Thursday, May 14, 2009

Iran,Irna:Jewish community, whose members are refusing to emigrate, is living there comfortably enough. It enjoys religious freedom and has a represen


"Jewish community, whose members are refusing to emigrate, is living there comfortably enough. It enjoys religious freedom and has a representative in parliament,"
News Code: 487294
GMT: 5/14/2009 1:57:40 PM

Israeli peace activist slams Peres for comparing Iran with Nazis
Berlin, May 14, IRNA -- Leading Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery lambasted Israeli President Shimon Peres for comparing Iran with Nazi Germany during his recent US visit, according to German media reports.
"About this sentence at least three things must be said: (a) it is untrue, (b) it trivializes the Holocaust, and (c) it reflects a catastrophic policy," the German website Hintergrund quoted Avnery as saying Thursday. "The comparison of Iran to Nazi Germany lacks a factual basis," he added. Avnery said that Iran was neither a fascist nor an anti-Semitic state. "Iran is not a fascist state. According to the evidence, there is quite a lot of freedom there, including freedom of expression," said Avnery, referring to the ongoing Iranian presidential race. "Nor is Iran an anti-Semitic state. A Jewish community, whose members are refusing to emigrate, is living there comfortably enough. It enjoys religious freedom and has a representative in parliament," the former Israeli lawmaker added. Avnery made clear, contrary to Israeli propaganda, Iran was "not an aggressive country." "Iran has not attacked its neighbors for centuries. The long and bloody Iraq-Iran war was started by Saddam Hussein," he said. Avnery is also a journalist and writer and a member of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom which is aiming for a reconciliation with Palestinians. OT**1416
End News / IRNA / News Code 487294

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