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February 18, 2016

Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan Finds Receptive Audience In Iran

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Farrakhan meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan was provided with an opportunity to promote his typical anti-Semitic conspiracy theories last week in Iran.

Farrakhan was a “special guest” at multiple high-level events and met with current and former Iranian government officials including Grand Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati and former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati. Farrakhan was also reportedly the guest of honor at a ceremony unveiling a new drone, during which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was present.

Farrakhan previously met with Rouhani at a 2013 event organized by the Iranian delegation on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and visited Iran in 1996.

During a press conference after an event marking the 37th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, Farrakhan stated, “Whenever America wants to destroy a nation, a people, they must first demonize them, and the Zionist-controlled media in America has chosen to demonize Iran.” He added, “Not because Iran is a demon but the demon is the demonizer.”

According to the NOI’s Final Call newspaper, Farrakhan also claimed Jews conspire to divide Muslims. Farrakhan said, “I call [this group of Jews] the Synagogue of Satan…In the book of Revelations, it reads, those who say they are Jews and are not, I will make them of the Synagogue of Satan. And they are working day and night to destroy any unity among Muslims.”

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Farrakhan speaking to Iranian media

Iranian media outlets published Farrakhan’s comments from the press conference about supposed Jewish control of the U.S. media and supposed Jewish plots to undermine Muslim unity, giving his anti-Semitism broader reach.

It is no surprise that Farrakhan would invoke anti-Semitism during what the NOI is referring to as “a special, historic pre-Saviours’ Day trip.” Saviours’ Day, which takes place February 18-21, is one of Farrakhan’s largest platforms for anti-Semitism.

During last year’s Saviours’ Day sermon (Part 2), Farrakhan stated, “It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks… It now appears that 9/11 was a false flag operation… We know that many Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11.” He also claimed that Israel con­stantly acts against America’s inter­ests, but “they don’t fear Amer­ica because they con­trol it from within.”

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March 19, 2014

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The fol­low­ing is a selec­tion of news reports and com­men­tary from Iran­ian media and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions on devel­op­ments per­tain­ing to Iran. This weekly update includes a sam­pling of pub­lished reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media* as well as rel­e­vant arti­cles from the inter­na­tional press.

Iran­ian Media

The principle events of the Islamic Revolution and the Holy Defense are exposed to being harmed and distorted*
(Mashregh News Agency – March 17, 2014)

In a meeting with officials from the Raahian-e Nour (Path of Light) tour guides that lead trips to different battle grounds from the Iran-Iraq war, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned, “Today the ruling powers are trying the same lowly tricks to make [the world] gradually forget how the native people of the cities and villages of Palestine were pushed out. We must not allow the events of the Holy Defense to also be forgotten.”

Rafsanjani criticizes world powers for ignoring Muslims’ rights in Palestine, Myanmar
(Fars News Agency – March 17, 2014)

Former Iranian President and Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Rafsanjani met with a delegation from the International Crisis Group. During his meeting, Rafsanjani said, “The super powers’ green light to Israel and sometimes their weaponry and political assistance to the usurper regime has doubled the oppression against the oppressed people of Palestine.”

Official reveals new details of sabotage acts against Iran’s N. facilities
(Fars News Agency – March 17, 2014)

Asqar Zare’an, the deputy chief for nuclear protection and security for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, revealed that the Arak nuclear facility had come under attack. “Intelligence inspections of the nuclear facilities indicated that some pumps of the second circuitry of Arak’s IR40 project had undergone mechanical operations in a bid to disrupt the routine work of the power plant,” Zare’an said last Saturday.

Khalid Mashaal is coming to Iran*
(Fars News Agency – March 16, 2014)

According to reports by the Egyptian daily Al-Yom Al-Saba’a, Hamas Politburo Chief Khalid Mashaal is expected to visit to Tehran soon.

The nuclear team has no right to discuss non-nuclear issues*
(Kayhan – March 16, 2014)

A statement signed by 222 members of the Iranian parliament this week stated, “The Islamic Republic of Iran, in its capacity as a founding member of the NPT, which it has up until now adhered to and has not produced nuclear weapons in accordance with the treaty, seeks to use its full legitimate right of nuclear power for peaceful purposes as stated in Article 4 of the treaty.

The Palestinians’ missile capabilities have increased by 1,000 times*
(Fars News Agency – March 15, 2014)

Defense Minister Hossein Deghan boasted, “The Resistance’s [Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad] operational abilities against the Zionist regime have increased 1,000 fold and it is something we have been doing until now. With these calculations, the Resistance’s missile response can be fully understood.”

Iran raps Al-Jazeera claim about involvement in 1988 Lockerbie bombing
(Fars News Agency – March 13, 2014)

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs accused Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab Qatari news network, of embarking on a campaign on behalf of Israel. Hossein Amir Abdollahian called Al Jazeera’s report connecting Iran to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing a fabrication “in line with the Zionist regime’s lies.”

Hezbollah vows to give crushing response to Israeli aggressions
(Fars News Agency – March 12, 2014)

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem issued a series of threats against Israel after an aerial attack on Hezbollah sites by the Israeli Air Force. “We will pursue the issue of Israel’s continued aggressions, including reconnaissance flights and land aggression, through international law and the UN Security Council, laws of big countries and all those who claim that Israel is neither an occupier nor an aggress,” Qassam said during his interview with Fars News.

The next meeting of the Supreme Islamic Awakening Council will be in Baghdad/The West is in fear of Islamic thinking and awe*
(Fars News Agency – March 12, 2014)

Ali Akbar Velayati, the special advisor to the Supreme Leader, said during his speech at the Supreme Islamic Awakening Council, “Our hope is for the liberation of Palestine and we are hopeful that one day we will pray behind the Supreme Leader in the Al Aqsa mosque.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Netanyahu orders IDF to prepare for possible strike on Iran during 2014
(Haaretz – March 19, 2014)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon continue to prepare the Israel Defense Force for a possible military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

West sees unity on Iran despite crisis in Ukraine
(New York Times – March 18, 2014)

As representatives from the P5+1 and Iran gather in Vienna for negotiations, the specter of the crisis in Ukraine cause tensions between the West and Russia.

Iran doesn’t expect deal in coming nuclear talks
(Washington Post – March 16, 2014)

Prior to the latest round of negotiations with the P5+1, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed doubt that a deal would be reached “in this round of talks,” and that the sides “have agreed to discuss a number of issues in this round.”

It’s a sabotage: Iran’s hard-liners are using mass executions to undermine the nuclear deal
(Foreign Policy – March 14, 2014)

A spike in the number of executions is seen as attempts by hard-liners to derail President Rouhani’s diplomatic efforts.

Iran’s oppressed Christians
(New York Times – March 14, 2014)

A look into the hardships Iran’s Christian minority faces under the rule of the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani has not stopped Iran suppressing human rights: U.N. envoy
(Reuters – March 14, 2014)

United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed, criticized President Rouhani’s “baby steps” to improve human rights in Iran. Shaheed also stated that the Islamic Republic is holding 900 political prisoners, “including people persecuted for religious activities, lawyers and journalists.”

In Iran, a battle over control of media and culture is heating up
(Washington Post – March 13, 2014)

Tensions rise within Iran’s establishment as the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance hint at the possibility of relaxing some of the “ridiculous” policies Iran has adopted since the Islamic Revolution.

Iran hosts Syria conference of Assad sympathizers
(Chicago Tribune – March 12, 2014)

Iran hosted a conference in support of Syria’s Assad regime in which participating nations endorsed Tehran’s call for elections to “determine the destiny” of Syria.

Iran hard-liners protest at Austrian Embassy
(Washington Post – March 12, 2014)

Iranian authorities staged a protest in front of the Austrian Embassy last week over a meeting EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton held with activists during her high-profile visit to Tehran.

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March 12, 2014

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

The following is a selection of news reports and commentary from Iranian media and mainstream publications on developments pertaining to Iran. This weekly update includes a sampling of published reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media* as well as relevant articles from the international press.

Iranian Media

Lebanon and Palestine’s victory over the Zionist regime represented a glimpse of the IRGC’s power*
(DefaPress – March 5, 2014)

General Ramezan Sharif of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boasted of the IRGC’s military prowess and support for terrorist groups in Lebanon and Palestine. “A glimpse of the IRGC’s [power] was the aid to the victory of Lebanon and Palestine in transnational areas which the enemy itself is well aware of… Today the Islamic Republic will bring the largest damage to America for the smallest mistake. The enemy knows well that it is unable to provide security for the Zionist regime and this is the blessing of the IRGC’s power in the area of defense.”

Supreme Leader: Arrogant powers Spoiling from inside

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Supreme Leader Khamenei meeting with members of Iran’s Assembly of Experts 

(Fars News Agency – March 6, 2014)

In a meeting with members of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei stated, “The superficial tranquility of the arrogant powers and the conventional powers ruling the world are being destroyed and one of its signs is the economic crisis in Europe and the US and the signs of their economic bankruptcy is becoming visible.”

Iranian envoy blames Israel for Syrian tragedy
(Fars News Agency – March 6, 2014)

Iran’s representative to Lebanon said in a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, that “the Zionist regime” is assisting rebel groups in Syria and caring for those injured in Israeli military field hospitals.

The Iranian nation will bury the hopes of America and Israel one by one*
(Tasnim News Agency – March 6, 2014)

IRGC Deputy Commander General Hossein Salami said in a statement in response to the AIPAC conference last week in Washington D.C., “The same way that we buried the enemy front in the past. Today, too, the Iranian nation will bury the hopes of the American leaders who are by the side of their Zionist friends. Be sure that the enemy is unable to do anything greater than it has done in the last 35 years. They did everything they could do and they have been faced with defeat.”

Tehran, Ashton pushes focus on negotiations with top Iranian officials*(Kayhan – March 9, 2014)

In response to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s official visit to Tehran, Ali Akbar Velayati, a former Iranian foreign minister and special advisor to the Supreme Leader, criticized U.S. officials and their threats against Iran. Velayati said, “Instances of these types of [unproductive] comments [regarding sanctions] by John Kerry and the President of the United States are against Iran and are due to pressure from the Zionists,” Velayati said at a press conference following his meeting with Ashton.

Al-Zahar: Iran, Hamas to further deepen relations soon
(Fars News Agency – March 10, 2014)

Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official in Gaza, spoke of improving relations between the Islamist militant group and Iran, “The Hamas movement and Iran have taken special measures and we will see many changes in these relations soon.”

President Rouhani: Regional peace, stability impossible without Iran’s partnership
(Fars News Agency – March 10, 2014)

In a meeting with family members of Iranian soldiers killed during the Iran-Iraq war, President Rouhani commented, “If the enemy once thought in the early days of the (Islamic) Revolution that Iran was a weak country and could be destroyed by military attack, today it is obvious to everyone that Iran is the most powerful and mighty country in the region.”

Leader’s Aide: Islamic Ummah to continue support for Palestine, resistance against Israel
(Fars News Agency – March 10, 2014)

Addressing a gathering of the High Council of the Islamic Awakening World Forum this week, Velayati, the special advisor to the Supreme Leader, pledged continued support for Palestine against Israel. “The enemy is attempting to marginalize the Palestinian issue and draw it off the Muslim world’s priorities…The Islamic Ummah will continue its support for the oppressed Palestinian people and resistance against the Zionist regime,” Velayati said to the gathering.

Our finger is on the trigger to destroy the Zionist regime from a distance of 1,400 kilometers*
(Tasnim News Agency – March 10, 2014

Addressing a seminar on the Role of the Muslim World on Tuesday, IRGC Deputy Commander General Hossein Salami said, “From a distance of 1400 kilometers, our finger is on the trigger to destroy the Zionist regime. It is Islam that has given us the power and expansion to dominate the hearts of the Palestinian people from such geographical distances. Islam gives us hope and force, which allows us to be able to use the necessary force and capacities to destroy the Zionist regime, and until that day comes, our finger will remain on the trigger.”

International Media

Israel’s ‘campaign between the wars’ with Iran (Al-Monitor – March 7, 2014)

Last week’s Israeli naval interception of Gaza-bound missiles from Iran poses the question whether President Rouhani was involved in the planning and/or execution of the shipment.

Iran president condemns hard-line media crackdown
(Washington Post – March 8, 2014)

In a meeting with the nation’s newspaper managers, President Rouhani criticized the closing of two reformist-leaning newspapers in recent months. “Stopping the operation and closing (newspapers) is the last solution – not the first one,” Rouhani said. He added, “Why today is some media absolutely free and some others have little share of this freedom? Government critics and opponents are free and will be free but let government’s supporters also enjoy the same freedom and security as well.”

Mercy and social media slow the noose in Iran
(New York Times – March 8, 2014)

As execution by public hanging has steadily risen since President Rouhani’s election in June 2013, Iranians increasingly resort to social media to spread awareness.

Will Iran’s ‘end to extremism’ take hold?
(Christian Science Monitor – March 9, 2014)

President Hassan Rouhani met with Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, in her first visit to the Islamic Republic since her appointment.

Iran tells EU’s Ashton nuclear deal possible ‘in months’
(BBC – March 9, 2014)

During a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated that a nuclear deal could be reached “in four or five months and even shorter.”

Thwarted, for now, Iran’s bid to target all of Israel from Gaza
(Times of Israel – March 10, 2014)

An analysis of Iran’s endeavors to arm militant groups in Gaza and Lebanon with far-reaching missiles that can strike anywhere in Israel.

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