JG - (Iranian) President casts doubt on Holocaust
President casts doubt on Holocaust
published: Friday December 9, 2005
IRAN'S PRESIDENT Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday expressed doubt that the Holocaust occurred and suggested Israel be moved to Europe.
His comments, reported by Iran's official IRNA news agency from a news conference he gave in the Saudia Arabian city of Mecca, follow his call in October for Israel to be "wiped off the map", which sparked widespread international condemnation.
"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that they condemn that person and throw them in jail," IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. "Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, our question for the Europeans is: is the killing of innocent Jewish people by Hitler the reason for their support to the occupiers of Jerusalem?" he said.
Considering that Pres. Ahmadinejad can't even remember being one of the terrorists who held U.S. diplomats hostage back when he was a "student," it's unsurprising that his grasp of European history is a bit shaky.
"If the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe - like in Germany, Austria or other countries - to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe and we will support it."
Interesting suggestion. To clarify, perhaps the "Zionists" would be willing to take over the various "French suburbs" where on-street parking was recently so problematic.
Historians say six million Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust. Ahmadinejad's remarks drew swift rebukes from Israel and Washington.
Those darn historians and their troublesome facts! Where's my pad of blank "fatwa" forms?
"This is not the first time, unfortunately, that the Iranian president has expressed the most outrageous ideas concerning Jews and Israel," said Israeli Foreign Ministry
spokesman Mark Regev.