Thursday, July 24

Iran's lone Jewish MP compares Israel to Nazis over Gaza strikes

Article of interest from the Israeli daily Haaretz.

Ed Corrigan

Siamak Marreh Sedq, who fills reserved seat for Jews in Iranian 

parliament, toes regime's line on Israel and anti-Semitism.

By Haaretz 
The lone Jewish member of Iran's parliament on Monday
 likened Israel's bombing of Gaza to the actions of 
Nazi Germany, the Iranian news agency Fars reported.
“The Zionist regime's crimes are reminiscent of the 
actions taken by the German Nazis during the first 
[sic] and second World Wars,” Siamak Marreh Sedq 
told Fars. He also compared Israel's Operation 
Protective Edge to Saddam Hussein's predations
 upon the Shi'ites of Iran and Iraq, a red flag in the 
Islamic republic.
Sedq, a 50-year-old physician, fills the 
parliamentary seat reserved for Jews, as a 
religious minority, going back over a century. 
He replaced long-time Jewish MP 
Maurice Motamed in 2008, and seems even
 more loyal to the Iranian line on Israel
 and anti-Semitism than his predecessor. 
Motamed publicly criticized former President 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial, 
while Sedq is not known for having ever
 broken ranks with the regime.
In a 2010 interview with Russia Today, he 
painted life for Iranian Jews in especially 
rosy colors: “Jews are safe in Iran. That’s true. 
Nobody needs guards. There has never
 been a single instance of anti-Semitism in
 Iranian society. This phenomenon belongs 
to the European, Christian world. There is no
 anti-Semitic sentiment in Iran. We have 
no attacks on synagogues or cemeteries as 
happens in Paris."

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