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President Ahmadinejad (file photo) (AFP) 14 December 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today described the Holocaust as a "myth" and reiterated that Israel should be moved elsewhere.


Ahmadinejad's remarks to a crowd of thousands of people in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchistan were carried live on the news network Khabar.


Ahmadinejad said people are allowed to question the existence of God, but if someone criticizes "the myth of the massacre of Jews" by Nazis during World War II, "the Zionist loudspeakers and the governments in the pay of Zionism will start to scream."


Ahmadinejad also expanded on his recent statement that the state of Israel should be moved to Europe. He told the rally in Zahedan that the Jews should be relocated to Europe, the United States, Canada, or Alaska.


The United Nations and many world leaders had condemned his remarks when he made similar statements at a summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Mecca earlier this month.


Today, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev described Ahmadinejad's comments as "extremist" and "warped." He said it shows Iran's president is a "rogue political element."


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INTERVIEW: On December 22, 2005, RFE/RL's Radio Farda spoke with FRED ZEIDMAN, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Zeidman commented on Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's anti-Israeli comments.


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