Oct 01 2018
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Holocaust cannot be used “as a justification for an apartheid policy in Palestine.”
Zarif, speaking to CBS’s “Face the Nation” was asked about a recent statement from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said that “for a Holocaust denying country that is threatening Israel to compare the United States or its leader to Nazis is among the most outrageous things I have ever heard.”
Zarif responded by first acknowledging the Holocaust, but then saying it was no excuse for Israel to mistreat Palestinians.
“Iran has stated very clearly, we reject the killing of innocent people no matter what the numbers, no matter by who,” Zarif said, before being asked if he was referring to the Holocaust and if he acknowledged that six million Jews were murdered.
“Of course it did,” he said. “And a huge number of people died – a huge number of innocent people who died.”
“But, it does not justify depriving others of their homeland. It does not justify building settlements in the territory of other people. It does not justify violating on mass the rights of Palestinians. The Holocaust cannot be used as a justification for an apartheid policy in Palestine,” Zarif said.
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