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September 13, 2015 11:32 am

Social Media Users Mock Iranian President Rouhani’s Rosh Hashanah Greetings

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani posted a Rosh Hashanah greeting on Twitter. Photo: Wikipedia.

Twitter users ridiculed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, after he posted a conciliatory message wishing Jews well for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, celebrated on Monday and Tuesday this week.

“May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect & bring peace & mutual understanding. L’Shanah Tovah. #RoshHashanah,” the Iranian leader wrote on his Twitter page. The message was accompanied by a photo of four Jewish men wearing prayer shawls and holding prayer books while standing near a Torah scroll.

Yair Rosenberg, a journalist for Jewish magazine Tablet, was quick to point out the inherent hypocrisy in Rouhani’s greeting:

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Former British Member of Parliament Louise Mensch said the invocation of the patriarch Abraham in itself was offensive:

 A number of other social media users pointed out that for most Jews, the Iranian regime’s constant threats to destroy Israel would likely not be considered peaceful. Human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky asked if the Iranian leader also hoped for the new year to bring harm to the Jewish state:

Others who commented on Rouhani’s post said his sentiments were simply unbelievable. One Twitter user wrote, “It might be easier to believe you if your Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] didn’t call for Israel’s eradication.” Another tweeted, “Sir, no amount of good will tweets can erase your boss’s antisemitic and Israel intentions.” Yet another called on Rouhani to heed his own message and put a stop to his regime’s threats against its neighbor to the west:

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  • Mark_NYC

    Unless you’re completely cynical about Rouhani’s motivation in making such a Rosh Hashanah tweet (as many of the responders here seem to be, and for understandable reasons) I would suggest that a wise course of action is to treat his comments at face value and see if anything can be done with them. Which is not to say that one shouldn’t be completely realistic about where he may be coming from- e.g. polishing his and Iran’s image with the world and particularly the U.S. people and Congress. After all, talk is cheap. But if it makes sense at all, Jews and Israel might think about how such an ostensible reach-out could be put to profitable use. While keeping our eyes very wide open at all times.

  • ironbutterfly

    FIXED some not appropriate words.
    ============================who else can mock some good sincere intention from Iranian President ?
    Sure, the commenters are all a flock of right wing sheep, who are repeating each other’s slogans. These right wingers will mock anybody, just give them a slightest excuse.
    These creatures all have a specially designed phobia not to trust anybody. Because the “anybody” are all vicious “antisemites”, they are all “lying”, they are all “nazis”…In short everyone who tries to convey a peaceful message to these RIGHT WING Jewz, is A LIAR.
    I’m sure, President Rouhani understand the source of these stinky comments – Radical Right. Not only that, MOST of these commenters don’t even live in israel. They consider themselves “patriotic” “zionists”, not in real, but on PAPER of course.
    Why to be “real” “zionist” if it’s easier to be a fantasising “zionist” in a dreamworld ?!
    NOT a single normal person(aka Labor supporters and sympathisers) , not only wouldn’t comment at all at this article and the original article, but also wouldn’t relate to it.

  • ironbutterfly

    who else can mock some good sincere intention from Iranian President ?
    Sure, the commenters are all a flock of right wing sheep, who are repeating each other’s crap. These right wingers will mock anybody, just give them a slightest excuse.
    These creatures all have a specially designed phobia not to trust anybody. Because the “anybody” are all vicious “antisemites”, they are all “lying”, they are all “nazis”…In short everyone who tries to convey a peaceful message to these RIGHT WING Jewz, is A LIAR.
    I’m sure, President Rouhani understand the source of these stinky comments – Radical Right. Not only that, MOST of these asshole-commenters don’t even live in israel. They consider themselves “patriotic” “zionists”, not in real, but on PAPER of course.
    Why to be “real” “zionist” if it’s easier to be a fantasising “zionist” in a dreamworld ?!
    NOT a single normal person(aka Labor supporters and sympathisers) , not only wouldn’t comment at all at this article and the original article, but also wouldn’t relate to it.

  • Dale K.

    Smile at your face and stab you in the back. Business as usual for the Iranian regime.

  • Theodore L. Crawford

    A spring cannot bring forth both salt water and fresh.

  • There is no shared Abrhamic anything . You are of Ishmael Yes , and Esau , never forget Esau “Jacob have I loved , Esau have I hated while they were yet in Motherswomb ‘unquote .says. God .

  • Mickey Oberman

    I can not respond to this article because I am not a member of Twitter.
    I am offended by Algemeiner accepting this means of coercion to join a social medium.
    I respectfully request that Algemeiner not permit this intolerably deplorable labour union tactic in what until now has been an excellent source of information and opinion.

  • Wonder what Mr Rouhani’s boss said to him?

  • nancy albert

    He was showing respect to Jews. That is not the same as respecting the state of israel. The mockery of his wishes for mutual respect and peace was repugnant. You criticize someone when they say/do something offensive, not when they say/do something nice.

  • We don´t care that your abrahamic roots are not true or that your religion doesn´t share a concept for brotherhood or peace towards other people that are not like you. We only care that you don´t miss a chance to say that Israel must be destroyed.Israel means the People of Israel and its only independent Jewish country.

  • Jews are rude, and disrespectful . Is there any wonder ” WHY ” they have been run out of every country where they have taken residence over the centuries.

  • RobiMac

    To the Gentiles who mess with Elohim’s Holy Days, BEWARE!

    If Rouhani thinks Israel is going to take him seriously, he better get another thought. This same man is a leader of, no doubt, many terrorists groups who call the Jews pigs and must die. I think that Rouhani is as trustworthy as Obama. What he said sounds like something Obama would say.

  • Am I missing something? Rouhani speaks of Abrahamic roots. Since Iran is originally called Persia, I’m not aware of Persians descending from Abraham. So much for earthly connections.

    How about religious or spiritual connection? People speak of the three great Abrahamic faiths, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. However, though Islam borrows from the Hebrew Scriptures, it mixes, matches, misrepresents and distorts the Scriptures as it pleases. Islam and its holy books really have nothing whatsoever to do with Abraham, his faith, God’s election, the covenants God made with Abraham, or the Law God handed to Abraham’s descendants by Moses.

    Is Rouhani speaking as a Muslim, thus presuming to be descending from Ishmael, son of Abraham by Hagar the Egyptian woman – Ishmael being the forefather of Muhammad, an Arab who instituted Islam?

    Indeed, Islam is the anti-Messianic, anti-Abrahamic, anti-Semitic religion, a concoction of devils that any Jew or Christian should be embarrassed to witness being identified with Abraham.

    What Rouhani would perhaps relish is to enslave Jews, but given what Muhammad, the Quran and the Hadiths have had to say concerning the “people of the Book,” I should think he would prefer them beheaded and buried. He, of course, practices Taqiyya, a Muhammadan tactic to deceive infidels (non-Muslims) in order to gain advantage and conquer them.

  • Robert Sklar

    I believe that the proper response is “Thank you for your warm wishes on the New year. Let us look toward better relations between all peoples of all beliefs in the coming year.”

  • enufizenuf

    President Rouhani should undertake a special diplomatic mission, and like Sadat, come to Jerusalem, and make peace. Whether or not the same fate as befell Sadat would await him, who can say? But it’s worth a shot, eh
    Mr. President?

  • yussi

    Phony ..words mean little. Actions speak louder than words.

  • Terryl Delaney

    Hassan Rouhani apparently has a short memory, forgetting the fact that the Jewish people come from the seed of Isaac and Jacob (Israel)the righteous line chosen by G-d. The Arab seed comes from Ishmael a child of Abraham, but a man of the world. Since Iranian leaders have pledged the destruction of Isaac’s seed (Israel and the Jewish people) Rouhan’s greeting is a transparent hypocrisy.

  • Kerry Berger

    Let’s face it Hassan Rouhani has a good team of internet social media propagandists working for him. Nothing less, nothing more.

  • martin

    Oh, Please! Don’t you know he was grinning from ear-to-ear when he wrote that. And all of you got sucked in.

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