Projecting Israel’s Crimes onto Iran

Quebec member of parliament Irwin Cotler spoke at the Beth Zion Synagogue in Cote St. Luc on 27 February. His purpose was to push the Canadian government to take action against Iran.

“We needed to sound the alarm in what I call the critical mass of threat in Iran: the nuclear threat, the threat of state-sanctioned incitement to genocide, the terrorist threat and the threat of massive domestic assaults,” said Cotler.

The threat of “state sanctioned genocide”? Israel has been doing precisely this against the Palestinian people for the past 60+ years. What “terrorist threat” is Cotler rabbiting on about? The main “terrorists” in Iran that are a “threat” are the Mossad agents. And “massive domestic assaults”? Like the ones being carried out in Israel and the Occuppied Territories by the police/IDF against the Palestinian people?

How can a Zionist ideologue utter such words when they patently ring true of the Jewish state of Israel? Israel is a nuclear weapons state; hence it is – by Cotler’s words – a nuclear threat. Unlike nuclear-armed Israel, Iran is only accused of pursuing nuclear weapons. And as the lawyer Cotler should be aware, there is a presumption of innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Ergo, Iran is charged with wanting to become the threat that Israel already is. No mention was made that all Middle East nations — except Israel — wish the Middle East to be a nuclear weapons-free zone.

Besides, why can Iran not have nuclear weapons? If Israel can have them, why should no one else have them? If an enemy possess weapons superiority,is not the rational decision to at least acquire that level of weapon’s technology?

Cotler used the occasion to gather signatures for a petition that would enable him to speak to the threat of Iran in the Canadian House of Commons.

Cotler pointed to the recent sending two Iranian navy ships through the Suez Canal as a provocation of the so-called international community.

The international community recently – and over the decades has passed numerous resolutions in the United Nations about the scofflaw actions of Israel. Cotler made no mention of Israeli provocation by sending a navy ship through the Suez Canal last year – to the anger of opposition forces in Egypt.

“Iran is … in continuous defiance of the international community,” said Cotler. “In my view, Iran has emerged as the leading threat to international peace and security, to regional and Middle East stability, to Israel and the Jewish people and increasingly and alarmingly so to its own citizens. Putting the warships through the Suez Canal is just one of many instances of threats, provocations and tragically actual actions themselves.”

All this is blatter to anyone who has an iota of knowledge about the Middle East and its history. Iran has in modern history (aside from self-defense against a US-sanctioned attack from Iraq) been a peaceful country, whose people are indigenous to Iran or who have become naturalized citizens of Iran. The Jews of Israel, who Cotler claims are threatened, are on the other hand a violent European invasion force, and are indeed a threat to the indigenous Palestinians – what many state unequivocally to be an ongoing genocide, to which the Gaza massacre in 2008-2009 attests.

“I think Iran is such an international mischief maker whose tentacles reach across the globe,” Cotler stated.

Now if one were to term Israel “an international mischief maker” — whose own tentacles extend across the globe to commit terrorism and assassinations ((Israel has its own Wikipedia page devoted to its assassinations.)) – it would be nauseatingly euphemistic. Cotler’s memory is either too short or too selective. It was only last year that Mossad botched an assassination in Dubai, to add to its other historical bungles in Egypt, Jordan, and elsewhere. Jewish terrorism even went so far as to attempt to scare the purportedly contented Jewish community in Iran to the Jewish state.

While Palestinians – including children and the aged — languish and suffer at Israeli checkpoints, jails, gulags; while Palestinians endure dispossession, home demolitions, military terrorism committed by the apparatchiks of the Israeli state, Cotler had the chutzpah to criticize Iran on human rights. Certainly it appears that Iran leaves itself open to deserved criticism on some human rights issues. However, there is a well known axiom whereby those who commit equally egregious acts or worse should temper criticism of others for the similar acts.

Cotler preached his anti-Iran rhetoric in a Jewish holy house where Jewish supremacists would be enticed by such warmongering. His tirade was is in Canada, a state – so similarly to Israel – that was established through dispossession and genocide against the Original Peoples. Is it any wonder then that the Canadian government and its political parties support colonialism and its violence elsewhere?

If a state is to be morally legitimate, it must exist at the will of its millennial inhabitants; it must exist as a state of all peoples, not exclusively or primarily for a privileged class or race that exploits others. Until a state meets these basic conditions, then all remonstrations against other world states is mere oratorical flatulence.

Kim Petersen is an independent writer. He can be emailed at: kimohp at Read other articles by Kim.

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  1. Ismail Zayid said on March 5th, 2011 at 10:42am #

    Kim Petersen relates accurately and eloquently the audacity and hypocrisy of the statements made by Irwin Cotler. Cotler, audiciously, stands in the House of Commons as the Liberal Party’s critic for human rights. Yet, he devotes his energy to the defence of a state, Israel, that stands in continuing violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people, under illegal occupation for decades, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council reolutions. Its practices are in violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and are defined, by international law, as war crimes.

    Cotler accuses Iran of terrorism , genocide and a nuclear threat to the region and Middle East, and is calling on Canada to take action against Iran. Yet the only state in the Middle East that practices continuously state terrorism, genocide and nuclear threat, is Israel. Terrorism , in the Middle East, was created by Israel and the Zionist terrorist gangs that brought about the creation of the state of Israel, which has never ceased practicing assassination in the area and internationally, let alone a whole variety of war crimes.

    It is time that the Canadian public are made aware of the hypocrisy and threats to peace that some politicians bring about in canada’s name.

  2. jayn0t said on March 5th, 2011 at 11:05am #

    “It is time that the Canadian public are made aware of the hypocrisy and threats to peace that some politicians bring about in Canada’s name”. Yes, that would work on some Canadians. Others would be more influenced by the argument that Cotler is unpatriotic. The same applies to the other Western countries. But the left has difficulty saying this.

  3. MICHAEL said on March 5th, 2011 at 2:16pm #

    Kim Petersen: Saturday,March 5th,201
    Your column,is always interesting and informative.I found, what I
    consider to be note worthy comments.
    “Cotler preached…Jewish holy house…”What better place is there
    to preach hatred than a holy house? Maybe, love/hate relationships
    have something in common with Religious – Church/State relationships.
    The dispossessed Original Peoples (Savages)of the former United
    States of America,now the United America’s,were given Reservations and
    treatise to sign.Little did they know at the time, that “treat” in
    treatise would render entertainment in the form of a casino(s) and be
    very lucrative for them. An aberration?A surprise the Calvery and U.S. Government did not expect -the “Savages” did not vanish.
    This then,might portend future political policy for Empires interested in conquering others.To ensure, a no survival rate.
    As for morality having been,or being a part of either the
    Church/State is suspect, because it involves a reference to right and
    wrong – ethics.
    Thanking you for your attention to this matter, – 2:15 PM

  4. Parviz Mirbaghi said on March 5th, 2011 at 3:04pm #

    It seems to me that Irwin Cotler is an Israel firster in our Canadian parliament. It looks like he gets his marching dicta from Israel, in fact, if I am not mistaken, his braying against Iran is a follow-up echo to sentiments expressed by Netanyahu the day before. It is a tragedy that blind lackeys of Israel are in such high positions here. D.V., their perfidy will become apparent as Canadians are waking up.

  5. 3bancan said on March 6th, 2011 at 8:37am #

    Irwin Cotler is repeating the words and views of the majority of the world Jewry – not only of those in the ME. It’s the countless Jewish organizations all over the world who are aggressively spreading their zionazi hasbara and are gagging, denouncing and demonizing any opposing voice.
    It’s curious how most of the so-called critics of Israel try not to see the power of the Jewish lobby: eg. some week ago I watched George Galloway on Press TV vehemently deny the power of the Jewish lobby in the US.
    Every smoke has its fire:

  6. shabnam said on March 6th, 2011 at 6:31pm #

    Thank you very much for your concern about increasing propaganda against Iran by Irwin Cotler. This kind of analysis is very much needed right now due to increase activities of pro Israel camp against Iran.

    It is necessary to remember that Iran still is very much a targeted country and contrary to the western media propaganda that Iran is “ the winner” of the the Middle East choas, to paint Iran even a bigger threat compare to the past to make people fearful of Iran. We should remember that Iran is under stringent sanctions, threat of nuclear war, targeted assassinations, propaganda campaign worldwide against Iran by Zionist media, FILMS made based on LIES to demonize Iranian people and to construct an environment of fear to form public opinion for a war against Iran.
    Canadian Parliamentarian and Irwin Cotler, released a petition in 2008, entitled “The Danger of a Genocidal and Nuclear Iran” which aimed to demonize Iran in public opinion.
    Irwin Cotler is borrowing the lies of the Iranian ‘opposition’ group to make his propaganda credible. One of the Iranians who lives in the West and now in Canada since he was 8 years of age is Payam Akhavan, an “human rights’ activist who speaks English with British accent. He is an agent of NED and was a board member of “right and democracy” until a few months ago. He also has worked with “Save Darfur” to frame Al Bashir based on ‘genocide’ HOAX in Darfur to send Al Bashir to ICC, but he leaves the main war criminals in Washington, Britain and Tel Aviv alone. This phony “human rights’ activist neither has written one page or one line against Israelis who have committed genocide in Gaza nor against the war criminals in US – Canada – Britain who have committed so many crimes in Afghanistan , Haiti and Venezuela.

    In Canada Colter and other Canadian Parliamentarians formed a coalition in 2009 to go after people who dare to criticize Israel where Colter calls “Anti-Semitism”, to protect Israel from criticism.

    Speaking to a crowd at the Beth Zion Synagogue in Cote St. Luc, MP Irwin Cotler called for immediate action by the Canadian government to combat the increasingly threatening Iranian regime. To frighten the crowd ever further, they included screening of a propaganda film “IRANIUM” based on lies to force the Canadian to accept nothing short of WAR against Iran since nothing can be effective to save western civilization from the Islamic Republic’s ‘nuclear weapons’. Payam Akhavan and other Iranian ‘opposition’ group have not raised their voice against this and other propaganda film which is nothing BUT TO INCITE KILLING IRANIANS.


    This propaganda film is made by the Clarion Fund, founded in 2006 by Raphael Shore, a conservative Israeli rabbi. According to Wikipedia:
    Clarion’s advisory board includes a number of neoconservatives and other militarist policy advocates, including Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy; Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum; Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) and narrator of the Clarion Fund’s Third Jihad documentary; Clare Lopez, executive director of the Iran Policy Committee; Harold Rhode, a former staffer under Douglas Feith in the Donald Rumsfeld Pentagon who serves as an adviser to the Hudson Institute; Ilan Sharon, executive director of Minnesotans Against Terrorism; and Sarah Stern, president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), which has assisted in the distribution of Clarionfilms.

    The Clarion Fund received considerable media attention for its efforts to distribute millions of copies of the DVD version of the controversial short film Obsession: Radical Islam’s War against the West,and for its role in producing the film The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America, released in May 2009. Clarion’s efforts to promote the films led to accusations that the group was violating its tax-exempt status and attempting “to stir up a climate of fear in the United States in the weeks before the presidential election.”
    Clarion Fund is a New York City-based

    In recent years many propaganda films against Iran and Muslim have been made by the Judeofascists and their alley, from Iranian Bahia community. One of these Bahia is Shoreh Aghdashloo, who is the movie’s narrator. She was the main character in another film based on LIES, “the stoning of Sorya M, which was directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, close to war mongers neocons and was also involvement in the controversial docudrama The Path to 9/11.

    Nowrasteh has been a featured speaker and columnist for the Liberty Film Festival, a conservative film festival] which merged in 2006 with David Horowitz’s Center for the Study of Popular Culture (now the David Horowitz Freedom Center) to form a joint conservative film organization.


    Kim: Thank you again for your good analysis.

  7. Rehmat said on March 7th, 2011 at 6:07pm #

    Irwin Cotler is a known Islamophobe and an agent of Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC). He should be ashamed to it was due to bigots like him that Canada failed to get a seat at the UNSC for the first time in UN history.

    Science-Matrix, a Montreal-based data-analysis has published a report on “geopolitical shifts in knowledge creation”, saying “Since 1980, Asia is catching up even more rapidly than previously thought. Europe is holding its position more than most would expect and the Middle East is a region to watch,” according to the report author, Eric Archambault.