Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center's (FSWC) is deeply
concerned to learn of Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre's visit with the Mayor of
Tehran earlier this month, and the unfortunate legitimization of a regime which
is one of the greatest state sponsors of terror in the world.
"Mayor Coderre's meeting with Tehran Mayor Baqer Qalibaf was a public relations coup for the leaders of a city and a country who have repeatedly vowed to
annihilate Israel, and are among the worst human rights abusers in the
world," explains FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo.
"In fact, on the
very day I was in Ottawa hosting a Rosh Hashanah Reception on Parliament Hill,
the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran was holding a protest against the
1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners by Iran's revolutionary government.
I think it is incumbent on Mayor Coderre to explain why he has chosen to deal
with an abusive, terrorist regime with clearly articulated genocidal
aims," he added.
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