Iran Celebrates World Kidney Day

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Inspiration for Iran’s new kidney donation campaign in celebration of World Kidney Day.

Today, March 13, 2008, is World Kidney Day. The US National Kidney Foundation promotes World Kidney Day as part of its ongoing efforts to encourage public education on risk factors for kidney disease, early disease detection, and the role of our kidneys in maintaining overall health. Leave it to the Shi’ite Jihadist State of Iran to come up with its own perversely unique way to “celebrate” World Kidney Day. As reported in Agence France Presse this week,  

…hardline students have offered rewards totaling a million dollars for the “execution” of three Israeli military leaders…The group is even encouraging Iranians to donate their kidneys to increase the bounties on the heads of Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, Mossad spy agency director Meir Dagan and military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin…“These sums will be given to any person or their families who could punish these individuals in any part of the world,” the organizers of the event announced.

These additional details capturing the humanistic sentiments of the initiative’s organizers, consistent with the spirit of World Kidney Day, were provided:  

Pictures taken at the ceremony showed a banner bearing pictures of the three Israelis against the backdrop of an Israeli flag, with rifle sights stenciled onto the foreheads of the trio. “Israel must be wiped off the map,”read a quote from Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini printed on the top of the banner.

Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

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