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December 17, 2013

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”








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August 20, 2013

Sanctions Are A Vital Component Of Diplomacy To Prevent A Nuclear Iran


August 2013 inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (right)

Just before the halls of Congress emptied out for August Recess, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, by an overwhelming 400-20, bipartisan vote.  That legislation would greatly expand the scope of international financial transactions with Iran subject to U.S. penalty and would greatly shrink the amount of oil importing nations can buy from Iran without U.S. penalty. 

While there is agreement across the board that the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapons capability, the debate about the role of sanctions in diplomacy continues.  Some in Congress argue against tougher sanctions, saying newly inaugurated Iranian President Hassan Rouhani should first be given a chance to show that Iranian intransigence at the negotiating table has ended.  On the other side, just days after the House bill passed, 76 senators sent a letter to President Obama, saying “we believe our nation must toughen sanctions” and asking him to bring a “renewed sense of urgency to the process.”

Rouhani should be judged by his actions, not his soothing statements, and his history as the chief nuclear negotiator, from 2003 to 2005, supports the skeptics.  Describing his previous negotiation tactics, he said in 2004: “While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the facility in Isfahan. By creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work in Isfahan.”  Today, the regime continues to enrich uranium, install more centrifuges, and make progress on its plutonium-producing Arak reactor.   As recently reported by The Institute for Science and International Security, at its current pace of development, Iran should have enough centrifuges installed to enrich a bomb’s worth of uranium to weapons grade – without detection – by the middle of next year.

Even more severe sanctions will support diplomacy, not hinder it, by raising the cost of delay and defiance.  As President Obama himself said in his Nobel Peace Prize speech, “Sanctions must exact a real price.  Intransigence must be met with increased pressure” and sanctions must be “tough enough to actually change behavior.”  Clearly, we’re not there yet.

ADL continues to support sanctions legislation that provides the Administration with a full range of diplomatic, economic, and legal tools to pressure the world’s leading state sponsor of terror into verifiably renouncing its nuclear weapons program.  

When Congress returns from its five-week recess, we hope the Senate will follow the House’s lead on this issue and swiftly pass legislation akin to the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act.

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August 2, 2013

Iranian Regime Amps Up Anti-Zionist Rhetoric For Al Quds Day Protests

Hassan Rouhani, president-elect of Iran, while viewed by many as a “moderate” leader willing to work with the West, is a life-long regime insider. However, Rouhani’s election apparently does not signify any change in the regime’s antagonism toward Israel and the West. khamenei-facebook-al-quds

This fact has been plainly presented this week in the run up to International Al Quds (Jerusalem) Day, a day of protest against Israel first established by the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Throughout the course of the week, state leaders and officials have made a series of hostile and threatening remarks against the Jewish state, which have also been echoed in state-run newspapers and social media.

The following are some examples of anti-Israel rhetoric made by Iranian government officials and newspapers leading up to this Friday’s Al Quds Day demonstrations:

  • In an August 1 interview with the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini, the spokesman for the Parliamentary National Security and Policy Committee, called upon all Muslim nations to “support the inalienable rights of the Palestinian nation and to fight this cancerous tumor [Israel] that’s in the Islamic world.”
  • State-run newspapers on Thursday featured Jerusalem Day articles and op-eds denouncing Israel and Israeli policies. An article published in Kayhan, the official mouthpiece of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, claimed that the Arab Spring, dubbed the Islamic Awakening by Iran’s leaders, has ended “the dream of America and the Zionists of creating ‘Greater Israel’ from the Nile to the Euphrates.”
  • A pre-Jerusalem Day post on the official Facebook page of Ayatollah Khamenei called on supporters to “defeat the enemy & force it to retreat” by participating in demonstrations. The post was accompanied by a graphic accusing Israel of committing genocide and infanticide.
  • In a July 31 interview with Fars News Agency, Ramazan Sharif, the head of the Council of Islamic Propaganda and Al Quds Intifada, said that Iran supports all “Palestinian jihadi resistance movements,” and that there will be no regional peace and security so long as the “usurping Zionist regime is present in the region.”

During last year’s Jerusalem Day protests, Iran’s Supreme Leader and several government officials openly called for the Israel’s annihilation.

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