CAIRO (CBSDC) — An aide to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi claims that the Holocaust was a hoax.
Fathi Shihab Eddim, Morsi’s senior aide, made the comments on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27.
“The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,” Eddim said, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Eddim, who is reportedly responsible for appointing editors for the country’s state-run newspapers, asserted that 6 million Jews actually moved to the United States during World War II.
“U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany, and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb,” Eddim said, according to the Telegraphic Agency.
Morsi has also been under fire for comments he made about Jews in 2010, saying that they are the “descendants of apes and pigs.”
The Muslim Brotherhood leader came into power following the overthrow of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
More than 60 people have been killed in the past week during political protests.
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