Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not alone among the Iranian leadership in believing and promoting the notion that the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews was all a fabrication.
“The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and, if it happened, it’s uncertain how it happened,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini said last week at an event marking the Persian new year.
Khameini criticized Western countries for prosecuting those of their own citizens who question the veracity of the Holocaust, while at the same time begruding Iranians the right to hold fast to their beliefs.
Shortly after his election last year, new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was widely reported to have differentiated himself from his predecessor by telling foreign media that the Nazi crimes against the Jews were real and condemnable.
However, Iran’s official FARS news agency said Rouhani’s remarks were mistranslated, and that he had never acknowledged a Jewish holocaust.
In February of this year, Iranian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Javad Zarif seemingly acknowledged the Holocaust, only to be summoned before the Iranian parliament for a reprimand.