TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA) -- Ignoring reactions from the West, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is determined to challenge the accepted narrative of the Holocaust. In his last message to a conference called Holocaust: West’s Holy Lie, which was held in Tehran, Ahmadinejad stressed that questioning the Holocaust is akin to attacking the heart of the Zionist regime. This statement does not derive from Ahmadinejad’s philosophy or historical investigations but from his political convictions.

The main purpose of the Iranian president in questioning the Holocaust is to show how a historical event has been perverted in pursuit of the colonialist objectives of Israel through what is referred to as the “Holocaust Industry”. This, however, has been wrongly implied to be part of Iran’s efforts to wipe Israel off the map.


This allegation is not backed by the country’s history. Iran has not attacked any country in over 250 years and its officials, especially since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, have stressed that the country is seeking peace with all nations, except the Israeli occupying regime.


In fact, the Holocaust has become the Israeli cause célèbre, which continues to bring numerous benefits to the Zionist regime from the international community.


On the other hand, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been threatened with military attacks by a number of enemies, with Israel topping the list.


The root cause of this enmity is not historical. Many Israelis consider post-revolution Iran inimical to the Zionist regime’s existence. They have been fed the lie that Iran is trying to manufacture nuclear weapons, with the sole purpose of using them against Israel. Western media outlets, under the influence of the Zionist lobby, have played an important role in turning world public opinion against Iran.


About 90 percent of the world’s media market is owned by nine conglomerates, which constantly depict Iran as a regional threat to neighboring Arab countries.


For example, the insistence of the Iranian president on defending the country’s legitimate right to nuclear technology and defying Western pressure has been manipulated to make it appear that Iran is a threatening and destabilizing force. This trend has continued ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.


The first clear example of this media spin was the wrong translation of President Ahmadinejad’s statement on Israel. In his speech at the “World without Zionism” conference in 2005, he said, “The Imam (Khomeini) said that the regime occupying Beit-ul-Moqaddas (Jerusalem) must vanish from the page of time.”


And the Western media mistranslated the sentence as “Israel must be wiped off the map.”


Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan said soon after that Ahmadinejad did not say he was going to “wipe Israel off the map” because no such idiom exists in Persian. Cole added, “He did say he hoped its regime, for example the Jewish-Zionist state occupying Beit-ul-Moqaddas, would collapse.”


This shows how the media can affect public opinion by distorting news. The same goes for his comments on the Holocaust.


Most Israelis have a different perspective about themselves. Some of them believe that the occupied territories are their ancestral heritage occupied after the invasion of Muslims about 1400 years ago. Therefore, they believe it has to be taken back from the people living there and that’s why they call it the “Homeland of the Jewish People”. This concept is enshrined in the Israeli national policy and touted by many of its public and national institutions.


Codified in the declaration of the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Knesset turned it into a law in 1950 by giving every Jew throughout the world the right to come to this occupied territory.


Adi Liberman from Bar Ilan University, Israel’s second-largest academic institution, believes that God made a covenant with Prophet Abraham, saying: “To your descendants, I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river of Euphrates.” She said Israelites have been exiled and scattered for thousands of years and that Jews have the right to come back to their “homeland” for the same reason. But if they are so eager to return, why does Israel pay Jews and offer incentives to lure them to the occupied territories?


The simple fact is that historical links do not create any right. An example is Iran some 2500 years ago when the Persian Empire controlled Israel, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, parts of Greece, and many other territories in the region that are now independent countries. Should Iran claim that these countries belong to it today? The answer is clear. No!


“Self-victimization” has been one of the tools used by Israel to translate its objectives into reality. Research into the historical roots of the term “anti-Semitism” clarifies the fact that some radical conservative Jewish groups invented it to play victim and attract public support. The main reason this term was invented was to suppress all criticism.


Muslims and Christians have also been subject to the same attacks and discrimination throughout history, but they never rebuffed them as anti-Semitism. The truth is that Muslims, Christians, and Jews can live together peacefully, as history shows.


Moreover, Iran today is home to the largest Jewish community in the Middle East outside of Israel. But the problem with the leaders of the Zionist regime is that they kill Palestinians in the name of fighting terror. They expel Muslim Palestinians from their own homeland and massacre them under the excuse of providing security to Israeli civilians. This has even been denounced by human rights groups and activists inside Israel.


An analysis recently published by the Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company suggests that Israel will eventually be forced to withdraw from the West Bank to maintain a Jewish majority in the territories it controls.


“In the long run, Israel will have no choice but to leave the West Bank,” the MEEPAC article noted.


“On numerous occasions, Israeli politicians such as Shimon Peres and Tzipi Livni have maintained that Israel would have to withdraw from the West Bank in order to maintain Israel’s Jewish majority.”


In summation, Israeli politicians have no choice but to reconsider their colonialist policies toward Palestinians, because these policies are not sustainable. If that does not happen, Ahmadinejad’s prediction that the Zionist regime will disintegrate like apartheid South Africa and the Soviet Union will become a reality.





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