Friday, March 9, 2012

Purim 2012: Iran's Pre-Genocidal Hate Campaign Against the Jewish People

The Fiest of Esther. by Jan Lievens, 1625

Purim is the Jewish holiday celebrated in remembrance of Jewess Queen Esther (Jewish Virtual Library abbreviated version of the Book of Esther) risking her life in order to prevent Haman a Persian Jew-hating administrator from executing a Jewish genocide in the days of Ahasuerus (in the Old Testament) or as many historians believe – Xerxes I (486-465 BCE).

The irony is that today’s Persia is known as Iran. Iran’s ruling elite currently headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (See uncomplimentary The Truth About Ali Khamenei from Islamic Counterterrorism Institute) and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Ahmadinejad has lost favor with Khamenei) have stepped up Jew-hatred and wipe-Israel-off-the-map rhetoric.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center properly wonders why the Western powers would ignore the aberrant hatred flowing from Iran.

JRH 3/9/12
Purim 2012: Iran's Pre-Genocidal Hate Campaign Against the Jewish People

Sent by Simon Wiesenthal Center
Sent: March 8, 2012 8:11 AM

Iran could destroy the Jewish State in "less than 9 minutes"
posted on the Alef website by Iranian analyst Alireza Forghani and appearing on FARS news agency

Today, Jews around the world celebrate Purim where Jews in Persia were saved from annihilation more than 2,400 years ago. Sadly, one of the greatest threats to the Jewish people and the State of Israel today comes from modern-day Persia: Iran, where Supreme Religious Leader Ayatollah Al Khamenei called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that must be removed.

Just this week, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said of Iran, “No greater threat exists to the security of Israel and to the entire region… ,” while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated, “Israel cannot rely on others to defend its people … I will never let my people live in the shadow of annihilation.”

In recent months, international leaders have finally woken up to the danger posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Yet no government or non-governmental organization has tried to take Tehran to the International Criminal Court at the Hague for its state-sponsored, pre-genocidal hate campaign against Israel and the Jewish people.

Just recently the Center helped to expose a detailed blueprint on a website run by the head of the Iranian Parliament’s research center showing:

• a step-by-step plan to wipe out Israel’s infrastructure and annihilate her citizens

• a theological basis for mass murdering Jews

• maps of Israeli population centers

• distances to strategic targets within Israel and the range of Iranian missiles

• specific stages of attacks

• a chilling final stage targeting “urban settlements until final annihilation of Israeli people”

To combat Iran’s growing culture of anti-Jewish hatred, SWC officials have:

• asked the United States to consider charging the Iranian regime with incitement to genocide which is a “crime against humanity“

• met with diplomats and other government officials from the White House to world leaders across Europe urging them to condemn Iran’s ongoing anti-Semitic, anti-Israel rhetoric and Holocaust denial

• published several Op-Eds and a hard-hitting report exposing the insidious anti-Israel hate by officials in the region
Gas Chamber

• succeeded in getting YouTube to remove a series of vicious anti-Semitic and Holocaust Denial animated videocartoons from its link on an Iranian website (see photo above)

Last year, during Purim in Iran, some Iranian extremists observed it as a day of mourning for the ancient Persians who, according to the Iranian version of the story being broadcast by the state news agency Fars, were massacred by the Jews under the command of the Jewish Queen Esther.

This is why the Center’s ongoing work is critical - so that we can combat these and other lies spread by the Iranian regime. Your help today will enable us to continue our advocacy in the halls of diplomacy and with media outlets worldwide.
As an NGO at the United Nations and many other international agencies, the Center has the experience, the clout and the expertise to effect change on behalf of Jews everywhere.

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