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April 2, 2014 1

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

The pur­pose of prop­a­gat­ing ‘Iron Dome’ is to intim­i­date oppo­nents and it does not express real­i­ties*
(Fars News Agency – April 1, 2014)

Ismail Kosari, a mem­ber of the Iran­ian parliament’s National Secu­rity Com­mit­tee, said that Israel’s Iron Dome sys­tem is noth­ing more “than a type of psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare.” Kosari added, “Israel’s pri­mary goal in pub­li­ciz­ing the ‘Iron Dome’ is to intim­i­date its opponents…”

Iran­ian envoy slams West for back­ing ter­ror­ists in Syria
(Fars News Agency – March 30, 2014)

Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, the Iran­ian ambas­sador to Ger­many, accused the West of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ist groups in Syria dur­ing his speech at an inter­na­tional con­fer­ence on Syria in Munich. “The West had not learned from its past strate­gic mis­takes in Syria by sup­port­ing ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Lev­ant (ISIL) and the Al-Nusra Front,” Attar said dur­ing the conference.

Senior law­maker describes Ahmed Sha­heed as CIA, Mossad agent
(Fars News Agency – March 29, 2014)

In response to the renewed man­date of Ahmed Sha­heed as the United Nations Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on Human Rights in Iran, Iran­ian mem­ber of par­lia­ment Hos­sein Naqavi Hos­seini accused Sha­heed of “work[ing] as an agent for the Zion­ist regime and also the CIA.”

Sayyed Nas­ral­lah tack­les regional devel­op­ments
(Mehr News Agency – March 29, 2014)

Hezbol­lah Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Has­san Nas­ral­lah gave an inau­gural speech for the open­ing of a cul­tural insti­tute in south­ern Lebanon that saw heavy fight­ing between the armed Shi’a orga­ni­za­tion and Israeli forces in 2006. Nas­ral­lah boasted, “Lebanon’s gold does not exist in the whole world, and with wood, the Lebanese had built the coffins of Israeli sol­diers, and will con­tinue to exist for each occu­pier of this holy land.”

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Iran­ian Defense Min­is­ter Hos­sein Deghan

Defense Min­is­ter: Amer­ica has long-term plans for the gov­ern­ment of Saudi Ara­bia*
(Tas­nim News Agency – March 29, 2014)

Fol­low­ing U.S. Pres­i­dent Obama’s pub­li­cized visit to Saudi Ara­bia, Iran­ian Defense Min­is­ter Hos­sein Deghan lashed out against alleged U.S. “plans” for the sur­vival of the Saudi monar­chy. Deghan also attacked Israel, stat­ing, “In the field of our military’s intel­li­gence capa­bil­i­ties, we are able to con­front the Zion­ist regime because they do not pos­sess such strength in oper­a­tional mil­i­tary systems.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran infla­tion slows to two-year low, ful­fill­ing Rouhani pledge
(Bloomberg News – March 30, 2014)

Iran’s infla­tion rate has fallen to a two-year low while con­sumer prices rose 23 per­cent from a year ago.

Gin­gerly, Iran begins to rock out
(Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – Mach 30, 2014)

Pop music may still be for­bid­den in Iran, but there are signs that slowly things are changing.

Iran’s chief rabbi passes away over Shab­bat
(Ha’aretz – March 30, 2014)

Iran’s Chief Rabbi Yosef Hamadani Cohen, who led Iran’s Jew­ish com­mu­nity since 1994, died last weekend.

Iran plans to replace U.N. ambas­sador in New York
(Reuters – March 29, 2014)

The cur­rent Iran­ian Ambas­sador to the United Nations will be replaced by Hamid Abu­talebi, a long­time diplo­mat with close ties to Pres­i­dent Rouhani and for­mer Pres­i­dent Raf­san­jani. Abu­talebi is sus­pected of hav­ing been involved in the 1979 U.S. embassy hostage cri­sis; how­ever, this infor­ma­tion is still unconfirmed.

N.Y. tower in suit tied to Iran is for­feited, judge rules
(Bloomberg Busi­ness­week – March 28, 2014)

A U.S. Dis­trict Judge ruled that an Iranian-government owned com­mer­cial build­ing in mid­town Man­hat­tan will be for­feited by its own­ers for vio­lat­ing U.S. embargo and fed­eral money laun­der­ing laws.

Museum items can’t be seized to pay Iran judg­ment
(USA Today – March 28, 2014)

A fed­eral judge in Chicago ruled that Iran­ian ter­ror sur­vivors may not be awarded Per­sian antiq­ui­ties and relics in place of the $412 mil­lion judg­ment against the Iran­ian government.

 

Iran fuel price hikes will be big test for Rouhani
(Reuters – March 27, 2014)

As part of Pres­i­dent Rouhani’s pledge to repair the Iran­ian econ­omy, painful fuel sub­sidy cuts are in store and pose a risk to Rouhani’s popularity.

Con­gress pre­pares sec­ond front on Iran sanc­tions
(Al-Monitor – March 27, 2014)

U.S. Con­gress is work­ing on new sanc­tions tar­get­ing Iran­ian sup­port for Hezbol­lah and sup­port­ers of Syria’s embat­tled Pres­i­dent Bashar Assad.

Sen. Carl Levin gar­ners 23 Dems for softer-toned Iran talks let­ter
(JTA – March 27, 2014)

Sen­a­tor Carl Levin (D-Mich.) cir­cu­lated a let­ter among law­mak­ers urg­ing the White House to con­tinue engag­ing in diplo­macy with Iran.

U.N. extends term of human rights mon­i­tor, anger­ing Iran
(New York Times – March 28, 2014)

Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials expressed anger by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s vote to renew the term for its Iran human rights expert.

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February 11, 2014 1

Iran’s Islamic Revolution: 35 Years Of Hate

Today marks the 35th anniver­sary of the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion. More than three decades on, the author­i­tar­ian Iran­ian regime has indoc­tri­nated gen­er­a­tions of its cit­i­zens with anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-Western pro­pa­ganda through state-controlled media.

These themes con­tinue to dom­i­nate Iran’s media, which also pro­vides a plat­form for Iran’s lead­er­ship to glo­rify ter­ror­ist groups such as Hezbol­lah in Lebanon to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

Iran’s tele­vi­sion, news­pa­pers and film indus­tries are all under the com­mand of Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei. Through these medi­ums the peo­ple of Iran have been receiv­ing a steady dose of the regime’s ide­ol­ogy and hatred.

Tele­vi­sion and Film 

Tele­vi­sion shows reg­u­larly fea­ture anti-Semitic ani­mated car­toons depict­ing Jews and Israelis as blood thirsty mur­der­ers of Pales­tin­ian chil­dren. These graphic ani­ma­tions, which are also aired on pop­u­lar children’s shows, often incor­po­rate anti-American imagery that implies an Amer­i­can hand aid­ing Israel’s crimes.

For exam­ple, a children’s car­toon aired in Sep­tem­ber 2012 titled, Yek Vajeb-e Azadi [An Oblig­a­tion of Free­dom], directly aimed to por­tray Israelis as child-killers by depict­ing an Israeli sol­dier killing inno­cent Pales­tin­ian chil­dren while they played.

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Yek Vajeb-e Azadi car­toon — Sep­tem­ber 2012

In Novem­ber 2012, Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB) aired Sat­ur­day Hunter, an Iranian-made anti-Semitic film about a rabbi teach­ing his grand­son to kill Pales­tini­ans in accor­dance with Jew­ish law. This film and oth­ers like it are aired dur­ing the month of Ramadan.

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Anti-Semitic Iran­ian film “Sat­ur­day Hunter” — Novem­ber 2012

Print Media

State-run news­pa­pers are a pri­mary tool used by the Iran­ian regime to pro­mote hos­tile anti-Israel and anti-U.S. sen­ti­ments, and to pro­vide hard­line con­ser­v­a­tives a plat­form for anti-Semitism and Holo­caust denial.

Kay­han, a news­pa­per known to be the mouth­piece of the Supreme Leader, reg­u­larly pub­lishes edi­to­ri­als pro­mot­ing con­spir­a­cies alleg­ing that the U.S. and Israel are plot­ting to take over Iran and arti­cles deny­ing the his­tor­i­cal facts of the Holocaust.

Another semi-official pub­li­ca­tion which is close to the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps (IRGC), Fars News Agency, reg­u­larly pub­lishes anti-Semitic car­toons liken­ing Jews to unclean ani­mals and insects.

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

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

Fri­day Sermons

The pul­pit has become a polit­i­cal tool for the manip­u­la­tion of the Iran­ian pub­lic by the aya­tol­lahs. Tra­di­tion­ally held at Tehran Uni­ver­sity, fire­brand cler­ics give Fri­day ser­mons con­demn­ing the U.S. and the West as untrust­wor­thy pup­pets under the con­trol of Zionists.

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Wor­ship­pers chant “Death to Amer­ica” dur­ing Fri­day prayer and ser­mon in Tehran.

Fri­day ser­mons are also used by the regime to dis­cuss its  for­eign poli­cies. For exam­ple, shortly fol­low­ing the end of the brief Israel-Hamas war in Novem­ber 2012, Supreme Leader Khamenei and Aya­tol­lah Ahmad Khatami both use their Fri­day ser­mon to laud Hamas’s fight against Israel. Fur­ther­more, sev­eral high-ranking offi­cials pub­licly acknowl­edged that Iran had sup­plied Hamas and Islamic Jihad with the Fajr 5 mis­siles that were fired into cen­tral Israel.

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Supreme Leader Khamenei praises Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their fight against Israel in Novem­ber 2012.

 

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December 17, 2013 5

Iranian Media Reflects Khamenei’s Recent Anti-Semitism

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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.

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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!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sign reads: “Nuclear negotiations”

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dogs pro­hib­ited from enter­ing.” Dog is “Netanyahu”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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