Ahmadinejad slams ban on Holocaust probe
Tue, 27 Jan 2009
President Ahmadinejad slams the West for blocking research on the Holocaust.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Western countries have blocked
research on the Holocaust to achieve their political objectives.
"Western countries have prevented any kind of research on the Holocaust for
almost 60 years to maintain their dominance over other nations," President
Ahmadinejad said in a written message to a conference on the Holocaust on
The Holocaust - as defined by the West - has been used as a tool
for countries including the US to prevent the emergence of any other power
in the world, the message added.
President Ahmadinejad has been accused of harboring ill-will towards Israel
and his criticism of European laws which ban research on the Holocaust. The
President however said in a September interview with CNN's Larry King that
he saw a line between Zionism and Judaism.
"Iranians have nothing against the Jewish people or their religion," President Ahmadinejad said. "How can you be religious and kill women and children at the same time?" he argued.
In the interview, President Ahmadinejad also added that the Israeli regime
would disappear in the same way as apartheid South Africa and the Soviet
Union. Iranian officials have repeatedly maintained that they do not
recognize Israel and have condemned West's 'support' of Tel Aviv.