|Israel “greatest insult to human dignity”, says Iran’s Ahmadinejaddpa German Press Agency
Published: Thursday October 19, 2006
Tehran- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday continued his harsh rhetoric against Israel and termed the Jewish state as “greatest insult to human dignity.” “This faked Zionist regime (Israel) has been formed in the heart of the Islamic world with people from throughout the world and the crimes, aggressions and ballyhoo committed by this regime so far is the greatest insult to human dignity,” ISNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in a speech in Islamshahr, south of Tehran.
Ahmadinejad had called on elimination of the Jewish state from the Middle East and Islamic world and further provoked the West by terming the Holocaust a “fairy tale”
“The supporters of this regime have granted the regime carte blanche to commit whatever crimes but we have said several times that this regime cannot continue its existence,” the Iranian president said.
Ahmadinejad said Israel attacked Lebanon and fully destroyed this country and instead of blaming the Jewish state, Lebanon was criticised for having defended itself.
“No Middle East country would ever, not even in hundred years, acknowledge this regime,” Ahmadinejad said, while criticising Western countries for putting Israel’s acknowledgement as one of the conditions for having trade relations with non-European countries.
Besides suspension of atomic programmes, one of the conditions by the European Union for resuming full economic ties with Iran has been using its influence within anti-Israeli militia groups to stop suicidal operations inside Israel and eventually acknowledge the sovereignty of the Jewish state.
Ahmadinejad called on the Iranian people to massively attend Friday’s Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) and shouting protests against Israel and in support of the Palestinian nation.
The late leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had proclaimed the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan as Quds Day, a day to call for liberation of Jerusalem – a city held in reverence by Moslems worldwide – from Israeli occupation.
Iran does not recognize Israel and insists the “occupied territories of Palestine” want an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
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