The Wiesenthal Center Releases List of Top Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel Slurs of the Year
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has released a list of the top ten anti-Israel/anti-Semitic slurs of 2012. The first quote on the list is one from Mohammed Badie of the Muslim Brotherhood, who wrote in “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Moral Guide” that “The Jews have dominated the land, spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profaned holy places.”
The next quote comes from Egyptian Cleric Futough Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, who, during a televised service at the el-Tanim Mosque in October, said, “Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters – Oh Allah, disperse them and rend them asunder.” According to the Wiesenthal Center, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi attended the service and answered “amen” to Mansour’s calls for the destruction of Israel.
The list also features a quote from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said, “It has now been some 400 years that a horrendous Zionist clan has been ruling major world affairs.” He said that Zionists controlled world affairs so much that US presidential hopefuls now had to “kiss the feet of the Zionists to ensure victory in the elections.”
Quotes from other Iranian officials also made the list. Indeed the Wiesenthal Center quotes Iran’s First Vice President Mohamed Rahimi as saying that the Talmud teaches Jews “how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother.” Rahimi said that there was “not a single” drug addict among “the Zionists” but blamed Israel for Iran’s drug problems.
Other figures who made the list included: Cartoonist Carlos Latuff, who portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a figure breaking the body of innocent Palestinians to obtain money for his country; European soccer fans who hurled anti-Semitic slurs at Jewish players; Oleg Tyagnibok of the Svoboda Party who The Wiesenthal Center said called for “purges of the 400,000 Jews and other minorities living in Ukraine”; Nikolaos Michaloliakos, leader of Greece’s Golden Dawn Party, who declared that there were no ovens used during the Holocaust; Marton Gyongyosi, member of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, who called for Jewish MPs and citizens to be investigated and registered as Jewish; Trond Ali Lindstad, who warned web site visitors to “beware the Jews” and their influence on the media; and Louis Farrakhan, Leader of the Nation of Islam, who said the Jews controlled the media.
Last year, the Wiesenthal Center released another list of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel slurs. Yet the 2011 list was markedly different from this year’s list. It issued a statement saying that the list did not include “statements by terrorist organizations, the lunatic fringe, or the government of Iran.” Instead, it said, the list was meant to “serve as a wake-up call to those who believe such rants are the exclusive dominion of Neo-Nazis and crackpots.”
This year, both the Iranian regime and quotes made by certain members of “the lunatic fringe” were included. Those who made last year’s list were the following: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayypip Erdogan, composer Mikis Theodorakis, fired Christian Dior Designer John Galliano, Director Lars Von Trier, Syrian Author Osama Al-Malouhi, Egyptian Presidential Candidate Tawfiq Okasha, Syrian Orthodox Church Bishop George Saliba, German Left Party Leader Hermann Dierkes and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama’s former pastor.
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