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Monday, September 11, 2006

ECI Warns Europeans: 'Learn from History'
June 16, 2006
On the eve of Iran's crucial June 17th World Cup soccer contest against Portugal in Frankfurt, concerned Christians across Europe have joined forces to ensure that Holocaust-denying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nor his deputy will not be allowed to attend.

Speaking at the launch of a new Brussels-based campaign website   European Coalition for Israel spokesman Tomas Sandel encouraged Christians who love Israel to make their voice heard on Iran.  

"The Iranian president, like Hitler, employs the rhetoric of genocide and is busily arming himself with the weapons to carry it out. Now is the time for Europe's citizens to speak out loud and clear to say that neither Ahmadinejad nor his deputy are welcome here."

Sandel's comments follow news reports that President Ahmadinejad and his Vice-President are openly considering attending the World Cup Soccer tournament in Germany if the Iranians beat Portugal and progress to the second round.

"Today, on the eve of Iran's Group D game in Frankfurt we have launched a major information campaign to send a powerful grassroots message from the citizens of Europe," Sandel adds.

"Everyone worried about Ahmadinejad's genocidal agenda should visit   cast their vote and stop him hijacking the tournament."

The newly created website gives a background to the campaign and displays a provocative advertisement, comparing Ahmadinejad to Hitler, which appears today in the leading Frankfurt-based German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

"The internet is a powerful tool to spread such an important message and we hope that everyone involved will do their utmost to forward the message to their family and friends," affirms Malcolm Hedding, Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a founding member of the ECI.

"In the 1930s there we no internet and there was no European wide network of pro-Israel Christians," Hedding adds.

"I urge all Israel's Christian friends around the world to visit  and send a message of support to the Jewish nation. "

"We won't stand silent in the face of another Hitler. Let's show the world that we have learnt from history!"

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(Opdateret: 23/6-2006)