Anti-Arab sentiment seems to be spreading to all circles in Iran, where such a deep-rooted ugly phenomenon has moved to an honorable profession which is supposed to look into the equality of all human beings and not differentiate between one human being and another on account of reasons of ethnic, sectarian, religious, political or regional differences.
Unusually, an ophthalmologist in the city of Kermanshah, western Iran, put a banner on the door of his clinic where it was written: "We apologize for not accepting Arab patients".
The declaration of the banner starts with a racist poetry piece attributed to the Persian poet Abu Qassem Ferdowsi (935-1020 AD), the author of the Shahnameh poetry book, which says: “after drinking camel milk and eating lizard, the matter reached the level to which those Arabs aspired to possess the crown of a King. Damn, oh time, Damn oh time.” In the middle of the banner there is picture with two figures: on the right is a man who represents the first kings of Persia, relating to the Achaemenid dynasty ruling in Persia from Cyrus I to Darius III (553–330 BC) and behind him there is map, where “Persian Gulf” is written. At the left, there is the image of an Arab man, beside him is a camel with golf clubs on his back and there is written in English “Arabian Golf” rather than “Arabian Gulf”.
There were many reactions to this, which were reflected in social networking pages by Ahwazi Arab activists who understand the Persian language.
This kind of racism is deeply offensive and more so since Arabs have been subject to relentless chauvinistic behavior and the exhibition of racist tendencies that come to light more and more by fanatic Persian national poets, writers or reporters who feel entitled as writers to spew their anti-Arab diatribes publicly as a form of their own work.
Iranians took to the streets in various cities and chanted racist and fascist slogans against Arabs after the regime circulated fabricated news stories of two Iranian youths being raped in Saudi Arabia. The claim was denied by the Saudi Arabia government, and the family of the two youths confirmed that the news was false and baseless.
Despite the clerical regime’s oft-repeated claims to stand for Palestinian freedom, such anti-Arab racism is endemic and encouraged by the regime, with Arabs being commonly referred to in derogatory terms such as ‘lizard-eaters’ and ‘camel’s milk-drinkers’ and depicted as uncivilized barbarians and barefoot nomadic peoples.
These demonstrations by nationalists Persians and Basij forces were held in front of the Saudi embassy. Their fascist Aryan slogans against the Arabs clearly reflected their hostility to the Ahwazi Arabs under occupation of Iran. These same demonstrations are held under the license of the velayat-e faqih system, who falsely claim to support of Arab issues from Iraq to Lebanon. This affects the dignity of millions of Ahwazi Arabs who have been caged under Iranian occupation.
On March 29, 2011 Iranian sites circulated a video of an Iranian poet named Mustafa Badkoobe as he recited a poem in Persian with the title "God of the Arabs", describing the Arabs, he refuses to enter heaven if there were Arabs, and would prefer to go to hell, which deeply angered and insulted the Ahwazi Arab in Al-Ahwaz, as he said that these "Khozaan (Ahwazis) learned the Arabic language and they know that they are not Arab but are actually only Arab-speaking Iranians who should be returned to their origins, the pure Persian race", which was met with encouragement and applause from the Persian audience who share these intolerant and abhorrent views, but was quickly followed by the widespread wrath of Ahwazi Arabs.