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20 December, 2005

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Holocaust is a "myth" and has suggested that the Jewish state of Israel be moved to Germany or Austria Europe or North America.

Addressing a gathering in the Iranian city of Zahedan last week, Mr. Ahmadinejad said the West has "fabricated a legend" which it holds "above God" of the systematic killing of 6.6 million Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II.

Ahmadinejad said that if Europeans insist the Holocaust occurred, then they are responsible and should pay the price.

"Today, they have created a myth in the name of Holocaust and consider it to be above God, religion and the prophets," Ahmadinejad said adding . "If you committed this big crime, then why should the oppressed Palestinian nation pay the price?"

"This is our proposal: If you committed the crime,then give a part of your own land in Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to them so that the Jews can establish their country," he said.

Ahmadinejad`s comments drew quick condemnations from Israel, the United States and Europe, which warned he is hurting Iran`s position in talks aimed at resolving suspicions about his regime`s nuclear program.

The White House said Ahmadinejad`s words "only underscore why it is so important that the international community continue to work together to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons." Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said the speech illustrated "the mind-set of the ruling clique in Tehran and indicate clearly the extremist policy goals of the regime." The German government summoned the Iranian charge d`affaires to express its displeasure.

Here are the questions
1) Is the holocaust a reality or spiced up with exaggeration?
2) What about Ahmedinejd’s proposal of moving Israel to Europe or North America?
3) Is this justified that Palestinians pay the price of “holocaust” committed by Germany ?
4) What could be the impact of Ahmedinejad’s statement on Iran, which is already under criticism for its nuclear programme?

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