Iran

Iran’s Diplomatic Aggression: A New Cause For Concern

10/26/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders make so many shocking statements that many people focus only on their words. But the real action and cause for concern lie in their deeds. Iran is embarking on an increasingly aggressive campaign of diplomacy that would be replete with irony were it not so dangerous.

Let’s examine Iran’s actions this month alone.

Israel To Iran: Time’s Up

Finance minister calls for naval blockade within two to six months.
10/04/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz called Monday for a naval blockade of Iran within two to six months, saying sanctions have failed to convince the Islamic republic to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Israel’s finance minister, Yuval Steinitz, spoke this week at the Conference of Presidents.

CUFI Gets 133,000 to Urge Ahmadinejad Indictment

09/28/2010 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Christians United for Israel has garnered more than 130,000 signatures on a petition appealing to have Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicted for incitement to genocide.

The petition makes its appeal to the United Nations and the United States. It is to be presented to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations.

U.S. Was Behind 9/11 Attacks, Ahmadinejad Tells U.N.

09/24/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The United States arranged the 9/11 attacks "to save the Zionist regime," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N. General Assembly.

After suggesting that U.S. officials at the highest levels were complicit in the 9/11 attacks, he called on the United Nations to establish "an independent fact-finding group" to investigate the attacks. The U.S. delegation walked out of Ahmadinejad's speech Thursday at the United Nations, as did all 27 European Union delegations, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Costa Rica, according to reports.

Iran at a U.N. Disarmament Meeting—Does it Get Any More Ridiculous?

09/20/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

In the theater of the absurd that is too often the United Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will participate in a meeting on disarmament when he attends the 65th session of the General Assembly this week. This is a figure who has united much of the international community to condemn his regime’s nuclear program. And somehow, the United Nations will welcome him at discussions on disarmament. The hypocrisy meter is on overdrive.

Worrying About Another Kind Of 'Climate Control'

There is a great deal of talk about climate control these days, based on the deep concern that the earth’s atmosphere is heating up, with dire consequences predicted for future generations.

I share those worries, but have some more immediate ones as well. I’m thinking of the cultural environment, not just the natural environment.

Referendum Vote In Turkey Fuels Uneasiness In Israel

Will Erdogan's victory lead to further strain in relations following flotilla incident, or is it an opportunity?
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

 Tel Aviv - A resounding victory at the polls Sunday for Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's referendum to remake the country's constitution and weaken the secular forces in government has spurred Israeli uneasiness about deteriorating ties with an important regional ally.

Though the referendum was about advancing civil liberties in Turkey and weakening the influence of the secular army, the wider-than-expected margin of victory was also seen as a broad approval of Erdogan's foreign policy shift toward Israel.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan

Presidents Conf. again calls for U.N. walkout on Ahmadinejad

09/07/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A major Jewish umbrella organization again has called on the ambassadors of United Nations member states to walk out on a speech by Iran's president.

Anticipating that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again will seek to address the General Assembly this year, leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations sent letters asking delegates to leave should Ahmadinejad be allowed to speak before the international body.

On Iran, Five Minutes To Midnight

08/16/2010 - 20:00
Editorial

If for no other reason, The Atlantic, and its national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg, deserve much credit for putting the threat of a nuclear Iran front and center in the mainstream media, with Goldberg’s cover story this month, “The Point Of No Return.”

Iran Tries To Convert Jewish Students

08/12/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

School days can be stressful enough. In Iran it is a challenging experience in more ways than usual for a Jewish teenager.

At a recent ISEF luncheon at Sotheby’s in New York, to raise scholarship funds for needy students in Israel, Roya Hakakian recounted growing up in Iran after the 1979 revolution.

For a Christian, Jew or Zoroastrian there was constant pressure at school to convert. Roya could not evade such pressure, even though she went to a Hebrew day school.

One day her class was called to assemble in the basement near the cafeteria.

Dr. Shemtov Cohen, Yemenite-born, and Roya Hakakian, Iranian-born, both now in U.S., meet at ISEF luncheon. Photo by Tim Boxer
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