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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

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Islamic Congress Denounces National Post Story On Proposed Iran Dress Code

The Canadian Islamic Congress has denounced as "blatantly false and incompetent" a National Post column by London-based commentator and Iranian exile Amir Taheri that ran on Friday (May 19). In it, Taheri claimed Iran had passed laws that would soon require non-Muslims -- especially Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians -- to wear identifying colours or badges.

Based on Taheri fabrication the National Post front page story on May 19, 2006 was "IRAN EYES BADGES FOR JEWS" with a front page photo of "A Jewish couple wear yellow stars in the Budapest ghetto in 1944."

Tehran denounces `baseless' report

No plan to ID non-Muslims
Story `a sheer lie,' legislator says
May 20, 2006. 01:00 AM

Iranian legislators condemned as an insult yesterday a suggestion in the National Post that they would require Jews to wear a yellow patch on their clothes.

"Such a plan has never been proposed or discussed," Iranian legislator Morris Motamed, one of 25,000 Jews living in Iran, told The Associated Press.

"Such news, which appeared abroad, is an insult to religious minorities here."

Legislator Emad Afroogh said the Post story distorts a bill he presented to parliament calling for Muslims to dress conservatively. It seeks to have women avoid Western fashions, he said.
"It's a sheer lie," Afroogh said of any suggestion of minority tags. "There is no mention of religious minorities and their clothing in the bill."

In a front-page story, the National Post reported yesterday that the Iranian parliament, or Majlis, passed a law Monday requiring Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges.

The story drew worldwide reaction. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has previously labelled the Holocaust a myth and called for the destruction of Israel.

"Unfortunately, we've seen enough already from the Iranian regime to suggest that it is very capable of this kind of action," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters at Meech Lake, Que., where he was meeting Australian Prime Minister John Howard, before it became clear the Post story was wrong. "It boggles the mind that any regime ... would want to do anything that could remind people of Nazi Germany."

The head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, which champions Jewish interests worldwide, immediately wrote UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
"Now is the time for the United Nations and the international community to launch an immediate investigation," Rabbi Marvin Hier wrote Thursday after the Post showed him an advance copy of the story. Hier told the Toronto Star yesterday he had not been able to verify the information.

"We're looking into it," Annan's spokesperson in New York also said, "and we haven't got anything solid."

In a phone interview from Tel Aviv, Israeli commentator and Iranian exile Meir Jawadnafar angrily dismissed the story as "baseless." Toronto-based Iranian blogger Hossein Derkhshan said he could find no evidence of any such plans.

Repeated calls to Post editor-in-chief Doug Kelly went unreturned. The paper's website ran a story headlined "Experts say report of badges ... is untrue."

The front-page story said the law requiring the badges passed. The information apparently came from a column inside the paper saying something different by London-based commentator and Iranian exile Amir Taheri. The Majlis gave itself the mandate Monday to create standardized Islamic garments by next fall, Taheri wrote.

"Religious minorities ... will also have to wear special insignia, known as zonnar, to indicate their non-Islamic faiths," he wrote without naming a source or saying it was part of the law that passed. Jews would wear yellow, Christians red and Zoroastrians blue, he said, to allow Muslims to avoid shaking hands with non-Muslims and becoming najis, or unclean.



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