Iranian President again questions Holocaust
He said five million Palestinians have been "stateless" since the end of World War II because of the creation of Israel.india Updated: May 29, 2006 04:58 IST
Hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has again called into doubt the Holocaust, telling in Monday's edition of the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel he was not convinced it happened.
"I will only accept something as an absolute truth if I am fully convinced," he said, before repeating his calls for Jews to leave Israel and return to Europe.
"If the Holocaust happened, then Europe should suffer the consequences and not let Palestine pay the price. If nothing happened, then the Jews should go back to where they came from," he said.
He said five million Palestinians have been "stateless" since the end of World War II because of the creation of Israel.
"It is astonishing. They have been paying for the Holocaust for the past 60 years and they will do so still for another 100 years."
Ahmadinejad, who is notorious for his anti-Semitic outbursts, said he believed it was wrong that modern-day Germany should repent for what was done by the country's former Nazi rulers.
"How long will this carry on? For how long will the German nation be the whipping boy of the Zionists?" he asked.
The Iranian president has alternately called for the relocation and the destruction of the Jewish state, warning on May 11 that Israel will "one day vanish."
First Published: May 29, 2006 04:58 IST