Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran voiced doubts on Friday about the existence and scale of the Holocaust, questioning the West's "red lines" on freedom of expression, according to Agence France Presse. In remarks broadcast live from the northeastern city of Mashhad, he said that in Europe, "no one dares to speak of the Holocaust, the crux of which is not clear if it is true, or if it were, how it was."
Khamenei appeared to draw parallels between "red lines" in the West over discussion of the Holocaust and Iran's own policies regarding freedom of expression, saying, "Expressing opinion about the Holocaust, or casting doubt on it, is one of the greatest sins in the West. They prevent this, arrest the doubters, [and] try them while claiming to be a free country. "They passionately defend their red lines ... how do they expect us to overlook our red lines that are based on our revolutionary and religious beliefs?"