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Monday, October 5, 2009

Ahmedinejad- myth vs. fact

Just after doing the Palestine- myth vs fact post, I got an email about Ahemdinejad's not really saying he wants Israel wiped off the map, among other things. I've heard this countless times in the news, in conversations, and I never really questioned it myself, so I was intrigued.

Here it is:

It turns out that Ahmadinejad never said what is being routinely attributed to him. Juan Cole, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at University of Michigan who reads Persian, explains that he actually stated (quoting the late Ayatollah Khomeini): "The Imam said that this regime occupying Jerusalem (een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods) must [vanish from] from the page of time (bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad)."

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