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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:48 pm    Post subject: Israeli students organize protests against Mullahs Reply with quote

Israeli students organize protests against Iran
By SHEERA CLAIRE FRENKEL

Source: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1113790879851

Nine cities around the world will take part in an international day of protest against the Iranian government Wednesday, as part of a coordinated event organized by Israel's Student Solidarity Movement.

The protests will focus on human rights abuse issues in Iran, specifically such cases as Ron Arad, who has been missing since 1986 when he was forced to eject from his plan over Lebanon.

"To draw the attention of the International community, and gain the cooperation and support of non-Jewish organizations as well, we must carry a global message targeted at Iran," said a spokeswoman from the Student Solidarity Movement. "The key to the fate of Ron Arad is in the hands of the Iranian regime as well as the others who are missing."

The protest will coincide with the final days of the UN Human Rights Committee convention in Geneva, which began March 14 and ends April 22.

Last year, the committee released a report outlining various abuses by the Iranian government, including a statement that hundreds of Iranians who attempted to voice their protests and criticism against the regime's acts were being detained in secret prisons.

Iranian embassies and EU and UN buildings in Geneva, Berlin, Paris, London, Stockholm, Brussels, the Hague, Ottawa, New York and Buenos Aires are being targeted for the protest.

When called about the protests, an Iranian Embassy official in Ottawa initially told The Jerusalem Post the embassy had no comment, and then said it had to "verify the issue of the existence of these missing people."

"World powers tend to ignore Iran on the human rights issue. There are over 500 cases of disappearances including Ron Arad," said a statement from the group.

According to UN reports, 523 people have disappeared in Iran over the past few years. Among them are 13 Iranian Jews citizens who were arrested after attempting to leave Iran.

The Jewish Agency and the Born to Freedom Foundation have taken part in organizing the protests.

In April, the Born to Freedom Foundation announced the creation of a $10 million prize for any information leading to finding Arad.

It received thousands of phone calls, and is currently verifying information gathered through those calls.


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April 18, 2005 01:04 PM US Eastern Timezone

Source URL: http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20050418005966&newsLang=en

Thousands to Demonstrate on Wednesday April 2Oth in Front of Iranian Embassies Throughout the World and at the UN Headquarters in New York to Demand Information on Ron Arad, Israeli MIAs

for Wednesday (April 20)

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
DATE: Wednesday, April 20, 2005

TIME: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

WHERE: Isaiah Wall--Sharansky Steps
Across from the United Nations
First Avenue and 43rd Street, NYC




On Wednesday, demonstrations will take place in major capital cities of the world as part of the "Born to Freedom" campaign which seeks information on the whereabouts of the missing Israeli Airforce navigator Ron Arad, Israeli MIAs and Jews held hostage in Iran.

These demonstrations will take place simultaneously in front of Iranian Embassies in: London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm and at the UN Headquarters in New York City, as well as at the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

Airman Ron Arad was shot down and captured in Southern Lebanon in 1986. In 1987, Arad's family received several letters and a photo of Arad confirming that the missing navigator was alive and in good hands. The ensuing negotiations between Israel and Amal broke off after Arad was "sold" to Iranian forces. It is believed that the Iranians still hold key information as to whether he is still alive and where he might be.

The American Zionist Movement and numerous other organizations and Jewish Students groups are organizing these events.

See website of "Born to Freedom Foundation" www.10million.org.

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Adam Friedman
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adam@adam-friedman.com




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Israeli students organize protests against Mullahs Reply with quote

cyrus wrote:
Israeli students organize protests against Mullahs
By SHEERA CLAIRE FRENKEL

Source: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1113790879851

Nine cities around the world will take part in an international day of protest against the Iranian government Wednesday, as part of a coordinated event organized by Israel's Student Solidarity Movement.

The protests will focus on human rights abuse issues in Iran, specifically such cases as Ron Arad, who has been missing since 1986 when he was forced to eject from his plan over Lebanon.

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We welcome this News more if Israeli students are objecting to Human Rights Voilation in Iran by Mullahs as a whole and also carry Ms. Zahra Kazemi ..... pictures along Ron Arad
If Israeli students are progressive then Human Rights Voilations against Jews and non Jews in Iran should have the same weights as Cyrus the Great has treated everyone the same way.
We are hoping Iranian Israeli Jews like other Iranian oppositions fight as hard for freeing our common homeland. During our long past history Iranian Jews had many great contributions to the Iranian culture that we appreciate and they should be able to live in peace in the future FREE IRAN and must enjoy the same rights as other Iranians.






The Heartbreaking And Enraging Story of a 16 Year Old Girl Executed by the Islamist Mafia Mullah Dictatorship on Sunday, August 15, in the town of Neka, Iran.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cyrus, pehaps threads about upcoming events with the date noted could be kept up at the top of the announcements? That might act as a compact sort of calendar. They could then be moved to the bottom of announcement section or even back into the regular threads after the event had passed. Just a thought, since so many things are coming up, the Sosiran conference, the Philly-Wash. walk for freedom, etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rasker wrote:
Cyrus, pehaps threads about upcoming events with the date noted could be kept up at the top of the announcements? That might act as a compact sort of calendar. They could then be moved to the bottom of announcement section or even back into the regular threads after the event had passed. Just a thought, since so many things are coming up, the Sosiran conference, the Philly-Wash. walk for freedom, etc.


Thank you for reminding me, I will take care of it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:50 pm    Post subject: International protests highlight Iran's abuses Reply with quote

International protests highlight Iran's abuses

tip o' the hat to Steffi's freeandseculariran yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freeandseculariran/

Uriel Heilman, Sheera Claire Frenkel and Irina Bessarab,

THE JERUSALEM POST

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1114322084081

The United Nations and Iranian officials have yet to issue a response to a worldwide day of protest last week hoping to "break the silence" of the violation of human rights in Iran.

An Israeli student group called the Student Solidarity Movement organized a series of protests which drew more than 2,000 in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, France and the UK to criticize the UN meeting in Geneva, which declined to condemn Iran for human-rights violation, and to call attention to cases of missing people in Iran, such as Ron Arad.

Meanwhile, in a parallel protest, a few hundred New Yorkers, most of them Jewish day-school students, held a rally opposite the UN.

Facing a crowd on the Sharansky steps at the Isaiah Peace Wall opposite the UN building in New York, speakers from an array of Jewish groups demanded information about Israel's MIAs, including Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman, Yehuda Katz and Guy Hever.

The day of demonstrations was aimed at highlighting Iran's poor human-rights record as the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva wrapped up its session. Many believe Iran has information about Arad's whereabouts.

"The issue has kind of dropped off the community agenda in the last number of years, and we need a reeducation to get it back on the agenda," Karen Rubinstein, executive director of the American Zionist Movement, said of the Israeli MIAs.

The American Zionist Movement organized the rally in Manhattan, which was cosponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and a wide assortment of Jewish youth groups. Students from yeshiva day schools in Manhattan, Long Island and Westchester came in organized delegations to the demonstration, which was comprised mostly of young people. A sizeable contingent from Russian American Jews for Israel also was on hand.

Sarit Feldber, a member of the Israeli Student Solidarity Movement, pointed out that in many countries people from outside the Jewish community decided to join the protests. "In Sweden and Germany there was an encouraging cooperation between Jews and Iranians during the protests," said Feldber. "We had many different people with different interests take part."

Germany had one of the largest protests, as hundreds of students stood in front of the Iranian Embassy in Berlin. The event was cosponsored by the Federal Society of Jewish Students in Germany (BJSD) and the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS).

At one point, an Iranian woman joined the president of BJSD in the protest and expressed her solidarity with Israel. She also asked whether there are possibilities of obtaining an Israeli passport for her.

"We don't want to sit back and watch how the oppressive Islamic government perpetrates systematic violations of human rights," said Elena Eyngorn, the head of BJSD. "Thousands of political opponents are held behind bars, ill-treated and killed. The list of people who disappear without a trace is getting longer day by day."

"If Iranian students are in mortal danger for expressing their political views, we, the students of democratic countries, have to do it for them!"

In the course of the protest, students appeared with posters reading "Solidarity with Israel, against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism" and "521 people are still missing in Iran."

Later, an Iranian dissident gave a speech in which she called upon Germany, as a democratic state, to support the fight for human rights in Iran.

The high point of the demonstration was supposed to be the handing-over of a "Message in a Bottle" to the Iranian ambassador in Berlin. The message was a list containing names of political opponents held prisoner in Iran.

However, no embassy officials came out to receive the message. Likewise, the embassy did not comment on the matter.

While Israel officially classifies the five as MIAs, most believe that the four who went missing in Lebanon Arad, Baumel, Feldman and Katz are dead. Hever disappeared from an IDF base in the Golan Heights in 1997.

"This is one of the forefront issues we need to be looking into," said Yael Schiller, a student at Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women who came to Wednesday's New York demonstration.

Karen Rubinstein said the days before Passover were an auspicious time to hold a rally supporting Israel's captive soldiers. "It's Passover, the festival of freedom," she said. "It's a good time to be remembering them."

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very encouraging news from Israel.

Cyrus I am sure some of the Israelis were probably carrying pictures of Ms. Zahra Kazemi, just more of them had pictures of Arad.

One way to tell that Israel is a wonderfull place is the fact that it has a special place of hatred in every Khomeiniist.
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