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Paris, 4 September 2021

H.E. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas,

We are concerned about German policy to return to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) table of six – the five UN Security Council Permanent Members: France, UK, US, Russia and China, plus Germany – in talks with Iran.

Of these, China and Russia are strategically involved with Tehran and are, apparently, also close to recognizing a Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Shi’ite Iran is about to embrace its Sunni Taliban former enemy. Indeed, the official Taliban spokesman has now called the State of Israel “a tumour in the body of Islam”, in an interview on Arabic language Iranian television. This language was, in fact, a plagiarism of an Eid al Fitr August 2012 speech of the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, who stated, “the ‘Zionist entity’ is a cancerous tumour and is the biggest problem of the Muslim world.”

It is apparent that any removal of sanctions by a renewed JCPOA would, not only camouflage Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but enrich its terrorism coffer, adding to Hizbollah, Hamas, Houthy, etc. a new “sovereign” terror regime in Kabul.

Germany’s historic special relationship with Iran, especially as a supplier of technology, was forced back under EU sanctions. Now companies are impatient to return to business.

It is also obvious, Mr. Minister, that the Holocaust has to factor into German decision-making, as Iranian public policy claims that “the Holocaust is a lie. Now let us make it a reality!”

We suggest that any country’s reference to the Jewish State as “a tumour” should be publicly condemned and reviled by Germany. Iran is an interlocutor whose genocidal intent is to complete the Nazi Wannsee plan for Jewish extermination.

Mr. Minister, the current Tehran regime – a Patron of Terror, now led by the infamous President, known as “the Butcher of Prisoners” – cannot be invited to a diplomatic table, but must be treated as an abomination.

Most respectfully,

Dr. Shimon Samuels
Director for International Relations
Simon Wiesenthal Centre

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“My cause was justice, not vengeance. My work is for a better tomorrow and a more secure future for our children and grandchildren.” (Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005)