Iran Pushes Anti-Semitic Theories on Coronavirus

Stand for Israel  |  March 9, 2020

Iranian Protesters Clash With Security Forces
TEHRAN, IRAN - JULY 9: A woman protestor stands in front of burning rubbish while wearing a mask on July 9, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Following recent unrest in the wake of the disputed presidental elections, demonstrators were met by force and tear gas rounds fired by Iranian police and Basij as they defied government warnings to stage a march in commeration of the anniversary of bloody student unrest at Tehran University in 1999. (Photo by Getty Images)

As usual, the regime in control of the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed miserably in protecting its people — this time when it comes to the worldwide spread of coronavirus. And as usual, The Jerusalem Post’s Seth J. Frantzman reports, Iran is somehow blaming Israel for its own miserable failure:

Iran’s Press TV, which represents the regime’s English-language propaganda, has been pushing antisemitic conspiracies about the coronavirus to distract from the mullah regime’s mishandling of the pandemic.

On Sunday, Iran’s Health Ministry reported 49 new coronavirus deaths, the highest single-day toll of those killed by COVID-19 in the country since mid-February. As of press time, Tehran has acknowledged 194 Iranians have died from the fast-spreading disease. But observers believe the true number may be far higher.

Over the last several days, Iran has pushed several reports claiming that “Zionists” were behind the coronavirus. Press TV also quoted the same website that was at the center of an antisemitic article from 2017 that claimed “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars.”

On March 5, Press TV claimed that “Zionist elements developed a deadlier strain of coronavirus against Iran.” Although the report claimed to reference a foreign “academic,” it fits the pattern of Iran using foreign experts to give the regime’s own views a patina of authority…

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