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February 3, 2014 11:16 pm

Iranian FM Zarif Denies Comments Opposing Second Holocaust

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Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: WikiCommons.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: Wiki Commons. The Iranian Foreign Ministry clarified the Islamic Republic’s stance on the Holocaust and Israel after Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was quoted over the weekend speaking out against the Holocaust.

According to reports, at a security conference in Munich, Germany on Sunday, Zarif remarked that the Holocaust “tragically cruel and should not happen again.”

“We have nothing against the Jews. We do not feel threatened by anyone,” Zarif said, Al-Arabiya reported.

But Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi denied the reports about Zarif, saying that his boss was misquoted.

“In a phone conversation that I had with Mr. Zarif he completely rejected the remarks attributed to him and declared that the Islamic Republic’s stance about the [Zionist] regime is what has been repeatedly announced by the country’s diplomacy apparatus and this stance has not changed,” Qashqavi told Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency.

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a double entendre is a synonym for an equivoque, a synonym for a foible according to John Dryden. Interestingly, one has to delve into the speaking patterns along with the semantics of one Javad Zarif in order to assess the implication that can only be construed as sinister in content. Accordingly, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s vehement denial of reports that “he is opposed to a second Holocaust of the Jewish people” takes on a significance and life of its own. The weakness in his persona, “the nice guy,” unravels to the point of embarrassment as he has no other choice than to echo the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s odium for “The Zionist Entity.” Zarif has explained on numerous occasions: there is a difference between the Jews and the Zionists: the Zionists are only a small percentage of the world’s Jews. He has maintained that the Jewish people living in Iran are a respected community. Such an assertion regarding Jews and zionists is absolutely incorrect. Israel contains about 50% of world Jewry. Again, taqiyah is exposed as the mechanism whereby deceit in the name of what is considered beneficial for Muslims takes precedence over the truth.