Despite being in a profession with a large number of Iranian colleagues, I have never been able to understand Iranian politics... perhaps because Iranian expats don't understand it either and that's why they're here. When the Shah and his highly westernized culture (arguably an American puppet whose power depended on CIA support) was overthrown by Islamists, a discontinuity in Iranian politics and culture occurred that is still being sorted out. Remember that Iran is the only major Shiite nation (perhaps Iraq will be one some day, but today is not that day), Persians amid a vast Sunni Arab hegemony. Perhaps they feel that they have to present themselves as more Arabic than the Arabs, more Muslim than the Sunnis, and the way to do that is to be really, really antisemitic, in contrast to the many Sunni countries that have (or had until recently) peace treaties with Israel. If you find someone who can answer your question, please report back and let us know. Of course not. But that still leaves "much of the world" (my exact words) to hate Jews and Israel. BTW, Nigeria has the fourth largest Muslim population on earth, and last time I checked it was in Africa. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh are the top three, and none of the four are Arab nations.