Iran's hardline leaders have jailed a blogger for writing "propaganda." His crime? Saying that the Holocaust did in fact happen. In a televised address to the nation, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had this to say:
"I, Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran hereby state that blogger Ahmad Farshid has been jailed indefinitely for spreading propaganda in one of his articles. Mr. Farshid who is obviously a pro-Zionist, America-loving, unpatriotic bigot, had the audacity to state in one of his articles that the Holocaust did in fact happen and that six million "innocent Jews" were killed. To make such an assumption is bordering on lunacy. Is he so naive to think that the Iranian public is going to believe that there were so many Jews in Europe at that time? It is a well-known fact that the so called Holocaust is a made up fallacy used to justify the stealing of land from innocent Palestinians."
The story has shocked the world to the point that major leaders have commented on the issue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an interview with Israel's Arutz 2 Television said:
"This incident once again shows how very anti-Semitic those Iranian leaders are. They are even willing to stoop so low and oppress their own people just to suppress the truth."
Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama though, had a different take on the issue. In probably his last press conference at the White House, Obama said:
"I know that this is going to shock many people, but the fact of the matter is that certain countries have laws and they must be respected. If Mr. Farshid broke the law then it stands to reason that he should feel the full brunt of the law."
This comment didn't sit too well with many in the GOP. President-elect Donald Trump, in a effort to once again show that he is pro-Israel, tweeted:
"Don't worry Israel, regardless of what Obama says, I am behind you 100%. It's apparent that Obama would rather offend our greatest ally in the Middle East than Valerie Jarrett."