Much of the Middle East remains mired in violence largely sparked by religious differences.
This week, Iran’s top diplomat made a startling admission in that regard, declaring that his nation is working to eradicate all forms of racism — including “Zionism.”
“Tackle the scourge of racism in all its forms”
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian issued his statement earlier this month during a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly. Fox News reported that “anti-racism” was the topic of the meeting, and the U.N. referred to it as a “commemoration of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA).”
The declaration, which was adopted two decades ago, aims to “tackle the scourge of racism in all its forms and manifestations.”
This year, the meeting’s topic was listed as “Reparations, racial justice, and equality for people of African descent.”
Of course, more than a dozen nations — including the United States — chose to boycott the meeting over accusations of a history of antisemitism. Abdollahian contributed to that sentiment with his recent remarks.
He used the forum to insist that Iran has the “willpower” and is “dedicated” to eradicate Zionism.
“Systematic torture, harassment, and repression”
“These are crimes that constitute horrible atrocities such as child-killing and the creeping occupation through settlements, which extends to the proximity of Al-Aqsa mosque,” Abdollahian said.
He went on to claim that more than 7,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails under “deplorable conditions” and that the prisoners have been “subjected to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.”
Benham Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, attempted to explain what the Iranian diplomat meant.
“Abdollahian didn’t mince words,” Taleblu said. “The Islamic Republic will use every opportunity afforded to it to seek ‘the total elimination’ of Zionism. That is code for working towards the destruction of the Jewish state.”
For this reason, he urged the Biden administration against attempting to return to a deal with Iran, which he claimed would put that nation “in a greater position to put their money where their mouth is” in the ongoing effort to wipe out Zionism.