Mar 15, 2019 16:31 Asia/Tehran
  • Western defense of demonization of Muslims must end: Zarif

In reaction to anti-Muslim remarks by an Australian senator, Iranian FM called for an end to Western hypocrisy of defending demonization of Muslims as ‘freedom of expression’.

Iran Press/Iran news: “Impunity in Western ‘democracies’ to promote bigotry leads to this: Israeli thugs enter mosque in Palestine to insult Muslims; Terrorists in NZ livestream their murder of 49 Muslims,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a tweet on Friday.


“Western hypocrisy of defending demonization of Muslims as ‘freedom of expression’ MUST end,” stressed Zarif, in reaction to the anti-Muslim tweets by Australian Senator Fraser Anning, in which he blamed Muslim immigrants for the terrorist attack against them. The Australian politician's remarks have sparked outrage, Iran Press reported.


Beginning at about 1.40 p.m. local time, armed gunmen attacked Masjid Al Noor mosque and Linwood Masjid Mosque in Christchurch.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced 49 people have been killed, and at least 50 injured, in Friday's attacks on two Christchurch mosques.105


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