Iran's Supreme Leader 'Echoing Hitler's Call for Genocide' With Palestine 'Resistance' Post, Mike Pompeo Says

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“Khamenei's threats to carry out ‘The Final Solution’ against Israel bring to mind the Nazi 'Final Solution' plan to annihilate the Jewish People,” the Israeli prime minister's office wrote on Twitter. khamenei.ir

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday lambasted a tweet from the Iranian foreign minister invoking the term "final solution" to promote a proposal to expand democracy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The "final solution" was a phrase used by Nazi Party leaders during the Holocaust to euphemize genocide.

"Incredible that @JZarif and Iran's Supreme Leader are echoing Hitler's call for genocide," Pompeo wrote on Twitter, using the handle for Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif. "This depravity should dispel any notion the regime belongs in the community of nations. We stand with Germany and Israel against this oldest & most vile form of hatred, and say #NeverAgain."

A spokesperson for Zarif did not respond to a request for comment.

The controversy derives from a poster, released earlier this week, that surfaced on the website of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. It depicts armed soldiers and civilians in celebration, standing on military vehicles and waving the Palestinian flag just outside the Dome of the Rock in East Jerusalem. An image of the now-deceased Quds Force leader, Qassem Soleimani, whom the U.S. killed in a drone strike earlier this year, is prominently shown.

Atop the poster are the words "The final solution: Resistance until referendum."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office put out a statement decrying the post.

"Khamenei's threats to carry out 'The Final Solution' against Israel bring to mind the Nazi 'Final Solution' plan to annihilate the Jewish People," his office wrote on Twitter. "He should know that any regime that threatens the destruction of the State of Israel faces a similar danger."

On Thursday, Zarif posted a cropped version of the poster on Twitter, highlighting the latter portion of the text in an attempt to emphasize its relation to self-determination rights.

In the tweet, Zarif said it was "disgusting" that Western commentators were criticizing the referendum poster considering, as he puts it, the West's complicity in the Holocaust.

The Anti-Defamation League has long named Iran as a premier backer of global anti-Semitism. In an article early in April, the non-profit assessed that Iran had also begun to capitalize on the spread of COVID-19 in these ambitions, calling it "the number one state sponsor of scapegoating Jews."

"This crisis has led the regime to engage in fantastical, outrageous conspiracy theories about the current pandemic that are deeply infused with antisemitism, including classic tropes," the league wrote. "These include claiming the disease is an attack on Iran by using genies and magic, that COVID-19 is part of an external biological attack on Iran by the U.S. with Jewish and Israeli assistance, and that the virus is part of a Zionist plot to gain global power."

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