Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (courtesy Radio Netherlands)
A senior Palestinian official says Palestinians share the sentiment of Iran’s president that Israel should be “wiped off the map,” or at the very least, moved to Europe.
The statement from Mahir al-Tahir, representative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was reported by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting News Network.
In November, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.”
Then in December, he suggested European nations should give up some of their territory if they believed the World War II-era Holocaust took place, noting, “certain European countries would have the world go with their stand that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces and have passed laws punishing anyone who says anything to the contrary.”
“Granting without accepting that the Holocaust did occur, our question to the Europeans is: ‘If innocent Jews were indeed butchered by Hitler, why should Palestinians be made to pay the cost in order to seek redress for the occupiers of Jerusalem?'”
Ahmadinejad continued: “If the killing of Jews in Europe is true and the Zionists are being supported because of this excuse, why should the Palestinian nation pay the price?”
“The Islamic world should give up its policy of passivity and deal with the Palestinian issue more actively,” he said.
On Friday, al-Tahir of the PFLP stated Ahmadinejad’s view is based on historical realities.