SWC: Why is Germany Hailing Iranian Regime’s 40th While Ayatollah Denies Holocaust and IRG Threatens to “Raze Tel Aviv and Haifa”

January 3, 2019

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced Germany for joining in “celebration” of the brutal Iranian regime’s 40th anniversary.

“Why, only weeks after the Ayatollah Khamenei released a Holocaust-denying video on International Holocaust Memorial Day, did the President of Germany sent warm greetings to a regime that seeks Israel’s destruction?” asked Rabbis Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder and Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action on the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human rights NGO dedicated to learning the lessons of the Holocaust.

Center officials added that the official video released by the Ayatollah includes references to notorious Holocaust deniers Roger Garaudy, David Irving, and Robert Faurisson, all of whose hateful views were debunked by legitimate historians.

We were further dismayed to learn that the Foreign Ministry dispatched an official to the Iranian Embassy to attend celebrations of a regime that seeks to destroy Israel, hangs gays and persecutes its minorities.”

“And just one day after the 40th anniversary, a top official threatened ‘to raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground’.”

“These shocking public displays of friendship for the most notorious state-sponsor of terrorism, of Holocaust denial; of a regime that regularly threatens Israel with destruction, flies in the face of Germany’s longstanding commitment to protect the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany and to stand by the democratic Jewish state against existential threats.

“Moments of Silence and national memorials to the past, in Germany, won’t have meaning much longer if today’s Germany is prepared its sacrifice its democratic principles for lucrative contracts from the Iranian regime,” Hier and Cooper concluded.

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