LA Times Fanning The Flames Of Antisemitism

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There was a tragedy in Iran today, as a historic high-rise caught fire and collapsed, killing dozens of firefighters who were battling the blaze, Iranian news media reported. It is still not known what the cause of the fire was.

But tell that to the LA Times, who judging by the caption to the photo accompanying the story, seem to be implying something.

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The caption reads:

A historic high-rise and symbol of modernity, the 17-story Plasco was built by Jewish plastics tycoon Habib Elghanian.

I cannot find a reason to mention he is Jewish in the caption besides implying his guilt in this affair. And even if that wasn’t the case, mentioning it will certainly help with the proliferation of the usual kinds of conspiracy theories.

The report actually mentions he was executed back in 1979..for guess what.

It also stood out for its builder: a Jewish plastics tycoon, Habib Elghanian, who was executed in the months after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran’s ruling mullahs accused Elghanian, the head of a prominent association of Jewish Iranians, of spying for Israel, which triggered an exodus of Jews from the country.

I’m willing to bet the theory that this “Zionist” somehow rigged the building to kill people will gain traction.

Hat tip: Zion Mike

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A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media