Thursday, June 08, 2006

On May 16th Hamid, the first and until now only Iranian reader who ever left a comment on my blog ( and I appreciate his feedback very much, even though we seem to disagree ), wrote:
Mr. Ahmadinejad President of Iran has not said anything against the jewish people. I am not supporter of him. So please be frank and don't dramatise the situation. In Iran we respect the jews and never ever in iran there has been a problem such as anti semitism. In reality if one read the Talmud he or she will notice that the Iranian have been the liberators of jews in the ancient times. I as an iranian and a Moslim have nothing against the jews.The question of palestine is diferent.
I am afraid I cannot agree with him. If someone time and again questions the very occurence of the Holocaust and publicly said that Israel should be wiped off the map of the earth, that person did say something against the Jewish people. Also, it is he who is dramatizing the situation with his constant verbal attacks against Israel ( and against Holocaust victims ), not me.
If the following newsflash on Ynet turns out to be true ( unfortunately press releases and reports by Iranian exiles' organizations have not always been very trustworthy ) it would prove that my and other people's suspicions are based on a little more than just a gut feeling:
One of the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's aids, Muhammad Ali Ramin spoke to university students and said that "Jews are the people who caused the most damage to the human race," reported the web site "Rose Online" which is run by Iranian exiles. He also said, among other things, that "The Jews are dirty people who in the past used to be the source of diseases like typhus and the plague."

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