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August 15, 2014 5

Iran Holds Gaza Exhibition, Cartoon And Caricature Contest

Iran’s House of Car­toon, a pro­fes­sional artist guild spon­sored by the munic­i­pal­ity of Tehran, announced the open­ing of an inter­na­tional car­toon con­test on the “Israeli war on Gaza,” which has drawn sub­mis­sions from artists around the world of car­toons and car­i­ca­tures with anti-Semitic and Holo­caust imagery.

The exhibit, called Inter­na­tional Gaza Car­toon Exhibit 2014, will run from August 12 to August 28 at the Pales­tine Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in the Iran­ian capital.The exhibit is also pro­mot­ing  and fea­tur­ing a car­toon and car­i­ca­ture com­pe­ti­tion, dubbed “From Adolf Netanyahu to Ben­jamin Hitler,” that will award cash prizes for the best depic­tion of Israel’s mil­i­tary offen­sive against Hamas tar­gets in Gaza. Accord­ing to Masoud Sho­jaei Tabatabaie, the direc­tor of the House of Car­toon, the com­pe­ti­tion has received sub­mis­sions from a num­ber of coun­tries, includ­ing Brazil, Cuba, Lebanon, Ger­many and Spain.

The House of Cartoon’s announce­ment said that the car­toon por­tion of the con­test will focus on four sub­jects: “Silence of Media and Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tions, Geno­cide and Killing Baby in Gaza [sic], Trea­son and Accom­pany of Arab League, Great Satan (USA).” In addi­tion, there will also be a car­i­ca­ture con­test with themes such as “Adolf Netanyahu!” and “Ben­jamin Hitler!” as well as car­i­ca­tures of world lead­ers Iran­ian lead­ers have accused of tak­ing Israel’s side in the Gaza con­flict, includ­ing King Abdul­lah of Saudi Ara­bia, Fran­cois Hol­lande of France, David Cameron of Britain, and Angela Merkel of Germany.

First prize for the best car­toon and car­i­ca­ture will be an award of $1,500, fol­lowed by $1,000 for sec­ond place, and $700 for third.

Among the car­toons sub­mit­ted and pub­lished on the House of Cartoon’s web­site are car­toons equat­ing Israelis to Nazis and Israel to Nazi Ger­many. Images invok­ing the clas­sic anti-Semitic canard of a blood libel, includ­ing depic­tions of Israel and Israelis as blood-sucking insects or ani­mals attack­ing Pales­tin­ian chil­dren, are also preva­lent in the exhibit. Car­i­ca­tures fea­tured in the exhibit include images of Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Netanyahu wear­ing a swastika arm­band and images of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama aid­ing Israel in killing Palestinians.

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Sub­mis­sion from Bangladesh

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Sub­mis­sion from Iran

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Sub­mis­sion from Iran

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Sub­mis­sion from Brazil

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Sub­mis­sion from Turkey

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June 10, 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

Rouhani: Iran, Turkey share view­points on lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine, Holy Quds
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence while on an offi­cial visit to the Turk­ish cap­i­tal, Pres­i­dent Rouhani said, “I am con­fi­dent that the two coun­tries (Iran and Turkey) have com­mon views on issues related to Iraq, lib­er­a­tion of the Holy Al-Quds and the return of the Pales­tini­ans to their homeland.”

IRGC Com­man­der: World pow­ers attempt­ing to weaken Iran but in vain
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

IRGC Com­man­der Hos­sein Salami claimed dur­ing a speech in the west­ern city of Ker­man­shah, that due to Iran’s resis­tance, the “enemy is now with­draw­ing” from its pre­vi­ous posi­tions of threat­en­ing Tehran.

Deputy FM: Iran ready to remove G5+1’s “Right­ful Con­cerns”
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

In a meet­ing with the Croa­t­ian deputy for­eign min­is­ter, Iran­ian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Morteza Sar­madi said, “The Islamic Repub­lic of Iran is ready to remove the legit­i­mate con­cerns of the other side.” Sarmadi’s state­ment came after the lat­est round of bilat­eral meet­ings between Iran­ian and Amer­i­can negotiators.

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Ali Fazli

Com­man­der sees Per­sian Gulf as bat­tle­field of pos­si­ble Iran-US war
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Lieu­tenant Com­man­der of the Basij Forces Ali Fazli said in a speech at the port city of Ban­dar Abbas that “The US has always tasted defeat and with­drawal in the Per­sian Gulf’s waters and has directly wit­nessed the brav­ery and prowess of the Mus­lim fight­ers; there­fore, it hasn’t and doesn’t dare even to leer down the Islamic Iran’s holy borders.”

Pales­tin­ian groups’ unity is tac­ti­cal; the future is the con­tin­u­a­tion of resis­tance*
(Basij News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Mehdi Shak­ibai, an expert on Pales­tin­ian and Lebanon, wrote an op-ed explain­ing what the Hamas-Fatah rec­on­cil­i­a­tion agree­ment and the new Pales­tin­ian gov­ern­ment means in regards to Israel: “The future is still the con­tin­u­a­tion of resis­tance and jihadist groups in Pales­tine, which are a cause for fear and anx­i­ety to the Zion­ist regime in the region, and it may be pos­si­ble to see with this rec­on­cil­i­a­tion agree­ment the return of Hamas’s pres­ence in the West Bank, and this prospect has made Israel very worried.”

Israel and Amer­i­can were the losers of the Syr­ian elec­tions*
(Basij News Agency – June 10, 2014)

While vis­it­ing the port city of Chaba­har, head of the Basij orga­ni­za­tion Moham­mad Reza Naqdi said: “The Zion­ists are in fear today over the sit­u­a­tion of the Syr­ian peo­ple, because the peo­ple are vol­un­tar­ily stand­ing and fight­ing against the ter­ror­ists. They [the Zion­ists] had come to destroy Syria but were unable to do this; the Amer­i­cans have also suf­fered defeat a num­ber of times and they should reach the con­clu­sion that they don’t have a place among the nations of the region and the only losers of these elec­tions were Amer­ica and Israel.”

Unveil­ing of the Zion­ist regime’s new pres­i­dent, a ‘car­ni­vore in veg­e­tar­ian cloth­ing’*
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

A pro­file on Reuven Rivlin, the new pres­i­dent of Israel, describes the Israeli politi­cian as being “known as a sup­porter of occu­py­ing all the lands of Palestine.”

The Amer­i­cans want peo­ple from inside to stand against the Islamic Repub­lic*
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Has­san Firouz­abadi, the Chief of Staff of the Iran­ian Armed Forces, said dur­ing an induc­tion cer­e­mony that “Today, the Amer­i­cans are pro­pa­gan­diz­ing that Iran is an enemy and that it is against us and it’s a global prob­lem… They say that they are a super­power and Iran is just a coun­try, while at the same time they admit and accept that super­power Amer­ica is on its knees before Iran.”

Zara’i: The Syr­ian cri­sis is a result of the Israeli Wino­grad Com­mis­sion*
(Fars News Agency – June 10, 2014)

Refer­ring to the offi­cial com­mis­sion report fol­low­ing Israel’s 2006 war against Hezbol­lah, Saidol­lah Zara’i, a Mid­dle East affairs reporter, claimed: “Israel’s Wino­grad Com­mis­sion was estab­lished with eight peo­ple fol­low­ing the 33 day war, and this com­mis­sion worked for a year and a half and ulti­mately reflected the impor­tance of seek­ing revenge for their [Israel’s] defeat by Hezbol­lah by going after Syria due to its impor­tant and effect sup­port of Hezbol­lah in the 33 day war.”

The crimes com­mit­ted by Amer­ica and the Tak­firis are like those com­mit­ted by the Umayyads*
(Mehr News Agency – June 3, 2014)

In a meet­ing with the Ahl al Bayt Cul­tural Group in Qom, Aya­tol­lah Hus­sain Nuri Hamedani com­pared crimes com­mit­ted in the Syr­ian con­flict to his­tor­i­cal Sunni-Shi’a griev­ances from the 7th cen­tury: “Muawiyah com­mit­ted many crimes and today Amer­ica, the Zion­ist regime and the Tak­firis are com­mit­ting these crimes wor­thy of Bani Umayyad, and if we were to show this to the world, the world would shake.”

An attack on the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran means the destruc­tion of Tel Aviv and the con­tin­u­a­tion of the war inside the United States*
(Basij News Agency – May 30, 2014)

Mas­soud Jaza­y­eri, the Deputy Com­man­der of the Iran­ian Armed Forces, said in reac­tion to Pres­i­dent Obama’s West Point speech: “If Amer­ica and its allies were to have the abil­ity to attack Iran, moments later they will regret their bar­baric oper­a­tion. They know that an attack on the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran means the destruc­tion of Tel Aviv and the con­tin­u­a­tion of war inside the United States. There­fore, the child­ish words and hopes of the pres­i­dent of the gov­ern­ment of Amer­i­can will not be realized.”

Zarif: We will not sub­mit to sanc­tions and threats; we don’t have any­thing to hide and sci­en­tific advances and the rights of Iran are not sub­ject to nego­ti­a­tions*
(Fars News Agency – May 29, 2014)

On the side­lines of the Non-Aligned Movement’s meet­ing in Alge­ria, Iran­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Moham­mad Javad Zarif said, “The mem­ber states of the Non-Aligned Move­ment should have a com­mon posi­tion and empha­size with­out a doubt the Pales­tini­ans’ rights and to cre­ate an inde­pen­dent coun­try with Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal to ensure sta­bil­ity and peace.”

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran ques­tions nuclear deal dead­line as talks ‘hit wall’
(Reuters-UK – June 10, 2014)

France, one of the states in the so-called P5+1, stated that nego­ti­a­tions with Iran have “hit a wall,” while French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius said Iran should drop  its demand to have thou­sands of ura­nium enrich­ment cen­trifuges. Fabius added, “We say that there can be a few hun­dred cen­trifuges, but the Ira­ni­ans want thou­sands so we’re not in the same framework.”

Sur­prise Iran nuclear talks: Why US sends in top US-Iran deal­maker
(The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – June 9, 2014)

In a bid to move the nego­ti­at­ing process along, the U.S. State Depart­ment dis­patched Deputy Sec­re­tary William Burns to sur­prise talks with senior Iran­ian offi­cials in Geneva. Burns’s dis­patch has added a hint of urgency as nego­ti­a­tions between Iran and the P5+1 are set to resume next week.

Cul­ture min­is­ter likens Iran’s fear of Inter­net to fear of fax machine
(Al-Monitor – June 9, 2014)

Ali Jan­nati, Iran’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Islamic Guid­ance, urged the gov­ern­ment to accept new tech­no­log­i­cal changes, and likened the government’s pro­tec­tion­ist poli­cies pre­vi­ous failed poli­cies. “There was a time we had prob­lems with video. There was a time we had issue with the fax machine,” Jan­nati said in a meet­ing with Iran’s Cham­ber of Commerce.

Iran­ian pres­i­dent vis­its Turkey to bol­ster ties
(The Wall Street Jour­nal – June 9, 2014)

Pres­i­dent Rouhani made a two-day visit to Turkey, where sev­eral eco­nomic coop­er­a­tion agree­ments were signed between the two regional pow­ers. Ten deals were signed on energy and trade in total.

Tehran’s Chi­nese mis­sile man
(The Daily Beast – June 9, 2014)

A Chi­nese busi­ness­man who helped Iran develop its bal­lis­tic mis­siles and vio­lat­ing inter­na­tional bans on trad­ing with Iran has a $5 mil­lion bounty on his head.

Urged to mul­ti­ply, Iran­ian cou­ples are dubi­ous
(The New York Times – June 7, 2014)

As Iran’s author­i­ties embark on ful­fill­ing the Supreme Leader’s com­mand that Ira­ni­ans should have more chil­dren, for an increas­ing num­ber of young, middle-class Ira­ni­ans, hav­ing chil­dren is not a pri­or­ity at the moment.

Saudi Ara­bia and Iran reach out ten­ta­tively
(The New York Times – June 6, 2014)

Sunni Saudi Ara­bia and Shi’a Iran have been show­ing signs of thaw­ing their decades old rivalry.

Open­ness on Israeli issues seen in sur­vey of Ira­ni­ans
(The New York Times – June 6, 2014)

A recent Israeli com­mis­sioned sur­vey of Iran­ian pub­lic opin­ion indi­cates that 40 per­cent of Ira­ni­ans would be will­ing to give up any abil­ity to pro­duce nuclear weapon in return for the full removal of sanc­tion. 40 per­cent of respon­dents agreed that Iran should rec­og­nize Israel if Israel reached a peace accord with the Palestinians.

In Iran, a dis­pute over heaven
(The Atlantic – June 5, 2014)

Hard-liners in the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment have taken Pres­i­dent Rouhani to task over state­ments he made on how far the government’s influ­ence on cit­i­zens’ lives should extend.

$21 Mil­lion for sell­ing parts to Iran
(The New York Times – June 5, 2014)

A Dutch aero­space com­pany and Pen­ta­gon con­trac­tor has agreed to pay $21 mil­lion in penal­ties to set­tle accu­sa­tions that it repeat­edly vio­lated Amer­i­can sanc­tions on sales of air­craft parts to Iran and Sudan.  

Iran’s leader says Obama has removed mil­i­tary option
(The New York Times – June 4, 2014)

In what is seen as a response to Pres­i­dent Obama’s West Point speech, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei boasted, “They real­ized that mil­i­tary attacks are as dan­ger­ous or even more dan­ger­ous for the assault­ing coun­try as they are for the coun­try attacked…They have renounced the idea of any mil­i­tary actions.”

Hap­pi­ness in short sup­ply in Iran
(Gallup World – June 3, 2014)

A Gallup poll reveals that Iran’s rank­ing of pos­i­tive emo­tions stands at 93 on a list of 138 coun­tries. The poll also reported that Ira­ni­ans have the high­est neg­a­tive emo­tions in the world, sec­ond only to Iraq.

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August 20, 2013 0

Sanctions Are A Vital Component Of Diplomacy To Prevent A Nuclear Iran

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August 2013 inau­gu­ra­tion of Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani (right)

Just before the halls of Con­gress emp­tied out for August Recess, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Pre­ven­tion Act, by an over­whelm­ing 400–20, bipar­ti­san vote.  That leg­is­la­tion would greatly expand the scope of inter­na­tional finan­cial trans­ac­tions with Iran sub­ject to U.S. penalty and would greatly shrink the amount of oil import­ing nations can buy from Iran with­out U.S. penalty. 

While there is agree­ment across the board that the Iran­ian regime can­not be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapons capa­bil­ity, the debate about the role of sanc­tions in diplo­macy con­tin­ues.  Some in Con­gress argue against tougher sanc­tions, say­ing newly inau­gu­rated Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani should first be given a chance to show that Iran­ian intran­si­gence at the nego­ti­at­ing table has ended.  On the other side, just days after the House bill passed, 76 sen­a­tors sent a let­ter to Pres­i­dent Obama, say­ing “we believe our nation must toughen sanc­tions” and ask­ing him to bring a “renewed sense of urgency to the process.”

Rouhani should be judged by his actions, not his sooth­ing state­ments, and his his­tory as the chief nuclear nego­tia­tor, from 2003 to 2005, sup­ports the skep­tics.  Describ­ing his pre­vi­ous nego­ti­a­tion tac­tics, he said in 2004: “While we were talk­ing with the Euro­peans in Tehran, we were installing equip­ment in parts of the facil­ity in Isfa­han. By cre­at­ing a calm envi­ron­ment, we were able to com­plete the work in Isfa­han.”  Today, the regime con­tin­ues to enrich ura­nium, install more cen­trifuges, and make progress on its plutonium-producing Arak reac­tor.   As recently reported by The Insti­tute for Sci­ence and Inter­na­tional Secu­rity, at its cur­rent pace of devel­op­ment, Iran should have enough cen­trifuges installed to enrich a bomb’s worth of ura­nium to weapons grade – with­out detec­tion – by the mid­dle of next year.

Even more severe sanc­tions will sup­port diplo­macy, not hin­der it, by rais­ing the cost of delay and defi­ance.  As Pres­i­dent Obama him­self said in his Nobel Peace Prize speech, “Sanc­tions must exact a real price.  Intran­si­gence must be met with increased pres­sure” and sanc­tions must be “tough enough to actu­ally change behav­ior.”  Clearly, we’re not there yet.

ADL con­tin­ues to sup­port sanc­tions leg­is­la­tion that pro­vides the Admin­is­tra­tion with a full range of diplo­matic, eco­nomic, and legal tools to pres­sure the world’s lead­ing state spon­sor of ter­ror into ver­i­fi­ably renounc­ing its nuclear weapons program.  

When Con­gress returns from its five-week recess, we hope the Sen­ate will fol­low the House’s lead on this issue and swiftly pass leg­is­la­tion akin to the Nuclear Iran Pre­ven­tion Act.

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