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LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron has accused Iran of being
“completely paranoid” over its claim that the 2012 London Olympic logo is
racist, adding that the Islamic Republic would not be missed if it boycotted the
“It’s completely paranoid. If the Iranians don’t want to come,
don’t come; we won’t miss you. It would be a crazy reason for not coming,” he
told British community weekly Jewish News on Friday.
Iran: 2012 Olympics logo 'racist,' resembles word 'Zion'
Last month, Iran
accused organizers of next year’s Olympics of being racist, claiming that the
game’s emblem resembles the word “Zion.”
Cameron told the newspaper that
athletes who chose not to compete against Israeli athletes would not be welcomed
at the London games.
“They can’t come if they're going to behave like
that,” he said.
“You shouldn’t have that approach to sport. If you were
going to come to the Olympic Games, you take part against everybody, and if
you’re going to behave like that you’re not welcome,” Cameron
Cameron has had a mixed relationship with Israel since becoming
prime minister last May.
Earlier this month, speaking at a Jewish charity
fund-raising dinner, he said his belief in Israel was
Cameron told the Community Security Trust he wanted to
build a strong and productive relationship with Israel.
“With me you have
a prime minister whose belief in Israel is indestructible. And you have a prime
minister who wants to build a strong and productive relationship with Israel,”
“I will always be a strong defender of the Jewish
I will always be an advocate for the State of Israel,” he
However last July, Cameron likened the Gaza Strip to a “prison
camp” and condemned Israel’s response to the Gaza flotilla incident in
Speaking during a visit to Turkey, in which he called for the
inclusion of the country into the European Union, he said, “The Israeli attack
on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable, and I have told Prime Minister
Netanyahu we will expect the Israeli inquiry to be swift, transparent and
“Let me also be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change.
Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. Gaza cannot and must
not be allowed to remain a prison camp,” he told the Turkish parliament.