Chossudovsky's : "Wipe Israel off the Map" Statement by Iranian Leader was Gross Distortion (admissions from Israeli Officials & others)

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    Jun 22, 2012 10:18 AM GMT
    This re: Chossodovshy's New Book: taken from Global by Sherwood Ross

    The inflammatory statement that Israel should be "wiped off the map" attributed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "was never made" by him, a distinguished Canadian economist says. in a recently released book entitled: Towards A World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War.

    To begin with, says Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the University of Ottawa, the words were not those of Ahmadinejad when he uttered them on October 25, 2005.

    Rather, he was quoting the late Ayatollah Khomeini, and the point of Khomeini’s thrust was not to wipe Israel, the nation, "off the map", but to change the Israeli regime, which is far different. "The rumor was fabricated by the American media with a view to discrediting Iran’s head of state and providing a justification for waging an all-out war on Iran," Chossudovsky writes.

    Examining the actual quote word by word, Ahmadinejad said in Farsi:

    "Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad."

    Readers will recognize the word "rezhim-e" which translates into English as "regime" and will note that the word "Israel" does not appear in the quotation. What Ahmadinejad did use was the specific phrase "rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods" which is a reference to "the regime occupying Jerusalem." (For details, see analysis of Arash Norouzi)

    As for wiping Israel "off the map," the word "map" was never used, nor could it be as the Persian word for "map" is "nagsheh," and it was not contained anywhere in Ahmadinejad’s speech. (Norouzi, op cit)

    "Nor was the western phrase ‘wipe off’ ever mentioned," Chossudovsky writes. "Yet we are led to believe that Iran’s President threatened ‘to wipe Israel off the map’ despite never having uttered the words ‘map,’ ‘wipe out’ or even ‘Israel.’"

    The full Ahmadinejad quote translated directly into English is "The Imam (Khomeini) said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time," Chossudovsky writes.

    The word for word translation is as follows:

    Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) shghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).(Norouzi, op cit)

    The thrust of Ahmadinejad's statement was a need for "regime change" in Israel, says Chossudovsky: "Compare Ahmadinejad’s bland statement on 'regime change' with that of former Deputy Defense Secy. Paul Wolfowitz, who called for ‘ending states that sponsor terrorism.’ What Wolfowitz had in mind was the outright destruction of nation-states."

    "The alleged ‘wiped off the map’ statement has served not only to justify a pre-emptive attack against Iran but also to subdue and tame the antiwar movement." It has succeeded in achieving this as in the U.S. "there are very few antiwar events focusing on U.S.-Israeli threats directed against Iran," Chossudovsky writes. He adds:"Iran is viewed by many within the antiwar movement as a potential aggressor. Its non-existent nuclear weapons are considered a threat to global security."

    The news article reporting the Iranian President’s speech was written by Nazila Fathi and appeared on Oct. 27, 2005 in The New York Times. The lead sentence of that article was as follows:

    "TEHRAN -- Iran’s conservative new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Wednesday that Israel must be ‘wiped off the map’ and that attacks by Palestinians would destroy it, the ISNA press agency reported."

    Chossudovsky lifts the veil of distortion concerning the Iranian leaders’ comments in his new book, Towards A World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (Global Research).

    The author's analysis focusses on how the "Wipe off the Map" statement has been used to portray Iran as a threat to Israel's security, thereby justifying the formulation of a US-Israeli preemptive nuclear attack against the Islamic Republic.

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    Jun 23, 2012 2:29 PM GMT

    Israel's Deputy PM Admits Iran DID NOT Threaten to Wipe Israel Off ...

    Apr 28, 2012 – [For more, see "Wiped Off the Map - the Rumour of the Century" by Arash Norouzi.] ... In fact, Iran has not threatened to use a nuclear bomb against Israel .... Was it a momentary lapse of concentration or an honest admission?
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    Jun 24, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    This from FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting:

    Extra! June 2012

    Lost in Translation
    Iran never threatened to wipe Israel off the map

    By Steve Rendall

    The menacing threat has been repeated endlessly in U.S. corporate media in recent years: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.” “Iran,” “Israel” and “wipe” in one form or another occur together in more than 17,000 articles in the Nexis news database over the last seven years. It plays a critical role in the case for pre-emptive war against Iran. There’s just one problem: It never happened.

    Mideast expert and blogger Juan Cole (Informed Comment, 5/3/06) noted long ago that Iranian leaders never called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” but a recent admission by an Israeli official to that effect suggests that there is hope this information might finally penetrate the corporate media bubble.

    On Al Jazeera English (4/14/12), Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor agreed with interviewer Teymoor Nabili’s suggestion that the supposed remarks were never actually made. Iranian leaders, Meridor said,

    come basically ideologically, religiously, with the statement that Israel is an unnatural creature, it will not survive. They didn’t say “we’ll wipe it out,” you are right, but [that] it will not survive, it is a cancerous tumor, it should be removed.

    The Persian phrase Meridor was asked about was used by Ahmadinejad in a 2005 speech in which neither maps nor wiping were mentioned. As Cole explained (Informed Comment, 5/3/06):

    The actual quote, which comes from an old speech of Khomeini, does not imply military action, or killing anyone at all.... The phrase is almost metaphysical. He quoted Khomeini that “the occupation regime over Jerusalem should vanish from the page of time.” It is in fact probably a reference to some phrase in a medieval Persian poem. It is not about tanks.

    Even the right-wing pro-Israel translation service MEMRI translated the Ahmadine-jad comment as “this regime that is occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time” (CounterPunch, 8/28/06).
    The “cancerous tumor” reference is to remarks made about the Israeli state by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini in a public forum in 2000, in which Khameini also suggested an alternative to the present Israeli government (CNN .com, 12/15/00): “Palestinian refugees should return and Muslims, Christians and Jews could choose a government for themselves, excluding immigrant Jews.”

    Hostile words, to be sure, but a far cry from the nuclear annihilation suggested by “wiping Israel off the map.”
    The fact that the U.S. and Israel have repeatedly threatened Iran with attack, and suggested that they might even use nuclear weapons, is an irony lost on media that seem to take their cues from Orwell’s 1984.