(September 1, 2022 / JNS) The Iran Worldwide information group reported that Greco-Roman wrestler Mohammad Ali Geraei, who completed in fifth place on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, cited Hitler in addition to boxing legend Muhammad Ali as his inspirations whereas speaking to an Iranian publication on Saturday.
Israel’s official Persian-language Twitter web page condemned Geraei’s feedback, saying in a post, “The issue is the ayatollahs’ anti-Semitic authorities that presents the largest felony in historical past as a hero. Like Hitler, the ayatollahs sacrifice the Iranian folks for his or her objectives.”
Israel’s English-language Twitter account added, “Our function fashions: mother and father, lecturers, docs. Iranian wrestling champion Mohammad Ali Geraei’s function mannequin: Hitler. … When the Iranian regime normalizes anti-Semitism and violence towards Jews, that is the outcome.”
Sardar Pashaei, an Iranian activist who was a Greco-Roman wrestling champion and former head coach of Iran’s Greco-Roman wrestling crew, told The Jerusalem Submit he was “very unhappy” to see how Iranian athletes “have turn out to be authorities puppets and must be taught the lesson of hate as an alternative of friendship.”
“Geraei’s phrases are like rubbing salt on the injuries of thousands and thousands of individuals whose households had been victims of hatred,” mentioned Pashaei, who’s now an American citizen.
“The Worldwide Olympic Committee ought to finish appeasement with Iran, and ban the presence of officers and athletes who’re a part of the Iranian authorities’s repression and hatred equipment,” he added. “We are going to quickly ship a letter to the World Wrestling Federation and demand the suspension of Ali Geraei for his anti-Semitic feedback.”
Geraei was a bronze medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling on the 2017, 2019 and 2021 World Championships and took dwelling a gold medal on the 2018 Asian Video games.