INTIFADA CONFERENCE IN TEHRAN ENDS...
In his 21 August closing speech to the conference at Tehran University called Intifada: A Step Toward Freedom, Hojatoleslam Ali-Akbar Mohtashami-Pur said the existence of Israel precludes the establishment of regional peace and stability, "Iran" reported on 23 August, citing ISNA. Mohtashami-Pur is secretary of the Support for the Palestinian Intifada conference series, a founder of Lebanese Hizballah, President Khatami's special envoy, and a reformist parliamentarian from Tehran. He also said: "The racist Israeli regime will be isolated because of the unity, solidarity, and unanimity of the Islamic world. Only through the disintegration of that regime will a government of the people be established in Palestine." The Palestinian issue will be resolved only if, in the words of "Iran," "the Jews who invaded the land of Palestine go back to their own countries." Mohtashami-Pur called for a referendum in which all Palestinians, whether Muslims, Christians, or Jews, determine their own destiny. BS
...WITH CALL FOR ISRAEL'S ANNIHILATION.
"The participants in the conference consider the annihilation of the Zionist regime as a prerequisite and precondition for democracy in the Middle East," according to the final resolution of the conference, as reported in the 23 August "Siyasat-i Ruz." The resolution condemned Israel for a variety of reasons and called on the international community to support Palestinians' rights. The resolution promoted a nuclear-free Middle East and the disarmament of Israel. The Al Aqsa Intifada was hailed as the only way to defeat the occupation of Palestine. The resolution condemned U.S. threats against independent countries and its occupation of Islamic ones, and it called for an end to the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. BS
source:RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 161, Part III, 25 August 2003
posted on 08/26/2003 12:27:04 AM PDT
FAMILIES OF IRANIANS DETAINED IN IRAQ STAGE SIT-IN.
The families of Iranian documentary filmmakers Soheil Karimi and Said Abutaleb, who were apprehended in Iraq by the U.S. military, announced on 24 August that they would hold a sit-in at the United Nations office in Tehran on 25 August, IRNA reported. The two, who are employees of the official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), were taken into custody on 1 July. In addition, according to IRNA, more than 100 Iranian movie actors and documentary directors urged UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to press for the two Iranians' release, and 162 members of the Iranian legislature wrote a letter to President Khatami urging him to act. The Iran Red Crescent Society announced on 7 August that Karimi and Abutaleb are in good health, IRNA reported. BS
Comment: Ask them what they think about Hussein Khomeni.
ALLEGED IRANIAN AGENTS ARRESTED IN IRAQ.
Haytham Sulayman, security patrols director for Al-Salihiyah, said in an interview that appeared in the 21 August issue of "Al-Ahd al-Jadid" that 12 Iranian intelligence agents have been arrested at the offices of Al-Mashriq Money Exchange Company in Al-Salihiyah. Majid Athab interrogated them and it was determined that they allegedly intended to perpetrate bombings in Baghdad. The 12 agents reportedly possessed counterfeit U.S. dollars. BS
'IRANIANS' IN IRAQI GOVERNMENT POSTS WARNED TO LEAVE.
Muqtada al-Sadr said in his 22 August Friday Prayer sermon in Al-Kufah that Iran has placed its security officials in some major Iraqi government posts, the Baztab website reported on 23 August. Al-Sadr warned the Iranians to leave Iraq promptly. Al-Sadr reportedly said that the 19 August bombing of the UN compound in Baghdad resulted either from the absence of a security apparatus or because the security organizations are under the control of Iranians and other foreigners. BS
Comment: A nice way of getting rid of his competitors from the other party of the Iranian clerics (i.e. the supporters of al-Hakim, SCIRI)
source: RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 161, Part III, 25 August 2003
posted on 08/26/2003 12:33:38 AM PDT
Thank you for this follow-up.
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