Interesting article about the Iranian Jewish community

26 Nov

I am often asked about the Jewish community in Iran. I have also written a number of blog posts about them.

According to a new article by the Associated Press, life under President Rouhani has improved for Iran’s Jewish community which according to a 2006 census numbered 9252 souls.

It is safe to assume that this number has decreased over to years, due to ageing and more importantly, continued immigration mainly to the U.S.

Click to read the article: Iran’s Jews find greater acceptance under Rohani

لایحه جدید دولت نتانیاهو: یهودی بودن اسرائیل علیه دموکراسی بودن اسرائیل

25 Nov netan-small
کابینه ١٥ نفره دولت بنجامین نتانیاهو ٢ روز پیش لایحه ای جنجال آمیز را تصویب کرد.
 اگر این لایحه در مجلس اسرائیل (کنست) تصویب شود, در مواقعی که بین چهره و شخصیت یهودی کشور اسرائیل با قوانین دموکراسی اختلافاتی به وجود اید , یهودی بودن اسرائیل ارجح خواهد بود.
در مورد این لایحه و عواقب ان پریروز با بی بی سی فارسی گفتگویی داشتم.

Who to follow on twitter for the #Iran nuclear talks

23 Nov

As the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 approach the November 24th deadline, these are the reporters and commentators I recommend on twitter. 

They are all on site in Vienna where the talks are taking place. Their twitter links have been embedded

-Amir Paivar, BBC Persian

- Kasra Naji, BBC Persian

- Laura Rozen, Al Monitor

- Ali Vaez, Crisis Group

- Hannah Kaviani, Radio Free Europe, Prague

- Arash Azizi from Manoto news (Persian language TV station in London)

- Abbas Aslani from FARS and TASNIM news agency (both based in Iran)

- Ruhollah Faghihi from Entekhab news, Iran and Al Monitor

- Tal Shalev, i24 news

- Barak Ravid, Haaretz

- Rosie Gray, Buzzfeed

This list could be updated.

#Iran and the US have failed their way to success

20 Nov khamenei obama

Iran has also failed its way to success so far.

There have been many mistakes by the Iranian leadership, the consequences of which finally persuaded Khamenei to approve a new approach. One of his most notable mistakes was to reject offers of talks with the Obama administration for four years.

To read the rest of the article click here

مصاحبه: حمله دیروز به کنیسا در اورشلیم

19 Nov Handing out sweets in Gaza today
در مصاحبه امروزم با رادیو بی بی سی فارسی در مرد حمله دیروز به کنیسا در قسمت غربی اورشلیم که 5 نفر کشته به جا گذاشت گفتگو کردم.
به نظر من, حمله دیروز برای همه اسرائیلی ها چه از چپ و چه از راست, عبور از خط قرمز بود.

Israelis murdered in a synagogue, some in #Gaza are celebrating

19 Nov

I can’t find the words to describe my sense of revulsion at those in the West Bank and Gaza who took to the streets and to Facebook to celebrate the killing of 4 innocent Israelis at a

Handing out sweets in Gaza today

Handing out sweets in Gaza today

synagogue this morning.

How sick and depraved do you have to be?

Of course this group is a minority. In my opinion they don’t represent all Palestinians. As all polls show, majority of Palestinians wants peace. The same for majority of Israelis.

With that in mind I remember all the racists who enthusiastically declared that all Israelis are Arab hating racists after pictures of a small group of Israelis watching and cheering the fighting in Gaza were published during the recent Gaza war.

And the Iranian government’s response? here is what the so-called moderate U.S educated foreign minister of Iran said today:

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denounced the Israeli regime’s illegal and provocative measures against the Palestinian people in al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound

And some in Washington and Tehran want to convince us that the Iranian regime’s animosity towards Israel is based only on geo-strategic differences, and not on ideological hate towards the state of Israel!

“Do you still believe in peace?”, I hear you ask. Yes, with all my heart. Just as much as I did yesterday.

I want peace because I believe that most Palestinians want what I want, their own country, freedom, and dignity. I also want peace because it would be poison for the enemies of Israel.

Just as the late Yitzhak Rabin said: “we have to fight terrorism as if there is no peace, and pursue peace as if there is no terrorism”.


WARNING – WARNING: cyber attack from #Iran

17 Nov

During the last couple of days, some Iranian journalists and commentators have been subjected to cyber attacks.

This includes successful hacking attempts against gmail accounts, including ones which have the two step verification process.

In order to reduce the chances of becoming a victim:

1 – do not open any attachments from anyone, including friends, unless you can verify it with them through the phone. I received an attachment from a friend today whose gmail account was hacked. So be very careful.

2 – if you get a phone call from someone in Iran saying that they have some news to share with you, hang up immediately. In some cases the hackers use US numbers

3 – You may receive what looks like a google verification code on your cell phone. Do not type it in. And if someone calls you to verify that code, hang up immediately.

4- Do not click on any messages from google which says “someone tried to get in your account, click here to change your password”. I received such a message which said someone in Iran had tried to get into my account.

Change your passwords immediately. Make it as difficult as possible.

And last but not least, share this message far and wide, especially among Iranian reporters, commentators and activists living in the diaspora.


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