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May 16, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 3843

Iranian Regime Marks 'Nakba Day'

May 16, 2011
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 3843

This year's Palestinian Nakba ("Catastrophe") Day, May 14-15, 2011, marking the establishment of the State of Israel, was noted in Iran by a presidential declaration, a conference against global terrorism, and attention from the state media. The following are several examples of the "Nakba Day" activity in Iran.

Ahmadinejad: The Presence of Israel, the "Cancerous Growth," Is Keeping the Region from a Better Future

In a May 15 interview with Iranian state television, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the killing of Palestinians by the "infected cancerous tumor" Israel on Nakba Day this year had exposed its "terrorist essence."

Ahmadinejad declared that Israel's presence on even a single centimeter of the land of Palestine was keeping the region from a better future, and noted that Tehran maintained that the Palestinians should actualize the right of return and go back to their homes In Palestine.[1]

International Conference on Global Alliance against Terrorism for a Just Peace: Israel Is the Root Of Global Terrorism

The International Conference on Global Alliance against Terrorism for a Just Peace (http://www.peacetribune.com/), hosted by Tehran May 14-15, 2011, was attended by 100 foreigners and 300 local figures.

Among the conferees were Washington D.C. Friday prayers imam Muhammad Al-'Asi; senior Muslim cleric in Russia Umar Khazrat Idrisov; British-Islamic Relations Institute director Kamal Al-Halbawi, and Malaysian human rights activist Chandra Mozaffar. The Iranian officials included Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Tashkhiri, head of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, and Mohammad Hassan Akhtari, secretary-general of the World Assembly of Ahl-al-Bayt and deputy of international affairs in the office of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

In his May 15 speech at the conference, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel the root cause and main pillar of global terrorism, and said that Tehran constantly stresses the need to overthrow it because the fight against terrorism requires attacks against the bases and symbols of global repression.

Ahmadinejad warned at the conference that if Israel continued to exist, the region would be subject to many more decades of threats, occupation, and insecurity. Another cause of global terrorism, he said, was the coming to power of "unjust individuals" in the U.S. and in several European countries.

At the same time, Ahmadinejad said that the regimes of the U.S. and its allies would collapse after Israel did, because they were the foundation of the Western world order – which he said would end in light of the awakening and steadfastness of the nations. The West, he maintained, is perpetrating economic terrorism as it loots the resources of Africa and Central America.[2]


Ahmadinejad and conferees. ISNA, Iran, May 15, 2011.

It was reported that among the issues discussed at the conference were: theoretical principles of terrorism, the typology of terrorism, coordination of efforts in fighting terror, policies adopted by different governments to combat terrorism, real objectives of combating terrorism, terrorist groups, cultural terrorism, cyber-terrorism, media terrorism, and the role of media in fighting terror.

Film Produced By Iranian State-Run TV

A film produced by Iran's state-run television IRINN, which aired May 15, 2011, depicts Jews/Israel as a Nazi-like entity. Below are stills from the film; to view the film visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qskpbfysf0 .

Cartoons on Fars: Herzl Founded Nakba State

The Iranian news agency Fars, which is affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), published a cartoon depicting the visionary of the State of Israel and father of modern political Zionism, Theodor Herzl, as a satanic vampire hatching a devil from an egg.


Source: Fars, Iran, May 16, 2011

Endnotes:

[1] IRNA, Iran, May 16, 2011.

[2] Website of the Iranian presidency, Iran, May 15, 2011.

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