Ahmadinejad: 'Zionists' told of 9/11 in advance

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Iranian president has accused “Zionists” of knowing about the September 11 terror attacks in advance and reiterated his denial of the Holocaust.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a conference in Tehran that no “Zionists” were killed in the World Trade Center, because "one day earlier they were told not to go to their workplace".

Five Israelis were killed when the two planes were flown into the Twin Towers in 2001.

Mr Ahmadinejad also claimed that there were no reports that revealed the names of the around 3,000 victims.

He also said that in the aftermath of September 11 the United States and the media “created and prepared public opinion so that everyone considered an attack on Afghanistan and Iraq as [their] right.”

Mr Ahmadinejad is on record calling the Holocaust a “fabrication” and used the speech, which was broadcast on Iranian television, to repeat this.

He said: "They made up an event, the so-called Holocaust which was later laid as the basis for the innocence of a group.”

Earlier in August Mr Ahmadinejad escaped assassination when convoy was hit with an explosive.

Last updated: 10:20am, August 10 2010