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Jihad and Genocidal Islamic Anti-Semitism in Shi’ite Iran, Part Three

Islamic anti-Semitism, from Muhammad to Ahmadinejad. (This is Part Three of a three-part series. Part One is here; Part Two is here )

Andrew G. Bostom


February 7, 2010 - 12:00 am
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The conclusion that Israel’s eradication has become “Iran’s principal foreign policy objective” does not seem unwarranted. 95 Matthias Kuntzel has highlighted, appropriately, the unique dangers posed by Iran’s fusion of a martyrdom mentality with nuclear weapons capability and Holocaust denial. 96

Holocaust scholar Daniel Goldhagen has put forth the controversial argument that the Nazis melded centuries of annihilationist German Jew hatred to a state machinery capable of implementing the systematic mass murder of Jews. 97 Citing the independent statements of Iranian Presidents Rafsanjani (from December 2001) and Ahmadinejad (from October 2005), in a November 3, 2005 opinion editorial Goldhagen cautioned: 98

Two Iranian presidents have now openly spoken about destroying Israel, with Ahmadinejad defiantly repeating his genocidal hopes again … despite the world’s condemnation of him.

Goldhagen’s visceral concern that “it would be folly for the world to treat the Iranian leaders’ words as anything but an articulation of their intent,” remained oddly de-contextualized for an historian of anti-Semitism with his particular mindset. 99 Yet four centuries of najis-inspired Jew hatred in Shi’ite Iran, accompanied by pogroms, forced conversions, and other less violent but continuous forms of social and religious persecution — none of which are ever mentioned by Goldhagen — surely meets his own prior standard, regardless of its validity, of an established “annihilationist” mentality in Germany. 100

Irrespective of the controversy surrounding his earlier work on Nazi Germany, Goldhagen’s apparent ignorance of Shi’ite Iran’s centuries-old history of Jew hatred is pathognomonic of the current state of “scholarship” on Islamic antisemitism. Such ignorance may also explain the inability of our intellectual and policymaking elites to appreciate the prevalence and depth of support for such annihilationist views in contemporary Shi’ite Iran.

Iran must not be permitted to acquire a nuclear weapons capability — certainly now, under the current regime, and into the foreseeable future.


62. Ibid, p. 144

63. Ibid, p. 144

64. Ibid, p. 144

65. Ibid, p. 145

66. Ibid, p. 145

67. Ibid, pp. 34-35

68. Andrew G. Bostom “Confronting Hamas’ Genocidal Jew-Hatred.” The American Thinker, January 02, 2009

69. Andrew G. Bostom. “Antisemitism in the Qur’an: Motifs and Historical Manifestations” Jihad Watch, April 7, 2008,

70. Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, pp. 144-145

71. Bostom. “Antisemitism in the Qur’an: Motifs and Historical Manifestations”

72. Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, pp. 40-41

73. Ibid, pp. 37-39

74. Ibid, p. 35

75. Ibid, p. 35

76. Ibid, pp. 74,229,232-234

77. Ibid, pp. 294-295

78. Ibid, p. 143

79. Ibid, pp. 66-74,265-278,283-287

80. Ibid, pp. 66-74,265-278,283-287

81. Ibid, p. 54

82. Ibid, pp. 66-76,229,231,233

83. Salo Baron. “The Historical Outlook of Maimonides,” Proc of the Amer Acad for Jewish Res, vol. 6, 1934-35, p. 82; Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, p.21

84. Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, pp. 66-76

85. Ibid, pp. 235-260

86. Ibid, p.63

87. Ibid, p.63

88. Andrew G. Bostom, “Confronting Hamas’ Genocidal Jew-Hatred.”

89. Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, p. 63

90. Ibid, p. 63

91. Ibid, p. 63

92. Ibid, p. 63

93. Moshe Sharon, “We only get one strike”

94. Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, p

95. Ibid, p. 149

96. Ibid, p. 149

97. Ibid, p. 149

98. Ibid, p. 149

99. Ibid, p. 150

100. Ibid, p. 150

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Andrew Bostom ( is the author of The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims (2005/2008) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History (2008).
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