Iranian official proposes international committee to clarify Holocaust

By DPA

Haaretz

Kislev 23, 5766

TEHERAN - An Iranian official on Friday called for the establishment of a committee to clarify the real extent of the Holocaust, the news agency Fars reported.

"(Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad wants European governments to allow Western scholars to publish their research on the Holocaust," Mohammad-Ali Ramin, head of the Society for defending the rights of Muslim minorities in the West, told Fars.

"Ahmadinejad should therefore propose establishment of an international committee for clarifying the real extent of the Holocaust," the official added.

There has been no reaction yet by the Iranian president or government on the proposal.

Ramin praised Ahmadinejad for having voiced his doubts over the Holocaust and the need for relocating the Jews to Europe if Europeans really did the massacre during the Second World War.

"In the last twenty years the previous governments refrained from referring to this issue for the sake of leading a detente policy with the West where doubting the Holocaust is a crime," Ramin said, referring to the detente policies of ex-presidents Akbar Hashemi- Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami.

"But the more we distanced ourselves from our revolutionary stance and the urge for justice (in Palestine), the more we lost our opportunities in foreign relations," he added.

Ramin said that Ahmadinejad, however, was "no man of retreat" and someone who would decisively support national and religious interests in international forums.

Ahmadinejad's anti-Israeli remarks found support within Iran's political landscape. However, former president Rafsanjani said that while Teheran rendered spiritual and humanitarian support to the Palestinian people, Iran should avoid "adventurism" and lea