Top Egypt Official Called Holocaust a U.S.-invented ‘Myth’

In an article published by the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010, the official, who is close to President Mohammed Morsi, also reportedly claimed that 6 million Jews moved to the U.S. during World War II.

A top Egyptian official close to President Mohammed Morsi reportedly referred to the Holocaust as a “myth," in a 2010 article published by the Muslim Brotherhood.

"The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,” Fathi Shihab Eddim claimed, according to a report by Daniel Greenfield that was published ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Front Page Magazine.

“U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it [the Holocaust] 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,” Shihab Eddim reportedly wrote in an article published by the Muslim Brotherhood on January 31, 2010.

Shihab Eddim, who now reportedly heads the Supreme Press Council and is responsible for appointing the editors of all state-run Egyptian newspapers, also claimed that the 6 million Jews moved to the United States during World War II.

In response to the Egyptian's claim, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a statement, “The time has come for the State Department to inform the Egyptian government that the United States can no longer tolerate such anti-Semitic rants and Holocaust denial behavior from another top Egyptian official.”

Shihab Eddim's remarks became public just days after Morsi was accused of saying in 2010 that Zionists are “the descendants of apes and pigs."

Morsi later said his comments were taken out of context, an explanation that fell short of a U.S. call for him to repudiate the remarks.

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