Roi Tov: Is Iran anti-Semitic? The Mechanics of Hatred and the Right to Self Defense!
Writing on certain topics demands visiting unpleasantly racist websites. Yet, even such an event has a positive side: It re-vindicates our understanding of goodness. Israeli and Jewish media love to portray Iran as anti-Semitic. The Anti-Defamation League even has a hate page dedicated to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The page claims. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's anti Semitic and anti-Israel views place him and the Iranian regime among the foremost threats to Jews and the State of Israel. Ahmadinejad repeatedly demonizes the state of Israel, and openly calls for its destruction at every opportunity. Most notoriously, he described Israel as a fake regime, that must be wiped off the map. Expectedly, the eminent ADL chose not to mention a few facts. UN Secretary General and Rita Yahan Farouz My Joys: OK, but how is that related to the woman in the picture? Rita Yahan Farou is an Iranian born Israeli singer. In the local context, she is a superstar, having won practically every award given to Israeli singers. Most recently, she was mentioned by international media on March 5, 2013, when she gave a concert entitled Tunes for Peace, at the UN General Assembly. She sang in Hebrew, English and Farsi. In her Facebook page, she published the expected pleasantries. Yet, Hebrew is a multi-layered language Saying Peace, Meaning War, an additional message was to be expected in her words. She said: There is a story about a boy, who walked into a synagogue, and didn't know how to pray like everyone else, so he just whistled with all his might. I have no knowledge of the language of politics, but I will be there, whistle my prayer, and hope that it reaches as far as Iran. Let me confess that I have no idea how a native English reader would react to her words. However, to a Hebrew reader, a whistle is a sharply negative. The mark of street thugs. Was Rita crossing her fingers while writing this? Rita is only one member of the large Jewish Iranian community living in Israel. There are at least two other prominent members. Former IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz and former Member Of the Knesset Michael Ben Ari. Shaul Mofaz became the recipient of one of the first pictures taken by the Israeli Ofeq reconnaissance satellites made public. The image showed his former house in Tehran. Another testimony of his links with the Farsi culture is his regular talk shows in Farsi, broadcast by Israeli Radio. Finally, Michael Ben Ari is notorious for his extremist views, which are of relevance to rest of the article. While in the former Knesset, he was denied a visa by the USA, due to his former membership in a terror organization.