Paper Demonizing the Jews Stirs Muslim World Interest
The Tehran Charter for the Palestinians, the most malevolently anti-Semitic document produced since the days of Hitler, was proudly unveiled by Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sunday, Feb. 28 to eleven radical Palestinian leaders summoned from their home base in Damascus to prepare the next war on Israel.
The document was largely ignored by Western and Israeli media, but aroused great interest in the Muslim world. To promote his far-out thesis and make it acceptable to the Muslim mainstream, the Iranian president took a step unprecedented by any Shiite ruler before him: He prayed at a Sunni mosque in Damascus alongside his host, Syrian president Bashar Assad in a ceremony marking the Prophet Muhammad's birthday on Feb. 25.
Sunni rites on this day omit mention of any of the Shiite saints. But Ahmadinejad was not bothered. He was out to demonstrate that whatever their schismatic differences, when it came to Jews and Christians, Shiites and Sunnis are united as one "Ummah," with the Tehran Paper providing a common framework for them to act in unison.
The document, composed personally by Ahmedinejad, opens with the words, “The Jews are the enemies of monotheism. They are the instigators of all war and strife in the world.”
The Jews, according to this document, represent "the Satanic nature, greed and blood-lust of the prophets" (although Islam acknowledges Moses and Jesus as prophets).
He contends that the only way to deal with the Jews and the State of Israel is not to seek its annihilation but to damn it and its Jewish inhabitants to hell.
This proposition represents further radicalization of the Iranian president's already far-out views.
Until the Tehran Charter saw the light of day, Ahmedinejad claimed he favored a plebiscite in Middle East lands on the future of Israelis and Palestinians, with the object of creating a Jewish-Arab state where both peoples could live in mutual respect and peace.
But his Tehran paper now rules out any Jewish presence between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. It is not permissible for a single Jew to live in this piece of territory, he argues. Now, he is demanding a world plebiscite to be presented with the single question: Should the State of Israel exist or not?
When he presented his "charter" to the Palestinian terrorist chiefs Thursday, the Iranian president said he had no doubt what the world population's reply to this question would be.
The execution of that reply, he said, would automatically end Israel's existence. Its some six million Jewish inhabitants would then be driven out of the Middle East, once and for all.