Ahmadinijad called Zionism a "cancerous tumor" and Israel an "insult to all humanity." Khamenei repeated the sentiment, saying "the big powers have dominated the destiny of the Islamic countries for years".and installed the Zionist cancerous tumor in the heart of the Islamic world."
He added that "Zionism will disappear from the map." Indeed it will one day by self-destructing.
Speaking uncomfortable truths and confronting abusive power draws rebukes. Through his spokesman, Ban criticized "offensive and inflammatory statements." US and EU officials called them "hateful."
They accurately reflect the region's real existential threat along with America's imperial presence.
On August 19 during Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of Ramadan, Khamenei addressed worshipers at Tehran University. He urged world Muslims to remain vigilant. He discussed anti-Islamic conspiracies, saying:
"The issues of the Muslim world at the current juncture are unprecedented ones. These developments that have occurred in the Muslim world are peculiar, shocking and determine the course of the Muslim Ummah in the future."
He called America and Israel enemies of Muslim nations. He cautioned against erroneously misunderstanding their intentions. He expressed hope that Muslim countries follow "proper measures."
He said a new era had begun. Muslim states are experiencing "a new situation. It will affect other nations worldwide." He supported Palestinian resistance. He called their struggle "fundamental and important" for world Muslims.
Like Ban, The New York Times represents imperial interests. It's more voice of America than legitimate news and information service. On August 22, it headlined "UN Visit Will Set Back a Push to Isolate Iran," saying:
US and Israeli efforts "to isolate Iran suffered a setback" when word came Ban will attend. Iran "trumpeted" his coming "as a vindication of its defiance and enduring importance in world affairs."
According to US-based independent Iranian scholar Farideh Farhi:
"The extraordinary effort that the Iranian leaders have put into the summit is intended to showcase Iran's global role and offer concrete evidence that the US policy of isolating Iran has failed."
"A case is being made that it is not the "global community' that has problems with the Islamic republic, as repeatedly asserted by U.S. officials, but merely a U.S.-led-and-pressured coalition of countries."
"And ironically the Obama administration is conceding the point by trying to pressure various leaders from attending the meeting."
Reacting to Ban and Egyptian President Morsi's announced attendance, Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev conceded: