Iran / 03-07-2012
NIAC condemns antisemitic speech by Iranian VP
NIAC (National Iranian American Council) President Trita Parsi issued the following statement in response to an antisemitic speech by Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi:
Mr. Rahimi’s antisemitic comments are disgraceful and appalling. His remarks do not reflect in any way the views of the Iranian people, who reject such poisonous bigotry.
Although there have unfortunately been episodes of antisemitism and discrimination within Iran, this has historically been outweighed by the bonds between the Jewish and Iranian communities.
Jews and Iranians have worked together through the centuries, from Biblical times through World War II, when an Iranian diplomat exemplified the best of humanity by risking his own safety to save thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied France.
Despite the presence of hostile elements within the Iranian government, Iran remains the home of the largest Jewish population in the region outside of Israel. That is a testament to the bonds between the Jewish and Iranian people, and that these bonds will not be broken, despite antisemitic statements by the current Iranian government.