In blatantly anti-Semitic speech, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi
condemned the "Zionists" and the teachings of the Talmud for "inciting global drug trade and addiction in a bid to annihilate non-Jewish communities," Iran's
Fars News Agency reported Wednesday.
Rahimi, who spoke during a ceremony marking International Day against Drug Abuse held in Tehran on Tuesday, said that it is, in fact, the Talmud,
which is a central text of Judaism,
that "teaches (Zionists) how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother."
The Jews' direct involvement in the global drug trade "is why you cannot find a single addict among the Zionists," he stated."
Rahimi then added that the Talmud teaches Jews to think that "God has created the world so that all other nations can serve them… But there is a difference between Jews who honestly follow the prophet Moses and those (who are) the main elements of the international drugs trade."
"The Islamic Republic
of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict," Rahmini said. "They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade."
Iran, he noted, has suffered great losses in its fight against drug abuse:
"We could receive money and allow drug cargos to pass through Iran as a transit route and end up in the western countries without leaking into the Iranian society, but our religious teachings do not allow us to do so because paving the ground for the transit of narcotics to the other countries is against ethical codes."
According to the New York Time, European diplomats attending the ceremony were stunned at the exceptionally blunt accusation – even from an Iranian politician.
The newspaper's sources said that even Iranian participants "privately wondered at their government's motive for allowing such a speech."
"This was definitely one of the worst speeches I have heard in my life. My gut reaction was: Why are we supporting any cooperation with these people?” a European diplomat told the New York Times.
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