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April 2, 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

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

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

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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