Posts on the topic of "Iran"
Elie Wiesel, the famed Nobel Prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor, is jumping into the fray these days about the highly-charged political situation in Iran.
Last week, when Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu compared the Iranian nuclear threat to a second Holocaust, Wiesel shot back:
"Iran is a threat, but can we say that it will make a second Auschwitz? I don't compare anything to the Holocaust... Only Auschwitz was Auschwitz."
This week, Wiesel accompanied President Barack Obama on a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. Following the visit, as reported by the Washington Times, President Obama said:
"It's a bitter truth. Too often the world has failed to prevent the killing of innocents on a massive scale, and we are haunted by the atrocities that we did not stop and the lives we did not save."
But Wiesel wondered aloud why world leaders have not "learned anything" from the Holocaust.
"How is it that Assad is still in power?" Wiesel asked, referring to the 10,000 civilians who have died in Syria since popular protests began about a year ago.
"How is it that the Holocaust's No. 1 denier, Ahmadinejad, is still a president? He who threatens to use nuclear weapons… to destroy the Jewish state. We must know that when evil has power, it is almost too late."
So Wiesel did in fact use the Holocaust Museum as an opportunity to push for protection of Israel today.
My take on all this is that while there are clear parallels ― i.e. Israel's 6 million Jews are being threatened with annihilation by a dictatorial madman ― using the term capital-H "Holocaust" is best reserved for that horrific singular event in world history, the Nazi destruction of European Jewry.
Now it's up to each of us to stop Iran and ensure that nothing of the sort ever happens again.
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The world is recoiling from the horrific slaughter at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France that killed Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his two sons, and a young girl.
Rabbi Sandler, age 30, was sent from Israel to strengthen the Jewish community in France. He was teaching at the same Ozar HaTorah School that he attended as a child.
We now know this was an anti-Semitic act. Which means this is a wake-up call for Jews worldwide.
Some mistakenly think that only the Jews of Israel are in danger ― from Hezbollah in the north, Hamas in the south, and Iran in the nuclear skies above.
Yet while Israel does indeed bear the brunt of anti-Semitism, the fact is that Ahmadinejad and his cohorts view all Jews as equally valid targets. As Hezbollah leader Sheikh Nasrallah so bluntly put it: "If the Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." (Lebanon Daily Star, October 23, 2002)
One chilling detail being reported is that 3-year-old Gabriel Sandler, gunned down at point blank range in Toulouse, was named after Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, the Chabad emissary who was murdered by terrorists in Mumbai, India, in 2008.
Here in Israel, we are living under tremendous pressure as the threat of nuclear annihilation looms. Yet sometimes I get the feeling that Jews abroad still perceive the threat as "somewhere out there."
In truth, it is right in your backyard.
Rafah, the Iranian news site affiliated with Ahmadinejad, has threatened to "take the war beyond the borders of Iran, and beyond the borders of the region." Last month, Islamists hit Jewish targets in Georgia and India, plus two Iranian-perpetrated blasts in Bangkok, Thailand.
So what's the solution? Can we expect much in the way of international protection (an element which was sorely lacking during the Holocaust)? No, not if the United Nations is any indication. It is the U.N. Human Rights Council that originally scheduled a speech ― today, the very day of the Toulouse slaughter ― by Ismail al-Ashqar, the same senior Hamas official who described the killing of Osama Bin Laden as "state terrorism that America carries out against Muslims."
And in a speech just hours after the murders, Catherine Ashton, one of the highest-ranking European Union officials, juxtaposed "what happened in Toulouse" with "what is happening in Gaza..."
The world is descending into a new round of moral confusion and chaos. The sooner we realize one inalienable truth, the better off we will all be:
Every Jew, no matter where s/he is, cannot separate himself from Israel. We are all one, intrinsically bound for eternity.
Today, let us join together to mourn the murder of Rabbi Sandler and three young children.
And let us feel the pain of the bereaved widow who moved to France with the purest of intentions, and now returns to Israel to bury her husband and two sons.
And let us pledge to take the plight of every Jew fully to heart.
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In the wake of this week’s bombings against Israeli targets in India and Bangkok, Iran is blaming Israel for attacking its own people.
We're used to this far-fetched Iranian paranoid smokescreening. Remember, these are the same folks whose intelligence agents arrested 14 squirrels for allegedly sneaking around with Western spy gear.
But now the mainstream media is chiming in with their own repugnant theories. Genieve Abdo, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, told Australian public radio that Israel had bombed its own diplomats in order to have an excuse to blame Iran:
Radio Host: Iran’s leadership says it’s sheer lies that it’s behind the attacks and [Iran says] that the Israelis have planted the bombs themselves to discredit Iran.
Geneive Abdo: Well I think that’s entirely possible. I mean, if you consider what the Israelis did for many years in Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East, that theory is not so farfetched.
This is a throwback to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, when Thomas Ricks, at the time a military correspondent for the Washington Post, told CNN that Israel purposely allowed Hezbollah to launch missiles into northern Israel – in order to have an excuse to retaliate. According to Ricks:
One of the things that is going on... is that Israel purposely has left pockets of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon, because as long as they’re being rocketed, they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations in Lebanon.
As the Iran-Israel battle heats up, be on the lookout for more of this libelous disinformation coming from the mainstream media.
HT: Michael Rubin / Contentions blog
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The New York Times reports:
In Tehran, the speech by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made during Friday Prayer and broadcast live to the nation, came amid deepening American concern about a possible military strike on Iran’s nuclear enrichment sites by Israel, whose leaders delivered blunt new warnings on Thursday about what they called the need to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran a threat to its existence. (Robert F. Worth and David E. Sanger, "U.N. Nuclear Inspectors’ Visit to Iran Is a Failure, West Says," New York Times, February 3, 2012.)
Now why, pray tell, might Israel “consider” a nuclear-armed Iran a threat to its existence?
The Times doesn't get into specifics, and indeed leaves out a key part of Khamenei’s speech, reported by the Ahlul Bayt ("Holy Household") Islamic News Agency:
"The Zionist regime is truly a cancerous tumor in the region and it must be, and will be, cut off.”
Why did the Times leave out that key statement, and present this very real threat to Israel as a mere concern?
This is just another one of the many, many patterns of bias the New York Times is perpetrating against Israel. In reporting on Ahmadinejad's horrific threat that Israel "must be wiped off the map," the Times has cleverly re-translated the original Farsi into the far milder wish that Israel should "vanish from the pages of time." (Ethan Bronner, "Just How Far Did They Go, Those Words Against Israel?", New York Times, June 11, 2006)
Of course, the Times’ mistranslation ignores the fact that the Iranian government has erected billboards with the phrase "Israel should be wiped out of the face of the world" in plain English, and the slogan is painted on Iranian ballistic missiles.
The English section of Ahmadinejad's own website quotes him as saying that Israel "will be wiped off the map." ("President Says Zionist Regime of Israel Faces Deadend," June 3, 2008) And Dariush Rezaiinejad, chief commander of Iran's Basij militia, has stated clearly: "We have no option but to have the Zionist regime wiped off the map." ("IRGC Basij: No Choice But to Wipe Out Israel," Home Daily News - Iran, July 27, 2011)
All this is documented in my book, David & Goliath. And it’s all been erased from the New York Times, the increasingly-questionable "newspaper of record."