Thursday, February 14, 2013

German Green leader Claudia Roth under fire for 'high-five' greeting with Reza Sheik Attar, killer of dissident Kurds

Claudia Roth, chairwoman of the large Green Party in Germany, is facing a storm of criticism from media outlets, Iranian dissidents and pro-Israel advocates because she greeted Iran’s ambassador to Germany euphorically last week at the Munich security conference
Roth’s high five, an American form of praise or encouragement, was caught on video. She used it to greet Iranian ambassador Reza Sheik Attar, whom Iranian Kurdish dissidents accuse of massacring Kurds during his tenure as governor of the Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan provinces between 1980 and 1985
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
Nasrin Amirsedghi, a prominent Iranian-German intellecutal who has written about human rights in the pislamic republic, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, “It is an open secret that the Green Party lobbies intensively for the mullahs in Germany”

Text reads: Greeting of Green leader with Iranian mass murderer. Claudia Roth merrily high-fives with mass murder Ali-Reza Sheikh Attar, who in the 1980's as Governor of Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan provinces hanged hundreds openly, and said of the the Iranian opposition that he bathed them in blood

News reports here and here. Picture from German blogger Michael Mannheimer here. YT link here.