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Israel is the sinister, unclean, rabid dog of the region…. The Zionist regime is doomed to oblivion…. [The] leaders of the Zionist regime… look like beasts and…cannot be called human.

Those words were spoken on November 20 by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, to a huge gathering of militiamen. They didn’t stop the P5+1 countries—the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China, plus Germany—from signing a nuclear deal with Khamenei’s representatives three days later in Geneva.

Undoubtedly, such words from Iranian leaders are hardly something new. (You can find lengthy backlogs here and here.) The destruction of Israel is an official, explicit goal of the Iranian regime, and has been since it rose to power in 1979.

The then-leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, portrayed Israel in his book Velayat-e faqih (also known as Islamic Government) as a mortal threat to Islam, the latest incarnation of a Jewish campaign against Islam dating back to the time of Muhammad. “This regime occupying Jerusalem,” he proclaimed, “must vanish from the page of time.”

The Iranian regime’s Jew-hatred has deep roots in Shiite Islam, which regards Jews as ritually unclean. In Iranian (Persian) history Jews were at various times forced to wear badges (centuries before the Nazis instituted that practice), expelled from cities, forced to convert to Islam, and so on. In the mid-19th century, the historian and traveler J. J. Benjamin wrote about Persian Jews:

 …they are obliged to live in a separate part of town…; for they are considered as unclean creatures…. Under the pretext of their being unclean, they are treated with the greatest severity and should they enter a street, inhabited by Mussulmans, they are pelted by the boys and mobs with stones and dirt…. For the same reason, they are prohibited to go out when it rains; for it is said the rain would wash dirt off them, which would sully the feet of the Mussulmans…. Sometimes the Persians intrude into the dwellings of the Jews and take possession of whatever please them. Should the owner make the least opposition in defense of his property, he incurs the danger of atoning for it with his life…. (quoted in Bernard Lewis’s The Jews of Islam)

For the current regime in Tehran, Israel is the unclean “Jew” of the Middle East, and the only fitting treatment is to excise it. A little over a year ago Khamenei called Israel a “cancerous tumor” and the Muslim world’s gravest problem.

This is, of course, of concern to Israel, if not to heads of the world’s leading democracies.

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KhanKrum, first, Israel wouldn't stoop to the level of their antagonists. Second, if they did every nation in the world would turn on them even more so than they do now, and wipe them off the map. No other country would defend their actions no matter how provoked the Israelis may be. Even now they get crucified just for defending themselves when attacked. Think what the reaction would be if they went on the offensive!
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Western democracies that officially oppose antisemitism often find ways to let others do the dirty work. The 1930's and 1940's are instructive in this regard.
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The number one (#1) purveyor of anti-Semitism in the world is Islam and Moslems and they impact everything in the West as well.
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my classmate's sister makes $80 hourly on the laptop. She has been without work for 7 months but last month her check was $19111 just working on the laptop for a few hours. have a peek at this site........ www.Bay95.com
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The big question, why do American Jews support the Obama/Jarrett Regime with its blatant sympathy for Iran.

Lest we forget the last time we were complacent to anti-Semitism:

http://skooksjournal.com/?p=504#more-504

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40th anniversary of the fascist coup in Chile—Made in the USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRglyKHc7yc
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Wow! Iran is not only anti-semetic, they're the number one in the world? Who could have guessed? Next Mr. Hornick will take us on a tour of the "Top Ten Wettest Rivers".
41 weeks ago
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Congratulations on your series Mr.Hornik. Now if you want to have some fun, how about the ten best purveyors of philosemitism? We need to remember the essential point, that because of the Jews' historical role, it is not really possible to be neutral.
41 weeks ago
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There's more where the present series came from--you'll see next week.
41 weeks ago
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Western democracies that officially oppose antisemitism often find ways to let others do the dirty work. The 1930's and 1940's are instructive in this regard.
41 weeks ago
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I've often wondered why Israel doesn't start sending agents to bomb iranian embassies, etc. That would truly be a wonderful thing. Meanwhile, the world sits back & yawns while the UN fools happily allow the nut jobs get nukes to destroy the Jews. Completely disgusting....
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KhanKrum, first, Israel wouldn't stoop to the level of their antagonists. Second, if they did every nation in the world would turn on them even more so than they do now, and wipe them off the map. No other country would defend their actions no matter how provoked the Israelis may be. Even now they get crucified just for defending themselves when attacked. Think what the reaction would be if they went on the offensive!
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Not necessarily. Nobody likes Iran. Lots of bad things have happened to them mysteriously. Dead nuclear scientists, stuxnet, fires in warehouses in Europe that held supplies for nuclear arms in Iran. And probably lots more. I don't think anyone cares too much and I don't think anyone is intending to investigate these things too deeply.

Starting a war and causing the price of oil to sky-rocket would be different.

Yes, there is a double-standard and the Jews are held to a different standard than others.
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In reality it is the God of Israel who is the threat to Islam. God shares His glory with no one. And anti-semitism? God will deal with that as well.

http://downtownministries.blogspot.com/
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