As the entire world commemorated International Holocaust Memorial Day, a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards attacked the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran, killing one and injuring two others. As a result, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran has now been evacuated, after the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry labeled what happened to be a terror attack.
Professor Nursin Guney, a member of the Advisory Board of the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy, concurred that this was a terror attack:
“All Turkish people believe so. I condemn it. We Turkish people are standing with the Azerbaijani people in this incident in condemning this terror attack in Iran. In this attack where one person lost his life, we also send our sincere condolences to the family of this person. It is good that with the courage of the Azerbaijani Security Forces, the fatalities were limited to one person. The terrorists intended to kill everyone in the embassy. This issue has to be investigated. It is a very serious issue. The Turkish people are standing next to the Azerbaijani people in this terror attack and we support them in stating that this terror attack has to be investigated.”
Renowned French historian Dr. Maxime Gauin, a member of the Advisory Board at the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy, stated:
“If you watch the video carefully, you see that the Iranian policeman at the entrance does not seem disturbed about the entrance of an armed man. This is not the reaction of a normal policeman. Obviously, he had orders to behave like that. This is reinforced by the fact that the perpetrator had access to Iranian TV. This is not the normal reaction of a state if they do not want an attack to happen.”
In an official statement put out by the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy,
“Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a member of the Board of the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy, stated that the Iranian regime stands behind this horrific attack and that he believes that this terror attack is connected to International Holocaust Memorial Day. Dr. Kedar said he believes that Iran is sending a message to Azerbaijan not to cooperate with Israel, after Azerbaijan decided to open up a new embassy in Tel Aviv, but we know that the cooperation will continue for Jews have been living peacefully in Azerbaijan for centuries and the ties between both nations are rock solid, and only growing. Israel stood behind Azerbaijan during the Second Karabakh War and will do so in the future, while Iran deprives Azerbaijanis in Tabriz the right to study in their mother tongue.”
The statement continued:
“This terrible attack that took place on International Holocaust Memorial Day is just one more example of how Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. As Rachel Avraham, CEO of the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy, stated on her Facebook page, ‘Just as Iran attacked the American Embassy in 1979 and the Israeli Embassy in Argentina in 1992, now they are going after the Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran in 2023. The time has come for this murderous regime to fall. The time has come for South Azerbaijan to obtain independence.’”
Around the same period of time that the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran was attacked, two terror attacks struck Jerusalem, killing 7 and injuring 7 more, and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Tansim News Agency, which is considered close to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, referred to the terrorists as “martyrs” and called the terror attacks around International Holocaust Memorial Day “acts of resistance.”
None of this should surprise anyone. Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world, and they support attacking both Azerbaijan and Israel because they support peace, freedom, multiculturalism and religious tolerance. The fact that both the attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy and the Jerusalem synagogue attack occurred on International Holocaust Memorial Day was no coincidence.
According to MEMRI, Ayatollah Khamenei has referred to the Holocaust as a “myth.” The Islamic Republic of Iran’s media routinely broadcasts testimony given by Holocaust deniers on International Holocaust Memorial Day. At the same breadth, while Iran denies that the slaughter of six million Jews took place during the Holocaust, they also support the Palestinians using this day to kill even more Jews and utilized this same day to wage a terror attack against Azerbaijan, which has just decided to open up a new embassy in Tel Aviv.
In an exclusive interview, former Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara declared:
“I think that Iran became the capital of the terror organizations. Every case of terror can be blamed on Iran. All the organizations that are fundamentalist, Iran supports them including Hamas, Hezbollah and others. There are other organizations that Iran supports and does not say anything, like Boko Haram. I am very sorry that the UN did not to push to stop this. I think that all of the world must shake hands to stop Iran from getting dangerous weapons. I think that what happened in the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran happened because they opened up their embassy in Tel Aviv, which is something hated by the leadership in Iran. It is very sad that the Western side that most of them continue to cooperate with Iran. They have to sanction them to return to the same level of sanctions that Trump supported before.”
Dr. Yusuf Siyret Aktan, a member of the Advisory Board of the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy, concurred:
“I strongly condemn the attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran. This is an ideology fueled by violence and revenge, and all it needs is hatred. Iran wants to create a second Lebanon inside Azerbaijan. Along with its strategic partners, Iran seeks to exist in these lands with sectarian conflicts. In fact, it is not a coincidence that the act of burning the Quran and the Torah in Sweden took place at the same time. Azerbaijan no longer wants Iranian influence in state institutions. This will push Iran to be more aggressive.”
It should be noted that Iran has a long record of attacking embassies. Last year, a religious extremist group connected to Iran stormed the Azerbaijani Embassy in London, chanting slogans and tearing down the Azerbaijani flag. In 2016, mobs ransacked the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and burned down the Saudi diplomatic mission in Mashhad. In 2011, the British Embassy was stormed in Tehran by Iranian mobs, who ransacked the offices and stole documents. One small building was set on fire.
On November 9, 1979, 52 US citizens and diplomats were held hostage inside of the American Embassy in Tehran for 444 days. According to former EU Parliamentarian Paulo Casaca, Hezbollah, another terrorist proxy of the Islamist Republic of Iran, was responsible for “the April 1983 suicide bomb attack against the US Embassy in Beirut, killing 66 people and the 1992 suicide bomb attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 22 people.” According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Argentinian Magistrate concluded in 2007 that Iran stands directly behind the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, and dispatched the terrorists personally.
In 2012, the wife of the Israeli Defense Attaché to New Delhi was wounded, after an Iranian agent attacked an embassy car. And more recently, in 2021, the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi was attacked by the Al Quds Force, who damaged some of the cars in the area after a bomb was set off. However, there were many more attempted Iranian terror attacks that were foiled.
Some of these foiled terror attacks include but are not limited to an Iranian plan to attack the Israeli Ambassador and his entourage in Bangkok, Thailand that was foiled, a Hezbollah plot to assassinate Ehud Barak in Singapore that was also foiled, a bomb in Georgia was found in a car belonging to the Israeli Embassy on the same day that an Israeli Embassy car was bombed in New Delhi. And in Turkey, four members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were arrested while planning to attack the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul. These are but a small sample that highlight the terrorist intentions of the mullahs in Tehran.
As Dr. Gauin noted,
“The West therefore must not only condemn this attack but also hold the Iranian regime responsible for that. This is a matter of ethics and interests. If there are no sanctions or strong reaction after that, all of the embassies could be the next one. The Islamist regime in Tehran began with the invasion of the American Embassy, so it is obviously not new for them to unlawfully attack an embassy.”
Rachel Avraham is the CEO of the Dona Gracia Center for Diplomacy and an Israel-based journalist. She is also the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”