Monday, July 16, 2018

Iranians Are Now Chanting ‘Death to Palestine’

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‘Death to Palestine!” Iranians chanted at a large antiregime protest recently. They also called for death to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. But why would Iranians care about “Palestine” with such passion as to wish it dead?
Because hatred of Israel is a foundational idea of the Islamic Republic. In calling for “death to Palestine,” Iranians are subverting a regime whose raison d’être is antagonism.
In 1962, the Iranian critic Jalal Al-e-Ahmad published a book titled “Gharbzadegi,” a Persian pejorative that has been translated as “Occidentosis” or “Westoxification.” Ahmad’s description of Western civilization as a plague inspired Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who led Iran’s revolution in 1979. In his foundational 1970 book, “Islamic Government,” Khomeini wrote: “We must protest and make the people aware that the Jews and their foreign backers are opposed to the very foundations of Islam and wish to establish Jewish domination throughout the world.”
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