Iran drug speech anti-Semitic - Israel

2012-06-28 11:00

Jerusalem - Israel said on Wednesday Iran was governed by fanatical anti-Semites after its vice president told a UN forum that Zionists were inciting drug trafficking and Jewish religious law called for the annihilation of non-Jews.

The verbal clash highlighted festering tension in an international stand-off over Tehran's nuclear programme.

A third round of nuclear talks between world powers and Iran 10 days ago failed to resolve the stalemate. With that process seemingly close to death's door, Israel renewed veiled threats of military action against Iranian nuclear production sites, which it deems a mortal threat.

While Iran and Israel have traded hostile rhetoric for years, the remarks at a global drug enforcement conference in Tehran by Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi seemed unusually vitriolic and inflammatory to Western delegates.

Speaking on Tuesday, Rahimi said the Talmud, or canon of Jewish religious law, "teaches them how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother", according to excerpts published by the Fars news agency.

He accused "Zionists", a term the Iranian government usually applies to Israelis and their Jewish supporters abroad, of inciting drug trafficking. "You cannot find a single addict among the Zionists," Rahimi said.

Furious condemnation

The New York Times, which covered the conference marking a UN-sponsored International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, further quoted Rahimi as saying Zionists ordered gynaecologists to kill black babies and that the Russian Revolution of 1917 was started by Jews - although none, he was also quoted as saying, died in it.

The speech, at which at least 10 Western diplomats were present, drew furious condemnation from Israel, which has been angered in the past by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's description of the Nazi Holocaust as a lie.

"The fact UN representatives and European delegates still attend conferences in Tehran, at which the worst kind of anti-Semitism is sounded, lends legitimacy to the Iranian ayatollah regime," Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.

Iran's government, he said in a statement, is "made up not of madmen but of fanatical, anti-Semitic people with an agenda, who have a detailed global plan including, as they say openly and forthrightly, the destruction of the State of Israel".

The United Nations issued a statement saying Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again urged Iranian officials to refrain from such anti-Semitic statements.

"He believes it is the responsibility of leaders to promote harmony and understanding and he deeply regrets expressions of hatred and religious intolerance," the statement said.

Shock, surprise

Widely assumed to have the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, Israel has hinted at pre-emptive war to prevent its arch-enemy from getting the atom bomb.

Iran denies having any such designs, though its often secretive nuclear programme has stoked foreign suspicion and drawn increasingly tough sanctions.

Lieberman likened Iran to Hitler's Germany but said that, post-Holocaust, Israel would "not allow any Jew to be harmed".

He said the Islamic Republic, and any failure by the international community to curb its nuclear work, would be "a sure recipe for disaster and a threat to world peace".

A Western diplomat who was at the conference said Rahimi's 10-minute address left him "really shocked and surprised".

"We've heard speeches like this before but this was so much worse than the usual rhetoric. This wasn't about drugs. It seems the Iranians want to create an issue and are deliberately looking to stir things up," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

Collapse of Jewish state

Israel reacted to the latest fruitless nuclear talks between six world powers and Iran with a well-seasoned message - sanctions must be intensified while the clocks ticks down towards possible military action.

A high-ranking Iranian general then warned that any Israeli military strikes on Iran's nuclear programme would bring about the collapse of the Jewish state.

No further negotiations were planned after the 18-19 June round in Moscow, and the European Union is to launch a total embargo on Iranian oil exports on 1 July.

Alun Jones, spokesperson for the Vienna-based United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said UNODC attended the Tehran conference as well as related events across the world on Tuesday, as mandated by the UN General Assembly, and that it could not anticipate what the Iranian hosts would say.

Jones added: "The drug trade is motivated by business and profit, not by ideological considerations, and also drug addiction is a health challenge which affects all people, of all kinds, of all race, of all creed and it is a health challenge that affects people in the same way."

  • Mark - 2012-06-28 12:00

    Just start the war and get it over with.

  • Jaba - 2012-06-28 12:01

    In other words the Islamic Republic has a serious drug problem on their hands. Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, prostitution and human trafficking are growing problems in Iran. Instead of acknowledging and dealing with the problem, Iran's VP comes up with this idiotic explanation. Blame the Jews – they have always been the best scapegoats. The Jews have been blamed for all sorts of things by the Romans, Ottomans, crusaders, Persians, Nazis and lately the crazy Mullahs from Iran; with all sort of blood libels... after 5000 years nothing has changed, except have a good look at the list above again: Where are the Romans who ruled the world? Ottoman Empire? The incredible Persians? The murderous Nazis? all gone! The Mullahs too will disappear into the pages of this dark history as the Jews continue to live their lives peacefully.

      elli.lechtman - 2012-06-28 12:16


      Blackjew - 2012-06-28 15:54

      What gives you the right to own bombs and your neighbours not too? Israel an damerica must get a life. IRAN Must bomb the israelis, this will make th eoppressed palestainians happy.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-29 16:03

      @blackjew- because Iran has been deceptive in its dealings with the IAEA for close on 20yrs now , they acquired nuclear technology illegally and participated in clandestine nuclear proliferation , which is against the NPT. How can you even be tolerant to a regime that is deliberately deceptive in its engegement with the international community , no in charge of a nuclear arsnal ?

  • David - 2012-06-28 12:26

    why does not israel show the world what they did for iran during the iran-iraq war. ungrateful people whose existence today is for the support they gave them during this war. 19 May 1968 who played each other in a football match in tehran?

  • ninetiethowl.ourvow - 2012-06-28 13:44

    The cry of 'anti-semite' is a tool used to stifle legitimate discussion and analysis. Do a little bit of research upon hearing this and a pattern develops - the accusation made against the crier has a basis in reality. Set aside emotion and observe the facts.

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-28 16:23

      "Rahimi said the Talmud, or canon of Jewish religious law, "teaches them how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother" and all the other load of shizer the Iranian anti Semite garbled... What else do you want to call this sort of language if not derogatory & disgusting? BTW it seems that only anti Semites complain about the term anti Semite.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-28 15:33

    The Iranians should stop drinking and smoking whatever they are doing, it is causing hallucinations, disillusion, and extreme anxiety leading to laughable accusations. What a joke they are

  • Blackjew - 2012-06-28 15:55

    What gives israel the right to own bombs and your neighbours not too? Israel an damerica must get a life. IRAN Must bomb the israelis, this will make th eoppressed palestainians happy.

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-28 16:32

      Israel has never threatened to annihilate iran or any other nation. They are protecting their borders and their citizens against blood thirsty terrorists.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-29 15:54

      The Iranian regime adjusts elections to hold onto power. Effectively it has stolen the Iranian government from the Iranian people. It funds the Jihadist movement that has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya and elsewhere. It is supporting Bashar Assad's brutal oppression of Syrians wanting nothing more than the right to vote. It supports the stoning of women. It openly calls for the elimination of Israel, and denies the Holocaust the single biggest attempt at human genocide in human history: six million people exterminated. Under no circumstances must this oppressive, illegitimate regime be allowed to have nuclear weapons.

  • lesui07 - 2012-06-28 16:04

    Can some1 tell Mr Lieberman that, we are waiting for the preamptive strike(Empty threats).Iran is more than ready good sir!

      Blackjew - 2012-06-28 16:23

      Israelis tend to think they are baby brother of america. They can just walk all over you and get unpunished. Their times are coming, we will also deport all israelis from africa, especially in johannesburg s.a.

      lesui07 - 2012-06-28 19:19

      Jeffery we claim what is rightfully ours(Free State) .

  • larry.lachman.54 - 2012-06-28 17:50

    I find myself going quiet - in preparation for war. As much as Jews and Israel are hated, we will show the scum of this earth the doorway to hell and then we will push them through it.

      lesui07 - 2012-06-28 19:15

      Larry you are fooling you self.if there are people that deserve hell fire,they are jews(zionists)

      jaba.kov - 2012-06-29 07:16

      "Israel must back up what is says" But Pat what did Israel say? They said that all options are on the table - much like what the West has said. Israel did not say they were going to attack the nuclear sites. Iran is trying to build a bomb - but there is a good chance the crazy Mullahs will turn their decision to build the bomb if the sanctions work... what is the harm in waiting for an option that will not cost any lives Pat? Iran has threatened Israel with annihilation, Israel has NOT threaten Iran with annihilation and that is the crux of it.

      blackjew69 - 2012-06-29 14:39

      Ok zionista, am sure b4 jesus went to heaven he left his body to you guys, meaning when a bullet is shot your way , it wont hit you or if hit , you wont die. Keep dreaming. @ jaba.kov - Israel has oppressed palestians for ages, that is why even southafrica is taking a stand against goods made in "palestinian" occupied land. We have israelis in their right hand annuling their citizenship coz they cant take the madness anymore. And yes, Israel has bombs, no one stopped them from making them, Now that iran wants to make one, It is frowned upon and threatened, Who knew if israel was going to use them bombs? Israel is threatening to bomb the nuclear sites, HOLY country my FOOT.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-29 15:57

      Israel was created from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. The Palestinians with their brutal, unelected neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what are sometimes wrongly called the occupied territories. There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. Against this history, your perspective is clearly wrong.

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