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March 5, 2014 0

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

The fol­low­ing is a selec­tion of news reports and com­men­tary from Iran­ian media and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions on devel­op­ments per­tain­ing to Iran. This weekly update includes a sam­pling of pub­lished reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media* as well as rel­e­vant arti­cles from the inter­na­tional press.

Iran­ian Media

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Iranian-made sacks of cement hid­ing Gaza-bound mis­siles.
Source: Israel Defense Force

Assad pays the price for sup­port­ing the Resis­tance*
(Mashregh News Agency – March 5, 2014)

Iran denies any con­nec­tion to recently uncov­ered mis­sile ship­ment to the Gaza Strip by the IDF, and claims, “The weapons ship­ment that the Israeli regime claims to have stopped is not Iranian-built, but rather it is from the Syr­ian armed forces. This issue demon­strates that despite inter­na­tional pres­sures and the trea­son of Arab coun­tries, includ­ing the Pales­tini­ans, Bashar Assad con­tin­ues to sup­port the Islamic Resis­tance [Hamas].”

The gov­ern­ment will not cross the red line/We have been happy with the first steps of the nego­ti­a­tions*
(Mehr News – March 4, 2014)

Pres­i­dent Rouhani affirms that Iran’s nuclear rights will be pre­served and says, “What the Amer­i­cans say is for the pres­sure of their pub­lic opin­ion, extrem­ists and Zionists.”

We are not opti­mistic of the nego­ti­a­tions*
(Fars News Agency – March 4, 2014)

Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Abbas Araghchi claims that, “The prin­ci­ple oppo­nents of the Geneva agree­ment are the Zion­ists and the Zion­ists con­tinue to pur­sue the pol­icy of zero enrich­ment, and if they con­tinue to do this, the agree­ment will fail. You are wit­ness to the influ­ence of the Zion­ist lobby on Amer­ica and its Con­gress, and every time Amer­i­can lead­ers are forced to go along with Tel Aviv and pro­vide comments.”

Leg­is­la­tor: US should pay heavy price for adven­tur­ism against Iran
(Fars News Agency – March 3, 2014)

An Iran­ian mem­ber of par­lia­ment, Moham­mad Esmay­eeli, warned the U.S. that they can­not “attempt their goals by threats” and claimed that the Zion­ist lob­bies influ­ence U.S. statesmen.

Iran raps US human rights report
(Fars News Agency – March 2, 2014)

Iran­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif crit­i­cized the U.S.’s recent human rights report, stat­ing that Wash­ing­ton is respon­si­ble for “mur­der­ing hun­dreds of inno­cent women and chil­dren” and sup­ports the “inhu­mane mea­sures by the Zion­ist regime against the Pales­tin­ian people.”

The Basi­jis await instruc­tions from the leader to lib­er­ate Jerusalem*
(Fars News Agency – Feb­ru­ary 28, 2014)

The Basi­jis [Iran’s vol­un­teer para­mil­i­tary unit] of the Islamic world are wait­ing for the leader’s com­mand to lib­er­ate noble Jerusalem,” said Moham­mad Reza Naghdi, the head of the Basij organization.

Bor­jourdi: Iran will always sup­port the resis­tance*
(Tas­nim News Agency – Feb­ru­ary 28, 2014)

The head of the Iran­ian Parliament’s Com­mis­sion for National Secu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy said dur­ing a meet­ing with Lebanese Prime Min­is­ter Tamam Salam that Iran “will not aban­don sup­port of the Resis­tance and this is a per­ma­nent prin­ci­ple for Iran.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Israel halts ‘weapons ship­ment from Iran’
(BBC – March 5, 2014)

Israeli naval forces board Panamanian-flagged ship in the Red Sea off the coast of Sudan; claims ship­ment of mis­siles were a “clan­des­tine oper­a­tion” by Iran.

Israel seizes ship with mis­siles head­ing from Iran to Gaza
(Ha’aretz – March 5, 2014) Offi­cial video of IDF naval raid.

Iran’s Guard says it has mul­ti­ple war­head mis­siles
(Wash­ing­ton Post – March 5, 2014)

Iran­ian Defense Min­is­ter Hos­sein Dehghan unveiled four new types of bal­lis­tic mis­siles, two of which are equipped with mul­ti­ple war­heads. “These mis­siles are able to hit and destroy enemy tar­gets with pre­ci­sion, and they meet a vari­ety of the armed forces’ needs,” said Dehghan at the unveil­ing ceremony.

Netanyahu warns on Iran, urges no Pales­tin­ian ‘excuses’
(Reuters – March 4, 2014)

Address­ing the annual AIPAC con­fer­ence, Prime Min­is­ter Netanyahu lamented that “lead­ing pow­ers of the world are talk­ing about leav­ing Iran with the capa­bil­ity to enrich uranium.”

Iran cut­ting sen­si­tive nuclear stocks, much work remains: IAEA
(Reuters – March 3, 2014)

IAEA direc­tor gen­eral Yukiya Amano released a state­ment on Mon­day that “As of today, mea­sures agreed under the Joint Plan of Action are being imple­mented as planned.”

Rouhani tells Iran gen­er­als to cut hos­tile rhetoric
(Thom­son Reuters Foun­da­tion – March 1, 2014)

We must be very care­ful in our cal­cu­la­tions. Launch­ing mis­siles and stag­ing mil­i­tary exer­cises to scare off the other side is not good deter­rence, although a neces­sity in its proper place,” Rouhani stated.

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March 1, 2012 1

Attempts to Silence Pro-Israel Voices on Campus Continue

Recent dis­rup­tions of pro-Israel events on cam­pus illus­trate the con­tin­u­ing use of tac­tics intended to silence Israeli voices and the expres­sion of pro-Israel views.
On Feb­ru­ary 27, Stu­dents from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia — Davis chap­ter of Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP) staged a walk­out dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion by for­mer sol­diers who served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). One stu­dent defi­antly stood up and shouted obscen­i­ties at the speak­ers, claim­ing that Israel has “turned the land of Pales­tine into a land of pros­ti­tutes and rapists and child moles­ters,” and harassed the speaker, ask­ing him, “How many women have you raped? How many chil­dren have you raped? You are a child moles­ter.” Dur­ing his out­burst, the heck­ler defended his actions as a free speech right yet noted, “My only pur­pose today is that this event is shut down,” an obvi­ously ironic use of free speech rights.  
SAFE rep­re­sen­ta­tives prior to Feb. 21 walkout
A dis­rup­tion also occurred the next day at UCLA when dozens of SJP mem­bers with duct tape fas­tened to their mouths and signs read­ing “Silenced” walked out in the mid­dle of an IDF soldier’s presentation.
On Feb­ru­ary 21, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from SAFE (Stu­dents Allied for Free­dom and Equal­ity), an anti-Israel group at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity, staged a sim­i­lar walk­out of a speech fea­tur­ing for­mer Israeli soldiers.
While the sol­diers were able to fin­ish their pre­sen­ta­tions in all three cases, these inci­dents illus­trate an unwill­ing­ness by anti-Israel groups and indi­vid­u­als to allow the pro-Israel voice a space to be heard, an unfor­tu­nate posi­tion given that col­lege cam­puses should serve as a venue for the free exchange of ideas, not a place to “shut down” views one may dis­agree with.
The strat­egy first began in earnest in the 2009–2010 school year with loud dis­rup­tions of, among oth­ers, speeches by for­mer Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert at the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago and Israeli Ambas­sador Michael Oren at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine.

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