of a group called The Cells of the Martyrs of the Velayat (velayat: the conversion of the dogma within Shia Islam).[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ramin is married to Dr.Susan Safaverdi and has a son, Mohammad Yasin Ramin. He is the father-in-law of Iranian actress Mahnaz Afshar.[9]

Career[edit]

Deputy Culture minister[edit]

In November 2009, the Minister for Culture Mohammad Hosseini appointed Ramin as his Deputy Culture Minister. He continued this position until December 2010.[10]

Sanctions were placed on Ramin on the 23rd of May 2012 by the European Union for 'abuse of human rights'. The EU identified Ramin as having been complicit in censorship activities while he was in government.[11]

Views on the Holocaust[edit]

in December 2006, Ramin organised the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust which took place in Tehran. Prominent attendees included far right political activist Dr.David Duke, revisionist historical scholar Robert Faurisson and Haredi Rabbi and anti-zionist activist Yisroel Dovid Weiss among others. Ramin personally invited German psychologist Bendikt Frings, a member of the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany.[12][5] The conference provoked international criticism.[13]

According to Aftab News, Ramin was the one who initiated the idea of "relocation of Israel" and also the idea that the "Holocaust is a myth". He himself accepted the full responsibility of this action, as Aftab News reported. In an interview with Financial Times, Ramin stated that he has also initiated the "Holocaust commission" and he is the founder of the Conference on Holocaust in Tehran.

Ramin suggested that former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad establish a committee for clarifying the "real extent" of the Holocaust.[14]

Ramin praised Ahmadinejad for having voiced his doubts over the Holocaust and the need for relocating the Jews to Europe if Europeans really did the massacre during the Second World War.[15]

Following his ideas and suggestions about the Holocaust, President Ahmadinejad appointed him as an advisor.[16]

Quotes:

  • On Jews: "Historically, there are many accusations against the Jews. For example, it was said that they were the source for such deadly diseases as the plague and typhus. This is because the Jews are very filthy people. For a time people also said that they poisoned water wells belonging to Christians and thus killed them".[17]
  • On Israel: "By taking the Jews to the Muslim world, they (the West) have created a situation where the Jews will be destroyed. And so you can see that Israel has been created to destroy not only Muslims but the Jews themselves."[4]
  • On the West: "When the Islamic Revolution of Iran succeeded and attracted many people around the world, including Christians, the AIDS epidemic came about, and fear again overtook the world. After the September 11 attacks, the deadly epidemic broke out, which was destroyed when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. On the eve of the invasion of Iran, the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) illness broke out, but disappeared after the invasion".[17]
  • On 9/11 attacks: "The Zionists have blamed it on the Muslims so that they have an excuse to attack some Muslim nations, but it was all for naught. The Jews had also helped Nero, and it had not saved the Roman Empire from collapse."[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mohammad-Ali Ramin becomes deputy culture minister for press" Tehran Times, November 2nd, 2009
  2. ^ "Iranische Holocaust-Konferenz „Unser Präsident meint es nur gut“", 17. February 2006, (German)
  3. ^ "Mohammad-Ali Ramin". FARS news agency. November 2009. Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ a b c "Can Iran Change?". New Yorker. 13 April 2009. Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ a b "The Political Craft of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad | Part 2: The Great Balancing Act". PBS. 29 November 2010. Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Iran's Leading Holocaust Denier Named Deputy Minister". Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. 2 November 2009. Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "Die völkisch-religiöse Bewegung im Nationalsozialismus". Google books. June 2012. Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "Die völkisch-religiöse Bewegung im Nationalsozialismus". Google books. June 2012. Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "Mahnaz Afshar and her mother in law, father in law and daughter". Soozheha. 6 June 2015. Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "Mohammad-Ali Ramin". Foundation for Defence of Democracies. 2012. Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ ""Council Regulation (EU) No 264/2012 of 23 March 2012 amending Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities, and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran."" Check |url= value (help). The Council of the European Union. May 2012. Retrieved January 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "Canadian prof's presence at Iran forum 'abhorrent': university". CBC News. 2006-12-13. 
  13. ^ Amir Taheri. The Persian Night: Iran Under the Khomeinist Revolution, Encounter Books, 2010, p. 143.
  14. ^ Radio Free Europe
  15. ^ Muslim Brotherhood backtracks on leader's remarks denying Holocaust
  16. ^ این مرد« افسانه» هولوکاست را در دهان احمدی نژاد انداخت
  17. ^ a b Iranian Presidential Advisor Mohammad Ali Ramin: ‘The Resolution of the Holocaust Issue Will End in the Destruction of Israel’

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