Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Khamenei published an antisemitic poster on Tuesday evoking Nazi Germany’s “final solution” that destroyed European Jewry, in order to advance Tehran’s quest to abolish Israel.
The poster’s language reads: “Palestine will be free. The final solution. Resistance is referendum.”
Khamenei displayed the antisemitic poster in English, Farsi and Arabic on his official homepage.
The picture shows a conquered Jerusalem with photos of the late Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani.
There is so much going on in this new Quds Day Poster from #Iran‘s supreme leader’s office, I don’t even know where to begin. One observation is #Soleimani‘s photo is larger than every other photo–including #Khomeini. pic.twitter.com/Tg8aE2q7Lt
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) May 19, 2020
The US and the EU classified Soleimani as a leading international terrorist. A US drone strike killed the Quds Force leader in January. He was responsible for the murder of over 600 US military personnel as well as Israelis.
The poster was released from Khamenei’s office to celebrate Quds Day, the annual Iranian regime rally calling for Israel’s destruction.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Jerusalem Post: “Fanatic Jew-hating Ayatollah and company inspired by Nazi antecedents. Awaiting protests from Berlin and Vienna.”
The Post contacted German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration, including her federal commissioner to combat antisemitism, Felix Klein, for a comment.
Iran’s regime is considered the top state sponsor of antisemitism and Holocaust denial by ADL national director Jonathan Greenblatt.
Karmel Melamed, an Iranian-American and an expert on the regime’s lethal antisemitism and Holocaust denial, took to Twitter to criticize Germany for its robust trade relationship with Tehran.
Uwe Becker, the president of the pro-Israel NGO The German-Israel Friendship Society, told the Post that “While suppressing their own people, the Mullah regime in Tehran is proclaiming freedom for the Palestinians in order to continue the path to destroy the Jewish state.
“As long as Tehran is denying the right of existence of Israel – and as long as they are continuing to attack directly or indirectly Israeli families – the EU should freeze the relations with the Iranian regime,” he said. “No pillars of relations should stand on poisoned ground. The Iranian regime is constantly fighting against the State of Israel and its existence.”
Benjamin Weinthal is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Follow Benjamin on Twitter @BenWeinthal.