OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says news reports that Iran could require Jews and Christians to wear coloured labels in public might be true.
He says Iran’s hardline Islamist government has proven itself capable of such extremism.
“Unfortunately, we’ve seen enough already from the Iranian regime to suggest that it is very capable of this kind of action,” Harper said.
“We’ve seen a number of things from the Iranian regime that are along these lines.
“And the fact that such a measure could even be contemplated is absolutely abhorrent.”
The National Post newspaper reported Friday that Iran’s parliament has passed a law that would require Jews to wear yellow labels, and Christians red ones, on their clothing.
The law must still be approved by Iran’s “Supreme Guide,” Ali Khamenehi, to come into effect, the newspaper said.
Harper said he could not vouch for the accuracy of the report. But if true, he said it would be a throwback to one of the most odious chapters in human history.
“It boggles the mind that any regime on the face of the Earth would want to do anything that could remind people of Nazi Germany,” he said.
The report is a reminder that Iran must never be allowed to gain nuclear weapons, Harper said.
Let us hope that this is false. This does not bode well at all for peace.