International criticism has become more intense against comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the Holocaust, but the Iranian leader is not giving up.
In a speech in northwest in Iran, he accused Israel of taking revenge against Palestinians in the territories following the Holocaust.
"In World War Two more than 60 million people were killed and tens of millions injured. After the war they thought they would make destruction go away but unfortunately, 60 years after World War Two, there are still many places in the world burning from the fire of this war," he said.
“Why do the Palestinian people suffer from the crimes of the occupying Zionist regime? Are they killing the Palestinian people following the events of the Second World War?” asked the president, and answered: "They are killing the Palestinians in their homes 60 years after the war as revenge."
'That is not peace; that is a crime'
"Why do the nations of the Middle East have to be under pressure which stems from the darkness of the Second World War? They say the Iranians want war; we say that the Iranians want peace. We don't want a peace forced on the back of millions of refugees. That is not peace; that is a crime. That is a continuance of the genocide of the Second World War, which is today being carried out under the disguise of human rights," said Ahmadinejad.
This is the second time this week that Ahmadinejad is addressing the issue. During a long speech at a press conference on Monday, Ahmadinejad used exactly the same words: "60 years passed since the end of the Second World War, why do the Germans and Palestinians have to pay now for a war in which the current generation wasn't involved at all?"
He repeated in his speech his call to European countries to take back banished Jews, saying: "Due to hatred of Jews in your countries, the Jews left you and came to Palestine. The Jews, like all the peoples of the world, have a right to live in freedom and security. The Western countries must give them back their original citizenship. You are the ones that created the problem by bringing the Jews to Palestine and therefore you must solve it."