Top Morsi aide's 'US invented Holocaust' claim sparks outrage
London, Jan 31 : A senior aide to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has sparked outrage, claiming the Holocaust was a myth invented by the United States.
Fathi Shibab-Eddim claimed the six million Jews killed by Hitler had actually been moved to America.
The comments by Shibab-Eddim, who is responsible for appointing editors of all the state-run newspapers, came as the world marked Holocaust Remembrance day on Sunday.
It also came more than a week after it emerged that President Morsi himself had once described Jews as 'descendants of apes and pigs,' the Daily Mail reports.
Shibab-Eddim said that the myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented.
He said that the U.S. intelligence agencies in co-operation 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.'
According to the paper, Shibab-Eddim's views have sparked fears that the Egyptian Government, like Iran's, has significant elements that refuse to acknowledge one of the best-documented genocides in history.
The bizarre claims will also be especially concerning for Israel, which had fostered good relations with President Morsi's predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, the paper added.