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March 21, 2014 4

Iranian Leader Questions Holocaust During Persian New Year Speech


Supreme Leader Khamenei address­ing the nation on Per­sian New Year (March 21, 2014)

Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei made state­ments ques­tion­ing the his­tor­i­cal real­ity of the Holo­caust dur­ing his annual Nowruz, or Per­sian New Year, address to the nation on Friday.

Dur­ing his speech, where the leader dis­cussed Iran’s strug­gling econ­omy and West­ern cul­tural encroach­ments on youth, Khamenei denounced the West for its “strict adher­ence” to free­dom of speech while impos­ing restric­tions on dis­cussing the Holo­caust. Empha­siz­ing this point, Khamenei said, “In Euro­pean coun­tries no one dares to speak about the Holo­caust, which it is unknown if the roots of this mat­ter are actual or not, and, if it actu­ally did hap­pen, in what way.”

Khamenei added that the West, and Europe in par­tic­u­lar, place high value on free speech, yet, “Opin­ions on the Holo­caust and doubt the Holo­caust are con­sid­ered one of the biggest offenses that they [try to] stop and imprison and prosecute.”

Khamenei also sin­gled out the U.S. and its sup­port for Israel’s require­ment for the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity to rec­og­nize Israel as a Jew­ish state. “Amer­ica has been left in a dis­as­ter in Pales­tine. The plans they had for Pales­tine, and they’ve tried very hard, have not been successful…They want to trans­form the coun­try of Pales­tine into a Jew­ish coun­try, mean­ing that Pales­tini­ans, whether they be Mus­lim or Chris­t­ian, will not have the pos­si­bil­ity to live in Pales­tine,” Khamenei said. Khamenei also claimed that the U.S. is plot­ting to “fin­ish off Pales­tine in its entirety” by sup­port­ing Israel’s pre­con­di­tions in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

In his 2013 Per­sian New Year address, Khamenei threat­ened that if Israel were to “make the mis­take of attack­ing Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

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August 17, 2012 1

Iranian Leaders Call For Israel’s Annihilation In Anticipation Of Jerusalem Day

At a time of height­ened inter­na­tional ten­sions over Iran’s nuclear pro­gram, Iran­ian lead­ers have been using the occa­sion of  annual Jerusalem Day demon­stra­tions, tak­ing place today in cities around the world, to amplify their threats against the Jew­ish state.

  • Speaker of par­lia­ment Ali Lar­i­jani opened Thursday’s par­lia­men­tary ses­sion declar­ing, “God will­ing, this move­ment of the Mus­lims toward the goal of end­ing and remov­ing this can­cer­ous tumor called Israel will be accomplished.”

    Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei

  • Another call to anni­hi­late Israel, made by Iran’s high­est author­ity fig­ure dur­ing a speech on Wednes­day evening, was broad­cast on state tele­vi­sion. Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, the final deci­sion maker on all of Iran’s poli­cies, said, “The ille­git­i­mate Zion­ist state will def­i­nitely be erad­i­cated from the face of the world.”
  • In an August 1 meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Islamic coun­tries in Tehran, Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad stated that “Jerusalem Day is the only way to lib­er­ate Pales­tine.” He then added, “It has now been some 400 years that a hor­ren­dous Zion­ist clan has been rul­ing over major world affairs; [they] are behind the scenes in the major power cir­cles, in polit­i­cal, media, finan­cial, and bank­ing orga­ni­za­tions in the world…”

Such anti-Israel state­ments from top level Iran­ian offi­cials usu­ally inten­sify in the days before Jerusalem Day, a day of protest first started in 1979 by Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini against Israel. The day is held on the last Fri­day of Ramadan and is observed through­out the Mus­lim world.

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February 8, 2012 2

Attacker of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo Welcomed in Iran

Dhia Al-Sawi, who gained pop­u­lar­ity in Egypt for his role in attack­ing the Israeli embassy in Cairo last year, attended a con­fer­ence in Tehran, Iran, under the patron­age of the Iran­ian leader Aya­tol­lah Khamenei. The con­fer­ence, held in the Iran­ian cap­i­tal last week, was billed as “The Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence for Youth and the Islamic Awakening.” 
Rep­re­sent­ing the “Egypt­ian youth,” Al-Sawi deliv­ered a speech declar­ing that it was an honor to be involved in the attack on the “Zion­ist” embassy in Sep­tem­ber 2011. Assert­ing his sup­port for Hamas and Hezbol­lah and his oppo­si­tion to the State of Israel, Al-Sawi, stated “We are close to lib­er­at­ing Pales­tine. Just as we attacked the Zion­ist embassy in Cairo, a day will come, when we will lib­er­ate the pris­oner mosque of Al-Aqsa.”
Al-Sawi fur­ther called on Arab and Mus­lim nations to unite in sup­port of Iran’s nuclear pro­gram. “The Mus­lim nation and espe­cially the new Arab rev­o­lu­tions should line up to sup­port Iran’s right to pos­sess nuclear knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy… If the Zio-American alliance and the West suc­ceed in this bat­tle, we will never obtain this technology.”
Al-Sawi’s speech con­cluded with a request that Khamenei pro­claim May 15, Israel’s Inde­pen­dence Day, as a day to cleanse the Arab and Islamic world of Zion­ist embassies and con­sulates and attack them. In response to his request, the crowd cheered and chanted, “Death to Israel.”
Hun­dreds of Islamist lead­ers from more than 73 coun­tries attended the con­fer­ence, accord­ing to a record­ing of the event.

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