Ahmadinejad Versus Queen Esther

Published: January 11th 2011
in News » Israel

Tomb of Esther and Mordecai

It's no big secret that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has never been a fan of Israel. But now, it turns out that he has no respect for its heritage as well.  The subject this time is the centuries-old, holy pieces of history located in the heart of the Islamic Republic and once again there is "Zionist plot" in the heart of it. Should we all be concerned?


The Iranian government has removed the signs from the tomb of Queen Ester and Mordecai indicating that it a holy place. According to the news agency Fars, Iranian officials have decided to remove the site's holy-place status, as a retaliation due to the so called "Jewish destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (in Jerusalem)," as described by Fars.


The holy site, which is located in the city of Hamedan (derived from the Persian biblical city of Susa), which is in central Iran, has become a pilgrimage site for Jews from all over the world and for Israelis with foreign passports visiting Iran.


The sudden change in Ahmadinejad's attitude towards the holy tomb comes after a demonstration held in Iran. Three weeks ago, thousands of students gathered in Hamedan- which is home to only 50 Jews today- and protested under the title of "Al-Aqsa is in danger", against the Jewish people living in the city. They called the Iranian government for an immediate removal of the tomb's status of a holy place which should be preserved.


"In a time when Israel intends to destroy the mosque," a statement released by the students read, "not a single Iranian Muslim is damaging the tomb of Esther and Mordecai, which are single-handedly responsible for the massacre that killed seventy-seven thousand Iranian in one day". That is a false and fictional accusation, of course. In addition, they have also stated that if there will be damage to the Al-Aqsa mosque, then they will destroy the tomb of Ester and Mordecai, or in their words: "the graves of those two murderers".


In case you wondered, all of this can be traced back to the Iranian president: Ahmadinejad which was the first Iranian official to publicly deny the holocaust, achieved another first recently, by allowing the propagation of the fake "Iranian holocaust" story. According to this invented tale, Esther and Mordecai, whose miraculous rescue of the Jews living within the Persian Empire is recorded in the story of Purim, both were not the victims. Instead, Mordecai was the villain, as he ordered the massacre of more than 70,000 Iranians, or native Persian back then.


Moreover, Ahmadinejad's fictional tale states that the Jewish festival of Purim is in fact a celebration of the so called massacre of Iranian men, women and children. The tradition is celebrated by dressing up as the main characters of the story. The main source behind this fabricated story is a pro-Nazi article published in the 40's in Iran. Although such antisemitic articles almost disappeared under successive Iranian governments, under Ahmadinejad they have returned.


Two days ago, Iran came through for the protesters and as requested removed the signs. From that moment, the site is not under protection and no one makes sure the place won't be vandalised or ruined. "If the Iranians treat in this way the tombs of Jews from thousands of years ago," says a representative of the Jewish Agency, "we wonder how will they treat the Jewish people living amongst them. We are very concerned from the situation of the Jewish community and we are working on all fronts to insure their safety".

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