Nice Conference!
It’s Easy To Achieve.
UPDATE: It’s good to know that sometimes when people call for you destruction, more than just France will stand up for you. (Of course, many used it to point to the issue of Iran’s nuclear capabilities) Here’s some strong words from:
Canada: “We cannot tolerate comments of such hatred, such anti-Semitism, such intolerance. These comments are all the more troubling given that we know of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”(Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew)

EU: “EU leaders … today condemned in the strongest terms the comments in respect of the State of Israel attributed to President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad of Iran…Calls for violence, and for the destruction of any state, are manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community,”

France (again!): “For France, the right for Israel to exist should not be contested. This state was created by a decision of the U.N. General Assembly. International law applies to all. The question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be used as a pretext to put into question the fundamental right for Israel to exist.”

Italy: “The contents and tone of such unacceptable statements confirm worries over the political positions pursued by the new Iranian leadership, especially concerning the nuclear dossier,”

USA: “…underscores our concern and the international community’s concerns about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

The Israelis had tough words of their own, calling for the expulsion of Iran from the UN. Peres noted:

“Since 1945, the establishment of the United Nations, no head of state which is a member of the United Nations ever called for the destruction of another member of the United Nations, publicly and clearly, as the president of Iran did. It is against the charter of the United Nations, it is against the practice of the United Nations, and you cannot have a charter where some of the people are for peace and self-defense and the other half for the destruction of it…We saw already crazy declarations, and crazy appearances in the past, sometimes we did not take it very seriously. But when you see such a crazy declaration being done by an elected head of state, a member of the United Nations, it is unbearable, you cannot remain a member, or you have to change the charter.”

[q to Jewlicious readers, is this true? Has no head of state ever called for wiping out Israel?]

Finally, the fellow Jewlicious loving refers to as ‘the Fat Man’ released the following (excerpted):
“Such a country, in possession of nuclear weapons, is a danger not only to Israel and the Middle East but to Europe as well.”

It’s good to know that when a local bully holds a conference with the theme of ‘Life without You’, someone will get your back. The Iranians sponsored a cute little conference entitled ‘Life Without Zioinism’, where president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had the following kind words:

There is no doubt that the new wave [of attacks] in Palestine will wipe off this stigma [Israel] from the face of the Islamic world…Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury (while) any (Islamic leader) who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging “

Muffti always gets a kick out this kind of thing because it reminds him of an old philosophers trick/joke:

A: I don’t recognize the existence of (fill in the blank, say, the fountain of youth).
B: What thing don’t you recognize?
A: The existence of the fountain of youth!
B: Oh, so you are saying that there is a fountain of youth and you don’t recognize it’s existence?

B, of course, has made A look ridiculous since A is both saying that there is something, and that it doesn’t exist. (Muffti doesn’t endorse this style of argument, of course, at least not as stated).

Well, that’s a little disenheartening. Luckily, someone (rather unlikely) has got Israeli’s back. It’s the French, who have given us great cheese, the Magineau line, a popularization of existentialism, Victor Hugo and so much more! French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said:

We have noted these press articles reporting the comments of President Ahmadinejad. If these comments were indeed made, we condemn them with the utmost firmness.

What a revealing comment! We learn a great deal:

a. The French read the paper.
b. The French don’t entirely trust the press.
c. The French condemn calls to wipe Israel off the map.

Muffti appreciates the gesture. And he hereby calls on his sisters and brothers in Jewlicious to affirm the following:

If we get an honest press report from anyone claiming that France should be wiped off the map, we hereby pledge to condemn that claim with the utmost firmness!

For more see: Jpost and Ha’aretz. For more feel-good quotes from President Ahmadinejad’s speech, seeAl Jazeera.

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