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Iran's Zarif Blames The West For Anti-Muslim Attacks

Patient rushed in ambulance after Christchurch mosque attack, New Zealand, March 15, 2019

Hours after terror attacks against Muslims praying in Mosques in New Zealand, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has sharply condemned Western countries for “hypocrisy of defending demonization of Muslims as ‘freedom of expression’”.

In a tweet, Zarif also included a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump grabbed from a news footage, with printed words, “I think Islam hates us”.

Zarif also said that “Impunity in Western ‘democracies’ to promote bigotry” leads to attacks against Muslims.

Iran in the past has condemned some terror attacks, such as the September 11, 2001 operation by jihadist Sunni militants of Al Qaeda, which killed thousands of Americans. But Iran does not consider attacks against Israeli civilians as terror, although it has issued statements condemning terror attacks in general.

In the case of the Taliban Iran has sometimes condemned their attacks against civilians, but at times has remained silent.