Tehran to Hold Blood Libel Contest
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 7 June (Reuters) – Outgoing President of Iran Mahmoud Ahamdinejad announced today that his government will hold an international competition in the creation of nefarious accusations against Jews.
Already a leader in the field of scapegoating Zionists and Jews for every conceivable evil and several inconceivable ones, the republic has scheduled a conference in September to showcase “the most creative syntheses of statements regarding the crimes of the Zionists and the Jewish pig-dogs throughout the ages,” according to a statement released by the President’s office.
The government of Iran has maintained a hostile posture toward Israel since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979. Although officially the country has no enmity for Jews in general, the line between anti-Zionism and antisemitism often gets blurred, and the small Jewish community in Iran risks persecution of it does not toe the government line. Blood libels – most famously the idea that Jews use the blood of a murdered gentile, often a child, in their annual production of unleavened bread for Passover – have retained traction in the Muslim world despite hundreds of years since the last accusation of that nature was taken seriously elsewhere.
The conference will focus on integrating a number of prominent allegations against Jews, but panel discussions will be conducted, and journal papers accepted, on more marginal or less well-known theories.
The former category includes such venerable accusations as the infamous blood libel, as well as that of Jews killing Jesus, even though the vast majority of Christians no longer see Jews as collectively responsible for his crucifixion. It also features the conspiracy theory that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by Jews to generate sympathy for the Zionist cause and to bilk a defeated Germany of reparation funds.
Also of notable prominence is the oft-heard claim that Jews control international banking, entertainment, and the media, and that their outsize political influence extends to effective control of entire Western governments. Though long proven a forgery perpetrated by the Russian Czar’s secret police, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion has long been accepted as truth in Muslim circles, as it conveniently dovetails with efforts to paint Jews and Zionists as bent on world domination.
But other, lesser-known accusations will be given several sessions of their own at the four-day conference. The organizers have already engaged both noted and more obscure proponents of various theories.
One such accusation involves a peculiar variation on Nazi racial theory that sees Jews as genetically distinct and harmful to the rest of humanity. The variation holds that Jews are actually an extraterrestrial alien race, and that the Raelian movement is one way in which they plan to subjugate and enslave the entire human population.
Several researchers have already submitted papers for consideration, but the committee that will review them has yet to be finalized. One professor in Tehran, who has declined to be identified, wrote of the difficulty in reconciling the nefariousness, cunning, and near-mystical manipulative abilities of the Jews with the fact that Israel, the one part of the world where the Jews would seem to exercise more control than anywhere, was established in the one place on Earth completely lacking in significant oil or other natural resources, and is perpetually on the verge of drought. He attributes this datum to an even deeper level of nefariousness than previously suspected: that it is a ploy to divert the world’s attention from the true evil intent of the Zionist enterprise.
The paper poses, but does not attempt to address, the difficulty in explaining the nefariousness of a secret plot continually exposed and discussed by its opponents.