Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-like antisemitic hatred
US Vice President Mike Pence on Friday accused Iran of antisemitism akin to the Nazis following his visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, Reuters reports.
“We have the regime in Tehran that’s breathing out murderous threats, with the same vile anti-Semitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe,” Pence told reporters on Air Force Two before landing in Munich.
He said that being in Auschwitz had made him reflect to “strengthen the resolve of the free world to oppose that kind of vile hatred and to confront authoritarian threats of our time.”
More than a million European Jews perished at the site located in German-occupied southern Polish town of Oswiecim during World War II.
During the visit, Pence passed through the Auschwitz camp’s infamous wrought-iron “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”) gate before laying a wreath at the death wall where the Nazis executed thousands of people, reported AFP.
Accompanied by his wife Karen and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, Pence then stood, head bowed in silent homage.
Iran on Saturday rejected accusations of antisemitism leveled against it by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, saying it respected Judaism but opposed Israel, which Tehran said was acting like a “killing machine against the Palestinians”.