Iran Not Backing Down, Defends "Wiping Out Israel!"
IRAN HOLDS A MASSIVE ANTI-ZIONIST RALLY!
Arab nations remain quiet on the threats.
An Iranian holds an anti-Israel poster during an anti-Israel rally on Friday Oct. 28, 2005 in Tehran. Tens of thousands of Iranians staged anti-Israel protests across the country Friday and repeated calls by their ultraconservative president demanding the Jewish state’s destruction. (AP)
Attending an anti-Israel rally in Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his remarks were “just” – and the criticism did not “have any validity.”
Last Wednesday’s comment provoked world outrage. Israel has called for Iran’s expulsion from the United Nations.
Egypt said they showed “the weakness of the Iranian government”. A Palestinian official also rejected the remarks.
Tens of thousands of Iranians took part in the rally in Tehran which Iran organises every year on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan to show solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.
Shouting “Death to Israel, death to the Zionists”, the protesters dragged Israeli flags along the ground and then set them on fire.
Many carried posters and placards sporting the slogan “Israel should be wiped off the map”.
Joining the protest, Mr Ahmadinejad said: “My words were the Iranian nation’s words.
“Westerners are free to comment, but their reactions are invalid,” Mr Ahmadinejad told the official Irna news agency.
Iranians attend an anti-Israeli rally marking ‘Al-Quds Day’ (Jerusalem Day), to support the Palestinian cause, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Tens of thousands of Iranians staged anti-Israel protests across the country Friday and repeated calls by their ultraconservative president who repeated the words of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of Iran’s Islamic revolution, by saying: ‘Israel must be wiped off the map.’ (AP)
Tens of thousands of Iranians staged anti-Israel protests across the country on Friday, repeating calls by their ultraconservative president for the Jewish state’s destruction.
World leaders have condemned Wednesday’s remarks by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who repeated the words of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the Islamic revolution, by saying: “Israel must be wiped off the map.”
Israel called for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, reports CBS News correspondent Robert Berger, and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Israel has decided on a broad diplomatic offensive.
“The fact that Iran has had for years a clandestine nuclear weapons program makes the Iranian statements about eliminating Israel all that more serious,” said government spokesman Dore Gold.
On Friday the Iranian embassy in Moscow tried to soften the impact of Ahmadinejad’s comment.
“Mr. Ahmadinejad did not have any intention to speak in sharp terms and engage in a conflict,” the Iranian embassy in Moscow said in a statement following a wave of international criticism.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a conference on Wednesday Oct. 26, 2005 in Tehran entitled ‘The World without Zionism.’ Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that Israel should be ‘wiped off the map’, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iran should be expelled from the United Nations after its new president said Israel should be ‘wiped off the map,’ Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Thursday, Oct 27, 2005. (AP Photo/ISNA)
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Hmm… Ran across this picture at DogPundit of Ahmadinejad with his new friend.