Israel’s ambassador to the United States Michael Oren commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, along with other U.S. officials and members of Congress, and warned against Iran and the possibility of another holocaust.
Comparing the conditions of pre-war Germany with the situation in Iran today, Oren described both as “economies in crisis, following a war,” and likened the “supreme leaders” of each regime to one another. Mentioning Iran directly, Oren said, “It denies the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis while pledging to murder another six million—in Israel.”
“The Iranian regime can either abandon its military nuclear program or face truly crippling sanctions and a credible military threat,” he continued.
Memo to Israeli Ambassador Oren: you, sir, apparently DID NOT get the memo that one of the largest, and most ancient of Jewish communities lives in Iran very happily, and these people don’t appear to want to emigrate any time soon.
IF Iranian leadership was passionate about wiping the Jewish people off the earth, why, then, logically, would they not start by annihilating Jewish people in their own communities?!?
You see, Mr. Ambassador, you cannot have this both ways: either Iran DOES want to destroy every Jewish person on the face of this earth, or really doesn’t.
In light of the fact that there are constitutional protections for Jews in Iran (probably far better than for Palestinians who are Israeli citizens) it would seem that wiping Jews from the face of the earth is NOT high on the Iranian leadership’s “to do” list.”
At the present, population of the Jews in Iran is estimated about 25’000 to 30’000 of which about 15000 people are in Tehran (the Capital) and the rest of them in terms of population are residing in Shiraz, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Yazd, Kerman, Rafsanjan, Borujerd, Sanandaj and Oromieh respectively. By establishment of the National legislature in Constitutional period (about a century ago), religious minorities in Iran obtained representation in the parliament and since then Jews have always had representatives in the parliament. After the victory of the Islamic revolution (1979), a Jewish representatives in the parliament. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, a Jewish representative has had an active presence in the Constitution of Elite Council. According to the Constitution, Jews have a representative in Islamic Consultative Assembly (Parliament called “Majlis”). Political, social, and religious activities of Jewish society revolve around Jewish religious authorities (Chief Rabbi Yousef Hamedani Cohen), Jews representative in Islamic Consultative Assembly and Tehran Jewish Committee Board of Directors. Any position declaration or pursuance of legal, political, and social issues of Jewish society is addressed through above bodies.
And to that accusation that Ahmadinejad said he wanted to “…wipe Israel off the Map”; sir, that never really happened, and you know it.
Did Ahmadinejad really threaten to “wipe Israel off the map” or is this phrase just another jingoistic brand slogan for selling the next war in the Middle East? The devil is in the detail, wiping Israel off the map suggests a physical genocidal assault, a literal population relocation or elimination akin to what the Nazis did. According to numerous different translations, Ahmadinejad never used the word “map,” instead his statement was in the context of time and applied to the Zionist regime occupying Jerusalem. Ahmadinejad was expressing his future hope that the Zionist regime in Israel would fall, not that Iran was going to physically annex the country and its population. To claim Ahmadinejad has issued a rallying cry to ethnically cleanse Israel is akin to saying that Churchill wanted to murder all Germans when he stated his desire to crush the Nazis. This is about the demise of a corrupt occupying power, not the deaths of millions of innocent people. The Guardian’s Jonathan Steele cites four different translations, from professors to the BBC to the New York Times and even pro-Israel news outlets, in none of those translations is the word “map” used. The closest translation to what the Iranian President actually said is, “The regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time,” or a narrow relative thereof.
And as to that statement that “The Iranian regime can either abandon its military nuclear program or face truly crippling sanctions and a credible military threat”; Ambassador Oren, we are now thoroughly confused. Could you please explain to the American people precisely what you mean by that?!?
Because to date, no IAEA inspection has detected any evidence of any nuclear material having been diverted from Iran’s energy and medical use of nuclear material; zero, zip, NONE.
Iran, as a signatory to the NNPT, has the legal right to use energy for peaceful means, and is subject to IAEA inspections to make certain that is happening. So far, no real breaches of protocol have been observed by the IAEA.
On the other hand, however, Israel is a nuclear armed nation,(which, of course, guarantees that there will never BE a “2nd Holocaust, no matter how eloquently you may attempt to invoke its possibility)
However, the government of Israel refuses to sign the NNPT and have their nuclear sites inspected. And this does bring up a very interesting point, Ambassador Oren.
Can you explain why the US government continues to give Israel billions every year, when any monetary or military aid is illegal to give, under the Symington Amendment, to any country which has a nuclear program but which refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT?!?
We’re waiting for an answer, Ambassador: what do you have to say here?!?!?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 68.7 points, or 0.53%, to 12964, the S&P 500 dipped 8.2 points, or 0.59%, to 1377 and the Nasdaq Composite fell 23.9 points, or 0.79%, to 3008.
Uri Avnery examines the incident in which an Israeli skullcap-wearing officer, Lt-Col Shalom Eisner, launched an unprovoked and brutal attack on a young Danish peace activist, and argues that Eisner, a deputy brigade commander, is not just the quintessential army officer but the quintessential Israeli.
Starbucks announced today it will stop using cochineal extract – a food dye made from crushed up bugs – in four food and two beverage products.
The crushed bug-brouhaha boiled over when vegetarian and vegan news site thisdishisvegetarian.com got a tip from a barista that Strawberry and Creme Frappuccinos were not vegan products because they contained the bug-based dye. That led to a social media backlash as well as a petition on Change.org to remove the dye from the prudct.
The FDA says the dye is safe and food and cosmetic labels must state if cochineal extract is present.
Patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant, and banned in food throughout Europe and Japan, BVO has been added to soft drinks for decades in North America. Now, some scientists have a renewed interest in this little-known ingredient.
The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a bill aimed at spurring the economy by putting more cash in the pockets of small business owners.
Democrats, meanwhile, spurned the legislation as an ineffective measure that will put money in the hands of the wealthy — not to mention controversial business owners like pornographers — at the taxpayers’ expense.
And as usual, nobody in Congress will talk about the trillions in bailouts for Wall Street, the high cost of all these wars, and the tithes to Israel, now totaling over four times the entire cost of the Apollo Moon program.
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Our surveillance state shown considerable determination to intrude on citizens sexually. There’s the sexual abuse of prisoners at Bagram – der Spiegel reports that “former inmates report incidents of … various forms of sexual humiliation. In some cases, an interrogator would place his penis along the face of the detainee while he was being questioned. Other inmates were raped with sticks or threatened with anal sex”. There was the stripping of Bradley Manning is solitary confinement. And there’s the policy set up after the story of the “underwear bomber” to grope US travelers genitally or else force them to go through a machine – made by a company, Rapiscan, owned by terror profiteer and former DHA czar Michael Chertoff – with images so vivid that it has been called the “pornoscanner”.
Believe me: you don’t want the state having the power to strip your clothes off. History shows that the use of forced nudity by a state that is descending into fascism is powerfully effective in controlling and subduing populations.
Former Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Operator: We falsified data and rewrote daily operative reports (VIDEO)
If the War on Terror was really about ‘terrorism’ and not religious ideology Pat Robertson, Glenn Beck, and others would be getting tortured by the CIA right now.
When you are done reading, ask yourself these questions: Should Glenn Beck And Pat Robertson Be Tortured Over Norway Terror Attacks? Should Abu Qatada or other Muslims like him be tortured over the attacks carried out by Islamic Extremists? Since we torture Muslims is it not just to torture a Christian for the same thing?
More NATO allies continue to announce sudden and abrupt troop withdrawals from Afghanistan following the Afghan Massacre and other atrocities of US soldiers.
As members of girl punk band Pussy Riot are facing years of jail for a blasphemous song in Russia’s main cathedral, Tim explains to robopal why giving harsher punishment if the offense concerns religion, is dangerous for society.
Black Helicopters and Heavily Armed Soldiers Conduct Drills In Downtown Chicago As Preparation for NATO Summit Confrontations Continue
In a shocking display of the police state and the creeping push towards actual martial law, heavily armed military officers in black helicopters swooped through downtown Chicago.
A group of people have gathered in Los Angeles to protest against the Los Angeles Police Department for horrible killing of a teenager.
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