British PM: Let Tehran boycott London Olympics

Iranian protest over new Olympics logo purportedly connoting ‘Zion’ is ‘completely paranoid,’ Cameron says.

By JONNY PAUL
March 13, 2011 03:20
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Logo of the 2012 London Olympics.

2012 London Olympics logo.. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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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 games.

“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.

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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 said.

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 “indestructible.”

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,” he said.

“I will always be a strong defender of the Jewish people.

I will always be an advocate for the State of Israel,” he said.

However last July, Cameron likened the Gaza Strip to a “prison camp” and condemned Israel’s response to the Gaza flotilla incident in May.

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 rigorous.

“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.

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