Iran Condemns 'Shameless, Racist' Comments by Israeli President Rivlin

'The Zionists [Israel] once again demonstrate their hostility and unending hatred of Iran and Iranians with such shameless remarks,' says FM spokesman over Rivlin's call for EU states to back U.S. sanctions against Tehran

Reuven Rivlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the President's residence in Jerusalem, Israel, October 4, 2018
Sebastian Scheiner,AP

Tehran has condemned on Friday a call by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin for the European Union to join the United States in reimposing sanctions on Iran, calling it "shameless" and "racist."

"The Zionists [Israel] once again demonstrate their hostility and unending hatred of Iran and Iranians with such shameless remarks," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said late Friday, according to news website Al-Alam.

During a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, Rivlin criticized the EU for continuing to trade with Iran.

"The Iranian monster should be starved, not fed," Rivlin said.

Ghassemi said Iran would continue to differentiate between observant Jews and the "racist, fascist and uncivilized minority" in the Israeli government.

Rivlin expressed concern over a new wave of anti-Semitism in Europe during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday.

“A new breed of anti-Semitism is rising in Europe. This time, it takes the form of right-wing nationalist politics with roots in Nazismand it is gaining momentum across the continent," Rivlin told Merkel. "Some of these people appear to support Israel, but hate Jews. There should be no misunderstanding. There is no such thing as loving Israel and hating Jews.”

“Our past continues and will continue to shape the special nature of our relationship, now and in the future. It binds us to a shared commitment to remember the past and to continue to fight against anti-Semitism, hatred and denial,” Rivlin reiterated.