Zionism is Fascism Claims Iranian President
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted that Israel is inherently Anti-Muslim in nature and compared Zionism to fascism today:
He also said that Israel was the result of European “ethnic cleansing”. “In fact the Europeans have practiced ethnic cleansing against the Jews in Europe by expelling the Jews from all the European states,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. “They have shot two targets with a single bullet — they have built a Jewish camp among the Islamic nations and got rid of the Jews from the whole of Europe.. “The Zionist regime is a part of Europe, which was broken away from Europe and is anti-Islamic in nature,” he said.
The outspoken hardliner suggested that the international outrage sparked by previous comments in which he said that Holocaust denial was “scientific debate” and that Israel should be “wiped off the map” was because he had touched a sensitive nerve He asked why Palestinians who played no party in the killing of Jews in World War II should have been forced to make way for a Jewish state.
The president rejected suggestions his comments were anti-Semitic, insisting Iran made a distinction between Judaism and Zionism. Ahmadinejad, an ultra-conservative who won a shock election victory in June, has caused international outrage with a series of anti-Israeli remarks. “Zionism is a Western ideology and a colonialist idea and right now it massacres Muslims with direct guidance and help from the United States and a part of Europe … Zionism is basically a new form of fascism,” he added.
Meanwhile, Robert Mayer from Publius Pundit reports that Iran is hosting its own human rights summit.
Gina Cobb is keeping track of events in Iran.