Iranian president issues New Year greetings to Jews

Middle East

If you’re an anti-semitic regime that wants to annihilate Israel, then why would your president be tweeting New Year’s greetings to the world’s Jews? In Hebrew, no less.

In a similar spirit, President Obama has issued Nowruz greetings to the people of Iran.

Rouhani’s photo is presumably from an Iranian synagogue. Larry Cohler-Esses lately filed this report for the Forward on the 10,000-20,000 Jews of Iran, saying they are discriminated against for government positions but not in business, and

are basically well-protected second-class citizens — a broadly prosperous, largely middle-class community whose members have no hesitation about walking down the streets of Tehran wearing yarmulkes.

And speaking of inter-religious relations, look at this sad report from occupied Jerusalem. Israeli police stormed Al Aqsa mosque courtyard today as a “security measure.”

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  1. Citizen
    September 13, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Ah U know, those Iranians, they lie like a rug, can’t be trusted, and are skilled at rug negotiations. As far as I know, the Jews didn’t invent Chess, the Persians did. Sorry, Jewish Geography.

    • Davki
      October 27, 2015, 5:12 pm

      I knew this was going to come up. To cite from the Lord of the Rings “the deceitful are always suspicious”. Or from the Bible, by their fruits ye shall know them. So, who acts as an aggressor in the Middle East? Iran far less than most other states, including Israel. Apart from the nonsensical monotheistic (‘Abrahamic’) propaganda, there was never ever a time when Iran had a problem with Jews per se. Oh, wonderful, the wily rug seller… a Citizen excelling at stereotyping. Trust an expert on rugs, and you can’t go wrong. Ah, and you can’t really cheat at chess. Ever played it?

  2. JLewisDickerson
    September 13, 2015, 5:12 pm

    RE: “If you’re an anti-semitic regime that wants to annihilate Israel, then why would your president be tweeting New Year’s greetings to the world’s Jews?” ~ James North and Philip Weiss

    LIKE THE CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTIONISTS/DOMINIONISTS SAY: That Satan is oh so clever! Oh so devious! Oh so deceptive! He works in such mysterious ways! ! !

    “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:11

  3. Steve Grover
    September 13, 2015, 5:33 pm

    North Asks:
    If you’re an anti-semitic regime that wants to annihilate Israel, then why would your president be tweeting New Year’s greetings to the world’s Jews?”
    I dunno you’d have to ask Iran’s incarnation of Doktor Goebbels and he’d probably tell ya the same reason the Nazis took the Red Cross to Theresienstadt for show ‘n’ tell.
    Why don’t ya go to the Iran Hebrew Congregation in Skokie and find out what they think about Rouhani’s Shana Tova? They know how much peril those Jews who remain in Iran are in. The Iran Hebrew Congregation is famous for the bilingual (Hebrew and Farsi) Siddurim and Chumashim that are used there.

    • JLewisDickerson
      September 13, 2015, 6:23 pm

      RE: “I dunno you’d have to ask Iran’s incarnation of Doktor Goebbels and he’d probably tell ya . . .” ~ Grover

      SPEAKING OF “DOKTOR GOEBBELS”, SEE:
      “Who Will Save Israel”, by Uri Avnery, zope.gush-shalom.org, 23 May 2015

      [EXCERPTS] THE BATTLE is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. . .
      . . . Now the situation inside Israel proper is about to change drastically.
      Two facts attest to this.
      First of all, Ayelet Shaked has been appointed Minister of Justice. One of the most extreme right-wing Israelis, she has not made a secret of the fact that she wants to destroy the independence of the Supreme Court, the last bastion of human rights. . .
      . . . PERHAPS WORSE is Netanyahu’s decision to retain for himself the Ministry of Communication.
      This ministry has always been disdained as a low-level office, reserved for political lightweights. Netanyahu’s dogged insistence on retaining it for himself is ominous.
      The communication Ministry controls all TV stations, and indirectly newspapers and other media. Since all Israeli media are in very bad shape financially, this control may become deadly.
      Netanyahu’s patron – some say owner – Sheldon Adelson, the would-be dictator of the US Republican party, already publishes a give-away newspaper in Israel, which has only one sole aim: to support Netanyahu personally against all enemies, including his competitors in his own Likud party. The paper – “Israel Hayom” (Israel Today) – is already Israel’s widest-circulation newspaper, with the American casino king pouring into it untold millions.
      Netanyahu is determined to break all opposition in the electronic and written media. Opposition commentators are well advised to look for jobs elsewhere . . .
      . . . One cannot avoid an odious analogy. One of the key terms in the Nazi lexicon was the atrocious German word Gleichschaltung – meaning connecting all media to the same energy source. All newspapers and radio stations (TV did not yet exist) were staffed with Nazis. Every morning, a Propaganda Ministry official by the name of Dr. Dietrich convened the editors and told them what tomorrow’s headlines, editorials etc. were to be.
      Netanyahu has already dismissed the chief of the TV department. We don’t yet know the name of our own Dr. Dietrich. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1432296815/

      • a blah chick
        September 14, 2015, 9:38 am

        I think Grover might have drunk too much of that Golan Heights wine.

      • RockyMissouri
        September 14, 2015, 12:14 pm

        TRUTH.!! Thank you.

      • JLewisDickerson
        September 14, 2015, 4:27 pm

        P.S. URI AVNERY ON HOW THE ISRAELIS HAVE BEEN “BRAINWASHED”:
        “Israel’s Weird Elections”, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 1/04/13:

        [EXCERPTS] . . . The Israeli media are already to a large extent neutralized, a creeping process not unsimilar to what the Germans used to call Gleichschaltung. [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia – J.L.D. ]
        All three TV channels are more or less bankrupt and dependent on government handouts. Their editors are practically government appointees. The printed press is also teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, except the largest “news” paper, which belongs to Sheldon Adelson and is a Netanyahu propaganda sheet, distributed gratis.
        [Naftali] Bennett repeats the ridiculous assertion that almost all journalists are left-wingers (meaning traitors.) He promises to put an end to this intolerable situation. . .
        . . . In the coming four years, the official annexation of the West Bank to Israel may become a fact. . .
        . . . If the government continues on its present course, this will lead to certain disaster – the entire country between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River will become one unit under Israeli rule. This Greater Israel will contain an Arab majority and a shrinking Jewish minority, turning it inevitably into an apartheid state, plagued by a permanent civil war and shunned by the world.
        If pressure from without and within eventually compels the government to grant civil rights to the Arab majority, the country will turn into an Arab state. 134 years of Zionist endeavor will come to naught, a repetition of the Crusaders’ kingdom.
        This is so obvious, so inevitable, that one needs an iron will not to think about it. It seems that all major parties in these elections have this will. Speaking about peace, they believe, is poison. Giving back the West Bank and East Jerusalem for peace? God forbid even thinking about it.
        The weird fact is that this week two respected polls – independent of each other – came to the same conclusion: the great majority of Israeli voters favors the “two-state solution”
        , the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the partition of Jerusalem. This majority includes the majority of Likud voters, and even about half of Bennett’s adherents.
        How come? The explanation lies in the next question: How many voters believe that this solution is possible? The answer: almost nobody. Over dozens of years, Israelis have been brainwashed into believing that “the Arabs” don’t want peace. If they say they do, they are lying.
        If peace is impossible, why think about it? Why even mention it in the election campaign? Why not go back 44 years to Golda Meir’s days and pretend that the Palestinians don’t exist? (“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people…It is not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist.” – Golda Meir, June 13, 1969) . . .

        ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/04/israels-weird-elections/

      • JLewisDickerson
        September 14, 2015, 4:28 pm

        P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “Academic claims Israeli school textbooks contain bias” ~ By Harriet Sherwood, guardian.co.uk, 8/07/11
        Nurit Peled-Elhanan of Hebrew University says textbooks depict Palestinians as “terrorists, refugees and primitive farmers”

        [EXCERPT] Nurit Peled-Elhanan, an Israeli academic, mother and political radical, summons up an image of rows of Jewish schoolchildren, bent over their books, learning about their neighbours, the Palestinians. But, she says, they are never referred to as Palestinians unless the context is terrorism.
        They are called Arabs. “The Arab with a camel, in an Ali Baba dress. They describe them as vile and deviant and criminal, people who don’t pay taxes, people who live off the state, people who don’t want to develop,” she says. “The only representation is as refugees, primitive farmers and terrorists. You never see a Palestinian child or doctor or teacher or engineer or modern farmer.”
        Peled-Elhanan, a professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has studied the content of Israeli school books for the past five years, and her account, “Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education”, is to be published in the UK this month. She describes what she found as racism– but, more than that, a racism that prepares young Israelis for their compulsory military service. . .

        ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/07/israeli-school-racism-claim

        VIDEO of interview with Peled-Elhanan (08:48)

        P.P.S.
        “Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education” (Library of Modern Middle East Studies)
        Kindle Edition (Free sample available)http://www.amazon.com/Palestine-Israeli-School-Books-Propaganda-ebook/dp/B00D5VOJM6

      • Steve Grover
        September 15, 2015, 6:49 pm

        a blah chick sez:
        “I think Grover might have drunk too much of that Golan Heights wine.”
        Buy yourself a bottle of some fine Golani Wine and your blahs will go away.

      • echinococcus
        September 15, 2015, 8:32 pm

        Blah Chick,

        That fine Syrian wine may have been transformed in nauseating Manischewitz schlock by now, to judge by the brain damage it causes.

      • Mooser
        October 27, 2015, 9:52 pm

        “Buy yourself a bottle of some fine Golani Wine and your blahs will go away.”

        Grover, don’t be a shenandoah to the family, okay? Seek help.

    • Yossarian22
      September 13, 2015, 6:38 pm

      I am truly shocked to hear that the tens of thousands of Jews living peacefully in Iran have been herded into death camps and been the unwilling subjects of cruel, unethical scientific experiments. I’m sure you will have no problem providing credible citations for these truly shocking allegations.

      • catalan
        September 13, 2015, 7:00 pm

        “I am truly shocked to hear that the tens of thousands of Jews living peacefully in Iran…” Yossarian
        Fewer than nine thousand, actually.

        http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/02/19/387265766/irans-jews-its-our-home-and-we-plan-to-stay

      • amigo
        September 14, 2015, 5:07 am

        From your link catalan

        “In country after country, Christians are driven out, Jews are pushed into Israel, ” npr

        BTW , Can you provide borders for these Jewish Bantu ” sans” , or does the “sans ” element give us the answer.

        You sound tired catalan. Have you been busy on the companies tax avoidance season.

        Say , didn,t the Jewish bantusan offer money to the Iranian Jews to leave Iran and they told them to take a hike.

    • zaid
      September 13, 2015, 10:53 pm

      then why dont they leave like those who left to israel or the us

  4. yonah fredman
    September 13, 2015, 8:58 pm

    The imams of Iran do not wish to annihilate Israel. But if the worldwide Palestinian vote results in exiling all but 5% of the Jews from Palestine, that will be all right with the imams. Meanwhile they (the imams) will lead the crowds in chants of “death to israel” or do they only chant “death to the zionist entity”. (and they will continue covering up the bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center.)

    • Mooser
      September 13, 2015, 9:47 pm

      “Yonah” your comment makes no sense at all.
      On the other hand, it does say a lot about you. Not good things, you appear as a very needy, neurotic and manipulative person. And ends with your signature parenthetical passive-aggressive ejaculation. I don’t mean to be harsh, but I hate to see you make a fool of yourself in front of, well, the others.

    • zaid
      September 13, 2015, 10:55 pm

      why dont you just say ” thank Mr Rouhani and happy new year to you too”.

      • ziusudra
        September 14, 2015, 12:44 am

        Oy, when you’re paranoid, even a greeting is under suspect.
        ziusudra

      • yonah fredman
        September 14, 2015, 6:29 am

        Mr. Rouhani is the kind face of the imams*. (I prefer the kind face of the imams rather than the ugly face of the imams, but in the case of Iran certainly I prefer democracy rather than the current nondemocratic system.) I wish the Iranian people health, happiness and a peaceful evolution to full democracy.

        (*And justice for the murdered jews of Buenos Aires 1994 depends on the truth which the imams (and certain powers in argentina) are hiding.)

      • Froggy
        September 14, 2015, 10:54 am

        That would be too polite.

    • talknic
      September 14, 2015, 12:57 am

      @ yonah fredman … But if the worldwide Palestinian vote results in exiling all but 5% of the Jews from Palestine, that will be all right with the imams.”

      Speculation can be fun … Unfortunately speculation such as that expressed by the PNAC infested Whitewashhouse led to hundreds of thousands of un-necessary deaths and complete chaos in the countries they recommended by devastated

      Meanwhile they (the imams) will lead the crowds in chants of “death to israel” or do they only chant “death to the zionist entity””

      You have some evidence (other than the uncorroborated PMW/Memri translations) that the Imams lead this chant?

      . (and they will continue covering up the bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center.)
      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/iranian-president-greetings#comment-153755

    • eljay
      September 14, 2015, 5:07 am

      || yonah fredman: … if the worldwide Palestinian vote results in exiling all but 5% of the Jews from Palestine, that will be all right with the imams. Meanwhile … ||

      …the “Jewish State” of (Greater) Israel continues to:
      – steal, occupy and colonize Palestinian land;
      – oppress, torture and kill Palestinians;
      – refuse to honour its obligations under international law (including RoR);
      – refuse to accept responsibility or accountability for its past and on-going (war) crimes; and
      – refuse to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

    • Bandolero
      September 14, 2015, 10:35 am

      yonah fredman

      The imams of Iran do not wish to annihilate Israel. But if the worldwide Palestinian vote results in exiling all but 5% of the Jews from Palestine, that will be all right with the imams.

      I’m happy to see that you obviously read my comment detailing the official position of Ayatollah Khamanei regarding the question of Palestine in the last thread. As nobody replied to my comment I already feared nobdy read it.

      Regarding your assertion that Iran is guilty of the AMIA bombing 1994 and hiding that truth I would like to remind you, that, though US embassy officials instructed the prosecutor Nisman only to follow leads assuming Iran is guilty of that bombing and no other leads, the crime is still unresolved and there are distinct theories on who is guilty of that crime.

      Basically, I see the AMIA bombing as following. The basic political result of the AMIA bombing was that there was no nuclear cooperation between Argentine and Iran. Nuclear cooperation between Argentine and Iran was vehemently opposed by Israel.

      There are basically two theories who is responsible for the bombing:

      1. It was Iran or Hezbollah agents of Iran, because Iran hates Israel and jews.

      2. It was Israel or some local elements linked to Israel, because Israel wanted to blame the bombing on Iran and prevent nuclear cooperation between Argentine and Iran.

      Looking at the possible motives for the crime and the many untruths spread by prosecutor Nisman to prove his US-desired Iran allegation, I tend to see the second theory more plausible than the first one: I believe it’s likely that Israel did the AMIA bombing.

      • echinococcus
        September 14, 2015, 2:48 pm

        Bandolero,

        Strongly approving comments were sent in response to your Khamenei Plan post

      • hophmi
        September 17, 2015, 11:06 am

        You can believe whatever BS you want. It fits the Mondoweiss mold here; every time a Jew dies in this world, some idiot posts a factless conspiracy theory blaming other Jews for the death. It’s a great way of blaming the victim, and it’s antisemitic.

      • Mooser
        September 17, 2015, 3:57 pm

        “You can believe whatever BS you want. It fits the Mondoweiss mold here; every time a Jew dies in this world, some idiot posts a factless conspiracy theory blaming other Jews for the death.”

        “Every time”, but you can’t come up with one example?

        Or is your credibility such that we should accept on your say-so?

        Very mysterious, the basis on which you comment, Hophmi. It’s almost like you are commenting to an entirely different group. Oh well.

  5. WH
    September 14, 2015, 3:25 am

    Well, how much does Obama’s annual Nowruz greeting really mean, considering the crippling sanctions to which he’s subjected ordinary Iranians for years?

  6. Kay24
    September 14, 2015, 7:22 am

    So will Booby boy act classy like this and make a wish for Iranians on their special day, too?
    Nah. He will most probably beat his chest, growl at them, and put up another cartoon bomb.

  7. RoHa
    September 14, 2015, 8:03 am

    Off topic.

    Malcolm Turnbull has just bounced Tony Abbott out of the leadership of the Liberal Party. This means he will be our next PM.

    What difference will this make to Australia’s position on the I/P question?

    Not a lot.

  8. a blah chick
    September 14, 2015, 9:47 am

    Yonah Fredman: *And justice for the murdered jews of Buenos Aires 1994 depends on the truth which the imams (and certain powers in argentina) are hiding.)

    Meddling by the governments of the United States and Israel didn’t help either.

    BTW how’s that investigation into the Duma attack going?

    • DaBakr
      September 14, 2015, 9:58 pm

      the way things work in a land of laws is you have to have enough evidence to sustain a reasonably good chance of conviction. that different laws apply under the laws of occupation is a drawback to there not being a treaty in place ending hostilities between the belligerents in the i/p conflict.

      while there may be some radical Isralei who would like the perps to go free-the majority of Israelis are waiting just as much as are the victims for the arrest and prosecution of the criminals. But surely you have your own fantastical take on this. and as for Isralei “not caring”:

      Israeli group raises NIS 174,000 for Duma attack survivor
      Israeli group raises NIS 174,000 for Duma attack survivor
      As of early Sunday afternoon, an Israeli crowdfunding drive has succeeded in raising over NIS 174,000 ($45,000) to support Ahmed Dawabsha, a Palestinian boy seriously injured on July 31 in a firebombing attack that …
      The Times of Israel · 1 day ago

      • talknic
        September 15, 2015, 12:56 am

        DaBakr “the way things work in a land of laws is you have to have enough evidence to sustain a reasonably good chance of conviction.”

        Uh huh. The reason given by Israel is to protect their sources. But let’s face it, Israel is quite capable of carrying out collective punishment on Palestinians by bulldozing homes BEFORE they have an arrest or conviction.

        ” that different laws apply under the laws of occupation is a drawback to there not being a treaty in place ending hostilities between the belligerents in the i/p conflict”

        No pal, the laws of occupation are to PROTECT the occupied, their property and their territory. The stalling factor is Israel’s failure to comply with the law and the UN Charter and GC IV.

        “…. and as for Isralei “not caring”: ”

        What you’ve quoted only appears in your post. If it isn’t there, a moronic apologist for Israel will make it up.

      • Marnie
        September 15, 2015, 8:50 am

        Dabkr – WFD.

      • Kris
        September 15, 2015, 12:10 pm

        $45,000? I hope the amount will grow. Maybe it’s so little because it is Israeli Palestinians who are contributing, and they don’t have much money?

        When Palestinians are even suspected of a crime, their homes are bulldozed immediately, as a deterrent.

        So, for a crime of this magnitude, burning up a family as they slept, why hasn’t the entire illegal Jewish “settlement” there been razed? That would be a great deterrent to terrorism by Jewish “settlers,” wouldn’t it?

      • Froggy
        September 15, 2015, 2:29 pm

        DeBakr : “the way things work in a land of laws is you have to have enough evidence to sustain a reasonably good chance of conviction… “

        …unless you’re Palestinian in which case the Israelis require no evidence before they blow up your house or shoot your kids down as they walk home.

  9. Robert89
    September 14, 2015, 10:26 am

    It’s truly wonderful news. I hope that people will argue less about things like faith – it’s just not worth. And when you hear that Iranian president greets Jews you may say that our world is getting better, kinder and safer. My sister provides essay writing service (you may find her writings at Top Essay Writing), she is a professional writer and I like her writings a lot. Recently she forced me to read some articles about Judaism and Islam and I’m really thankful for that. It really helped me to get understanding of what is really important for religious people and that they are pretty similar in their beliefs.

  10. DaBakr
    September 14, 2015, 9:53 pm

    Rouhani himself stated that he does “not control my” twitter account but the message was written by “friends”. Whatever that means- I suppose a greeting is nicer then no greeting at all.

    of course we all know the Mullahs have “no problem” with Jews per se, just the Jews that support the Zionist Entity more commonly known as Israel, which just happens to be well over 80% of Jews worldwide and probably even more then that (but I site a vastly conservative %)

    But Israel has always wished warm greetings to the Iranian people as well. It just would never be reported on MW unless it could be torn to shreds as a cynical ploy. no hypocrisy there…;)

    • talknic
      September 15, 2015, 12:42 am

      @ DaBakr ” It just would never be reported on MW unless it could be torn to shreds as a cynical ploy. no hypocrisy there…;)”

      Quite. There’s no hypocrisy because your rant is speculation. Typical Ziopoop tactic. Speculate, then make a judgement based on your own speculation as though it has some validity. Cute stuff…

    • echinococcus
      September 15, 2015, 12:55 am

      De Baker again.

      the Mullahs have “no problem” with Jews per se, just the Jews that support the Zionist Entity more commonly known as Israel, which just happens to be well over 80% of Jews worldwide and probably even more then that

      What’s wrong at all with that? Unlike the Mullahs, I am secular and biologically Jewish and would certainly approve if Zionists, Jewish or not, 80% or 90%, were made unable to do further harm.

    • eljay
      September 15, 2015, 9:45 am

      || DaBakr: … the Jews that support the Zionist Entity more commonly known as Israel, which just happens to be well over 80% of Jews worldwide and probably even more then that … ||

      It’s interesting, but not suprising, that DaBakr seems proud of rather than troubled by the fact that over 80% of all people in the world who are Jewish:
      – advocate, defend, support or justify Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” and related past and on-going (war) crimes;
      – believe that Jews, hypocritically, are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

  11. Marnie
    September 15, 2015, 9:11 am

    “As of early Sunday afternoon, an Israeli crowdfunding drive has succeeded in raising over NIS 174,000 ($45,000) to support Ahmed Dawabsha, a Palestinian boy seriously injured on July 31 in a firebombing attack that … The Times of Israel · 1 day ago ”

    I wonder if $45,000 would compensate for the loss of your mother, father and infant brother dabakr? Would $50,000 be enough? $100,000? How about $1,000,000, for each? There is no amount that would be enough. The only thing that may help the remaining family would be the capture, prosecution, imprisonment and/or execution of the criminals who prepetrated this crime. Who cares about the money raised, besides you? Money is the easiest thing to give. Justice is the thing most desired and most needed, but always withheld.

    • Froggy
      September 15, 2015, 12:55 pm

      Marnie : Add to that being covered by thick, ropey disabling, disfiguring scars for the rest of one’s life. Do we know whether they have been able to save the poor child’s fingers and toes?

    • DaBakr
      September 18, 2015, 12:33 pm

      as I expected…you missed the point completely. That being:
      When extremist Israelis go on rampages, violent protests or commit horrendous murders of Palestinian citizens -child and adult alike there is a large contingent of appalled and outraged Israelis who offer sorrow, apologies and in this case some assistance.
      In the WB or Gaza-whenever an ‘operation succeeds and an Israeli or Israelis are killed the PA along with many of the Palestinian citizens cheer an give out sweets on the streets as a way to show approval , joy and appreciation

      Quite a different response,

      • Annie Robbins
        September 18, 2015, 1:41 pm

        dab, when violent extremist jews, jewish terrorists, go on rampages and nothing happens but a bunch of words for the world community to place in the headlines (oh lookie, they are appalled and outraged, isn’t that humane and wonderful of them bla bla bla vomit). when palestinians commit crimes they are hunted down like animals and slaughtered. it’s happened time and again.

      • DaBakr
        September 20, 2015, 10:27 pm

        @an
        uh-huh. i can really see the comparison and how equal the two situations are.

      • Marnie
        September 22, 2015, 12:51 am

        @DaBakr –

        Every year Purim is celebrated by most Jews all over the world. How do they celebrate it? Sweets and wine and parties and dancing in the streets. Every Pesach Jews celebrate the vanquishing of pharaoh’s army – how? Fancy dinners, song, sweets – maybe some dancing?!

        When non-Jews celebrate victory over an oppressor, however, somehow they’re barbaric, blood-thirsty monsters full of hate. HYPOCRITE. I’d give out sweets and dance in the streets if my tormenters, my murderers, the people who continue to steal my land and everything on it, destroy my property and livelihood, etc., get killed. That means at least they have been stopped. You know you would too. You have to contend with celebrating the deaths of your enemy on Purim and Pesach. Or, you could have barbecues on the beaches, sing, dance, pass out sweets, etc., while the IOF bombs Gaza.

        “there is a large contingent of appalled and outraged Israelis who offer sorrow, apologies and in this case some assistance”. Nu? Being appalled and outraged, offering sorrow, apologies “and in this case some assistance” – Ha! 70 years of occupation and ethnic cleansing and some Israelis bust a few tears? So what? This empathy or compassion, if that’s what you’re claiming “a large contingent” of Israelis have, has never manifested itself in votes and this time around Israelis resoundingly voted, again, for Netanyahu, who’s put together the most right wing gov’t in history.

  12. hophmi
    September 16, 2015, 4:03 pm

    “If you’re an anti-semitic regime that wants to annihilate Israel, then why would your president be tweeting New Year’s greetings to the world’s Jews? In Hebrew, no less. ”

    I don’t know. If you’re NOT an antisemitic regime that wants to annihilate Israel, then why would your Supreme Leader talk incessantly about ending the “Zionist regime,” support terrorist organizations that target Israeli civilians, and allow his President to hold Holocaust denial conferences? Are you stupid, or are you not aware of the concept of PR? I mean, if Bibi Netanyahu really hates Iran so much, why did he send them a Norwuz greeting?

    And are you trying to suggest that Iran is some paragon of religious tolerance? Maybe you need to ask the Ba’hai about that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%ADs

    • Citizen
      September 17, 2015, 7:10 am

      The Iranian leader merely said that the Zionist regime will eventually vanish (as others, such as the USSR, have done).

      The Iranian leader supports HAMAS and Hezbollah as freedom fighters in their native lands.

      The conference challenged some aspects of the patented Holocaust script. It’s the job of historians to revise history over time since, in essence, “history is written by the victors” & new evidence and declassified documents turn up or are dug up.

      Some Israeli leaders have repeatedly called to bomb Iran over the years & always arrive to have more economic sanctions imposed on Iran.

      • hophmi
        September 17, 2015, 11:03 am

        “The Iranian leader merely said that the Zionist regime will eventually vanish (as others, such as the USSR, have done). ”

        Completely wrong. You obviously don’t follow him day to day. You act like the only time an Iranian leader ever mentioned the issue was when Ahmadinejad spoke about it in that speech.

        This is what the Ayatollah tweeted on September 9, in English, which was a quote from a public statement the day before:

        https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/641520641724780544

        “After negotiations, in Zionist regime they said they had no more concern about Iran for next 25 years; I’d say: Firstly, you will not see the next 25 years; God-willing, there will nothing as Zionist regime by next 25 years; secondly, until then, struggling, heroic and Jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists.”

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