Jan. 20, 2015
For immediate release:
It’s not the first time, but today's
article in the IRGC-controlled Mashregh
News website, FDI once again makes the hit parade of IRGC enemies
in the West.
repeats oft-cited claims that FDI is spearheading a U.S. government
effort to overthrow the Islamic regime in Iran, and was reproduced
verbatim in more than a dozen regime-controlled websites, most of them
controlled by the IRGC or MOIS.
But in a break with previous such attacks, this one contained a special
twist, blasting FDI for opposing (and exposing) the National Iranian
American Council (NIAC), and its founder, Swedish-Iranian national,
Trita Parsi. The author praised NIAC and Parsi for opposing regime
change in Iran, supporting negotiations between the U.S. and Iran, and
more generally for defending the Islamic Republic in the United States.
The author claimed that a recent poll showed that 96% of
Iranian-Americans saw Parsi as a "lobbyist" for the Islamic Republic.
of this latest broadside against FDI is worth noting. On
Sunday morning, helicopters Israeli
reportedly killed a Hezbollah operational team in Syria that included
Jihad Mugniyeh, son of the former Hezbollah military commander.
Mugniyeh was identified by Argentinean prosecutor Alberto
Nisman as the logistics coordinator of the 1992 attack on the Israeli
embassy in Buenos Aires, and the July 1994 truck bombing of the AMIA
Jewish Center that killed 86 people.
world away, Nisman himself was found dead in his apartment that
same night, an
FDI CEO and
president Kenneth R. Timmerman had been an expert witness
in the AMIA case and was cited by Nisman in his 2006 indictment more
than a dozen times. Timmerman was also instrumental in laying out the
elder Mugniyeh's involvement in recruiting the al Qaeda terrorists who
carried out the 9/11 attacks on America.
side note on the picture of Timmerman that appears in
the Mashregh News broadside: it was grabbed from a video taken at a
campaign event at the B'nai Israel synagogue in Maryland in October
2012—but from a portion of the video that the campaign never posted
for more as this story develops.
Media contact: Kenneth R. Timmerman
President & CEO
Foundation for Democracy in Iran