Iran’s vice president Mohammad-Reza Rahimi delivered a shocking anti-Semitic speech on Tuesday at an international anti-drug conference in Tehran, saying that the Talmud, a central text of Judaism, was responsible for the spread of illegal drugs around the world.
Rahimi, who spoke after De Leo, told stories of gynecologists’ killing black babies on the orders of the Zionists and claimed that the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 was started by Jews, adding that mysteriously no Jews died in that uprising. He also said the Talmud teaches Jews to think they are a superior race.
The speech was strongly condemned by Israel and Reuters reported that “ the remarks at a United Nations global drug enforcement conference in Tehran by Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi seemed unusually inflammatory to Western delegates”.
A National Post letter writer took issue with Reuter’s characterization of rahimi’s incendiary speech as “unusually inflammatory”. According to Linda Ugar:
“Have we reached the point where the anti-Jewish ravings of Iranian leaders have become so common that it takes something extraordinary ("Jews control the drug trade," "Jews aim to annihilate gentiles") to even "seem" unusual? Did any Western delegates openly express outrage? Apparently not.
I truly don’t know what’s more frightening – the prospect of nuclear weapons in the hands of such Iranian officials who have repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the map, or the near silence and indifference of the West at the madness heard at the UN session.
Perhaps we ought to be equally concerned about both".