The lone Jewish member of Iran's parliament on Monday likened Israel's bombing of Gaza to the actions of Nazi Germany, the Iranian news agency Fars reported.
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“The Zionist regime's crimes are reminiscent of the actions taken by the German Nazis during the first [sic] and second World Wars,” Siamak Marreh Sedq told Fars.
He also compared Israel's Operation Protective Edge to Saddam Hussein's predations upon the Shi'ites of Iran and Iraq, a red flag in the Islamic republic.
Sedq, a 50-year-old physician, fills the parliamentary seat reserved for Jews, as a religious minority, going back over a century. He replaced long-time Jewish MP Maurice Motamed in 2008, and seems even more loyal to the Iranian line on Israel and anti-Semitism than his predecessor. Motamed publicly criticized former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial, while Sedq is not known for having ever broken ranks with the regime.
In a 2010 interview with Russia Today, he painted life for Iranian Jews in especially rosy colors: “Jews are safe in Iran. That’s true. Nobody needs guards. There has never been a single instance of anti-Semitism in Iranian society. This phenomenon belongs to the European, Christian world. There is no anti-Semitic sentiment in Iran. We have no attacks on synagogues or cemeteries as happens in Paris."