Ahmadinejad and Iran In a December 2005 speech, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the Holocaust was

"a myth" that had been promoted to defend Israel, ramping up his rhetoric and triggering a fresh wave of international condemnation. "They have fabricated a legend under the name 'Massacre of the Jews', and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves," he said. He also called for Israel to be relocated to Germany, or Austria, arguing it was these nations that persecuted the Jews, so they should carry the responsibility, not Palestinians forsaking their land to form a state of Israel. He also suggested relocating Israeli Jews to the USA. [35] The remarks instantly provoked a firestorm of international controversy as well as swift condemnation from government officials in Israel, Europe, and the United States. All six political parties in the German parliament signed a joint resolution condemning this Holocaust denial. [3] Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal called Ahmadinejad's remarks "courageous" and declared that "...Muslim people will defend Iran because it voices what they have in their hearts, in particular the Palestinian people." [36] In the United States, the Muslim Public Affairs Council condemned Ahmadinejad's remarks.[37] Recently, it has been reported that Ahmadinejad is inviting well-known Holocaust deniers, most notably Robert Faurisson, to speak at a conference to "examine the Holocaust."

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