On the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan, the Iranian president expresses his ideas and beliefs about Zionism ("criminal") and the Holocaust (a lie).

 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech on Quds Day-excerpts


Ahmadinejad speaks at Friday prayers (photo: Reuters)

The history of establishment of the ominous Zionist regime:
Before the First World War, certain noises were made in order to organize an evil current to dominate the entire world. Using their colonial experiences, they plotted to dominate all nations and the world’s material and intellectual properties.

After the First World War…They provided an opportunity for the organized criminal Zionists and they rushed into Palestine. Under the cover of buying farms, gardens, and lands, they occupied a major part of the land by the use of weapons and carrying out massacres and assassinations. By the help of the British government and relying on her force, they displaced the people.

Before the Second World War… In European countries, a complicated show started which was called anti-Semitism… They started a psychological war in order to make them (the Jews) escape to Palestine…

Four or five years after the Second World War, all of a sudden they claimed that during this war, the Holocaust had occurred. They claimed that a few million Jews had been burned in the crematorium furnaces. They institutionalized two slogans. One was the innocence of the Jews. They used lies and very sophisticated propaganda and psychological ploys and created the illusion that they (the Jews) are innocent. The second goal was that they created the illusion that the Jews needed an independent state and government.

I tell them that this issue which is very important and being used as an excuse to occupy a country and has caused a few wars, resulted in the displacement of millions of people and the death and injury of hundreds of thousands of people, families have been destroyed, and the whole Middle East region has lived with threats and instability. If this incident is so important, why don’t you allow this issue to be declassified and studied so that the facts behind this issue are made clear to all nations?

Today, Palestine is the most important world issue. If a war occurs in Iraq we believe that it is due to Zionist instigation. If a war occurs in Afghanistan it’s due to Zionist instigation. If a suppression takes place in Sudan it is due to Zionist temptations. To tell you the truth, we believe all the arrogant and usurper plans are initiated by the Zionists.

Where did anti-Semitism start? In Europe! Who initiated anti-Semitism? European officials and politicians!" They did this so they could force out a number of people from Europe and accommodate them in Palestine.

They are all aimed at securing their domination over our region and the world. But they claim that they (the Zionists) have a right to an independent homeland. But what will happen if we accept this logic and grant this right to various races and populations around the world? I think before granting them these rights, the American Indians have to be granted this right. If we accept this logic, then 72 independent countries have to be established in Europe. Countries such as Russia have to be broken up. This logic lays the foundation of insecurity in the world and widespread wars in the world.

Let’s presume that we ignorantly accepted this logic in the case of the Jews. Now the question is: where should they be based? Who has oppressed them? Why should they be based in Palestine? Why shouldn’t they be based in America, Canada, or Europe? Why do the Palestinians have to pay for the damage? You can’t carry out a crime for which the Palestinian people and our regional countries have to pay the price.

Every day the regional countries are threatened by the criminal Zionists, not just the countries of the region but the whole world are under the threat of the Zionists every day. They have made all the criminals of the world proud.

My dear ones, the pretext used to establish the Zionist regime was a lie and a corrupt act. It was a lie based on a fabricated claim that cannot be proven (the Holocaust).

This Zionist regime is an evil tree (referring to a story in the Koran) in the true sense of the word. Its roots, leaves, and trunk are all about crime, cruelty, and corruption against humanity. (Chants of ‘death to Israel’) It is very obvious that this fake regime was set up form the word go with the aim of colonizing and plundering. There was not the slightest humanitarian or logical wisdom in the preparations for setting up this regime. The existence of this regime means continuous threats, continuous insecurity, spread of the network of dominance and arrogance in the world.

Countering this regime is a matter of belief, religious conviction, and an Islamic matter. Why? Because they have no religion whatsoever. It is a big lie to assume the Zionists on the same level as the Jews or Christians. They are neither Jews nor Christians, nor do they have any religion. They are against divine religions. They have come to destroy all the values brought by God’s prophets.

Look and you will notice that the Zionists are behind…the network of destruction of human values. They are symbols of lies, deceit, and grudges. They are against Christianity, Islam, and against Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad. It is particularly important and a matter of belief for us Muslims to stand against them.

The sheer existence of this regime is an insult to the greatness of mankind. They start the fabricated Holocaust story, tell lies, play roles, start the anti-Semitism move and then raise the flag of support for Jews.

Today this regime (the Zionist government) is free to commit any crime. Children [in Gaza] are torn to pieces in the arms of their mothers… They (Israelis) ruin all religious sites.

We believe that the colonialist and arrogant leaders started the Zionist movement. But something has also happened. I believe that by the formation of the world Zionist network the Zionists have now dominated the fate of European governments as well as the American Administration.

In some European countries, the Zionists are exempted from paying taxes. Many Western media and networks, centers for publishing books and producing films are under the control of Zionists. The Zionists intend to gain control over the world. The world should know that Zionism is the complete image of racism in our era.

Standing against this regime (Israel) is a national, Islamic and humane duty…[To the moderate Arab states] Make efforts not to be stamped with the disgrace of accompanying the most vicious criminals of history…I want to address the independent nations of the world. I want to tell them that the influence of the Zionist regime in any part of your culture, politics, and economy means that your independence is violated. They stick like ticks. Once they infiltrate, they will never stop.