The vice chairman of Egypt's top secular party in Egypt says the Holocaust never happened, called the diary of Anne Frank "fake," and said the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks were "made in America."
Ahmed Ezz el-Arab is a leading official in Egypt's al-Wafd party. He made the comments during an interview last week with The Washington Times while attending the conference Democracy and Human Rights in Hungary.
"The Holocaust is a lie" el-Arab told the newspaper during the interview. "The Jews under German occupation were 2.4 million. So if they were all exterminated, where does the remaining 3.6 million come from?"
El-Arab said he accepted that the Germans had killed "hundreds of thousands" of Jews, "but gas chambers and skinning them alive and all this? Fanciful stories."
El-Arab then dismissed "The Diary of Anne Frank," which he said he studied as a doctoral student in Sweden, as a forgery.
"I could swear to God it's a fake," he said. "The girl was there but the memoirs are a fake."
The vice chairman also questioned the account of the 9/11 attacks.
Osama bin Laden "could not have the know-how or the ability to do it," he said, calling the al-Qaeda leader "an American agent."
"If he had the ability, one plane only landing on the Knesset would give more effect," he said, naming the Mossad, CIA, and America's "military-industrial complex" as the actual perpetrators of the terrorist attacks.
Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren on Wednesday expressed concern about developments in Egypt.
Ambassador Oren said Israel sees "risks as well as opportunities" in the so-called Arab Spring of popular uprisings against authoritarian regimes, such as the Egyptian revolution that ousted long-time President Hosni Mubarak in February.
"Nobody knows what's going to happen in Egypt.It appears very chaotic there," Oren said during a conference call with reporters organized by the Israel Project.
El-Arab's party has formed a coalition with the radical Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.