Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi used his years at the helm of the Astan Quds Razavi Foundation to help spread anti-Jewish conspiracy theories in Iran, writes Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, for Newsweek.
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a 19th century forgery by Russian intelligence services, was designed to scapegoat Jews for the empire's hardships. It has since fueled more than a century of hate.
The Protocols has catalyzed antisemitic harassment, assaults and pogroms, and helped lay the groundwork for the Holocaust. For over a century, the Anti-Defamation League and other experts have warned that The Protocols are nothing but venomous lies and antisemitic conspiracy theories.
And Iran's President-Elect, Ebrahim Raisi, played a hands-on role in promoting The Protocols as part of a sustained campaign to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish people.
This information, which the ADL recently uncovered, is deeply relevant as the world considers whether to return to the Iran deal and what would constitute a "longer and stronger" accord. Raisi's track record shows us that an obsessive hatred of the Jewish state is not an abstraction but a major feature of his career.
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