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Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his assistance).

  • Special forces beat up sugar cane workers on their sixth day of strike.
  • Ahmadinejad given bravery award for going to Columbia.
  • IAEA leader ElBaradei seeks more time, warns against confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program.
  • Defense of “martyred” Palestinian boy Muhammad al-Durra becomes motto of Iranian education ministry.
  • Ahmadinejad: Send the Zionists to Alaska, or maybe Canada.
  • “Spontaneous” demonstrations mark Qods Day celebrations.
  •  ”Why don’t you let the black box of the Zionist regime be decoded?”
  •  ”If the Western leaders are not members of the Zionist party, they should allow an international fact finding group decode the black box.”
  • “Nations should be allowed to conduct research on crimes of the Zionist regime and decode the black box for its atrocities.”
  • “They violate sanctity of prophets and insult human dignity and democracy and say they have nothing to do with these acts.
  • “You have turned what you call Holocaust into a holy issue and do not let anybody raise any question about it.”
  • “They allowed themselves to commit whatever crimes under the pretext of the Holocaust. They even built secret prisons in Europe and attacked and imposed economic sanctions against a nation who did not officially recognize the Zionist regime.”
    • Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi:
      • “World Qods Day makes afraid arrogant states, especially the Zionist regime.”
    • Minister of Culture:
      • “Qods Day is a day of confrontation between the whole blasphemy against the whole Islam and a symbol of shouting of the world oppressed people against arrogant powers.”
    • Interior Minister: “Zionism is enemy of mankind.”
    • Rafsanjani: Islamic nations’ presence leads to Zionist failure.
  • Chairman of parliament cancels his visit to France after some French MPs meet with terrorist Mujahideen al-Khalq.
  • Ahmad Tavakoli, former presidential hopeful: “Infusion of oil money into the economy makes the plight of the people worse.”
  • Picture of the Day: Child participating in rally to eradicate Zionism.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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