Ahmadinejad calls for 'free debate' on Holocaust
16 January 2006, TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called for a free debate on the Holocaust.
16 January 2006
TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called for a free debate on the Holocaust.
"The West should be free-minded enough to allow a free international debate on the real dimensions of the Holocaust," Ahmadinejad said in a press conference in Tehran.
The Iranian president caused international uproar after he called for the eradication of Israel, branded the Holocaust as a fairly tale and demanded a relocation of Israel to Europe or America.
"I stand firm on what I said but I am head of the executive branch and not a scholar, so let scholars get to the truth and not shut them down," Ahmadinejad said.
"Instead of coming up with a scientific reply, they (West) branded me as war-monger and used other attributes suiting them much more," the president added.
Ahmadinejad said that if the Holocaust - the term generally applied to the mass extermination of six million Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany - was true, then those responsible for it should bear the consequences and not make Palestinians suffer for it. If not, then the West should drop the issue.
He reiterated the Iranian demand on holding a referendum on the future fate of Palestine.
"The situation is very clear with no need to complicate it: Palestinians must have an existence right and should therefore decide by themselves about their political future," Ahmadinejad said.
Subject: German news