Iran's Jewish spy trial resumed in Shiraz Sunday, with two more of the 13 suspects appearing before the bar. According to Reuters, the total number of suspects admitting to the charges brought against them is now seven. In the meantime, the media and State Department officials in the U.S. are raising an absurd, racist tempest over the spy trial in Iran. Editorials in the major U.S. newspapers are openly denouncing the trial, suggesting that Iran cannot be trusted in matters of justice. On May 4, a Boston Globe published an editorial titled, "Iran's show trials" and said,
"In a state based on a genuine rule of law, innocent citizens are not accused of preposterous crimes in order to make a political point. But that is what has happened to the accused Jews in the city of Shiraz.
"If the democratic powers are serious about human rights and the rule of law, they will make it plain to Iran's hardliners that they will have to pay a high price for any injustice done to the 13 scapegoated Jews of Shiraz."
The following day, May 5, a San Francisco Chronicle called it "A Sham of a Trial in Iran," raising the question, "Why would those accused confess if they weren't guilty?" It argued that the "victimized Iranian Jews" are being "subjected to the anti-Semitic slur of mixed loyalties."
The Providence Journal (May 5) editorial titled "Injustice in Iran" began its harangue as follows: "An outrageous mockery of justice is unfolding in Iran, with chillingly anti-Semitic overtones. Those in the United States who have even the slightest influence on Iran . . . must not let this pass without rebuke." Many similar editorials and articles have appeared in the Washington Post and other newspapers, as well.
In the meantime, on May 5, Madeline Albright warned Iran on the trial the Jewish spy suspects, saying ``what happens in the trials of the 13 Jews will have repercussions everywhere.'' She assailed anti-Semitism as ``a recurring curse,'' suggesting the Iranian trial must be an instance of this curse. Earlier, a State Department spokesperson criticized Iran's decision to try the Jewish suspects.
Briefly, the U.S. newspapers and the State Department are crying "anti-Semitic" to influence Iran's trial of its Jewish citizens who may have committed treason against the state. They are acting as if individuals who happen to be Jewish are incapable of committing such a crime.
Note that there are two kinds of historical anti-Semitism--one directed against the Jews and the other, against the Arabs. If the anti-Jewish anti-Semitism has history of about 3,000 years, the Anti-Arab/Muslim anti-Semitism has a history of no less than 1,000 years, since the Crusades. But because of the horror of anti-Jewish anti-Semitism in the heartland of Europe during World War II, and because of the meteoric rise of Zionism as a political ideology over the 20th century, the discourse of the anti-Arab/Muslim anti-Semitism has been relegated to the background. Now, to the Europeans and their American progenies who feel guilty about their ancestral crimes, anti-Jewish anti-Semitism is the only "cry" in town. For them, it has become a complex of colossal absurdity: Jews can do wrong because they were victims in the Holocaust.
This complex coupled with the Zionist political influence explains the 30 or so U.S. vetoes to U.N. decisions against Israel's excesses in occupied Palestine. This is also what explains the current barrage of absurd criticism of Iran's trial of alleged Jewish spies for Israel.
The spy suspects in Iran have illegally traveled to Israel occasionally or regularly. Yet, the U.S. State Department officials and media progandists would not even harbor a doubt that the charges brought against them have a possibility of being true. As far as they are concerned, the case against the accused is false or weak because some of the accused have denied it and because "Israel emphatically denies" it. Yet there are a plenty of charges and proofs that Jewish individuals have spied for Israel in other countries including Canada, France, and the U.S.
Former Israeli intelligence official have described many of these operations in two books: By Way of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer and The Other Side of Deception: A Rogue Agent Exposes the Mossad's Secret Agenda.
Another example is the story of the American Jew Jonathan Jay Pollard who is serving a lifetime prison sentence in North Carolina for selling classified intelligence documents to Israel. About 10 years ago, shortly before a federal judge handed him the sentence, Pollard made an impassioned plea for mercy: "I broke faith . . . I should have recognized the infectious nature of an ideology, Zionism."
Pollard admitted that he was recruited by Israel in 1984 and he passed along 800,000 pages of classified documents until November 18, 1985, when he was arrested. Israel paid Pollard more than $45,000 in cash for the stolen documents and promised to deposit for him at least $300,000 more in a Swiss bank account.
Caspar Weinberger, the defense secretary during 1985-86 when Pollard was arrested and sentenced to life in prison, wrote a 40-page memorandum to the judge, detailing how badly his espionage had hurt the United States. He said, "It is difficult for me . . . to conceive of a greater harm to national security than that caused by the defendant in view of the breadth, the critical importance to the U.S. and the high sensitivity of the information he sold to Israel." After a decade of denials, the Israeli government recognized Pollard as an Israeli agent and pleaded for his clemency. The Israeli government and its U.S. backers are still absurdly lobbying for his release.
More recently, U.S. mole hunters ejected a young American Jew from CIA for allegedly showing more loyalty to Israel than the U.S. It is the U.S. that has provided vital support for the state of Israel ever since its birth. Even today, Israelis receive $2,500 per capita annual aid from the U.S. despite having their own annual per capita income of about $20,000. The poor of Africa receive on only $1.7 annual per capita U.S. despite having less than $300 annual per capita income. Even then, if the American Jewish individuals can spy on the U.S. for Israel, it is more likely that Iran, which the Zionist State recognizes as enemy number one, will attract more of spies for Israel. The Los Angeles Times published a report on Sunday regarding a case in which ADL (Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'Rith) has been fined more than $10 million for defaming a family by calling them anti-Semitic. Unfortunately, Iran now does not enjoy a relationship with the U.S. that would allow the Iranian government to sue its character assassinators, even though it has shattered the Western mythology that Islam and democracy are incompatible. Remember 30,000 Jews in Iran have a representative in the Iranian parliament, while 8 million Muslims have none in the U.S.
In these circumstances, the least we can to do is recognize the fallacy of the U.S. media and government officials who are bashing Iran as part of a sinister campaign to isolate the Muslim nation. We must speak out loud against their racist propaganda.