Fars News Agency Touts Conspiracy Theory

This morning, Iran’s Fars News Agency (FNA) touted a new anti-Israel conspiracy theory, saying that Israel had plans to take over land in Iraq.

It quoted theorist Wayne Madsen (who also claimed that the Bush administration was behind the September 11th attacks) as saying that Israel was plotting to “relocate thousands of Kurdish Jews from Israel to the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Nineveh” by pretending that they were merely making “religious pilgrimages” to Jewish holy sites in the areas. Religious sites of particular interest to Israel, the FNA suggested, were  “the shrine of the Jewish prophet Nahum in al-Qush, the prophet Jonah in Mosul, and the tomb of the prophet Daniel in Kirkuk.”

FNA reasoned that because Israel has recently expanded its settlements non the Gaza strip, there was evidence to believe that Israelis were expansionists.  It accused Israel of  trying to “take full control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip” and said that it planned to “permanently keep the Golan Heights of Syria and expand into Southern Lebanon.”  Now, said the agency, Israel planned to take over parts of Iraq, in order to create a region that would be known as “Greater Israel.”

Perhaps the FNA’s most condemnatory claim was that Israel planned to “depopulate the Christian population in and around Mosul.” Some of Mosul’s residents do, indeed, fear depopulation; however, it is not Israel they fear, but, instead, internal disputes. According to Kurdistan newspaper Rudaw, many Kurds have accused deputy head of the Mosul Provincial Council, Dildar Zebari, of being hostile to Iraq’s Kurds.

Zebari’s family, says Rudaw, had ties to Sadam Hussein, who once attempted to wipe out Iraq’s Kurdish population. Rudaw reports that Zebari’s family gained political positions and power by taking Hussein’s side against the Kurds; therefore, many Kurds fears that he might sell them out again for political gain.

Furthermore, according to Canada’s  CTV News, ethnic conflicts have resulted in violence in Mosul.  Indeed, just last Monday, says CTV, “A wave of bombings hit ethnically disputed northern areas and other parts of Iraq on Monday, killing 25 people and wounding dozens.” Fighting has contined not only between the area’s ethnic groups, says CTV, but also between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

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Miranda Flint About the Author: Miranda has a B.A. in political science and has worked over a decade as a news reporter, financial news writer and political blogger. More about Miranda

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