This article was last modified on October 9, 2007.


Iran: Media Blacklist

Repeatedly, people in the media have written that President Ahmadinejad of Iran has called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”. What he said in Farsi (Persian) was : “Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad.” In English, this reads: “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.” Whether they know or not, reporting the mistranslated words as fact helps push an American-Iranian war that would be completely ludicrous.

For more information, see Arash Narouzi‘s article on the matter.

The following is a list of writers and such who have used the phrase, ordered by when they used it. If contacted by me to ask for a correction, I will note this as well. I have placed them in chronological order simply for the sake of organization — I do not mean to imply that those who reported it first are more responsible by being the primary sources or, conversely, that those who reported it months or years later are more responsible for continuing to report a debunked statement as fact.

The original speech was translated into English — incorrectly — by the Iranians themselves, so the blame cannot be passed to American and English reporters who simply took the translation as credible. One would expect that a government agency could at least transcribe their own words properly.

  • Shirzad Bozorghmehr. “Iranian leader: Wipe out Israel”, CNN.Com. October 27, 2005. (“Ahmadinejad quoted a remark from Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran’s Islamic revolution, who said that Israel ‘must be wiped out from the map of the world.'”)
  • Canadian Press. “Iranian TV series show the plight of Jews during Second World War” September 16, 2007. (“Ahmadinejad sparked widespread outrage in 2005 when he made comments casting doubt on the Holocaust and saying the state of Israel should be ‘wiped from the map.'”)
  • Wally Haas. “Israel safe and peaceful? Mostly it is”, Rockford Register Star. September 20, 2007. (“Iran’s president has said Israel should be ‘wiped from the map’ as tensions between the two countries rise.”)
  • D. Parvaz. “Iranian’s visit to U.S. raises offense level”, Seattle Post-Intelligencer. September 21, 2007. (“He’s quoted as saying that Israel should be wiped off the map.”)
  • Lee Bollinger. Remarks to Ahmadinjad at Columbia University. September 24, 2007. (“in October 2005, you said that Israel should be wiped off the map”)
  • AFP (author unknown), “Rice says “travesty” if Iranian leader allowed to visit Ground Zero”, September 24, 2007. (“He has also repeatedly called for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map.”)
  • Bryan Ochalla. “Iranian President Sparks Outrage with Columbia University Speech”, Gay Wired. September 25, 2007. (“In previous outings he has referred to the Holocaust as a myth and also has called for Israel to be wiped from the map.”)
  • Haroon Siddiqui. “U.S. reaction to Ahmadinejad rhetorical overkill”, The Toronto Star, September 27, 2007. (“Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questions the Holocaust and wants Israel wiped off the map.”)
  • David B. Caruso. “Columbia U. President on the Hot Seat”, Associated Press. September 29, 2007. (“hosting a man who has said that Israel should be wiped off the map”)
  • Iraqi Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Quoted in Michael Lando, “We can’t afford another terror state,” Jerusalem Post, October 1, 2007. (“None disagrees that Iran denies the Holocaust and speaks openly of its desire to wipe a member state, mine, off the map.”)
  • Michael Lando, “We can’t afford another terror state,” Jerusalem Post, October 1, 2007. (“Iran is the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism and openly calls for Israel to be wiped off the map”)
  • Ruth Gledhill. “Pope attacks Iran at World Jewish Congress”, Times Online. October 9, 2007. (“shortly after his election in 2005, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be ‘wiped from the map’ and described the Holocaust as a ‘myth’.”)

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