(JNS.org) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei questioned the reality of the Holocaust on his Twitter account Friday.
“#Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it’s uncertain how it has happened,” Khamenei tweeted using the account @khamenei_ir, which analysts speculate is run by his office.
Khamenei asked, “Does anybody dare talk about #Holocaust in Europe? #freedom.” Using the Holocaust hash tag again, he implied that recognizing the Holocaust is a “red line” for Islam, tweeting, “They treat their redlines in such manner. How can they expect us to neglect our faith’s redlines? #freedom #holocaust.”
The Twitter excerpts were reportedly taken from a speech delivered by Khamenei on Friday marking Nowruz, the Persian New Year. In the speech, Khamenei said the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations were a design by the U.S. and Israel to cleanse “Palestine” of Muslims and Christians.
Jewish leaders condemned Khamenei’s remarks. Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Robert Sugarman and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein said the comments reflect “true nature of Khamenei’s extremist ideology.”
World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said, “When countries are rushing to welcome back a supposedly more moderate Iran into the world community and to do business with it, they should remember, it is not a new Iran, but the same Iran with a new face.”