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Iranian Leader Questions Holocaust During Persian New Year Speech

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Supreme Leader Khamenei address­ing the nation on Per­sian New Year (March 21, 2014)

Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei made state­ments ques­tion­ing the his­tor­i­cal real­ity of the Holo­caust dur­ing his annual Nowruz, or Per­sian New Year, address to the nation on Friday.

Dur­ing his speech, where the leader dis­cussed Iran’s strug­gling econ­omy and West­ern cul­tural encroach­ments on youth, Khamenei denounced the West for its “strict adher­ence” to free­dom of speech while impos­ing restric­tions on dis­cussing the Holo­caust. Empha­siz­ing this point, Khamenei said, “In Euro­pean coun­tries no one dares to speak about the Holo­caust, which it is unknown if the roots of this mat­ter are actual or not, and, if it actu­ally did hap­pen, in what way.”

Khamenei added that the West, and Europe in par­tic­u­lar, place high value on free speech, yet, “Opin­ions on the Holo­caust and doubt the Holo­caust are con­sid­ered one of the biggest offenses that they [try to] stop and imprison and prosecute.”

Khamenei also sin­gled out the U.S. and its sup­port for Israel’s require­ment for the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity to rec­og­nize Israel as a Jew­ish state. “Amer­ica has been left in a dis­as­ter in Pales­tine. The plans they had for Pales­tine, and they’ve tried very hard, have not been successful…They want to trans­form the coun­try of Pales­tine into a Jew­ish coun­try, mean­ing that Pales­tini­ans, whether they be Mus­lim or Chris­t­ian, will not have the pos­si­bil­ity to live in Pales­tine,” Khamenei said. Khamenei also claimed that the U.S. is plot­ting to “fin­ish off Pales­tine in its entirety” by sup­port­ing Israel’s pre­con­di­tions in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

In his 2013 Per­sian New Year address, Khamenei threat­ened that if Israel were to “make the mis­take of attack­ing Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”