This week I was heartbroken as Mohsen Yeganeh, a beloved artist in the Iranian community’s song surfaced filled with bigotry, hate, and anti-Semitism. A couple of months ago, when I initially heard he was having a concert in Los Angeles I was so excited and immediately purchased my tickets to his concert, as I was a huge fan of his music.
After I heard the lyrics to his song, Galeye Karkasha, meaning the bevy of vultures I was shocked. Mohsen described the Jews as vultures and depicts Israel as a child-killing nation, flashing misleading graphic images of maimed and dead Syrian children, and burns the flag of Israel in his video.
Lyrics to the song: A flock of vultures arrived (meaning the Jews), looks like they have found new dead bodies. In the name of finding a new home, they suffocated a nation again. Their peace is a symbol, means one million soldiers. Anywhere they see a conflict their zealous weapon is out. They place two triangles on top of one another and they put a new name on the city. They say that they are getting ready for attack near this area, and they moved with happiness. They cut the flowers there with their claws and teeth. People get ready it is too late, the olive garden is dying, pray on Friday afternoon, that your land shall be taken back.
I myself am a Baha’i Iranian who fled Iran shortly after the Iranian Revolution because my family suffered persecution along with other Iranian religious minorities and I am speaking up.
The Persian-American Jewish community is outraged by the anti-Semitic lyrics and propaganda sung by Mohsen Yeganeh.