JERUSALEM, Israel -- A senior aide to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said the Holocaust never happened.
Fathi Shihab-Eddim called the Holocaust a "myth" and an "industry America invented," Fox News reports.
He said the United States fabricated the mass genocide and 6 million Jews were not exterminated in the death camps but rather moved to the U.S.
"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," Fox News quoted Shihab-Eddim as saying.
One of Shihab-Eddim's responsibilities is appointing editors for Egypt's state-run newspapers.
Efraim Zuroff, Israeli director of the Jerusalem-based Simon Weisenthal Center, told Fox News such remarks are not uncommon.
"Obviously, if a person in that position makes that ridiculous claim, it is of concern," Zuroff said.
"The sad truth is that these views are relatively common in the Arab world and are the result of ignorance on one hand and of government-sponsored Holocaust denial on the other hand," he continued.
"Government-sponsored Holocaust denial is the most dangerous...as opposed to attempts by individuals to convince people that the Holocaust did not take place," Zuroff said.
"When it comes with a strict Islamic interpretation and one which is basically anti-Semitic, then it becomes much more dangerous," he said.