UPDATE: In response to the Wiesenthal Centre and other protests, friendly MEPs present at the session challenged Boroujerdi on Iranian Holocaust denial, human rights violationa and threats to Israel

Wiesenthal Centre to European Parliament President: "Stop this Travesty"
Alleged Iranian Terror Associate Addresses European Parliament on Counter-Terrorism

"Bringing the wolf into the chicken-coop is an incentive to lone-wolf terrorists across Europe"

Paris, 23 January

In a letter to European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, stated that "our membership was aghast at the temerity of those Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who had invited Alaeddin Boroujerdi, an Iranian alleged associate of top Hezbollah officials and other perpetrators of terror to speak in the session".

The letter protested in outrage that, "Boroujerdi was invited to address the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, and to speak in a seminar on 'Counter Terrorism'. This travesty is equal to bringing the wolf into the chicken-coop. Indeed, an incentive to 'lone wolves' across Europe, awakened by Iran, the terror-master".

According to MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), Boroujerdi, was a speaker at the 2014 New Horizon conference in Tehran, "a gathering of Holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists and BDS and otheractivists from around the world, also featuring the notorious French antisemitic 'comedian' Dieudonné."

The Centre argued that " 'Boroujerdi at the EU Parliament' sends a horrific message to all Iranian exiles, political prisoners in Iran, Jews and peace-lovers everywhere, that Europe is united on a path to the abyss".

"Mr.President, we urge you to cancel this outrageous invitation forthwith", concluded Samuels.

For further information, please contact Shimon Samuels on +33 609 77 01 58

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