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June 06, 2016

Harvard Professor is Worried About ‘Jewish Threat’

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Ali Akbar Alikhani, an Iranian academic who is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard University, has warned about the “Jewish threat,” according to Adam Kredo, a reporter for the Washington Free Beacon, a D.C.-based online news media outlet.

Alikhani, an associate professor at the University of Tehran, is currently employed by Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Kredo noted that “Alikhani is a member of Tehran University’s Faculty of World Studies, which is closely tied to the Iranian ruling regime and has supported scholars who espouse the regime’s hardline ideology.”

Alikhani has praised an Arabic language book titled The Jewish Threat-Danger to Christianity and Islam as “strong and good.” In his Farsi language review translated by the Free Beacon, Alikhani said the book should “show the quality and the method of the Jewish threat.” The Harvard scholar also stated, “Considering the practical perspectives of this book, it was expected that the author at least in the areas of thoughts and beliefs, would provide practical and noticeable solutions or reject and refute the foundations of Judaism and Zionism itself.”

Alikhani is not the only academic with ties to Tehran who has been hired by a U.S. university. As CAMERA has noted (“Iranian Agent Hides in Washington Post as U.S. Prof,” Sept. 8, 2015), Seyed Hossein Mousavian, currently a “research scholar” at Princeton University, was previously Iran’s ambassador to Germany in 1992 when Iranian agents assassinated dissident Iranian Kurdish leaders in a Berlin restaurant.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that Alikhani’s scholar’s work hews closely to the Islamist philosophy of Iran’s theocratic, totalitarian rulers and “has been critical of Israel and Zionism.” Despite his ties to the mullahs, the Free Beacon said that Alikhani has written—without a trace of irony—that Israel is “a country that from its inception was based on force, coercion and oppression of others.”

The Free Beacon added that the Harvard staffer’s works have cited Roger Garaudy, a Holocaust denying French academic and Rachid Ghannouchi, “a Tunisian Islamist figure who has promoted violence against Jewish people and heads a group that is accused of having ties to Hamas.” Ghannouchi has been described, as has been his Ennahda (Renaissance) Party, as a moderate in the West, including by The Washington Post (see, for example “Tunisia’s Acclaimed Moderate Islamist Party has Troubling View of Israel,” Oct. 26, 2011). Hamas is the U.S.-designated terrorist organization in charge of the Gaza Strip; its charter calls for the destruction of Israel and genocide of the Jews.

Alikhani has argued that “the Jewish dissidents of Zionism” were actually created by the “Jewish government” in order to “pretend that Israel is a free country.” This conspiratorial thinking is a staple of the Iranian regime. As CAMERA has noted (see, for example “The Media and the Myth of the Moderate Mullahs,” March 2, 2016), current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani—frequently described by news media as a “moderate”—has suggested that the U.S. government was responsible for shooting down United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers fought the hijackers, during the Sept. 11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks.

On May 29, 2016, Hollywood director Steven Spielberg gave a Harvard commencement speech in which he bemoaned the rise of antisemitism. Spielberg told the graduating class, “We must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise. We cannot deny it.” One small but insidious example is Harvard University “scholar” Alikhani.


Posted by SD at June 6, 2016 03:25 PM

Comments

If Ali Akbar Alikhani warned against any other threat, be it Christian, Islamic, Black, the news wires would be humming. Since it's "only" anti-Jewish rhetoric, the academic world applauds. Disgusting !

Posted by: Len Blaifeder at June 7, 2016 09:29 AM

Look how stupid the lying Iranian media is.

http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2015/11/iranian-news-claims-jews-had-advanced.html
Iranian news claims Jews had advanced notice of Paris attacks, just like 9/11
November 15, 2015
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The state controlled Ayatollah media in Iran are racist liars. .
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2015/04/major-iranian-news-outlets-publish.html#.VTPP__nF_lt
Major Iranian news outlets publish updated antisemitic blood libel
April 19, 2015
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What happens to people in Iran who criticize the Ayatollah's?

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/10/27/rouhani-zarif-state-department-human-rightsiran-wins-world-record-for-most-executions-per-capita/
Iran Wins World Record for Most Executions Per Capita
U.N. human rights monitor claims Iranian nuclear deal has not resulted in an improvement on Tehran’s human rights record.
OCTOBER 27, 2015
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Iran loves killing Iranian kids
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/world/middleeast/iran-still-a-leading-executioner-of-minors-report-says.html?ref=world&_r=0
Iran Still a Leading Executioner of Minors, Report Says
By RICK GLADSTONE
JAN. 25, 2016
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The terrorist leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei ordered the bombing of the Israel embassy in Argentina in 94 which murdered 85 civilians.
From the article Alberto Nisman committed suicide? Let’s kill that lie
1/20/2015
http://www.timesofisrael.com/alberto-nisman-committed-suicide-lets-kill-that-lie/#ixzz3PPnZtxUl

The AMIA case was emphatically solved, by Alberto Nisman.

As I detailed Monday, he traced the orchestration of the bombing all the way back to the August 1993 meeting of Iran’s leadership at which it was commissioned, and identified the key conspirators to the satisfaction of Interpol. We know who ordered the bombing — an Iranian government committee headed by supreme leader Ali Khamenei and then president Hashemi Rafsanjani. We know who arranged it — the late and unlamented Hezbollah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh. And we know all about Ibrahim Berro, the suicide bomber who drove the explosives-filled Renault Trafic van into the building on July 18, 1994, killing 85 innocents. All thanks to Alberto Nisman.

Solving the case, I should note, is not the same as bringing the culprits to justice. Despite Nisman’s efforts, the Iranian conspirators have not been indicted, tried and jailed — in good part, he was about to allege, because of Fernández’s duplicity.
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Posted by: Ken Kelso at June 7, 2016 12:08 PM

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