Daily Israel Report

Ahmadinejad Rails at ‘Zionist Medicine’

Ahmadinejad turns his anti-Israel wrath on “Zionist medicine” that has “commercializes and misused pharmaceutical knowledge.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/14/2011, 4:27 PM

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a viral twist (pun intended, ed.), has turned his anti-Israel wrath on “Zionist medicine” that has “commercialized and misused pharmaceutical knowledge,” he told a United Nations agency.

“The Zionist and western capital holders have changed all human and cultural concepts in the world so widely that treatment is completely considered as a business in the world today," Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director, Hassan Abdolrazzaq Jazzayeri, in Tehran on Tuesday night.

The semi-official Fars News Agency reported that Ahmadinejad said Iran’s diverse geography grows more than 7,500 species of plants, claiming that approximately 1,800 of which can be used in medicine.

"We should revive our traditional medicine which is in harmony with our culture and is naturally cheaper and more useful," Ahmadinejad advised.

His statement that “Zionist” pharmaceutical companies “have changed all human and cultural concepts” could be well-received by Israel and most of the world. After all, Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals is the world’s largest manufacturer of generic medicines, helping to lower the cost of medicine. Teva and other local companies, such as Kamada, have pioneered successful new drugs to fight multiple sclerosis, diabetes and other diseases.