The Middle East is a region that remains steeped in superstition. Even those whom many in the West would label as “learned” or “reasonable” people are by no means immune to flights of fancy when it comes to retelling the history of the region or decrying the diabolic powers of Israel.
Such was the case when chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat recently told a room full of international dignitaries that the Palestinian Arabs are a nation dating back over 10,000 years, somehow predating their self-claimed forefather, Abraham.
In a similarly fantastic claim, a professor at Tehran University recently said in an interview with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) that the Jewish state employs sorcery in its conflict with the Muslim world.
The interview started off with Prof. Valiollah Naghipourfar being asked if he believed that jinns (genies, which in Islamic tradition are evil spirits) could communicate with human beings.
Naghipourfar’s response? “Of course, they do it all the time.” Which led to the obvious follow-up: “Can jinns be used to spy on people?”
Naghipourfar suggested that while “some authorities have tried it,” using genies to spy on others is “very dangerous” because “jinns are evil.”
Unless, of course, those trying to use the genies are themselves sufficiently evil and practiced in the dark arts. “You see, Jews have always been associated with sorcery and jinns,” the professor explained.
The interviewer then wonders if it could be that Iran’s “current problems come from sorcery and magic?”
Naghipourfar replied that while certain individuals in Iran could be manipulated by genies, the nation as a whole could not, unlike Israel, which the professor seems to believe has indeed been overrun by evil spirits and their master, the devil.