Sunday, May 21, 2006

Iran's new badge law is simply slanderous fiction

Several experts are casting doubt on reports that Iran had passed a law requiring the country’s Jews and other religious minorities to wear coloured badges identifying them as non-Muslims. The Iranian embassy in Otttawa also denied the Iranian government had passed such a law.

A news story and column by Iranian-born analyst Amir Taheri in yesterday’s National Post reported that the Iranian parliament had passed a sweeping new law this week outlining proper dress for Iran’s majority Muslims, including an order for Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians to wear special strips of cloth.

According to the reports, Jews were to wear yellow cloth strips, called zonnar, while Christians were to wear red and Zoroastrians blue.

Hormoz Ghahremani, a spokesman for the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa, said in an e-mail to the Post yesterday that, “We wish to categorically reject the news item. “These kinds of slanderous accusations are part of a smear campaign against Iran by vested interests, which needs to be denounced at every step.”

Sam Kermanian, of the U.S.-based Iranian-American Jewish Federation, said in an interview from Los Angeles that he had contacted members of the Jewish community in Iran — including the lone Jewish member of the Iranian parliament — and they denied any such measure was in place.

Read the full article Here

As per usual the story is out there now and people will believe it. It doesn't seem to matter anymore whether a story is true or false. Some people are so desperate to attack Iran they are willing to stoop way below the gutter in their search to justify military action against the Iranian people.

Propaganda can be a dangerous tool when repeated by those with no memory. Or in simple terms, when contemplating war, beware of babies in incubators. I am sure that many still believe that story too !

On a separate note I was not aware that Iran had a Jewish member of parliament. I suppose I should know better than to expect to read about that in the western press. Doesn't fit the vision of evil we are all supposed to get whenever the discussion turns to Iran.

And it seems Iran is not alone in such a praise worthy practice. Israel has a couple of Muslim's within positions of power in their government . (HT to Ben who left the first comment) So from the web of lies comes something positive at least.

As for whom is behind this latest batch of twisted propaganda , well nobody knows, but I am sure I can just see a badge with the words 'war pimp' left rather hurriedly on the counter at


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