Ahmadinejad attacks Israel at Holocaust event in Iran

TEHRAN Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:44am IST

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a news conference in Tehran January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a news conference in Tehran January 15, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Caren Firouz

Related Topics

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a new verbal attack on Israel on Tuesday in a message to a Tehran university conference called "Holocaust, the West's sacred lie," Iranian media reported.

Ahmadinejad caused outrage in the West and Israel for saying in 2005 the state of Israel should be wiped off the map and for a Tehran conference in 2006 that sought to cast doubt on the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis.

The Islamic Republic does not recognise Israel's right to exist and refers to it as the "Zionist regime". It has condemned the Jewish state's recent attacks in Gaza, which Ahmadinejad has described as "genocide".

At Tuesday's conference he said in a message read out by the government spokesman that "the illegitimate Zionist regime is one of the consequences of the Holocaust," state broadcaster IRIB reported on its website.

"Breaking the lock on the Holocaust box and opening it is tantamount to cutting the Zionist regime's life jugular and the bulk of the (Zionist) philosophy would collapse," said his message to the conference at Sharif Technical University.

Iranian media did not give details on who organised the conference or who attended it.

Ahmadinejad, who often rails against Israel and the West, said the subject of the Holocaust had been used to expand the international influence of the United States and Britain after World War Two, IRIB reported.

He said "power-seeking networks introduced themselves as defenders of a number of victims and issued an order that the survivors ... must receive blood money, part of which was the establishment of the Zionist regime on Palestinian territory."

Last September, Israeli President Shimon Peres called Ahmadinejad a danger and a disgrace at the United Nations, after the Iranian president blamed "Zionist murderers" for everything from the Wall Street crisis to Russia's invasion of Georgia.

Israel, believed to have the Middle East's only atomic arsenal, and the West say Iran has a covert programme to build nuclear weapons. Iran, the world's fourth largest oil producer, denies this, saying it wants technology to generate electricity.

Peres has called Iran's nuclear programme an "existential threat" to Israel.

FILED UNDER:
  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

U.S. in Afghanistan

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Sainthood

Sainthood

Pope declares sainthood of two Indians, four Italians.  Full Article 

Nuclear Deal

Nuclear Deal

Iran, powers set to miss nuclear talks deadline, seek extension.  Full Article 

Flight MH17

Flight MH17

Dutch complete recovery of MH17 wreckage - government.  Full Article 

Climate Deal

Climate Deal

PREVIEW - Prospects rise for a 2015 U.N. climate deal, but likely to be weak.  Full Article 

Historic Vote

Historic Vote

Tunisians vote for first freely elected president.  Full Article 

Potential Flooding

Potential Flooding

Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York.  Full Article 

Revered King

Revered King

Thai king meets PM, ministers easing health concerns.  Full Article 

Editor's Choice

Our best photos from the last 24 hours.  Full Coverage 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage