An official close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Jews of using sorcery against the Islamic Republic, according to a report on the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)."The Jews have the greatest powers of sorcery, and they make use of this tool," Mehdi Taeb told students at a religious seminary in Ahwaz on April 20.Taeb blamed the Zionists of being responsible for "all the measures that have been brought against" the Islamic Republic. The Zionists made the US, that is "a tool in their hands," impose the strict economic sanctions on Iran, he said.The Zionists, he claimed, also used their magic to try to interfere in the 2009 presidential elections in which they attempted to oust Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."So far, they have not used the full [scope of] their sorcery against us. Sorcery was the final means to which they resorted during the Ahmadinejad era, but they were defeated. This ability of the Jews was eliminated by Iran. Five years ago they tried to oust Ahmadinejad [by this means]," he said.Rasanews.ir, a website associated with the religious seminaries in Qom, posted an article on March 7 that elaborates on the use of sorcery and numerology in Jewish mysticism."The Jews have always tended to resort to divination, [a practice] that has its roots in astronomy, astrology and sorcery, [which they picked up] when they consorted with various peoples in the course of history. They cherished this [knowledge] like a treasure, generation after generation. In most cases, they base their predictions on the holy book [the Old Testament], especially on the book of Daniel, and they create an ideological climate in which the appreciation of sorcery and the yearning for it increase," the article translated by MEMRI said."The [Jewish] people think that ruling over man, nature, and divine traditions can be achieved only by means of sorcery. They believe that it is possible to conquer nature and control the world, and even to control God's decisions, by using sorcery methods…" it continued.