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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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February 11, 2014

35 Years after the Iranian Revolution, Concerns of Middle Eastern Stability Remain

February 11 marks 35 years since the fall of the Shah of Iran and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeni’s Islamic Republic of Iran.  Looking back at the Jewish community’s public statements from the time, it is striking how many of the concerns expressed about the region-wide implications of the Iranian Revolution are still relevant today.

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Ayatollah Khomeini

In an op-ed published in January 1979, the Anti-Defamation League examined the impact of the Iranian crisis on Israel and the West at a moment when it was unclear who would govern Iran: a fundamentalist Islamic government, right-wing military rule or a leftist-Communist oriented regime.

Not unlike the sentiment expressed following the fall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak in 2011, in 1979 there was great fear of the vulnerability of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States to a similar revolution. Should that happen, ADL wrote, “the fate of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Oman would most likely be sealed if the Shah is deposed and if Saudi Arabia experiences similar troubles.”

And as today, when analysts and even some Middle East leaders have accused Washington of misreading and misplaying regional developments in Iran, Syria, Egypt and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, ADL criticized the longstanding U.S. policy which relied on the stability of Saudi Arabia and Iran:

 

“The assumption has been that if Saudi Arabia and Iran were heavily armed with both U.S. political support and American-made weapons, they could withstand any and all attempts at overthrow and invasion by neighboring Soviet-backed enemies of by internal radical insurrectionists. As the Shah loses his grip over Iran, the reasoning behind America’s Persian Gulf policy appears to have been specious.”

 

In a line which could easily have been written during any point over the past 35 years, our op-ed posited:  “In an era that is experiencing a rise in radicalism and instability, Israel is the only stable nation.  If, as some Administration and State Department officials acknowledged recently, American intelligence had misread and underestimated the threat to the Shah, could it be that it is misreading the current situation of the Saudi royal family or underestimating Israel’s strategic importance?”

Even as we enter an era of growing energy independence in the U.S. and rising hopes about significant Israeli fuel sources, the strategic implications of a shut-off of Middle Eastern oil still leads to great global anxiety. In 1979, the specter of losing Iranian oil was a calamity for the West and Israel. As we wrote: “Twelve percent of American foreign oil imports and five percent of its total consumption are Iranian.  The figure for Western Europe and Japan are even more imposing: 16% of oil consumption in Japan is from Iranian oil fields, 15% in Italy, 14% in Britain, 11% in West Germany and 10% in Canada.  And for Israel, the figures go even higher – fully 60-80% of Israel’s oil comes from Iran.”

Most tragically, our op-ed highlighted fears for the welfare of the venerable Jewish community of Iran, which then numbered over 80,000:  “While some Moslem religious leaders have issued statements assuring Iranian Jewry that they would be able to live as a ‘protected minority’ under an ‘Islamic Republic,’ it is clear that any change in government would raise questions about the future viability of a community that dates back 25 centuries…Recent revelations about anti-Semitic speeches delivered by Khomeini in Iraq have only served to confirm Iranian Jewry’s apprehension about living under an ‘Islamic republic.’”

Today, with a fraction of that community remaining in Iran, Jews worldwide still worry about their security and well-being.

Thirty-five years ago, Iran’s nuclear weapons program, its sponsorship of international terrorism, and support for the perpetuation of the brutal Assad regime in Syria weren’t quite on the radar screen.  Yet it is striking that Iran and the region’s instability and unpredictability remained a constant over the years.

 

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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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