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Dec. 17, 2005

Iranian president calls Holocaust a "myth"

by Hokuma Karimova, Foreign Desk Editor
This is not original reporting. All information has been compiled from the CNN News article "Iranian leader: Holocaust a 'myth'". Silver Chips Online posts this news summary to provide readers with a forum for discussion.

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated on Dec. 14, that the Holocaust is a "myth" and suggested moving Israel to Europe in a speech he made to thousands of people in the Iranian city of Azhedan, according to a report last Wednesday from Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

Last week, Ahmadinejad expressed his doubt about the killing of six million Jews during World War II, but it was not until Wednesday that the president made a statement questioning the validity of the Holocaust.

Ahmadinejad suggested that "they have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this about God, religions and the prophets. The west has given more significance to the myth of the genocide of the Jews, even more significant than God, religion and the prophets," he said. "It deals very severely with those who deny this myth but does not do anything to those who deny God, religions and the prophet," reported the CNN article.

He continued by saying, "if you have burned the Jews, why don't you give a piece of Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to Israel. Our question is, if you have committed this huge crime, why should the innocent nation of Palestine pay for this crime?" expressed Ahmadinejad.

In addition, Ahmadinejad spoke about Iran's nuclear program, stating that he will maintain the persistence in developing nuclear energy, saying that it will be used for peaceful purposes.

The earlier comments made by Ahmadinejad have not only affected the trust of individuals in certain countries but have also shaken the international community, which is worried that the nuclear developments have a different purpose.

Mark Regev, spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry, said that "the combination of a regime with a radical agenda, together with a distorted sense of reality indicated the statements we heard today, put together with nuclear weapons - I think that's a dangerous combination that no one in the international community can accept."

Countries such as Germany, Spain and the United States have displayed their disapproval of Ahmadinejad statements. In Germany, Foreign Minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier said his government had summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires to make "unmistakably clear" its displeasure.

The White House said the comments underlined the need for the international community to work together to "keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons." As White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, "All responsible leaders in the international community recognize how outrageous such comments are."

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  • ... on December 17, 2005 at 7:41 PM
    " for this rime?" -->pay for this crime

    The guy's a moron.
  • wow on December 17, 2005 at 8:23 PM
    that guy needs a chill pill. sheesh, how rude!
  • jeg on December 17, 2005 at 11:50 PM
    good article. However how can one deny the holocaust?
  • sco fan on December 17, 2005 at 11:52 PM
    ...committed this huge crime, why should the innocent nation of Palestine pay for this rime?" expressed Ahmadinejad.

    rime? shouldnt it be crime?

    otherwise, great article
  • Anonymous on December 18, 2005 at 1:21 AM
    man should be shot, anyone that denies the holocaust needs to die. make less idiots in the world
  • - on December 18, 2005 at 10:37 AM
    but you have to admit that he's got a point
    why make palestine pay?
  • Anonymously Jewish Liberal (View Email) on December 18, 2005 at 2:04 PM
    Anti-semitic lunatic.
  • whaa on December 18, 2005 at 10:04 PM
    Shot for having a dissenting opinion?

    your violent threats seem more harmful than his arrogance.
  • mini on December 19, 2005 at 3:45 PM
    Saying that the Holocost never existed is not an opinion, it is an idiotic statement. If it is a fact, opinions do not matter.
  • af on December 19, 2005 at 4:59 PM
    how can someone be this stupid?
  • Doopy doopy do. on December 19, 2005 at 5:12 PM
  • Anonymous on December 19, 2005 at 5:56 PM
    Although anyone who denies the Holocaust is a complete moron, he does have a point. Palastine didn't commit these crimes. Why make them pay?
  • pat on December 19, 2005 at 6:38 PM
    "if you have burned the Jews, why don't you give a piece of Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to Israel."

    haha it's funny cause alaska's part of the US which i guess he didn't pick up on... but also: why does he think that the US/Canda/majority of europe should pay? the US fought to END the holocaust and FREE the jews from concentration camps... not burn them? i think he's just confused.
  • Captain Awesome on December 19, 2005 at 6:44 PM
    In addition to all the Jews, there were also millions of others thrown in as well. He can't say that the Jews weren't killed without saying the holocaust didn't happen. If he can prove that, then I'm all ears.
  • :: on December 19, 2005 at 7:23 PM
    i agree with the point about palestine -- if its the europeans who killed innocent jews, why should the palestinians face the brunt of it?
  • you are wrong on December 19, 2005 at 7:58 PM
    No. He doesn't have a point. If he really felt so sorry for the poor nation of Palestine, he'd be accepting Palestinian refugees with open arms and working towards final-status talks with the Israelis instead of trying to provoke a general Israli-Moslem conflict in which the Palestinians would once again be the biggest losers. It's psychotic Moslem nationalists who scapegoat Israel for all of their country's problems that are doing the most damage--to the Palestinians, and to themselves.
  • Anarchist on December 19, 2005 at 8:53 PM
    This view is quite common in the Arab world. You'd be surprised.

    The current leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Addas, actually wrote his PhD thesis on some historical research that discredited parts of the Holocaust.
  • sam on December 19, 2005 at 8:56 PM
    this surprises people?
  • what up on December 20, 2005 at 8:52 AM
    I aggree with the fact that palestine shouldn't have to pay because it was there land originally and the jews took it from them, that is why they are dicriminated against in the first place
  • Anonymous on December 20, 2005 at 10:20 AM
    he has a point, why does Palestine have to pay, why doesn't Germany give up some land, it doesn't make sense
  • urgirl (View Email) on December 20, 2005 at 1:10 PM
    WOW! Definatly shocking! Go okie!
  • Tiffani Gomez on December 20, 2005 at 1:32 PM
    IDIOT(!!!!!!!) HOW CAN YOU SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT!! how can any one place any judgement on the validity of a historic act when they where either too young or not even born yet. Using a shallow assuption, no matter how intelligent or powerful the person, cannot justify the biggest insult ever given to a country. I say insult because It is the most unoriginal pathetic and idiotic idea Ive ever heard; to want to move a nonwestern country to Europe In order to gain world Political power. I say he needs to stop fantasizing and start governing his country into some form of prosperity.On second thought, never mind.
  • boom on December 20, 2005 at 6:05 PM
    informative article, it really is well written and keeps the reader attached. good work on the rewrite, it realy is a great topic with a rgreat story.
  • to: mini on December 20, 2005 at 8:28 PM
    No more idiotic than, say, the theory of creationism or the belief that the universe revolves around the earth. What are facts today may be considered inaccurate tomorrow.
    Dissent is a catalyst for progression.

    Look, i agree that this guy is wrong, but i also believe that as long as his crazy ideas aren’t harming anyone, he should be left alone to wallow in his own ignorance. Once he invokes violence against the jews based on his ideas, however, we should take action.
  • words do evoke on December 21, 2005 at 4:34 PM
    Opinions like this keep conflict going. The Middle East is way different from here. Words have meaning and weight which keep retaliation in full circle. You cant deny proof. Dont forget that the survivors are still here and they faced horrors that little "opinions" fall flat on. facts are facts. History, pictures, locataions,testimony, witnesses, victims, thousands of dead and mutilated bodies...all evidence. It happened. It was attempted genocide.

    Ignorance likes his keep innocent people and children in Palestine and Israel dying...
  • Charles Krauthammer on December 21, 2005 at 5:53 PM
    In the Middle East, words are actions.
  • Ha on December 21, 2005 at 9:04 PM
    He's good intentioned, I'm sure. I understand what he was trying to say. It just kinda came out wrong.
    Okay, really came out wrong.
    But I agree with many of the below comments. Especially to:mimi, sam, and whaa.
  • ali (View Email) on December 22, 2005 at 3:30 AM
    he is right the holocaust never happened. thats an okay site to look at some information for. plus i love how his main two points(one excluded from the article above) were that 1. europe and America who has killed the jews should pay for it. and two all people with Palestinian nationalty should vite about the government of palestine and they should run their country. his point wasn't that the holocaust was wrong, which became the highlight of his speech.
  • compie25 on December 22, 2005 at 12:39 PM
    holocaust a myth.. that's an ignorant man afraid to speak the truth.
  • Anarchist on December 22, 2005 at 6:10 PM
    I've been claiming that this view (the Holocaust never happened; or if it did, it was greatly exaggerated) is prevalent in the Arab community for years. People don't seem to believe me. Will this change their minds?

  • Julia NY on December 23, 2005 at 4:37 PM
    why would anyone deny the holocost? My great grandmother was a survivor and how dare anyone disrespect vicims of these hanious acts? yall have no proof so shut up. little school children like some of you are so naive.

    why dont you beleive it? no proof, sit down.

    All the people that lost their lives and you mock it. i cant even fathom this...
  • 05 on December 27, 2005 at 12:22 PM
    please recognize that these are the ignorant words of a fundamentalist leader and not the words of the population. the people of iran do not agree with him and they recognize that their president is doing more harm than good. and no, the thought that the holocaust did not happen is not what all arabs think. and the people of iran are not representative of the ARAB population, they r PERSIAN and yes there is a difference so make that distinction when posting comments next time
  • only at blair on December 27, 2005 at 8:32 PM
    funny how so many people beleive this lunatic
    to ali: 6 million jews didn't get killed by Hitler? what did they do, vanish off the face of the earth?
  • go anarchist on December 28, 2005 at 10:43 AM
    youre probably right, a lot of middle east countries will beleive anything that seems even remotely anti-isreal
  • oy vey on December 29, 2005 at 1:58 AM
    i dont even think we should have an argument about whether or not the holocaust occurred or not. no more comments on that. lets not even dignify that statement's complete absurdity with a response. it is as ridiculous as saying that the color blue does not exist. i would laugh and /or find it comical when people refute the holocaust because that belief is completely and utterly false, but it is really emotionally painful to hear the deaths of my relatives denied. lets not act dumb here.
  • I get his point on January 3, 2006 at 12:37 AM
    I get this guy's point, I mean why does Palestine have to suffer and give up land to Israel? Why doesn't a Europe Nation give up their land to Israel?

    This is just like how many Middle Eastern countries aren't allowed to have nuclear weapons, but Israel is allowed to,
  • Gentile Zionists (View Email) on January 3, 2006 at 9:10 AM
    The iranian president is over doing it but he has a major point.

    All holocaust supports can say is tat the denail is idiot but can't say why. The holocaust dosnt make sense and there r documents and numbers to prove it. Jews and israelis hav killed far more Christains, Palistines and other people than died in the hlocuast.
    Ex:russian christains.

    As a kid i wondered why arabs and persians were anti israel. Later i found out how horribly treated the palistains were witch the israels hav brutalized and murdered for over 40 years.

    The owny defense u guys hav is to call them and me an anti semitic, neo nazi or idiot, U guys r pathetic, u know theres proff. Why does palistine hav to pay. Why is the US being hated for all the horrible acts done by israel.

    Holocaust denail is growing rapidly and patrots and crusaders r growing more powerful to fight the new world order. It all makes sense. no holohoax= no israel.

    I feel sorry for the jews tat dont support new world order and know the bad things there race has. I even heard of some anti zionist jews tat deny the holocaust.

    U gentile tat call the denial a moronic though r idiots and u dont know wat ur doing. These jewish holocaust supports members will take every thing and appercate nothing.

    U guys rub the holocaust so much tat it is falling apart rapidly.

    But then again the a posers of new world order dont need people like u.

    thank u and good bye
  • Rebecca (View Email) on January 6, 2006 at 6:19 AM
    The reason that you said, "Gentile Zionist," that people would call you at neo-Nazi and an anti-Semite is because you ARE a neo-Nazi and an anti-Semite. And you can't spell to save your life, either. Why don't you spend less time hating people, and more time in class?
    The mere fact that you deny the Holocaust makes your opinion completely non credible. Your poor grasp of world history and current affairs is also staggering.
    We don't need people like you at Blair. This is one of the most diverse schools in the country, and I'm amazed that you can even make it down the hallway without hating people in your line of sight.
    Take your "new world order" and pretend that anybody cares. You're a sad throwback to an intolerant past.
  • Jennifer on January 18, 2006 at 11:14 PM
    Excuse me? You (Gentile Zionists) agree that the Holocaust was basically a hoax? So, I guess the fact that every single person in my Grandfather's family, excluding himself, dying was all my Grandfather's imagination, was it? My best friend's grandmother wasn't a survivor of the holocaust - no. She's been making up all the stories. Millions of Jews weren't placed in concentration camps where they were starved or gassed. There weren't piles of corpses outside the concentration camps due to the fact that there were so many dead. Of COURSE not. That was all a hoax!The fact that th sonImages/Sources/Pictures/holocaust%202.jpg <- a pile of the victim's glasses at Auschwitz.

    And furthermore, "as early as 1939, Hitler's public speeches included promises of the coming 'annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.'" ~
  • Dominic Anglin (View Email) on February 24, 2006 at 11:40 AM
    I think that the Iranian president needs to realize that it is mearly impossible for 4 million survivors to meet and spread a false story with such accuracy and it be nearly the same story every time. It would be impossible for 4 million to conspire to make up something that the accusers have confessed to in the first place.
  • savannah on March 14, 2006 at 5:58 PM
    we are leaning about world war 2
  • Amariah White (View Email) on December 4, 2006 at 10:04 AM
    Look guys, this fool isn't worth our time.
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