Swiss government will not publicly condemn Holocaust denial and terrorism in Iran
In response to a series of the Jerusalem Post press inquiries sent to the Swiss Foreign Ministry last week, Pierre-Alain Eltschinger, a ministry spokesperson said of the Iranian regime’s anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial that “Switzerland has a critical dialogue with Iran on all issues related to human rights and international law, as is the case with many countries with questionable results.
Eltschinger did not define what “questionable record” and “critical dialogue” mean.
He added that “the denial of the Holocaust, but also the distortion of the Holocaust are criminal acts in Switzerland. The federal and cantonal governments are doing everything possible to combat them, as well as all forms of anti-Semitism, including by taking an active part in the competent international organizations.
Former US special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, Elan Carr, said Iran is “the world’s main trafficker in anti-Semitism” and “anti-Semitism is not incidental to it. ideology of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is a fundamental and central part of the ideology of this regime, and we have to be clear about it, and we have to face it and call it for what it is.
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt testified before the House Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee in 2020 and said at the hearing that the Iranian regime is the main sponsor state denial and anti-Semitism. Greenblatt wrote in Newsweek at the end of June that “Raisi has played a concrete role in promoting the Protocols as part of a sustained campaign to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish people.” The Protocols of the Elders of Zion were “a 19th century fake by Russian intelligence services … designed to serve as a scapegoat for Jews for the troubles of the empire,” Greenblatt wrote.
Switzerland represents American diplomatic interests in Iran because the United States severed its relations with the Iranian theocratic state after the regime took American diplomats and personnel hostage in 1979.
Markus Spoerndli, spokesperson for the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, told the Post that “Switzerland is implementing sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and decisions of the EU. The sanctions were imposed because of Iran’s nuclear activities and human rights violations.
The Post asked Markus Spoerndli, who is Guy Parmelin’s spokesperson, to send Parmelin his questions about the Iranian regime’s Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and terrorism.
Parmelin refused to answer.
Asked about the executions of gays and lesbians by the Islamic Republic, Eltschinger said that “Switzerland is raising the issue of the death penalty with the Iranian authorities for all categories of people sentenced to death, including the LGBTQ + community. “. The Iranian regime has executed between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians since its 1979 Islamic revolution, according to a 2008 British cable WikiLeaks.
Raisi was involved in the execution of an Iranian in 2019 who was executed for violating the anti-gay law of the Islamic Republic. The US government sanctioned Raisi for his role in the mass murder of at least 5,000 Iranian dissidents in 1988 and for his role in the murder of 1,500 Iranian protesters in 2019.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the human rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Post that “the point is that Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has had the courage and integrity to directly and personally speak out against denial. Iranian at a joint press conference in Vienna with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The Swiss government should not do less.
Cooper added that the Swiss government should specifically denounce the Iranian regime’s “denial of the Holocaust and the regime’s litany of human rights violations on behalf of the Swiss people.” The failure to do so and the congratulatory message to the new Iranian president who oversaw the killing of innocent people cannot be justified in the name of international diplomacy.