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  • U.S. Companies Should Disclose Iran Ties

    April 13, 2010 | 6:12 pm

    Iran’s president recently announced that his nation has started to process highly enriched uranium and is now a “nuclear state.” This is a chilling
    reminder of the threat Iran poses.

    The American government has ramped up its efforts to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions. In...

  • Russia: Israeli strike on Iran would be catastrophe

    April 13, 2010 | 11:04 am

    An Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities could result in global catastrophe, Russia’s president said.

    In an interview Monday on “Good Morning America,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is attending President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit this week, said, “Everyone is...

  • Obama officials downplay Netanyahu no-show at Nuclear Summit

    April 13, 2010 | 8:10 am

    Top U.S. officials downplayed the significance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s non-attendance at this week’s nuclear summit.

    The two-day summit, aimed at addressing the threat of nuclear terrorism, began on Monday.

    Netanyahu backed out at the last minute last week...

  • Ahmadinejad: U.S. nuclear summit is ‘humiliating’

    April 12, 2010 | 8:29 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned a nuclear security summit which opens in Washington on Monday as humiliating to humanity.

    U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting the summit, which is focused on preventing nuclear terrorism but where world leaders are also set to...

  • OK in Iran, shunned in Israel: film about Muslim born a Jew

    April 8, 2010 | 11:42 am

    From The Independent:

    Israeli film distributors have snubbed a controversial British comedy about a Muslim man who finds out he was born a Jew.

    The Infidel, which was written by Jewish-born comedian David Baddiel and is having its UK premier tonight, is an irreverent culture clash comedy about a devoted Muslim father who discovers he was adopted and that his original parents were Jewish.

    Read the full article at www.independent.co.uk.

  • Turkey’s Erdogan calls for diplomacy with Iran

    April 6, 2010 | 11:22 am

    Turkey’s prime minister said diplomacy, not sanctions, is the only way to solve the current crisis over Iran’s nuclear program.

    The remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an interview published Tuesday by the French newspaper Le Figaro, come a day after Erdogan...

  • What’s Wrong With Israel’s Proposed Conversion Bill

    March 16, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    Only in Israel. On the day that the U.S. vice president arrived in Israel, reportedly to thwart Israel’s bombing of Iran, and following two days of intensive talks
    between Israel’s prime minister and President Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, the Israeli government...

  • Our Turn

    By Sam Yebri

    March 3, 2010 | 3:54 am

    By: Michael Yadegaran

    Growing up, I listened in utter disbelief as different members of my family recalled the hardships they endured as political refugees leaving Iran. Their accounts revisit the arduous and heartbreaking process of fleeing a country so deeply entwined with our...

  • Obama’s low profile approach to Iran’s human rights violations is shameful

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 22, 2010 | 8:49 am

    Readers of this blog have e-mailed me over the last few weeks asking why I have not commented on the current situation in Iran and on the 31st anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution. The answer has been simple, nothing has changed since this past summer’s outbreak of violence...

  • Our Legacy Project

    By Sam Yebri

    January 31, 2010 | 11:25 am

    Our Legacy Project
    Written by Eman Esmailzadeh and Sam Yebri.

    This past December, 30 Years After launched “Our Legacy Project,” an unprecedented community-wide endeavor to commemorate and preserve Iranian Jewish history by connecting the future of the Jewish people with the...

  • Webcast: New Shoah film from Sepher makes a splash!

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 27, 2010 | 11:26 pm

    Ben Hur Sepher is one of the Iranian Jewish community’s rare filmmakers who has made a name for himself in Iran and the United States for writing, directing and producing provacative films. His occupation as a filmmaker is indeed unique in the Iranian Jewish community because...

  • J-Street and NIAC: An Unholy Alliance

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 6, 2009 | 9:13 pm

    As a young child I had the very unique opportunity of being raised by my wise Iranian Jewish great-grandmother who lived a full life of more than a century. Perhaps the most powerful lesson she taught me was “if you ever want to know what kind of person someone really is, see who...

  • Israeli-Iranian peace in the NBA

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 25, 2009 | 10:01 pm

    Sports—truly the great equalizer. See that handshake? That’s a handshake between two men whose homeland’s are locked in their own rhetorical and existential battles. On the left, Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA. And on the right, Hamed Haddadi, the league’s first...

  • A Time For Action

    By Sam Yebri

    October 27, 2009 | 9:12 pm

    By: Ramin Rabieian

    Last week, I attended a press conference at Beverly Hills City Hall, organized by Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Bob Blumenfield.  They announced that they will introduce legislation prohibiting contracts between the State of California and companies with...

  • Mahmoud still not a Jew

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 11, 2009 | 6:25 pm

    Remember the London Telegraph report last week claiming that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a crypto-Jew?

    I’m not sure that many people were buying it; certainly Karmel Melamed, who writes the Iranian American Jews blog, wasn’t. On the Guardian’s Comment is Free blog,...

  • Shame on Nokia and Siemens for aiding Iran’s human rights abuses!

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 7, 2009 | 11:18 am

    This past summer with the student uprisings over the fraudulent elections in Iran,  opposition groups and those protesting against the lack of true freedom in Iran were dealt a major blow when trying to coordinate their efforts via the Internet using telecommunications technology....

  • Podcast: Iranian and Standwithus protestors speak out against Ahmadinejad

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 5, 2009 | 11:18 am

    Nearly 400 local Iranians Muslims, human rights activists and members of the L.A.-based Israel educational organization Standwi.com (SWU) held signs outside the Federal Building in Westwood on Sept. 23rd demonstrating against the arrival of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to...

  • Nuclear Iran

    By Rob Eshman

    October 2, 2009 | 1:41 pm

    Uri’s Latest from The Miami Herald:

    Posted on Fri, Oct. 02, 2009

    A nuclear Iran: The world was warned


    Good morning, World, Iran is ready to go nuclear!
    A uranium enrichment facility nobody knew of suddenly emerges in the sacred city of Qom, Iran launches missiles...

  • Iran: We’ll buy enriched uranium from third party

    September 30, 2009 | 7:38 pm

    Iran is willing to purchase uranium enriched to the grade it requires for its Tehran reactor from a third party, rather than carry out the enrichment itself, the French news agency AFP quoted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying on Wednesday.

    His remarks, ahead of Thursday talks in Geneva with six major world powers about Iran’s nuclear program, represent the first time Tehran has agreed to discuss specifics of its enrichment operations with the powers.

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Survey: U.S. Jews favor strike on Iran, denominations split on Obama

    September 30, 2009 | 2:07 pm

    A new survey shows that a majority of American Jews would support a U.S. military strike on Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons—a significant increase from a year ago.

    Fifty-six percent of American Jews would support the “United States taking military action against...

  • AJC’s campaign against a nuclear Iran

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 22, 2009 | 10:35 am

    This ad is running on the American Jewish Committee website under the headline “Iran Nuclear Weapons. Not Now. Not Ever.”

    “This is a truck. This is what Iran does with a truck.” That’s followed by an image of the Argentinian JCC bombing. Try not to laugh when you see what Iran...

  • Muslim President: “Shana Tova”

    By Rob Eshman

    September 21, 2009 | 5:40 pm

    This doesn’t happen often.

    And by “often,” I mean, “never.”

    The president of a Shi’ite Muslim nation reached out to his country’s and the world’s Jews to wish them a happy new year, or “shana tova” in Hebrew.

    President Ilham Aliyev sent a message of greetings to the Jewish...

  • Deniers-in-Chief

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2009 | 12:06 pm

    New Year, same old s—-t.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the opportinity of a staged pro-Iranian, anti-Israel rally to oce again deny the Holocaust.  According to The New York Times:

    With sketchy accounts filtering past official media controls, Al Arabiya television in...

  • Synagogue movements team to raise awareness on Iran

    September 8, 2009 | 5:30 pm

    Synagogue movements from across the denominational spectrum are jointly calling on American Jews to “make Iran a matter of the highest priority.”

    Organizations representing the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements made their pronouncement in a joint...

  • Russia denies ship carried missiles for Iran

    September 8, 2009 | 12:50 pm

    Russia denied that a cargo ship reportedly seized by pirates was carrying weapons bound for Iran.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the denial Tuesday after an article printed over the weekend by the Sunday Times of London, which reported that the ship called the Arctic...

  • Iran policy reveals split between U.S. Jewish and Israeli left

    September 7, 2009 | 5:23 pm

    Israel’s highest-ranking female soldier, Brig. Gen. Yisraela Oron, was sounding all the right notes for her J Street hosts.

    At the tail end of a U.S. tour for the left-wing pro-Israel lobby, Oron was lending her considerable security credentials to its platform: a two-state...

  • Bombing Suspect Ahmad Vahidi overwhelmingly chosen to be Iran’s defense minister [VIDEO]

    September 4, 2009 | 12:27 am

    From BBCNews.com.

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose Ahmad Vahidi, wanted by Argentina over the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre, as his new defence minister.

    Mr Vahidi was strongly supported by Iran’s parliament, the Majlis, with 227 MPs backing him out of 286, Iranian Speaker Ali Larijani said.

    Read the full story at BBCNews.com.


  • Scottish Judge’s Misplaced Mercy Sends Wrong Signals to Iran

    September 2, 2009 | 9:30 pm

    Did anyone doubt that the release of the Lockerbie mass murderer would wreak havoc on the hundreds of bereaved families of the victims of terror? Was there anyone on the planet who couldn’t have foreseen the hero’s welcome this thug received upon his arrival back in Libya? Simon...

  • U.N. Watchdog Reports Iran’s Increased Capability

    September 2, 2009 | 8:42 pm

    Iran significantly increased its ability to make nuclear fuel this summer, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog said in a new report. According to The New York Times, the report released Friday by the International Atomic Energy Agency detailed an increase in the number of centrifuges...

  • Iran Sanctions, Peace Talks Linked

    September 1, 2009 | 1:56 pm

    Timing, if not intent, inevitably is weaving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process into the efforts to end Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.

    The major powers are meeting this week in Germany to coordinate Iran policy ahead of the U.N. General Assembly later this month. At...

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