June 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum expressed outrage that Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi would exploit an international conference on the illicit drug trade as a platform to spread antisemitic conspiracy theories and accuse Jews of responsibility for the drug trade.
“Antisemitic hate speech is always problematic but when it comes from a government official, it can be especially dangerous,” said Tom Bernstein, Museum chairman. “This situation is of particular concern because it comes from a leader of the Iranian government whose president has made numerous statements denying the Holocaust and threatening Israel’s existence. The international community must not remain silent in the face of the Iranian government’s promotion of antisemitism.”
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