TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday said the Holocaust was a myth and said Europeans to create a Jewish homeland in their midst.
"They have fabricated a legend under the name 'Massacre of the Jews,' and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves," he said in the southeastern city of Zahedan. The speech was broadcast on state-run television and reported by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.
The comments are the latest in a series by the president who was elected in June against Israel.
In October he said should be "wiped off the map," and last week he called for a Jewish homeland in Europe. The remarks have prompted global condemnation.
"The Palestinian people whose children and women are being killed and buried daily under the rubble are being displaced from the land where they have been living for thousands of years by those who are ruling Palestine and allowing themselves to commit crimes and evict the original inhabitants," Ahmadinejad said Wednesday.
"From where did the intruders come? Where have they been for thousands of years and how can they have the right for self-determination which is denied to the people who have lived for thousands of years in Palestine?" he asked.
He asked why "should the Palestinian people pay the price for" crimes Europe says was committed on Jews during World War II.
Addressing the West, he said: "If you have really committed those crimes against the Jews, you should as such offer them land in Europe, or America, or Canada or Alaska to set up their state."