Ahmadinejad Says Germans
Exploited By 'Greedy Zionists'

(AFP) -- Hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has taken a fresh swipe at Israel by complaining that Germany was being exploited by "greedy Zionists" more than 60 years after World War II.
"Look at the German people. Three generations ago, there was a war. But today an intelligent people is still a hostage of World War II," he said Thursday in a speech carried on state television.
Germany, he said, "still doesn't have the right to have independent policies or proper defences."
"Every German born is indebted to the arrogant and greedy Zionists," Ahmadinejad said, referring to German reparations for the Holocaust.
"When you visit a country, in every town there is a symbol of national pride," Ahmadinejad said, but added that in Germany "every town has something saying to the great German people that their parent and grandparents were murderers."
The firebrand president has already dismissed the Holocaust as a "myth" and has also called for Israel to be "wiped off the map".
"Sixty years after the war, why do the Palestinian people have to burn in the crimes of Zionists under the pretext of the Second World War?" the president said in Zanjan, situated 300 kilometres (200 miles) west of Tehran.



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