Wednesday, June 27, 2012

More on the Rahimi speech

Juan Cole, in a post from September 2009 entitled "Ahmadinejad Spews Raving Lunatic Anti-Semitism on ‘Jerusalem Day,’" wrote:
. . . the venomous rhetoric against Jews (it isn’t just Zionists if it is projected back 500 years) that he used in this speech is so hateful that if it became widespread and ensconced in Iranian society, it certainly would have bad and tragic results– for Jews, Iranians and for us human beings in general.
It wasn't "widespread and ensconced" then? In any event, part of the "Raving Lunatic Anti-Semitism" in the Rahimi speech was translated for us, courtesy of Fars News, which suggests that the ideas are certainly "ensconced" in Iran now. The NY Times offers more details from the speech:
Mr. Rahimi . . . told stories of gynecologists’ killing black babies on the orders of the Zionists and claimed that the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 was started by Jews, adding that mysteriously, no Jews died in that uprising.
And these ideas are not just "ensconced" in Iran. Hamas-head Khaled Mesha'al, in 2008, said that Israel is "exaggerating the Holocaust and using it to blackmail the world." Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, perhaps the most prominent Muslim Brotherhood figure in the world, doesn't deny the Holocaust. He once declared "Allah Willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers."

Update: Reuters uses the term "verbal clash" to refer to the fact that Rahimi made his remarks and Israel condemned them.

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