Ahmadinejad: Move Israel to Europe
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, has triggered an international outcry by saying that Israel should be relocated to Europe.
Speaking on Thursday in Makka, Saudi Arabia, where he was attending a summit of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, he said that if Germany and Austria believed that Jews were massacred during the second world war, a state of Israel should be established on their soil.
Ahmadinejad, who said in October that Israel must be "wiped off the map", was being interviewed on Al-Alam, an Iranian state satellite channel. According to a translation of his comments given to AFP, he said: "You believe the Jews were oppressed, why should the Palestinian Muslims have to pay the price?
"You oppressed them, so give a part of Europe to the Zionist regime so they can establish any government they want. We would support it.
"So, Germany and Austria, come and give one, two or any number of your provinces to the Zionist regime so they can create a country there ... and the problem will be solved at its root.
"Why do they insist on imposing themselves on other powers and creating a tumour so there is always tension and conflict?"
"I hope that these outrageous remarks will be a wake-up call to people who have any illusions about the nature of the regime in Iran."
Ahmadinejad's remarks were condemned by Germany, Austria and the US, at the forefront of an international campaign to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Price of oppression
In Ahmadinejad's interview, he referred to the Holocaust as a matter of belief, and raised the issue of revisionist historians - who attempt to establish that figures on the number of Jews killed by the Nazis are wildly exaggerated - being prosecuted in Europe.
The Holocaust was Nazi Germany's systematic slaughter of an estimated six million Jews between 1933 and 1945.
"Is it not true that European countries insist that they committed a Jewish genocide? They say that Hitler burned millions of Jews in furnaces ... and exiled them," he said.
"Then because the Jews have been oppressed during the second world war, therefore they [the Europeans] have to support the occupying regime of Quds [Jerusalem]. We do not accept this."
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