Iran's Lone Jewish MP Compares Israel to Nazis Over Gaza Strikes

Siamak Marreh Sedq, who fills reserved seat for Jews in Iranian parliament, toes regime's line on Israel and anti-Semitism.

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Iranian lawmakers attend an open session of parliament in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
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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.

“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."

Siamak Marreh Sedq, Jewish member of Iranian parliament, sitting in chamber.

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