Israel Advocacy Group in UK Petitions Against Prince Charles’ Potential Iran Trip, Citing Regime’s Antisemitism, Call for Destruction of Jewish State
An Israel advocacy group in the United Kingdom started an online petition on Tuesday to protest a possible trip to Iran by the Prince of Wales.
“We Believe in Israel” said it is “disturbed” by media reports revealing that Prince Charles is in talks with Iranian authorities about arranging a tour of the Islamic Republic in the fall — listing on its website many reasons it does not “consider it appropriate for a member of the Royal Family to visit Iran and give credibility to the Iranian regime.”
Among these were: “Antisemitism is a core component of the [Iranian regime’s] ideology… Senior Iranian figures have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel… [and] Iran’s leadership repeatedly deny the Holocaust happened.”
The group then called on the Foreign Office and the Prince’s private office to reconsider allowing the visit.
A spokesperson for Clarence House, the official London residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, said that Prince Charles is “very keen to visit Iran, [hoping] he would be able to use his role as a diplomat to further encourage the relationship and dialogue between the two countries.”
If the prince does visit Iran, it will be the first official trip made by a member of the British Royal Family to the country in more than 40 years. Prince Charles made an unofficial trip there in October 2004, when he was president of the British Red Cross, The Jewish Chronicle reported, to visit the city of Bam after the region was hit by an earthquake.
The British Embassy in Tehran began reissuing visas in February for Iranian nationals and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff met with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London in March, according to Jewish News Online. Following the meeting, Hammond said, “We are keen on taking practical measures for preparing the ground for the expansion of ties between the two countries.”