Wednesday, February 08, 2006


It's not just the loons at MPAC who haved convinced themselves that the furore over the Jyllands Posten cartoons is a great big Zionist conspircay; Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei feels the same way. From Yahoo! News:
Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday accused Western newspapers of an Israeli conspiracy for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iranian air force personnel the drawings were particularly scandalous as they came "from those who champion civilization and free expression."

The caricatures have roiled the Muslim world, touching off demonstrations, boycotts and attacks on European embassies.

They were first published in Denmark in September and then reprinted recently by numerous European newspapers in the name of free speech.

"The West condemns any denial of the Jewish holocaust, but it permits the insult of Islamic sanctities," Khamenei said.

The cartoons have offended many Muslims because Islam is interpreted to forbid any illustration of the prophet and because several drawings depict Muhammad as a man of violence.

The caricatures amounted to a "conspiracy by Zionists who were angry because of the victory of Hamas," he said, referring to the Palestinian militant group that won a surprise landslide victory in last month's elections.
Interesting history lesson there. When were the cartoons first published? Why were they repubslished? Perhaps the supreme leader could ponder those two questions and get back to us.

In other news, it looks like the source behind MPAC's Zionist conspiracy claim was none other than a website linked with David Irving. Intrepid blogging detective The Maven broke the story yesterday.

Spot the difference: Irving above, MPAC below.

This isn't the first time MPAC have been guilty of publishing material found on far right websites.

At a public meeting last December, they apologised and blamed it on a shortage of properly trained staff. They vowed it would never happen again. Their words are meaningless.


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