December 15, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, America’s national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, expressed outrage at the remarks made by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad denying the Holocaust and calling for Israel’s destruction.
In a speech on Wednesday, December 14, President Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust “a myth.â€? In October he said Israel is “a disgraceful blotâ€? that should be “wiped off the map.â€?
“President Ahmadinejad’s offensive remarks reflect an extremist mindset of the worst sort and should be cause for concern worldwide,â€? said Fred S. Zeidman, Chairman, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. “A national leader promoting antisemitism, Holocaust denial, and genocide is simply unacceptable. We call on all others, both within and outside of the Muslim world, to join us in unequivocally denouncing these sentiments.â€?
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