To celebrate the Persian New Year on Friday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decided to piss off a bunch of Jews by once again voicing his doubts about the existence of the Holocaust.
Speaking live from the northeastern city of Mashhad, Khamenei declared that “the Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and, if it happened, it’s uncertain how it happened.”
“In Europe no one dares to speak of the Holocaust, the crux of which is not clear if it is true, or if it were, how it was,” Khamenei, who has called the Holocaust a “myth” many times in the past, said.
Well, “not clear” is a bit of an improvement from “definitely never happened” – so, yay? Plus, President Hassan Rouhani, a self-described moderate, has adopted a somewhat softer line, going so far as to condemn “the massacre of the Jews by the Nazis” – a far cry from former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s stance on the Holocaust – or should I say “Holocaust”.
But the award for worst the worst Holocaust-related statement this week goes to Russian state television. According to Russian state television host Evelyn Zakamskaya, the Jews totally brought the Holocaust upon themselves.
Zakamskaya and her guest were discussing the Ukraine vs. Russia battle of Crimea. The Kremlin has justified Russian annexation of Crimea by saying that “neo-Nazi” and “fascist” elements have taken over in Kiev – which are apparently supported by the Jews.
Zakamskaya was responding to her guest, who said it was “strange” that Jewish organizations support the Ukrainian protest movement.
“They do not realize that they are, with their own hands, closer to the second Holocaust?” the guest said, insinuating that the protesters were right-wing extremists.
To that, Zakamskaya responded: “They also advanced the first [Holocaust.]”
Huh. Who knew Russia had their own version of Fox News?