President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, the Holocaust denier-in-chief who has repeatedly called for Israel’s annihilation, is back in New York this week for his annual United Nations General Assembly tirade against Israel and the West. He is reprising his favorite Zionist-Western conspiracy lines for what will probably be his last hurrah at the United Nations, as his fraudulent presidency comes to an end.
The Israeli delegation won’t be there this time to walk out. Ahmadinejad’s speech is scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday September 26th, the same day as Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.
However, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, did have the opportunity to leave the General Assembly Hall to protest an earlier speech Ahmadinejad delivered Monday during a high-level UN meeting on the rule of law.
“Ahmadinejad showed again that he not only threatens the future of the Jewish people, he seeks to erase our past,” Ambassador Prosor said. “3,000 years of Jewish history illustrate the clear danger of ignoring fanatics like Iran’s President, especially as he inches closer to acquiring nuclear weapons. Those who ignore his hateful words today, will bear responsibility for his deeds tomorrow. Ahmadinejad heads a state that is the most systematic violator of international law and the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism. It is shameful, disgraceful, and absurd that his voice was part of today’s UN discussion on the rule of law.”
Ahamadinejad is just getting started. He knows that Iran’s nuclear weapons program and the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown on its own people, assisted by Iran, will come up during the annual open debate meeting of the UN General Assembly, which starts officially on September 25th. He is hurling every brickbat he can think of to distract attention from these issues.
In addition to his “rule of law” speech, Ahmadinejad previewed his rant on Monday in remarks to selected representatives of the media. He claimed, among other things, that Israelis have no historical roots in the Middle East and that Israel is a “fake regime.” He disregarded the entreaties of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a meeting Sunday evening to consider “the potentially harmful consequences of inflammatory rhetoric.”
While Ahmadinejad ignored Ban Ki-moon’s advice to tone down his own inflammatory hate speech, he hypocritically excoriated the United States for using the excuse of free expression to permit speech considered offensive by Muslims. “They themselves wrongly invoke the U.N. charter and misuse freedom of speech to justify their silence toward offending the sanctities of the human community and to divine prophets,” Ahmadinejad said.
Ahmadinejad’s defenders argue that his critical remarks are aimed at the Zionist political entity of Israel, not at the religion of Judaism. He may hate Zionists, they say, but that is not the same as the hate speech put forth by the producer of the anti-Islam video and other “defamers” of Islam and its prophet.
Assuming for the moment that hate speech vowing the annihilation of the Jewish people for simply living in Israel and denying the long historical connection of Judaism to the land of Israel can be distinguished from demeaning speech regarding the Jewish faith, Ahmadinejad is still guilty of defamation of the Jewish and Christian religions.
For example, in his opening speech at an Islamic conference in Tehran earlier this year, the Iranian President of Iran said Islam is the only God-created religion, not Judaism, or Christianity. “Islam is a world religion and God has only one religion, that of Islam,” Ahmadinejad said. “He did not send Judaism or Christianity. Abraham was a harbinger of Islam, as were Moses and Jesus.”
Relegating Judaism and Christianity to inferior status vis-a-vis Islam is not unique to Ahmadinejad. This brand of defamation of religions other than Islam is typical of the Islamist supremacist ideology.
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