Iranian-Jewish Member of Parliament Siamak Moreh Sedgh, who is the only Jew in Iran’s legislature, compared Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas rocket attacks to the actions of the Nazis.
“The Zionist regime’s crimes are reminiscent of the actions taken by the German Nazis during the first and second world wars,” Sedgh said, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency. He also compared Israel’s actions to Saddam Hussein’s persecution of Shi’ite Muslims.
Iran grants a parliament seat to the Jewish religious minority. The seat was previously held by Jewish MP Maurice Motamed, who had criticized former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial, reported Haaretz.
Sedgh has not voiced similar criticism. In 2010, he told Russia Today that “Jews are safe in Iran.” This month, however, Iranian television aired an interview in which Tehran University professor Valiollah Naghipourfar claimed that Jews use sorcery against the Islamic state.