Mr Ahmadinejad told some 3,000 students in Tehran that Israel’s establishment had been a move by the West against the Islamic world.
True enough. (Update: This is true in the sense that Western powers want dominance over the Middle East and have never been friendly to Muslim/Arab countries in the first place.)
He was addressing a conference entitled The World without Zionism and his comments were reported by the Iranian state news agency Irna.
"As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map," he said, referring to Iran’s late revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
No. Never. Saying Jews should be killed because one opposes the Zionist policies of Israel is like saying Christians should be killed because one opposes the policies of George Bush. It’s insane, bigoted, vicious, and beyond counter-productive. One can oppose Zionism and not be anti-Semitic, and proof of that is the thriving peace movement in Israel headed by Jews. Anti-Semitism is grotesque and must be opposed, as should any form of racism.
In a seriously Orwellian moment, as Israel continues to decimate the Palestinian population, Ariel Sharon responded,
"A country calling for the destruction of another people cannot be a member of the UN," Mr Sharon said.
Does that mean Israel will withdraw from the UN? What a monumental hypocrite.