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Iranian Media Reflects Khamenei’s Recent Anti-Semitism


Khamenei’s Face­book post on Holo­caust denier Roger Garaudy

Iran­ian media and the country’s high­est polit­i­cal and reli­gious author­ity, Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Khamenei, haven’t let the recent interim agree­ment on Iran’s nuclear issue dimin­ish the Islamic Republic’s zeal for pro­mot­ing its deep-seated anti-Semitism and sup­port for Holo­caust denial.

Despite Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani and For­eign Min­is­ter Muham­mad Javad Zarif’s recent over­tures to the West, extreme ele­ments in Iran­ian media and its lead­er­ship con­tinue to express their vit­ri­olic ani­mus toward Israel and Jews in print, on the web and on social media.

A look at recent offi­cially sanc­tioned car­toons and car­i­ca­tures found in Iran­ian press reveal an uptick in the por­trayal of Jews and Israeli lead­ers as insects, mon­keys, rats and dogs (see exam­ples below). In Iran­ian and Islamic cul­tures, dogs are often con­sid­ered najis, or reli­giously impure beings.

In many illus­tra­tions, King Abdul­lah of Saudi Ara­bia is also shown as an Israeli lackey respon­si­ble for the atroc­i­ties occur­ring in neigh­bor­ing Syria on Israel’s behest.

Iran’s broad­cast­ing and pub­lish­ing media is under the con­trol of Aya­tol­lah Khamenei and is charged with pre­sent­ing the regime’s anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-West ide­ol­ogy. In a post pub­lished on Khamenei’s Face­book and Twit­ter pages on Decem­ber 16, 2013, mark­ing the anniver­sary of French Holocaust-denier Roger Garaudy’s trial for his 1996 book that referred to the Holo­caust the “myth of the six mil­lion,” Khamenei lav­ished praise on Garaudy as a “French #Mus­lim resis­tance fighter.”

Recall­ing an offi­cial meet­ing held in 1998 dur­ing Garaudy’s visit to Tehran, Khamenei said “Zion­ists are just like the #Nazis and dis­play the same #racist behav­iors.” Khamenei’s post was accom­pa­nied by an image of Garaudy stand­ing along­side images of Holo­caust vic­tims, injured Pales­tini­ans, and Nazis.


Israeli ter­mite to the Saudi ter­mite: “Don’t fret… I’m telling you we will eat and destroy it…!”

Depicted as a frog, Saudi King Abdullah tells Israeli scorpion: "What a coalition we’ve formed!"

Depicted as a frog, Saudi King Abdul­lah tells Israeli scor­pion: “What a coali­tion we’ve formed!”








Sign reads: “Nuclear negotiations”



King Abdul­lah to the Israeli ant: “Crush him!!! Crush him!!!”
The shoe rep­re­sents Iran.








Regard­ing Iran’s lat­est launch­ing of a live mon­key into space.









“Dogs pro­hib­ited from enter­ing.” Dog is “Netanyahu”








  • Mario Augusto Puga Valera

    Isn’t inter­est­ing how Holo­caust deniers like to act as “use­ful idiots” for oppre­sive theocracies?

  • naiman

    Could the ADL please try to give some logic or evi­dence for its laugh­able claim that the scor­pion and frog car­toon is “anti-Semitic” [sic]? If the ADL will use sim­i­lar stan­dards to cri­tique Israeli media depic­tions of Arabs and Pales­tini­ans, I’ll make a big dona­tion to the ADL chik-chok. How much longer can the ADL get away with claim­ing to be a legit­i­mate civil rights orga­ni­za­tion while it ped­dles cheap pro­pa­ganda for the Israeli Min­istry of For­eign Affairs?

    • Antichris

      A reverse Mr. Ed! A talk­ing horse’s ass! And of course, an apol­o­gist for the world’s lead­ing state spon­sor of terrorism.

    • Mario Augusto Puga Valera

      So yeah, a car­toon that demo­nizes Israel and Jews, com­par­ing them to dan­ger­ous ani­mals, is not “anti semitic” at all. It’s just that para­noid zion­ists!
      I won­der how much cog­ni­tive dis­so­nance do you need to defend an obvi­ously racist, dis­crim­i­na­tory regime as Iran’s.

      • naiman

        It’s funny and sad how mind­lessly stu­pid the Zion­ist sheep are. No won­der the ADL takes all your money! All the ADL has to do is say, “Iran! Boo!” and you hand over your wallet.