The repeated anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views of Iran's leadership place the Iranian regime among the foremost threats to Jews and the state of Israel. Iran's leaders repeatedly demonize the state of Israel and openly call for its destruction at every opportunity. Most notoriously, they describe Israel as a "fake regime" that "must be wiped off the map."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has termed Zionists "the most detested people in all humanity" and called the extermination of six million Jews during World War II "a myth," claiming that Jews have played up Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust in a bid to extort sympathy for Israel from European governments.
Ahmadinejad's virulently anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denial are often matched by other Iranian leaders, and the Iranian regime itself has continued to sponsor anti-Zionism conferences and pseudo-academic lectures and exhibits questioning the fact of the Holocaust.
This report offers a selected, year-by-year compilation of statements by Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders on Jews, the Holocaust and Israel in their own words.
"I believe time for hegemonic powers, plundering, crime and Zionism are over... [Zionists are] history’s most uncivilized butchers, who easily humiliate, incarcerate and kill the Palestinian people.”
(Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during the closing ceremony of the World Conference of Ulama and Islamic Awakening)
"The fourth point is that today one of the most dangerous things that threatens the movement of Islamic Awakening is the efforts to foment discord and turn these movements into bloody sectarian, ethnic and national conflicts. Currently, this plot is being seriously pursued by intelligence services of the West and Zionism with the help of petrodollars and bribed politicians from East Asia to North Africa and particularly in the Arab region...Propaganda campaigns of the West and dependent and mercenary media in the region pretend that the destructive war in Syria is a Shia-Sunni conflict and they create a safety margin for the Zionists and the enemies of resistance in Syria and Lebanon. This is while the two sides of the conflict in Syria are not Shia and Sunni, rather they are the supporters and opponents of anti-Zionist resistance.
The fifth point is that one of the standards for judging whether Islamic Awakening movements are on the right path is the positions they adopt on the issue of Palestine. Since sixty years ago up until today, the occupation of Palestine has been the biggest tragedy that has been imposed on the Islamic Ummah.Since the first day up until today, the tragedy of Palestine has been a combination of killings, assassinations, destruction, usurpation and transgression against what is held sacred in Islam. The necessity of putting up a resistance against this warring and usurping enemy and fighting him has been agreed upon by all Islamic denominations and all honest and healthy national currents. Any current in Islamic countries which disregards this religious and national responsibility out of consideration for the domineering demands of America or under the pretext of unreasonable justifications should not expect to be viewed as loyal to Islam and sincere in its nationalistic claims.This is a test. Anybody who does not accept the slogan of liberating Holy Quds and saving the Palestinian nation and Palestinian territories or anybody who sidelines this slogan and turns his back on the camp of resistance, will be condemned. The Islamic Ummah should keep this clear and fundamental standard in mind everywhere and at all times."
(Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, during the opening ceremony of the World Conference of Ulama and Islamic Awakening)
"The Zionist regime, this cancerous gland, which with much hue and cry had claimed that it had set up an iron dome over the entire occupied Palestine, was faced with the reality within only eight days that none of its formerly woven ropes had remained intact, and that the Fajr 5 Missiles of Hamas which had targeted the heart of the occupied lands had marked another sign of the accelerating downfall and full annihilation of that regime."
(Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Purdastan, Iran's Joint Chief of Staff, during a meeting in Tehran with a group of allied military attaches)
“If they [the Zionists] were to make the mistake of attacking Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”
(Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, during a televised speech marking the Iranian New Year)
"We [Iran] explicitly support Hamas and Hezbollah and the oppressed and Muslim people of Palestine, and we do not hide this support … Israel is a cancerous tumor in the region and we are helping the people of Palestine and we even send them weapons… during the 8-day war the people of Gaza dealt Israel a blow to the mouth with this military aid."
(Ali Laijani, Head of the Iranian Parliment, in an interview while visiting Pakistan)