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Israel’s Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it’s not anywhere in the New York Times

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Two days ago Israel’s foreign minister called for beheading Arab citizens of Israel who are “against us.” Haaretz did the story yesterday. So did Newsweek.

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Arab citizens who are not loyal to the state of Israel should have their heads “chopped off with an axe”.

The minister, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and an outspoken critic of Israel’s Arab population, made the controversial remarks on Sunday in a speech to an election rally held in the western Israeli city of Herzliya ahead of the March 17 vote.

“Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,” the ultra-nationalist politician said.

The incitement resulted in a call to behead Haneen Zoabi, the outspoken Palestinian member of Knesset, as reported by this Arabic site and (translated by the new head of the US Committee to End the Occupation, Yousef Munayyer):

An Israeli call to behead Haneen Zoabi

An Israeli call to behead Haneen Zoabi

Lara Friedman of Peace Now has been pushing the story, including Lieberman’s call for “transfer,” or ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. “Not the Onion,” she says.

But this story is no joke at all. What would happen if a Palestinian politician called for beheading some Jews? How loudly would our media decry such statements?

This morning the New York Times had still not covered the story.

National Public Radio has given Lieberman a platform in the past. NPR host Robert Siegel also spent an hour interviewing Lieberman at the Brookings institution. Shouldn’t NPR be covering Lieberman’s latest views? Radio silence.

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  1. Krauss
    Krauss
    March 10, 2015, 1:05 pm

    It’s fucking disgusting and revolting.

    People cannot only talk about the complicity of the American government in Israeli Apartheid, we have got to talk about the persistent campaign in the MSM to cover up the crimes, too.

    Apartheid SA was treated much more harshly.

    • just
      just
      March 10, 2015, 1:57 pm

      Agree completely. I was writing essentially the same, you beat me to it, Krauss.

      (Congratulations to the “new head of the US Committee to End the Occupation, Yousef Munayyer”.)

    • Balfour
      Balfour
      March 11, 2015, 11:44 am

      This image reminds me that some of the worst anti Semitic literature I’ve ever seen is produced by right wing extremist Jewish organizations such as the Samaria Settlers Committee: I refer to the animated video titled “The Eternal Jew” and it’s target are Jewish individuals and organizations.

  2. Kay24
    Kay24
    March 10, 2015, 1:24 pm

    One Israeli official called for Israeli soldiers to send bombs into densely populated areas in Gaza.

    A former PM’s son called for Gaza to be bombed back to the stone age.

    A top Rabbi in Israel, a rabid hater, called for the annihilation of the Palestinians, he called them evil and damnable (I think he was describing himself).
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1270038.stm

    A deputy speaker in Israel called for Palestinians to be in concentration camps, and that they should be exterminated.
    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/concentrate-and-exterminate-israel-parliament-deputy-speakers-gaza-genocide-plan

    So all that hatred spewed, and yet we hear NOTHING about it, no reference, or reminder of just how vicious and nazi like these zionists are, in the media. So let’s not expect this show of hatred to make it in the US media.

    How many times do we hear about about Israel’s neighbors wanting them “wiped off the map”?
    Too many times to mention (but it is mentioned on a daily basis by hasbarats, members of congress, the warmonger himself, Beebs, the zionist media, and all loyal minions of Israel).

    Who really is being wiped off the map today? That would be the Palestinians. That too, is never mentioned by the media, nor reference to the military occupation and illegal settlements.

  3. amigo
    amigo
    March 10, 2015, 2:00 pm

    This little exercise in gross incitement is virtually unheard of in MSM Europa.

    I called the Irish times and gave them the details so will have to wait until tomorrow to see if they print it.Not holding my breath though.As I pointed out to a IT rep , if an Arab had made such a remark about Jews, he and I would never have needed to talk.It would have graced the front pages of every news rag in the EU.

    • Stephen Shenfield
      Stephen Shenfield
      March 10, 2015, 7:17 pm

      I have noticed that Zoabi is a favorite target of Zionist hate speech. There was a recent report on Ynet about an election meeting at an Israeli college where Zoabi was on the panel and a student came up and poured a soft drink over Zoabi’s head. Commenting on this report, one student with a Jewish name at en elite high school in Philadelphia says what a pity that it wasn’t gasoline poured on her head. Another says what a pity it wasn’t acid. A third clearly hints that she should be killed. I fear she will be killed before long, as Zoabi does not seem to have bodyguards and is constantly exposing herself to the malice of a hostile Jewish public.

      • just
        just
        March 10, 2015, 7:46 pm

        She’s a very brave Palestinian, and member of a hostile Knesset.

        (I also worry for her~ many, many have incited against her.)

  4. Interested Bystander
    Interested Bystander
    March 10, 2015, 2:12 pm

    It’s not serious, of course. The story is that this comes from the same place as those extreme statements from Iranian leaders, and Hezbollah leader Nassrallah, that Goldberg collected in the Atlantic the other day. Lieberman’s statement should be viewed in the same light, that is it should not be taken too literally. Statements like that on all sides should be properly ignored and not be allowed to torpedo the serious business of working on peace.

    • just
      just
      March 10, 2015, 2:14 pm

      “It’s not serious, of course.”

      Yeah, right. Recall how they’ve been killing and massacring all along…

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 10, 2015, 3:22 pm

      What are you talking about?

      This man is saying that citizens of ‘his own’ country should be beheaded if they disagree with his racist views. Never mind that almost all of them can trace their roots in that country much further back than a blow-in from the former USSR. Not only that, but he’s hardly some obscure blowhard. He’s the foreign minister FFS.

      Please tell me of ANY examples of ANY Arab or Iranian leader making a similar comment about their own citizens. Take as much time as you need.

      • Interested Bystander
        Interested Bystander
        March 10, 2015, 3:50 pm

        Take a look at the link to the Goldberg article. The question is, what do you make of such statements? Do you believe Amedinejad sounded like a liberal Democrat?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        March 10, 2015, 3:53 pm

        No, that is not the question.

        The question – to repeat – is:

        ”Please tell me of ANY examples of ANY Arab or Iranian leader making a similar comment about their own citizens.”

        I’m still waiting.

        Oh, and the Nasrallah ‘quote’ in Goldberg’s article is almost certainly a fabrication. But what do you expect from a ‘journalist’ who once volunteered as an IDF prison guard?

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      March 10, 2015, 3:37 pm

      I guess it’s easy to say that as Liberman hasn’t suggested the same fate for Israeli Jews who aren’t patriotic enough or are seen as an enemy of the zionist state.

      How’s the serious peace business working out?

    • March 11, 2015, 7:50 am

      I suspect that if the FM of any other nation spoke of beheading Jews not loyal to his agenda:

      1. We would hear about it just a bit in the mainstream media.

      2. We would not be reading a comment from Interested Bystander about how the quote was not to be taken seriously.

  5. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    March 10, 2015, 2:28 pm

    “Lieberman’s statement should be viewed in the same light, that is it should not be taken too literally.”

    Newsweek quotes some people who also took him too seriously.
    “A number of former Israeli diplomats, including former Israeli ambassador to South Africa, Alon Liel, and former ambassador to France, Daniel Shek, publicly condemned Lieberman’s incendiary remarks.
    “Israel’s number-one diplomat is waving an axe over the heads of citizens of the country that he represents, and in the same breath, he preaches to the whole world about fighting antisemitism,” the diplomats told The Jerusalem Post.”

    He’s not some half drunk crank in a bar, he’s the frickin’ foreign minister.

    • just
      just
      March 10, 2015, 2:33 pm

      +1!

    • eljay
      eljay
      March 10, 2015, 2:54 pm

      || a blah chick: He’s not some half drunk crank in a bar, he’s the frickin’ foreign minister. ||

      He’s the foreign minister of a “Western-style democracy”, a “moral beacon” and a “light unto the nations”, but he talks the talk of a murderous, racist supremacist.

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick
        March 10, 2015, 4:28 pm

        Cue the Wizard of Oz.

        “Pay no attention to that man in the Foreign Ministry!”

    • Interested Bystander
      Interested Bystander
      March 10, 2015, 3:08 pm

      Just and BC: I think you both missed the point, which is to not get thrown off the scent of peace by crazy talk–on both sides.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        March 10, 2015, 3:23 pm

        There is no ‘both sides’.

        Do you seriously want us to believe that you’d be shrugging this off if the Iranian FM talked openly about beheading Jewish Iranians if they did not accept Iran as an Islamic State?

      • Teapot
        Teapot
        March 10, 2015, 3:52 pm

        is to not get thrown off the scent of peace by crazy talk

        The only way to get anywhere near peace is to focus more on all the “crazy talk”. Israel is clearly not interested in peace or equality for its Arab citizens. And as long as the world watches in silence, nothing will ever change. Sanctions against Israel are the way to go and “crazy talk” like this will greatly strengthen the BDS movement. (Or it would strengthen BDS, if the MSM actually reported it…)

        And Lieberman is not just some random crazy guy. He is the foreign minister of Israel and there are plenty of people who share his views. So let’s focus on that, even if it makes the Israel apologists squirm.

      • Interested Bystander
        Interested Bystander
        March 10, 2015, 3:59 pm

        MDM: Of course there are two sides. What do you think conflict is made of? And yes, I’m suggesting Israel should shrug off, equally egregious trash talking on the Iranian side. The result of not doing so is Netanyahu torpedoing nuclear non-proliferation talks because he would rather impose crushing sanctions and bomb. You’ve got to think about, and come to terms with, the crazies on both sides.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        March 10, 2015, 4:06 pm

        ”MDM: Of course there are two sides. What do you think conflict is made of?”

        It’s not a ‘conflict’. It’s an occupation.

        ”nd yes, I’m suggesting Israel should shrug off, equally egregious trash talking on the Iranian side. ”

        You still don’t get it, do you? This is the FM of a country openly calling for the beheading of HIS OWN FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN. Got it? If an Iranian leader did the same about his Jewish populatoin, we’d never hear the end of it, and I guarantee you wouldn’t be saying ‘nothing here to see’ if he did.

        ” The result of not doing so is Netanyahu torpedoing nuclear non-proliferation talks because he would rather impose crushing sanctions and bomb.”

        Lol you’re delusional. Netanyahu is the PM of a minor Asian state with no seat at the negotiations regarding Iran. Sanctions are not his to ‘impose’. As for bombing, his army ran away squealing from Hizballah and Hamas, so you’d have to be nuts to think they’re going to take on Iran.

        ”he crazies on both sides”

        Except that the ‘crazies’ are high ranking ministers.

        Maybe Israel itself is the crazy one?

      • ckg
        ckg
        March 10, 2015, 4:48 pm

        Referring to “both sides” of almost any conflict is almost always a vast over-simplification. Are Ali Abunimah and Mohammed Abbas on the same side of the conflict? Is Meretz on the same side as Naftali Bennett? And this isn’t Ahmadinejad’s conflict at all.

  6. lysias
    lysias
    March 10, 2015, 2:30 pm

    NPR is fundraising this week.

    • just
      just
      March 10, 2015, 2:35 pm

      Ooh, I’ve tried that route. Hasn’t worked so far with either NPR or PBS.

  7. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer
    March 10, 2015, 3:12 pm

    Anyone know the full context of his remark? Given the rightwing violence and threats it would not be beyond belief that he was calling for the beheading of Jewish leftists as well.

    I am waiting for yonah to pop on this thread and do his david duke schtick….

    How he can support such an overtly racist and facist state says more than his words. Though his routine is quite funny.

    Still seeking discourse about miscegenation?

    • annie
      annie
      March 10, 2015, 3:23 pm

      i think the duke crap is hopi’s hasbara, not yonah.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        March 10, 2015, 3:31 pm

        Oops my bad. Big apologies for that that to yonah.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 10, 2015, 3:57 pm

        “oldgeezer”, you could word-search Yonah’s archive for “Duke”. I think he’s had a poke at that, too.

        That bit of smear, “Blumenthal is just like David Duke” has a storied provenance, does it not? I’ve seen it many times, with all the same quotes Hops uses.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        March 10, 2015, 11:08 pm

        It is typical hasbara. Deflect, divert, and deceive. Hijack the subject, and make a senseless point the object in the discussion. Hoppy has done exactly that. Their hasbara instructor, Neil Lazarus did tell them “if you cannot convince them, confuse them”.

    • piotr
      piotr
      March 10, 2015, 4:28 pm

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192309#.VP9R_GTF_oE

      Some readers were suggesting exactly what you wrote, Israeli National News did not report the full speech, but it seems that the context was the good old favorite of Lieberman, the plan to chop off towns with Palestinian population from Israel. Besides, he advocated using axe for those who “are against us”.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      March 10, 2015, 4:33 pm

      He’s got a bee in his bonnet about Israeli Palestinians seeing the creation of Israel as a bad thing for their people. “Off with their heads!” Unless they accept Zionism into their hearts.

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew
      March 10, 2015, 5:52 pm

      max blumenthal is dennis the menace. that’s what i said and I stand behind it. (i bet i have read more of ‘goliath’ than mooser has, but that’s neither here nor there. blumenthal’s inclusion of passover in the nationalistic jewish/israeli holidays of the springtime without seeing anything positive in passover or any aspect of Jewishness more nationalistic than lenny bruce, indicates his uselessness in terms of constructing a new Jewish identity apart from Zionism,

      as far as comparing him to david duke, if you provide me a quote that would be fair, but fairness does not predominate here, even if the moderator has stepped forward and asserted as much.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 10, 2015, 7:08 pm

        “max blumenthal is…/… and asserted as much.”

        Are you trying to say something?

        Yonah, nobody is asking you to take part in, approve of, or in any pass review on the “terms of constructing a new Jewish identity apart from Zionism”, you aren’t qualified to do it, being a hopeless Zionist.
        Why, is there some reason why any new definitions or iterations of Judaism have to meet with your approval? You got a way of stopping it? Go pound sand, as far as your opinions on new definitions of Judaism, Yonah.
        What do you plan to do to stop it, tough guy?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 10, 2015, 7:14 pm

        “as far as comparing him to david duke, if you provide me a quote that would be fair“,

        Okay, let’s take a look:

        “Attacking the Jewish acceptance rate in the Ivy Leagues puts you in the category of something akin to David Duke.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/wondering-jew?keyword=Duke#sthash.b2u5sg5f.dpuf

        . “Liberal Zionists of my age might scoff at the david duke smear, but they certainly do not scoff at the history of Christianity (negative)” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/wondering-jew?keyword=Duke#sthash.b2u5sg5f.dpuf

        “correction- associating Citizen with David Duke is totally within bounds, because he mentions David Duke himself from time to time. Ecru and Roha are really wrong to associate with David Duke.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/wondering-jew?keyword=Duke#sthash.b2u5sg5f.dpuf

        “irishmoses- Citizen holds hands with David Duke.”

        “The choir here, (even when some of them hold hands with Jew haters like David Duke)” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/wondering-jew?keyword=Duke#sthash.b2u5sg5f.dpuf

        “telling Phil that his hatred of Israel will ultimately drive him further in his hatred of Jews, out of Mondoweiss, ultimately into the arms of David Duke.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/wondering-jew?keyword=Duke#sthash.b2u5sg5f.dpuf

        I could go on. Oh lets:

        “Again: Mr. Weiss, you will see your words parroted by David Duke and Pat Buchanan. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/wondering-jew?keyword=Duke#sthash.b2u5sg5f.dpuf

        “How many times has Mondoweiss expressed positions that David Duke and Pat Buchanan share? This birds of a feather” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/wondering-jew?keyword=Duke#sthash.b2u5sg5f.dpuf

      • just
        just
        March 10, 2015, 7:20 pm

        ruh- roh, yonah…..

        kind of “birds of a feather there” or something…

      • just
        just
        March 10, 2015, 7:34 pm

        It’s so crazy that Duke is now on 2 threads…maybe more. sheesh.

        whodathunkit?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 10, 2015, 7:41 pm

        I think I remember where this all started. David Duke cited or referred to Blumenthal. Something Blumenthal had no controll over, of course, but ever since then Zionists have been trying to put them in bed together. For some of the more feeble-minded of them it became an article of faith and is considered an all-conquering shibboleth.

        puts you in the category of something akin to…”

        One thing about Yonah, he never pulls his punches or leaves you in doubt about what he means to say.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        March 10, 2015, 8:09 pm

        you have proved that i have never on mondoweiss referred to max blumenthal as akin to david duke. there are many antiJewish comments here on mw and if I have referred to some of them as being akin to David Duke I am willing to deal with that analogy on a case by case basis and if i was wrong, i’ll be the second to admit it.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 10, 2015, 10:07 pm

        “there are many antiJewish comments here on mw”

        Yonah, if there are “many anti-Jewish comments here on mw” I strongly suggest you get in touch with the Moderators. You are in no position to do anything else about them.

      • OyVey00
        OyVey00
        March 11, 2015, 12:28 am

        Well, dear yonah: Why is Jewish nationalism good and White nationalism (David Duke) bad?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        March 11, 2015, 5:42 am

        Dennis the Menace? Do you mean the pathetic American Dennis, or the real one?

        “there are many antiJewish comments here on mw”

        Plenty of anti-American and anti-British comments, too. Plus anti-Arab and anti-Iranian comments. And other groups have come in for stick as well. That’s what you get from free, open debate.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        March 11, 2015, 1:12 pm

        oyvey, first don’t call me dear, honey.

        Jewish nationalism is as kosher as black nationalism and Arab nationalism and treif as white nationalism. It is amoral when used against others and moral when used as a means of survival and striving. the violence used by Jewish partisans fighting the nazis is obviously good jewish nationalism and the violence used by jewish settlers against West Bank nonJewish children is obviously bad. nationalism is to nation as egoism is to the individual. destroy an individual’s ego and the result is pathetic. let an individual’s ego get out of control and the result is pathetic. the same is true with nationalism.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 11, 2015, 5:36 pm

        “the violence used by Jewish partisans fighting the nazis”

        I’m sorry, to which “Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis” for Israel are you referring?

        There may have been Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis for their occupied countries or for the Allies, but I’d love to hear about Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis for Israel or Zionism! What a heroic crew! Who were these inglorious bastards?

        “Jewish nationalism is as kosher as black nationalism”

        Zionism is like the struggle of African nations to free themselves from colonialism? The Zionists were the African nationalists, and the Palestinians the English, Dutch or French?
        Or are you (God help us) talking about “black nationalism” in America?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 11, 2015, 6:04 pm

        “and the violence used by jewish settlers against West Bank nonJewish children is obviously bad.”

        But as far as the West Bank non-Jewish adults go, they are on their own? Oh, they must be the “Nazis” Yonah says the “Jewish partisans” are fighting.

      • OyVey00
        OyVey00
        March 11, 2015, 6:31 pm

        yonah,

        You seem to imply that ethnic nationalism in general is a healthy ideology. Then why is white nationalism not “kosher”? Doesn’t that imply that Jews are opposed to the well-being of majority white nations?

        Which is exactly what people like David Duke are arguing by the way.

  8. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    March 10, 2015, 3:19 pm

    It’s a crime against journalism.

  9. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    March 10, 2015, 3:26 pm

    Nothing in ”The Guardian” either, nor in any other UK paper that I can see.

    They’re all too busy providing blanket coverage of what some Lebanese TV anchor said to some cleric or other.

  10. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    March 10, 2015, 3:37 pm

    It’s a crime against journalism, but also ripe for Pulitzer winning investigative reporting: How the [NYTimes, Washington Post, NPR, PBS, etc.] enforce subject matter taboos, biases, and propaganda objectives to ignore, kill or downplay important stories. Who’d like to blow the whistle? Anyone? Anyone?

  11. joer
    joer
    March 10, 2015, 3:58 pm

    One of the effects of statements like this is that anyone in Israeli politics who is to the left of Atilla The Hun seems like a “moderate”, but when you look at the reality of the situation, Lieberman is actually the moderate. He is suggesting that only the actual dissidents one at a time, while last summer, thousands of people were bombed and shot to death-and you can be sure there were several heads blown off…and it wasn’t only the actual dissidents who were blown to pieces, but anyone who lived nearby.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      March 11, 2015, 9:26 am

      when the party and coalition heads were on Israeli TV recently Lieberman told Odeh:

      “Why are you in this studio rather than a studio in Gaza? Why are you running for the Israeli Knesset instead of being elected in Ramallah? Why are you even here. You are not wanted here. You are a Palestinian citizen, you identify as Palestinian, so go to Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] — he will pay your salary, your unemployment benefits, your convalescence, your laziness benefits.”

      Not one of the squishy liberals sitting there defended Odeh.

  12. piotr
    piotr
    March 10, 2015, 4:17 pm

    Ah, never shall I forget the cry,
    or the shriek that shrieked he,
    As I gnashed my teeth, and from my sheath
    I drew my Snickersnee!
    –Avigdor Lieberman, Lord high executioner of Titipu

  13. Taxi
    Taxi
    March 11, 2015, 12:55 am

    The NYT might not be talking about it, but yahoonews sure is today. And yahoonews readership is by far wider than the NYT’s. I mean how many people do you know who have the NYT as their homepage?

    http://news.yahoo.com/israel-fm-dismisses-palestinian-threat-over-axe-remark-223112135.html

    Thank you mother internet for your nurturing and guidance.

  14. Taxi
    Taxi
    March 11, 2015, 12:57 am

    Nothing new in this verbal violence and incitement to murder, nay actual mass murder of Palestinians. This zio sh*t has been going on since 1948.

  15. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    March 11, 2015, 9:25 am

    3 days on and The Guardian finally takes notes of Lieberman’s incitement – in a single throwaway sentence buried deep within an article on the elections.

    ”In contrast, rivals have often sounded inflammatory appeals, not least foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who suggested about disloyal Israeli Arabs: “Those who are against us, there’s nothing to be done – we need to pick up an axe and cut off his head.”

    So he ‘suggested’ it, did he? How polite of him. And the word ‘disloyal’ taken at face value by IDF hack Peter Beaumont. All part of electioneering.

    Could you imagine The Guardian being so nonchalant if an Iranian minister had made similar remarks about ‘disloyal’ Iranian Jews? We’d never hear the end of it.

    • sharonsj
      sharonsj
      March 11, 2015, 12:54 pm

      Max, 95% of Iranian Jews have fled and the remaining 9 thousand don’t dare say anything “disloyal” or they’d be hanged.

      • annie
        annie
        March 11, 2015, 1:25 pm

        sharon, the following blockquote from wiki is sourced such as ” Melamed, Karmel. “Iranian regime’s propaganda use of Jews would make Goebbels proud.” Jewish Journal. 4 December 2013. 4 December 2013.”

        iow, conservative sources. and even they do not claim “say anything “disloyal” or they’d be hanged.”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Iran#cite_note-66

        The condition of Jews in Iran is difficult to assess objectively. The Islamic Republic uses factions within the Iranian Jewish community to win public relations points with the Western world, but privately many Jews complain to foreign reporters of discrimination. Foreign reporters are asked by the Iranian Jewish community to self-censor their own reports for fear of repercussions on the community.[66] The Islamic government appoints the officials who run Jewish schools, most of these being Muslims and requires that those schools must open on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath. Criticism of this policy was the downfall of the last remaining newspaper of the Iranian Jewish community which was closed in 1991 after it criticized government control of Jewish schools. Instead of expelling Jews en masse like in Libya, Iraq, Egypt, and Yemen, the Iranians have adopted a policy of keeping Jews in Iran.[67] The strong public anti-Israel position of the Iranian Jews might be related to their desire for survival and led to their overselling of their anti-Israel positions. Their response to the questions regarding Israel have been outright denial of Israel or staying quiet. An example of the dilemma of Iranian Jews can be observed in this example :”We hear the ayatollah say that Israel was cooperating with the Shah and SAVAK, and we would be fools to say we support Israel. So we just keep quiet about it… Maybe it will work out. Anyway, what can we do? This is our home.”[68]

        since the revolution 17 iranian jews have been hanged for spying for israel. but realistically, how many iranian jews have spied for israel? how many american jews have spied for israel that we don’t know about? maybe they hung them because they were spies. granted all of them may not have been. is that what you meant by “disloyal”? spies?

      • Walid
        Walid
        March 11, 2015, 1:46 pm

        Annie, the Wiki article is bogus; Libyan and Yemani Jews were not expelled but left on their own or as in the case of Iraq were tricked into leaving by the Zionists. The only true and significant expulsions happened in Egypt and this was due to Israeli dirty tricks being committed on Egypt.

        As to the remaining Jews in Iran, today there was another CNN Iran love fest about its Iranian Jews that described how happy they were to be living in Iran. What Sharon doesn’t know and what’s not in the Wiki article, is that Iranian Jews that refused to leave also refused about $60,000 in incentives to come to Israel and that all these post Ayatollah years, Iranian Jews have been free to overtly visit relatives in Israel and return to their homes in Iran and have always been allowed to make telephone calls to relatives in Israel.

        Zionists have a problem with the truth. They are living in a giant lie.

      • Walid
        Walid
        March 11, 2015, 2:08 pm

        Annie, more on the Jews of Iran from CNN:

        “Iran’s Jewish community in Esfahan: We ‘feel at home’

        By Frederik Pleitgen, CNN


        Updated 1613 GMT (0013 HKT) March 11, 2015

        Jews have been living in Iran for more than 2,500 years
        1,500 Jews call Esfahan home despite tensions between Iran and Israel

        Community leader: “Israel and Iran are countries, and we consider ourselves Iranian Jews”

        Esfahan, Iran (CNN)—If you’re looking for the Jewish community in the Iranian town of Esfahan, you won’t have to search for long.

        The main synagogue is on Palestine Square, right in the heart of Iran’s third largest city. There are public prayers several times a day — sometimes with more than a hundred people in attendance.

        The Jewish community in Iran does not hide its heritage. At the synagogue, Michael Malakon leads the prayer service. He says he is proud of his Jewish identity. And even in a country that is so hostile towards Israel, Malakon says he can practice freely and that he has many Muslim friends.

        “I hang around with all kinds of young people and I have a lot of Muslim friends,” Malakon tells CNN after finishing the noon prayer on a Monday. About 20 people were in attendance, usually from local businesses around the synagogue. None of them tried to hide the fact that they were Jewish — and inside the synagogue the Star of David is proudly displayed in many places, alongside passages from the Torah.

        What is it like inside Iran?

        There have been Jews in Iran for more than 2,500 years. Many left the country after the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that brought Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to power. Khomeini said Iran wanted to destroy Israel, but he also issued a fatwa, a religious decree, saying that Iranian Jews were different to those in Israel and should be considered an integral part of the Islamic Republic.

        We consider ourselves Iranian Jews, not Israeli Jews. So the hostilities between Israel and Iran do not affect us.

        Sion Mahgrefte

        Sion Mahgrefte is the head of the Jewish community in Esfahan. He declined to comment directly on political matters, especially in the current heated environment, but he did say that the members of his community felt very much at home in Iran.

        “Israel and Iran are countries,” he said. “And we consider ourselves Iranian Jews, not Israeli Jews. So the hostilities between Israel and Iran do not affect us.”

        There is even a Jewish representative in Iran’s parliament. And aside from the vibrant Jewish community in Esfahan — there are 13 synagogues in the city — there are also several Orthodox Cathedrals representing a sizable Christian community.

        ‘We just want peace’

        Most of Esfahan’s Jews are business people. In the center of town there is a shopping mall, known to people here as the “Jewish Passage” because so many businesses are Jewish-owned. When our crew arrived there they found Muslim and Jewish shop owners joking around.

        For full article and many photos and 2 videos by CNN:

        http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/11/middleeast/iran-jews-esfahan/index.html

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        March 12, 2015, 7:04 am

        Have you got a source for that Sharon? And how many of that ”95%” went to Israel?

        ”the remaining 9 thousand don’t dare say anything “disloyal” or they’d be hanged.”

        Again, I’d love to see a source for this. In any case, since you don’t condemn Evet Lvovich Libermann’s remarks, I take it you’d be quite OK with this?

  16. Curatica
    Curatica
    March 11, 2015, 9:01 pm

    Of course that it is disgusting and revolting, like another reader noted. But it is not surprising; this man was a bar bouncer, a job which requires a propensity to violence, and the ability to inflict pain and suffering on other people.

    But the character is not only violent, but also base, dull, uneducated, and extremely crude. In normal times and in a normal state, such a man would have never risen (or been raised) to the position of “foreign minister”. It would have been a disgrace for a country to be represented by an individual like this. One could argue that in the past, Israel elected former terrorists and criminals as prime ministers, but that was a slightly different story.

  17. Pixel
    Pixel
    March 12, 2015, 10:03 pm

    The man is a lunatic.

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