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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Iran Global
[Date:] 13 May 2011
Kayhan Newspaper: Mahmoud Abbas is Baha’i of Iranian Descent!
The long-standing generational and family enmity of [people like] the Shariatmadari regarding the Babi and Baha’i religions is not a new story. But what attracts attention these days, is the scope that this enmity is taking on. Now it is affecting politicians in other countries. Today, Mahmoud Abbas is linked to a Baha’i lineage, and we may have to wait for Obama, Clinton, the leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc. to call the dynasty of the Baha’is the ‘false empire of the Kayhan and the Kayhanians’.
On Tuesday, 20 Ordibehesht 1390 [10 May 2011], Hossein Shariatmadari, in a column of the Kayhan newspaper entitled ’Do not write graffiti on this wall!’ he expressed dissatisfaction with the national reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, calling Abu Mazen—Mahmoud Abbas—the president of the self-governing State of Palestine, an impostor and illegal leader. The managing editor of the Kayhan newspaper implicitly criticized the positive reaction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ahmadinejad government and expressed dissatisfaction with the response of Arab world to the agreement. Then, in the style of the Kayhan newspaper, attempted to reveal and expose the missing unspoken link and point of this agreement, which according to the editor of the Kayhan newspaper, is a reconstructed arrangement of the infamous agreement of Camp David and manicured translation of the Oslo Accords. Of course, it is not a secret that the rulers of the Islamic Republic, and especially the Kayhan newspaper, who have a long history of making cases for its opponents, opposed and sabotaged the peace process between Israel and Palestine and between Fatah and Hamas, and are disturbed and worried about the possibility of peace reconciliation between the two Palestinian groups. But it is of interest that the writer of the Kayhan newspaper comes out to reveal this so-called ‘missing link’.
The managing editor of the Kayhan newspaper, which is also under the supervision of Ayatollah Khamenei, while listing the causes of this missing link, has pointed out a previously unexpressed point. It seems that this unspoken point is about the descent of Mahmoud Abbas, from the point of view of the Kayhan newspaper, because according to this newspaper Kayhan’s managing director criticized the Fatah-Hamas national reconciliation agreement, and wrote, “Abu Mazen—Mahmoud Abbas—is a Baha’i of Iranian descent and a descendant of Abbas Effendi, whose family a few decades ago, during the reign of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar and after the defeat of the sedition of the Babis, had migrated to Haifa in Palestine’. The managing director immediately concludes that Israeli officials look at Mahmoud Abbas through the eyes of a friend.
Of course, this is not the first time that Mahmoud Abbas lineage and its relationship to the Baha’is has been written about. In Bahman [January/February] of last year, the Vatan-e Emrooz newspaper, in a report referring to the records of the president of the self-governing State of Palestine, wrote, “On 13 January 2000, Palestinian writer Abdul Qadir Yassin in an article in the Arab Weekly newspaper initiated serious discussion about the nature of Mahmoud Abbas. He wrote, ‘Mahmoud Abbas Baha’i whose real name is Mahmoud Reza Abbas Mirza is of Iranian origin and left the country when the Baha’is were under pressure from the Iranian government. The place of birth of Mahmoud Abbas is also noteworthy. Abu Mazen was born in the city of Safed in occupied Palestine. Safed, after Haifa, is the centre of the Baha’is in occupied Palestine.’”
Additionally, Vatan-e Emrooz newspaper like the Kayhan newspaper has also concluded the previously unspoken point about the Israeli government’s relations with the president of the self-governing State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas. According to the Vatan-e Emrooz and Kayhan newspapers, the reason for the Israeli government’s relationship with Mahmoud Abbas, is that: “Mahmoud Abbas is one of the few Fatah leaders that never was on the terror list of the Zionist regime!”.
Of course, this so-called unspoken point is based on a delusion and the falsehood and suspicion that has been the mastermind of false propaganda since the deportation of Baha’i compatriots to Akko, part of the Ottoman Empire, and it has been the punch line of false propaganda of the custodian of the official religion. In these last thirty-two years of the government of the Islamic Republic, it has been repeated many times. However, a historical look is enough to show that the state of Israel formed more than sixty years after the forced and bloody deportation of Babis and Baha’is to Iraq and Istanbul and Akko, which was part of the Ottoman Empire. The deportation to Akko was also due to the insistence and assertion of the Qajar government, which repeatedly asked the Ottoman government to keep the Babis and Baha’is as far away from the borders of Iran as possible in order to reduce their sphere of influence.
The managing editor of the Ettelaat newspaper, Seyyed Mahmoud Doai, has said that the Kayhan newspaper and its famous managing editor Hossein Shariatmadari are affiliated with the regime and the source of tyranny: Tyranny of lies. It is important to remember that lying is the basis of destruction of a human being.