TEHRAN, Dec. 8 — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran on Thursday expressed doubt that the Holocaust took place and suggested the Jewish state of Israel be moved to Europe.
Ahmadinejad was quoted by Iran’s official IRNA news agency as saying in a news conference in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca: “Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces, and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that, they condemn that person and throw them in jail.
“Although we don’t accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, our question for the Europeans is: Is the killing of innocent Jewish people by Hitler the reason for their support to the occupiers of Jerusalem?
“If the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe — like in Germany, Austria or other countries — to the Zionists, and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe,” he said. “You offer part of Europe, and we will support it.”