Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was at the top of the rankings for the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s annual anti-Semitic slurs list.
Khamenei, no stranger to anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist vitriol, was joined by newsmakers like Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and NBA star Tony Parker, who was a late addition following his neo-Nazi salute scandal this week.
The 2013 list of the 10 most egregious offenders included the following:
1. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Even as the world’s top diplomats celebrated a tentative nuclear/sanctions deal that many believe will not stop Iran’s capacity to go nuclear, few leaders condemned Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei for his unabated public slurs and genocidal threats against the Jewish State.
Referring to Israel as the, “rabid dog in the region,” he added, “Its leaders look like beasts and cannot be called human.”
Throughout 2013, as the US conducted secret talks with Tehran, the Ayatollah’s anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate flowed unabated. On the eve of Iranian elections, Khamenei declared, “Zionists” were the real power in the United States, updating the old canard of a global Jewish conspiracy.
2. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan’s tenure as Turkish Prime Minister has been marked by extreme animus toward Israel, historically Ankara’s strategic friend and trading partner. His mindset was on full display during two pivotal political crises in 2013. First, in response to anti-government demonstrations earlier in the year in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, PM Erdogan, blamed the public’s expressions of dissent on the so-called “interest rate lobby” — a term defined by his deputy as “The Jewish Diaspora.” Later, Erdogan also intimated that the Egyptian military’s ouster of Mohammed Morsi was instigated by Israel. Then in December, Erdogan and his media allies who blamed a conspiracy by “foreign powers” for a burgeoning corruption scandal, again deployed charges that the “interest rate lobby” had instigated the latest crisis as well. The New York Times reported that the alleged culprits named in the media were, the US and Israel…
3. UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird rebuked Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, for his recent statement accusing Israel of “genocidal” intentions. Falk told Russian RT television, “When you target a group, an ethnic group and inflict this kind of punishment upon them, you are in effect nurturing a kind of criminal intention that is genocidal.” Falk has a long and sordid history of Israel-bashing and anti-Semitism. He alleged Israel may be planning a Nazi-like Holocaust. He justified Palestinian terrorism in terms of “the right of resistance”, adding that suicide bombings were the only way to inflict sufficient harm on Israel so that “the struggle could go on.”
Falk denies that Hamas is a terrorist organization, alleging Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip brought Gaza to “the brink of collective starvation, imposing a “sub-human existence on a people,” and that Israeli policies were “indeed genocidal.”
4. The BDS’s boycott Israel movement–American Studies Association, Roger Waters, United Church of Canada
The whole Arab world is going up in flames and the American Studies Association (ASA) has voted to malign the only true, free society left on the map of the Middle East. This is an act of infamy; not only attacking Israeli academic institutions– but Jews everywhere.
Among Israel’s harshest critics and a leading BDS activist, Waters serially slanders Israel as an apartheid state, compares it to Nazi Germany and denies that the Iranian regime poses any threat to the Jewish State.
As Christians suffer in Syria, ethnic cleansed in Iraq, and threatened in Egypt, The United Church of Canada endorsed the boycott of Israel–the only Middle East state that guarantees full religious freedom and protection to all faiths.
5. Hungary’s Jobbik party
The extreme far-right Jobbik party continues to promote its hatred of Jews. Marton Gyongyosi, the deputy leader of the group, called for a registry of all Jews in Hungary as a security measure last year. Now he has added Holocaust revisionism to his political agenda. “It has become fantastic business to jiggle around with the numbers,” Gyongyosi charged. He also alleges that Israel, “…runs a Nazi system based on race,” and that “Jews are trying to build outside Israel. There’s a kind of expansionism in their behavior.” Turning to the Middle East, Gyongyosi announced a series of upcoming lectures on the “Zionist threat to Peace.”
Rounding out number six to 10 were the “Hitler was a hero” rallying cry; defaming cartoons; the Pine Bush, NY school district; “Color Purple” writer Alice Walker and writer Max Blumenthal; and European sports, with a nod to Parker’s quenelle fiasco.