Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, is to give Channel 4’s ‘alternative Christmas message’ tomorrow.
Dorothy Byrne, who is Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs said: “we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view.”
The alternative world view of which she speaks is a murderously antisemitic one. It is also militantly anti lesbian and gay, anti working class, anti liberal, anti democratic, anti secular and anti feminist.
It is an indication of the increasing acceptability of antisemitism amongst some sections of antiracist left and liberal public opinion in Britain that Channel 4 would even consider hosting this man, let alone in such a prestigious and high profile editorial slot.
When Ahmadinejad addressed the UN General Assembly in September he said the following:
“The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of people called Zionists. Although they are a minuscule minority, they have been dominating an important portion of the financial and monetary centers as well as the political decision-making centers of some European countries and the US in a deceitful, complex and furtive manner.”
“It is deeply disastrous to witness that some presidential or premiere nominees in some big countries have to visit these people, take part in their gatherings, swear their allegiance and commitment to their interests in order to attain financial or media support.”
Ahmadinejad uses classic Hitlerian rhetoric which compares the Jewish state to an infections disease: “They have created a filthy black germ known as the Zionist regime”
“Ahmadinejad does not say “Jews” are conspiring to rule the world. Instead he says, “Two thousand Zionists want to rule the world.” “The Zionists have imposed themselves on a substantial portion of the banking, financial, cultural, and media sectors.” “The Zionists” fabricated the Danish Muhammad cartoons. “The Zionists thrive on war and hatred. Everywhere they exist there is war.” The pattern is familiar. He invests the word “Zionist” with exactly the same meaning Hitler poured into “Jew”: the incarnation of evil. Anyone who makes Jews – whether as “Judas” or as “Zionist” – responsible for all the ills of the world is obviously driven by antisemitism. He must want to eliminate Israel, as the “germ of evil”, in order to “save” the world.”