Originally published 6/21/07:
AIPAC is reporting on this House vote. It is something that AIPAC would get very happy about of course, but that’s not the real story here. The real story is that there is a huge majority that believes the fairy tales told them by conspiring men… namely the fiction that says Ahmadinejad wants to wipe Israel off of the map. This quote has been debunked long ago as a mistranslation and a totally taken out of context remark as I’ve written about before here. But we want the UN to do something about it, spreading the word that Iran’s President is a genocidal maniac.
House Resolution Calls for Charging Ahmadinejad with Incitement to Genocide
The House on Wednesday passed a resolution by a vote of 411-2 that calls on the U.N. Security Council to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with violating the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the United Nations Charter because of his calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. “Ahmadinejad,” the resolution states, “called for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map,’ described Israel as ‘a disgraceful blot [on] the face of the Islamic world,’ and declared that ‘[a]nybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury.'” It also notes Ahmadinejad’s support for terrorist groups like Hamas, Hizballah and Islamic Jihad. The resolution was sponsored by Reps. Steven Rothman (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).
Here is another bogus quote story going around. It is the one by Nasrallah of Hezbollah. He apparently never said anything like it. Check it out:
And if the quote attributed to the Iranian President is problematic in that it is based on a twisted translation of what he really said, the problem attached to the genocidal anti-Jewish sentiment attributed to Hizbullah leader, Hassan Nasrallah – If the Jews all gather in Israel it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide – is even worse.
As I have referenced in an earlier post, the problem with that quote is that Nasrallah almost certainly never said it. It is a quote attributed to Nasrallah on anti-Muslim websites just as frequently as the Ariel Sharon quote appears on conspiracy theory sites. But, as journalist Charles Glass pointed out in a letter last October to the London Review of Books, the senior staff at the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper, which is credited as the original source of the quote, don’t believe that Nasrallah ever said it, and deny that the journalist who supposedly first scooped the “quote” ever interviewed Nasrallah.”