Anti-Semitism has long characterized the Iranian government's positions. Holocaust denial in particular has repeatedly surfaced within senior official statements. In an 3 interview with ABC's George Stephanopolous last September, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif asserted that Ayatollah Ali Khamanei is not a Holocaust denier and that statements found on his official English-language website were a "bad translation" and "out of context."
Now, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), reports that Khamenei's original statements on the official Persian-language website proves that the Khamenei did, in fact, refer to the Holocaust as a "myth." The investigation confirms that the English translation on the official website is accurate, as Khamanei refers to the "myth of the Jewish slaughter known as the Holocaust."
Similarly, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed he had not denied the Holocaust, despite calling it a "fairy tale" and ultimately including his Holocaust denial among his accomplishments in office.
Khamanei also supports the late Roger Garaudy, praising the convicted French Holocaust denier on Facebook and Twitter. During his 1998 meeting with Garaudy, Khamanei stated that "the Zionists are just like the Nazis, and act in the same racist fashion."