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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Iran’s Raisi Says Research Needed to Verify if Holocaust Happened

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi cannot confirm that the Holocaust happened. Asked if he believes that six million Jews were killed, Raisi said in a 60 Minutes interview on September 13, per translation: “Historical events should be investigated by researchers and historians. There are some signs that it happened. If so, they should allow it to be investigated and researched.”

Prime Minister Yair Lapid tweeted examples of “some signs” in response to the comments, with pictures of Jews in concentration camps. Lapid’s father was a Holocaust survivor.

"Shocking to hear Iranian President Raisi's remarks calling into question whether the Holocaust happened," tweeted Israel's Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan. "I call on @antonioguterres to DENY THAT DENIER a world stage to spread antisemitism and hatred. The UN will reach a new low if they give the Butcher of Tehran a platform."

Yad Vashem chairman Danny Dayan said in response to Raisi’s comments: “There are some signs that President Raisi is a vile antisemite.”

President Isaac Herzog responded with a picture that he presented at a speech he gave on Holocaust Remembrance Day of two arms, with the hands touching, over an Israeli flag. The one on the right shows a number, 55374, belonging to Dora Dreibelt-Eisenberg, who was a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The arm on the left belongs to her great-granddaughter. (JPost / VFI News)

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. - Isaiah 5:20