One of the least reported stories in the media recently was the crazed and racist speech at a event in Tehran, AP explains:
“According to The New York Times, Mr Rahimi blamed Zionists, a term used by some for Jews supporting the state of Israel, for illegal drug trade, and said that Talmud, a Jewish religious book, taught followers that they were a superior race.
He said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict.
“They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.”
He proceeded to blame the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia on Zionists, and said that they ordered gynaecologists to kill black babies. “
Not unsurprisingly, it was not covered by the BBC and barely by the Guardian.
Can’t say I am that shocked, nowadays it is more in the Guardian’s line to give VP Mohammad Reza Rahimi a column than criticize his disgusting racism, but back to the real issue.
John-Paul Pagano has provided a detailed breakdown of Rahimi’s speech:
“He added: Eighty percent of American wealth is in the hands of 6 percent of the Jewish world and a U.S. researcher says that in order to reduce the population of American Indians a Jewish doctor of obstetrics and gynecology rendered 8000 of them sterile — all of these teachings are in the Talmud. “
وي افزود: هشتاد درصد ثروت آمريكا در دست شش درصد از يهوديان دنياست و يك محقق آمريكايي ميگويد يك پزشك زنان و زايمان يهود براي كاهش نسل سرخپوستان هشت هزار نفر از آنها را عقيم كرده است و همه اين مباحث در آموزههاي تلموت است.
I wonder if any “anti-Zionists” will ever admit the depth of racism at the heart of the Iranian leadership?
Or perhaps, like the BBC, it really isn’t an issue for them.
Thanks! I just want to add that I spoke with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and they advised that the UN did not sponsor or participate in the event in Tehran at which Rahimi spoke. Different UN agencies conceive “International Days” in which Member States are invited to recognize a cause. The UN may or may not be involved, but they are government-led initiatives and the UN was not involved with Iran’s 2012 observance.
It has also disavowed Rahimi’s remarks:
Thanks JP, I will update the post.
There’s a great Iranian blog, the name escapes me for moment, in London, he might be able to help with translation.
Do you have the full text or just the racist snippets?
Got it, http://azarmehr.blogspot.co.uk/
Might be worth a try.
The Farsi text I used is a complete transcript published, and then taken down, by the Iranian Students’ News Agency. The transcript is not verbatim, as you can tell from reading my translation, but does appear to be a comprehensive, eye-witness report.
I’m certain the translation can be improved. I’m going away for the weekend, but I’ll look into your suggestion. Thanks!