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IRAN: Hard-line cleric likens protesters to defiant 'Jews,' urges 'quick executions'


A high-ranking cleric close to both supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared to give religious sanction to the killing of opposition supporters in a fiery Friday prayer sermon.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the head of the same hard-line body of jurists and clerics that ratified Ahmadinejad's disputed June 12 reelection, today likened the opposition to Jewish tribes who defied the prophet Mohammad. 

"The prophet Muhammad signed non-aggression pacts with three Jewish tribes," he told government supporters gathered at Tehran University for Friday prayers. "The Jews failed to meet their commitments, and God ordered their massacre."

The octogenarian cleric added that Imam Ali, Mohammad's cousin and son-in-law, "ordered 70 unfaithful Jews murdered" despite his reputation as a kind and compassionate man. 

"When it comes to suppressing the enemy, divine compassion and leniency have no meaning," he said.

Iran's hard-line government, dominated by extremist clergy and the Revolutionary Guard, fears the rekindling of widespread protests coinciding with the Feb. 11 anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution. 

In his Friday prayer sermon Jannati urged judiciary officials to deal harshly with protesters already in custody and praised them for the "quick execution" of two prisoners Thursday

"The judiciary is tasked with dealing with the detained rioters," the bespectacled, white-turbaned cleric said. "I know you well, judiciary officials! You came forward sincerely and accepted this responsibility. You are revolutionary and committed to the supreme leader. For God's sake, stand firm as you already did with your quick execution of these two convicts."

He added, "God ordered the prophet Muhammad to brutally slay hypocrites and ill-intentioned people who stuck to their convictions. Koran insistently orders such deaths. May God not forgive anyone showing leniency toward the corrupt on Earth."

Jannati's rhetoric resembles that of the early years following the revolution, when hard-liners put thousands of government opponents to death. The difference now is that such executions are met immediately by acts of defiance. 

For example, after 20-year-old Arash Rahmanipour was put to death Thursday, both his father and lawyer, over the media, began denouncing the execution as unjust.

In an extraordinary interview with English-language Al Jazeera International (throughout the clip above), Rahmanipour's father said he refused to accept condolences over his son's death, only congratulations, as his son had died a martyr for the cause of Iranian democracy, according to reporter Dorsa Jabbari. 

Indeed, despite his gory rhetoric and bravado, Jannati betrayed the government's immense fears and insecurities before an opposition movement it has failed to stamp out after nearly eight months. 

"Any time we show laxness we will suffer blows," he said. "We will face a worse future if we show weakness today." 

-- Los Angeles Times

Photo: Ayatollah Ali Jannati. Credit: AFP. 

Video: Al Jazeera English report. Credit: YouTube

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The Koran was written by men who had split personality. On one hand talks with good values and on the other hand talks hate against Christians and Jews.
Mohammed was told religion by his Sister in law who was Christian and in his crazy mind he was convince he was the next messiah when the Jews in Mecca rejected him he orders his followers to pray towards the Kabbah in Mecca and not to Jerusalem. The Kabbah which really is a follen meteorite was circled by Pagans at the time who did not know was a meteorite and thought that a fallen rock with fire must of came from haven. Mohammed adopted this pagan ritual as part of Islam 5 rituals. Islam is a fraud. And that is why they are very strict about ordering fatwa for killing anyone who speaks the thruth about it. Mohammed was dilutional, who's movement today would have been call a Cult. Even the original Koran says that he died I went to heaven but it does not say from where. But later the story was changed to indicate that he went to heaven from Jerusalem. Another lye. The not allowed anybody to question Islam to protect it against the truth.

Regligion is poison

There is your proof, world, that Islam is a violent religion after all. How many deaths did Moses order? How many deaths did Jesus Christ order? How many deaths did Buddha order? And here you have an ayatollah saying that killing of innocents is ok, because they are voicing disagreement with the system of government that unjustly rules over them.

Islam is not a religion of peace. Stop trying to be so politically correct when it comes to this topic. If Obama had balls, he'd stop all diplomatic contact...whether direct or indirect, with this regime. Russia won't agree to more Iran sanctions? Then put sanctions on them. Same goes for China. Their country would fall in 1 week if Americans stopped buying their products. Sure, american prices would go up until people relocated to other countries for cheap labour...but the Chinese would never let it get to that because it would hurt them far too much.

Khomeini himself, like Khamenei and this Jannati, today was a bastard traitor a puppet of NATO and a mass-murderer. An illegitimate son of an Indian mullah in Kashmir he was recruited as an MI6- Ring-Leader of British Intelligence service Team of Spies in 1950 established an MI6 nest in Iran called "the gang of Assassins of “Fadayyan Esalm”-a branch of the Egyptian “Moslem Brotherhood", also established by MI6 to oppose the Naserian Nationalism in Egypt and the Nationalization of the Suez Canal.

These mass murderers never hide their intentions of taking over the world by force.
They founded the Islamic terrorism network as soon as they came to power, now expanded throughout mid-east, parts of Africa, East Asia, Southern America and even some Muslim youth in Europe.
We didn't stop them when they massacred thousands of their opposition in 1981, when they hanged 4000+ political prisoners in 1988 (, when they assassinated 200 Iranian democracy activists around the world, publicly issued death sentences for writers in other countries.
The later we stop them, the heavier will be the cost for civilized world. How many millions of lives would have been saved if Nazis were stopped during Spanish civil War?

"God ordered the prophet Muhammad to brutally slay hypocrites and ill-intentioned people who stuck to their convictions. Koran insistently orders such deaths. May God not forgive anyone showing leniency toward the corrupt on Earth." What a stark contrast between the teachings of Islam, (i.e. Koran, Prophet Muhammad) and the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, (i.e. Gospels, Christianity) "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Matt.5:3-11) "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven (Yahweh,God,Allah). Or how about this quote: "Do not judge or you too will be judged, for in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use it will be measured to you." (Matt. 7:2) I think the teachings of Islam is so much alike the teachings of Judaism, "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."

What type of religious leader calls for people to be put to death? I've never heard of such a thing. We have Pat Roberts and they have Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati.

Hey conservatives remember when you emboldened these monsters power because Saddam was a bad boy and so terrible! .. well of course you take no responsibility and don't care that you up to the neck in peoples blood...because Iraq is now run by Shiite's like in Iran!
Maybe it helps if you have an ignorant mind discussion with them and I am sure they will listen to you!

Hey, Anna. You right-wing, reactionary moron! The Shah was thrown out of Iran by an internal revolutionary movement that was led by Islamic extremists, not by "lefties". The Shah lost support of the US government because his position had become totally untenable. And that was his fault, because he had ignored the behavior of his secret police for too long. Stop blaming your fellow American citizens for everything that's wrong with the world and act as though you've occasionally read a newspaper.

What a prince of a guy and such a great role model for the youth of Islam. This is why the western world is having so much trouble accepting Islam as a legitimate faith. It appears to be all about vengeance and retribution. And don't forget those pain-in-the-ass Jews. Oy. Oh, can't let them live, either. Just makes me want to reach out and choke the life out this idiot. The irony is that man probably thinks that his remarks make him look more holy.

This Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati is one sick human being who shows nothing of the mercifulness of his God. He too will one day get his hearing before Him and then he can explain himself on why he said these things - which are nothing than the words of self-preservation of an establishment that has lost its connection with the people.

"...defiant Jews."

1)Religion is stupid.
2)This particular religion is at the top of stupid

He needs to be executed, perhaps by dog mauling or overdose of pork.

And the point is...? Many christians in this country would do the same thing to anybody who disagrees with them. History repeats itself: RELIGION KILLS

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati and thinkers like him need to die already so everyone else can live a better life. Historically, throughout the evolution of human society religion has always been the reason wars were fought. Nothing has changed. Religion is the problem here, not small minded people who can't think for themselves and follow blindly without question.

Well its official, Iran just knocked Somali out of the number one spot on my list of worst places in the world to live.

Hey liberals.. remember you got these monster in power because the Shah was a bad boy and soooooooo terrible!.. well of course you take no responsibility and don't care that you up to the neck in peoples blood...
Maybe it helps if you have a bleeding heart discussion with them and I am sure they will listen to you


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