Pat Buchanan, an American Catholic leader who is staunchly conservative but also is anti-war and in favor of a Palestinian Authority state, aids and abets Holocaust deniers on his website, according to Menachem Rosensaft, general counsel of the World Jewish Congress the founder of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.
Writing in the New York Daily News, he noted that Pope Benedict XVI, now visiting in Israel, told American Jewish leaders earlier this year that "any denial or minimization" of the Holocaust is "intolerable and altogether unacceptable."
Buchanan’s website includes a forum where registered viewers have denied the Holocaust with views such as, “The same blinded people that believe that the Germans intentionally killed Jews - also believe the myth of the Anne Frank Diary." Hours after Rosensaft's article was published, the forum disappeared from the website.
One contributor wrote, "Kosher and Halal ritual slaughter, belong in the middle east sands, where both barbaric practices were begun, after an instruction to the Hebrews and Islamics by their god voices, probably the same one. It's a pity they cannot cut each others throats."
Another writer stated, "We have known for some time that the Auschwitz myth is of an exclusively Jewish origin."
Buchanan has a checkered background as an arch-conservative against homosexuality and immigration but also an opponent to the war in Iraq and a proponent of a Palestinian Authority state on Judea, Gaza and Samaria.
He was an advisor to former Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan and was a serious contender for the presidency.
Buchanan once defended Pope Pius XII against charges that he remained silent during the Holocaust, charging the Pope's accusers of being guilty of a “blood libel.”
He also has maintained that Nazi guard John Demjanjuk is innocent, and he fought against his deportation. Last month, he wrote in his syndicated column that “the same satanic brew of hate and revenge that drove another innocent Man up Calvary that first Good Friday 2,000 years ago” was behind the “persecution” of Demjanjuk.
In 1985, he backed President’s Reagan plan to visit a Germany military cemetery where SS officers were buried. Author and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel said that Buchanan, in a White House meeting with Jewish leaders, defended the trip by stating, “We cannot give the perception of the president being subjected to Jewish pressure.'”
He considers himself pro-Israel, espousing the view that the Jewish state should be “strong [and] independent” while its survival demands “a homeland, a flag and a nation of their own for the Palestinian people."
During the Second Lebanon War nearly three years ago, he accused President Bush of "subcontracting U.S. policy out to Tel Aviv."