The newly appointed Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, recently updated his ‘facebook wall’ noting that Iran, in an awkward act of cognitive harmony, condemns both the massacre of Jews by the Nazis that began during the 1930’s and continued until the end of the Second World War and the ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people, a pogrom that has continued since the 1930’s with the founding of the Zionist paramilitary group, the Irgun.

Zarif also had a short twitter conversation with a tweeter who identified herself as the daughter of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that began when Zarif tweeted a happy New Year greeting to Iran’s Jewish population. When sfpelosi (Christine Pelosi) responded, “Thanks. The New Year would be even sweeter if you would end Iran’s Holocaust denial, sir”, Zafir replied, “Iran never denied it (the Holocaust). The man who was perceived to be denying it is now gone. Happy New Year.”

In Iran, about 2 percent of the population does not practice the Muslim religion. This minority is made up of groups including Christians, Jews and Hindus.