Iran considered on Monday that Berlin is seeking to pay its “historical debt” to the Jews after it banned all activities of the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah in Germany.
“We have a feeling that the Germans seem to have a historical debt of the Zionists and they pay it, and they do not realize that the whole world and Muslims can respond,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told a news conference in Tehran.
On Thursday, Germany declared Hezbollah a “terrorist organization”, noting that it was responding to an old request from the United States and Israel.
The next day, the Islamic Republic condemned the decision, saying it was based only on the aims of the “propaganda machine of the Zionist entity and the floundering American system”.
Moussaoui said on Monday that Hezbollah is “a strong and legitimate party represented in the Lebanese government and parliament,” considering that the German decision “will only create problems”.
In an editorial published Saturday, Hussein Shariatmadari, the editor-in-chief of the conservative Kayhan newspaper, saw “a wave of discontent among the German people” because “the Israeli terrorist regime that kills children controls the fate of their country”.
Shariatmadari considered that the German decision against Hezbollah is “dictated by Israel” and “whole parts of the German economy are in the hands of the Jews”, just like Parliament where “more than a hundred Jewish deputies are not even Germans”.
Shariatmadari, who was appointed by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wrote, “Many Germans today realize that the Holocaust is nothing but a big fabricated hoax and lie”.
Hezbollah is a major political player in Lebanon and is an ally of Iran and the Syrian Government.
It was established in 1982 in the wake of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon with the support of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and fought a war with Israel in 2006.