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Yad Vashem Condemns Iranian Presidents Statements

14 December 2005

Over recent days Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction and denied the Holocaust, most recently today, when he called the Holocaust a “myth” and urged that Israel be moved to Europe, Canada or the United States.

Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev said that Ahmadinejad’s comments require a strong response from world leaders.

“History has taught us that some threats need to be taken seriously. Sixty years ago in the Holocaust the Nazis and their collaborators wiped out a third of the Jewish people. On November 1, 2005 the United Nations adopted a resolution urging Holocaust remembrance and education and rejecting Holocaust denial. Today, a leader of a UN member state, stands before us making genocidal statements about another member state, while simultaneously branding the Holocaust a myth. Condemnations are important but not sufficient. The international community and the United Nations must take concrete action.” Shalev said.