A reaction to the flotilla, or obvious Anti-Semitism?
Today, Wednesday June 30th, the president of Iran, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, signed on new legislation that will prohibit the broadcast of advertisements by companies with a “Zionist slant” in the Islamic state. The list of the banned organizations is comprised chiefly of international companies, most of which are American, that are owned by Jews or have operating branches in Israel. Among other companies, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Intel, IBM will be affected by the new legislation.
This decision is founded in and legitimized by the Iranian “Palestinian Support Act”, and embodies the opposition towards Israel, their seizure of the Turkish flotilla, and their blockade of goods into Gaza.
The new legislation requires numerous representatives from governmental offices to establish a committee that will officially define which products currently sold in Iran are “Zionist” products. This committee is also required to identify the first and last names of big-wigs in these companies, blacklisting them in a more personal way. This move by Iran falls in suit with another parliamentary decision recently passed in the effort to isolate Israel from the world. Among other things, the Iranian parliament intends to submit a proposal to the United Nations and in International Forums, including the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Arab League, that Israel be boycotted entirely. This new legislation includes a clause which requires the Office of the Exterior in Tehran to issue a certain number of yearly reports on the progress of the boycotting efforts, beginning today.
Disregarding Iran’s previous efforts to injure Israel, today’s decision may have been passed in response to the tightening of sanctions on Iran in the heated debate regarding the country’s attempts to develop nuclear weapons. The law, however, will resonate strongly within Iran’s borders with the intention of increasing national support for the Palestinian cause.