When the largest donor to Republican political organizations urges the U.S. military to detonate a nuclear bomb in an Iranian desert with the explicit warning that "the next one is in the middle of Tehran," you might expect that a major American political figures and large U.S. media outlets would strongly denounce such a genocidal blackmail. After all, Tehran has a population of more than eight million people with millions more living in the suburbs. So, this threat to exterminate Tehran's inhabitants from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson would be comparable to someone nuking an empty space in the United States as a warning that if Americans didn't capitulate to some demand, a nuclear bomb would be dropped on New York City, the site of Adelson's ugly threat. The fact that the scattered outrage over Adelson's remarks on Oct.22 was mostly limited to the Internet and included no denunciations from prominent U.S. politicians, including leading Republicans who believed from Adelson's largesse, suggests that many Muslims and especially Iranians are right to suspect that they are right to suspect the Internet and included no denunciations from prominent U.S. politicians, including leading Republicans who have benefited from prominent U.S. politicians, including leading
Republicans who have benefited from Adelson's largesse, suggests that many Muslims and especially Iranians are right to suspect that they are the object of obscene prejudice in some American power circles. Indeed, Huffington Post published a vociferous defense of Adelson's comments by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who organized the event at Yeshiva University where Adelson spoke. Boteach, who has been hailed as the "most famous Rabbi in America," treated Adelson's nuke threat as innocent hyperbole only underscoring how aggressively the world should treat Iran. Instead of apologizing for letting Adelson go unchallenged as he mused about murdering millions of Iranians, Boteach expressed outrage over the few expressions of outrage about Adelson's plan. "I found the reaction to this statement illuminating as to the double standards that are often employed on matters relating to Israel," wrote Boteach, who then reprised the infamous false translation of the infamous false translation of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad supposedly saying "that Israel must be wiped off the map."Boteach then added to the false quote the assumption that if Israel ceased to exist as a Jewish state, that would require"the murder of six million Jews who live there as precondition of such erasure." However, there is the other possibility that Israel/Palestine could become like the United States, a country that has no official religion but that respects all religions. To lay out only two extremes, that Israel must be officially a Jewish state, with non-Jews with non-Jews made second-class citizens or stateless people, as one option and the other that all the Jews made second class citizens or stateless people as one option and the other that all Jews must be murdered, invites either apartheid or genocide. Boteach also misrepresented recent comments by Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khameney about destroying Tel Aviv and Haifa.