December 17, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 9098

MEMRI To Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif: Your Claim That The Iranian Regime And Leaders Are Not Antisemitic And Do Not Seek To Annihilate Israel Is A Lie

December 17, 2020
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 9098

In a December 9, 2020 interview with Arman TV, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif used an antisemitic term for Jews – jahood in Persian.

To view the clip of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif on MEMRI TV, click here or below.

A few days later, he attempted to cover up his statement with a dishonest attack on MEMRI. On December 16, he tweeted: "MEMRI has sunk to a new low in taking my prejorative [sic] usage of a word to accuse me of Antisemitism...", December 16, 2020.

Foreign Minister Zarif is lying about Iran's positions on Jews and Israel. The MEMRI archives are full of research proving that the Iranian regime and its leaders are antisemitic and call openly for the annihilation of Israel.

The Iranian Regime's Antisemitism

Special Dispatch No. 7914, Antisemitism In Iran – Part I: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Denies That Iran Is Antisemitic, February 26, 2019

Inquiry & Analysis No. 1499, Antisemitism In Iran – Part II: Supreme Leader Associate Mehdi Taeb In Lecture Series On The Jews: Your Greatest Sworn Enemy The Jews; If The Spearhead Is Aimed At The Jews, The World Will Be Freed, January 27, 2020

Inquiry & Analysis No. 1514, Iranian Regime Marks Qods Day 2020 With Antisemitism, Blood Libels, And Calls For Destruction Of Israel, May 21, 2020

The Iranian Regime Calls For Annihilation Of Israel

Inquiry & Analysis No. 1441, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Announces The Goals Of 'The Second Phase Of The Islamic Revolution' For The Next 40 Years: 'The Challenge Is Mighty Iran's Presence At The Borders Of The Zionist Regime', February 13, 2019

Special Dispatch No. 7844, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif's Claim That Iran Does Not Seek Israel's Destruction Is A Blatant Lie (Part I) – Including Statements By Iranian Leader Khamenei On The Need To Destroy Israel, January 14, 2019

Special Dispatch No. 7682, Israel's Eradication – An Ideological And Practical Goal Of Iran's Islamic Revolution Regime, September 25, 2018

Special Dispatch No. 7554, IRGC Deputy Commander Salami On Qods Day 2018: 'We Are Creating Might In Lebanon – Because We Want To Fight The Enemy From There With All Our Strength', July 5, 2018


Following are statements by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Iranian regime officials demonstrating their antisemitism and their calls for Israel's annihilation:

Antisemitism In Iran

Special Dispatch No. 7758, At Antisemitic Conference In Tehran, Iranian Presidency Official Denies Holocaust: 'In Fact, We Do Show Antisemitic Behavior, And If We Are Not Doing Something Against The Jews, We Feel Bad – It Is Part Of Our Culture', November 12, 2018

Special Dispatch No. 6759, Khamenei Associate Mehdi Taeb: 'The Jews... Are The Only Ones Who Need Weapons Of Mass Destruction In Order To Rule The World – Because There Are 1.4 Billion Muslims And None Of Them Agree To Jewish Supremacy', January 27, 2017

Special Dispatch No. 6519, Antisemitism – A Rising Theme For Iran's 2016 Qods Day, July 11, 2016

Special Dispatch No. 5288, Iranian Official: The Jews Use Sorcery Against Iran, April 28, 2013

Inquiry and Analysis No. 922, The Image Of The Jew In The Eyes Of Iran's Islamic Regime – Part I: Theological Roots, January 25, 2013

Inquiry and Analysis No. 944, The Image Of The Jew In The Eyes Of Iran's Islamic Regime – Part II: The Blood Libel And 'The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion, March 6, 2013

Inquiry and Analysis No. 963, The Image Of The Jew In The Eyes Of Iran's Islamic Regime – Part III: Dehumanizing Jews In Cartoons Inspired By Classic European Antisemitism, May 1, 2013

Special Dispatch No. 5204, Iranian Officials: The Jews Are Responsible For The Massacre Of Muslims In Myanmar, February 27, 2013

Inquiry & Analysis No. 913, Antisemitic Iranian Articles On Connecticut Shooting: Victims, Shooter Were All Jews; Jewish Shooter's 'Mental Illness' Made Him Hate Others – Like Israeli Leaders Do, December 21, 2012

Special Dispatch No. 4445, Antisemitic Statements, Publications by Iranian Regime, January 25, 2012

Special Dispatch No. 897, Ayatollah Nouri-Hamedani: 'Fight The Jews And Vanquish Them So As To Hasten The Coming Of The Hidden Imam', April 22, 2005

MEMRI TV Clip No. 972, Political Analysts On Iranian TV: The Jews Killed Children And Used Their Blood For Passover, December 20, 2005

Holocaust Denial

Special Dispatch No. 6412, Iranian Journalists: Foreign Minister Zarif Lied To U.S. Media When He Said Iranian Regime, Gov't Have No Connection To Iranian Holocaust Cartoon Contest, May 5, 2016

Special Dispatch No. 6454, Tehran Presents The Winners Of Iran's 2016 Holocaust International Cartoon Contest, June 1, 2016

Special Dispatch No. 6281, For International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei Issues Holocaust Denial Video, January 27, 2016

Special Dispatch No. 5948, IRGC-Affiliated News Agency: The Holocaust Lie Is Gradually Being Exposed; Those Who Claim It Happened Will Be Shamed, January 29, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 5450, Criticism In Iran Of Foreign Minister Zarif Tweet Claiming Iran Never Denied The Holocaust, September 18, 2013


MEMRI TV Clip No. 6826, Iranian Researcher Shams Al-Din Rahmani Denies The Holocaust, Says The Jews Control the Oil Industry, October 6, 2018

MEMRI TV Clip No. 5503, TV Report on Iran's Holocaust Cartoon Contest: Its Goal Is to Spotlight the "Holocaust" Perpetrated by Israel, May 31, 2016

MEMRI TV Clip No. 3560, Iranian Antisemitic Film "Saturday Hunter" Depicts Jews Massacring Arabs, Seeking God-Like Powers, August 17, 2012

MEMRI TV Clip No. 3186, Trailer of Newly-Released Antisemitic Iranian Feature Film in Which Jews Build War Machine to Take Over the World, November 8, 2011

MEMRI TV Clip No. 3254, Producer of Antisemitic Iranian Film "Saturday Hunter" Mohammad Qahremani: Arab Presence in Palestine Saves Us from Zionist Global Rule, November 20, 2011

MEMRI TV Clip No. 2903, Iranian Website Displays Antisemitic Cartoons about the Holocaust, August 1, 2010

MEMRI TV Clip No. 2247, Iranian President Ahmadinejad Denies the Holocaust and Warns Europeans of the Zionists: They Cling Like Ticks, September 18, 2009

MEMRI TV Clip No. 2222, "Rothschild Legacy" of Controlling the World in the Syrian-Produced Antisemitic TV Series "Al-Shatat" Aired by Iranian TV, August 30, 2009

MEMRI TV Clip No. 1806, Iranian TV Documentary Series Traces Zionist Themes in Western Movies: "American History X", June 2, 2008

MEMRI TV Clip No. 1412, Antisemitic Musical "Comedy" on Iranian TV, March 23, 2007

MEMRI TV Clip No. 1359, Antisemitic Animated Film on Iranian TV, January 12, 2007

MEMRI TV Clip No. 458, Zahra's Blue Eyes - Episode 4: Zionists Prepare to Implant Zahra's Eyes in Theodor, January 3, 2007

MEMRI TV Clip No. 508, Zahra's Blue Eyes - Episode 7: Zahra Is Blinded, Rest of Characters Are Killed, January 24, 2005

MEMRI TV Clip No. 491, The Talmudic Court - Syrian-Produced Antisemitic TV Series Now on Iranian TV, January 16, 2005

MEMRI TV Clip No. 88, An Iranian Series about Jews and Hollywood Cinema, Steven Spielberg, May 24, 2004

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