Head of German Green party 'high fives' Iranian ambassadorThe head of Germany's Green party, Claudia Roth, is under fire for 'high fiving' the Iranian ambassador to Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar. Akhtar is accused of massacring Kurds when he was governor of their region between 1980 and 1985.
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Roth’s pro-Iranian behavior prompted Germany’s largest daily paper, Bild, to dub her “Loser of the Day,” on its front page because of her action. This category is reserved for people who engage in shameless, criminal, or embarrassing conduct.
Henryk M. Broder, a popular columnist for the daily Die Welt, said Roth belongs “in the hall of shame of politics” for her high five.
Nasrin Amirsedghi, a prominent Iranian- German intellecutal who has written about human rights in the Islamic Republic, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, “It is an open secret that the Green Party lobbies intensively for the mullahs in Germany.”
She added that a “high five normally serves as an the expression of satisfaction about success. And [the Green Party] has contributed greatly to the success of keeping an inhumane system going in Iran since 1979.”Actually, the only surprise here is that anyone is upset with her. Germany is Iran's largest trading partner (a position Turkey may soon assume but not because German trade with Iran is declining) and the Red-Green alliance is nothing new, unfortunately.
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