Iran's supreme leader has sparked outrage after releasing an anti-Israel poster showing a conquered Jerusalem alongside the Nazi's infamous 'final solution'.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been accused of anti-Semitism after he shared the poster calling for the destruction of Israel on his official website in Farsi, Arabic and English.
The poster, which showed a 'free' Palestine and the late Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, was published alongside the message: 'Palestine will be free. The final solution: Resistance is referendum.'
Published on Quds Day, an annual celebration in Iran held on the last Friday of Ramadan, the image showed people celebrating at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem alongside the 'final solution' term which refers to the mass genocide of Jewish people during the Holocaust.
The Iranian leader, who earlier this month said that the United States would be expelled from Iraq and Syria, has been in office since 1989.
Following the release of the poster a message on Khamenei's Twitter page read: 'The Zionist regime has proven it won't abide by any treaty & understands no logic except force.
'The nature of the Zionist regime is incompatible with peace, because the Zionists seek to expand their territories & will certainly not be limited to what they have already occupied.
'Eliminating the Zionist regime doesn't mean eliminating Jews. We aren't against Jews. It means abolishing the imposed regime & Muslim, Christian & Jewish Palestinians choose their own govt & expel thugs like Netanyahu. This is 'Eliminating Israel' & it will happen.
'A proposal for a referendum to choose the type of govt for the historical country of #Palestine was registered with the UN as offered by Iran. We say the true Palestinians with Palestinian roots of at least 100 years, and Palestinians living abroad, choose the govt (sic) of Palestine.'
However the U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo condemned the poster saying: 'The United States condemns Supreme Leader Khamenei's disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks.
'They have no place on Twitter or on any other social media platform. We know Khamenei's vile rhetoric does not represent the Iranian people's tradition of tolerance.'
Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: 'Khamenei's threats to carry out 'The Final Solution' against Israel bring to mind the Nazi 'Final Solution' plan to annihilate the Jewish People.
'He should know that any regime that threatens the destruction of the State of Israel faces a similar danger.'
While Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Jerusalem Post: 'Fanatic Jew-hating Ayatollah and company inspired by Nazi antecedents. Awaiting protests from Berlin and Vienna.'
The release of the poster comes just days after the leader renewed Iran's demand for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from the Middle East.
Khamenei said America's actions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria had led to them being hated, according to a transcript of a speech to students published on his website.
'The Americans won't stay in Iraq and Syria and will be expelled,' Khamenei said.
Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump said he had instructed the U.S. Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea, but said later he was not changing the military's rules of engagement.
After Trump's statement, the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said that the Islamic Republic would destroy U.S. warships if its security is threatened in the Gulf.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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