Washington: Cuba`s Fidel Castro
criticized Iran`s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for denying
the Holocaust and said in an interview Tehran should
acknowledge Israel`s fears for its own survival, the
Atlantic said on Wednesday.
The Iranian government should understand that the
Jews "were expelled from their land, persecuted and mistreated
all over the world, as the ones who killed God," Castro was
quoted as saying in the magazine`s website.
Castro delivered his defense of the Jews in an
interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote a widely noted
piece in Atlantic`s September edition exploring the likelihood
of an Israeli air strike on Iran`s nuclear facility within the
In his blog today, Goldberg said he was summoned to
Havana to meet with Castro to discuss the article and that the
Cuban leader told him it confirmed his own fears that a
US-Israeli war with Iran was inevitable.
Over the course of a five-hour discussion, Castro
criticized Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and argued
that the cause of peace would be better served if Iran came to
terms with why Israelis fear for their nation`s existence.
The former Cuban president who handed over power to
his brother Raul in 2006 said Iran should understand the
consequences of theological anti-Semitism.
"This went on for maybe two thousand years," Castro
was quoted as saying.
"I don`t think anyone has been slandered more than
the Jews. I would say much more than the Muslims. They have
been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are
blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims
"In my judgment here`s what happened to them:
Reverse selection. What`s reverse selection? Over 2,000 years
they were subjected to terrible persecution and then to the
pogroms. One might have assumed that they would have
disappeared; I think their culture and religion kept them
together as a nation."
"The Jews have lived an existence that is much
harder than ours. There is nothing that compares to the
Holocaust," he said.
Goldberg said he asked Castro if he would say the
same thing to Ahmadinejad.
"I am saying this, so you can communicate it," he