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Zionist Lobby Uses #UK LGBT ‘Pink News’ to Skew Iran Deal

2 Sep

Originally Publish on News786, 2015

 

In a comment piece entitled ‘Why LGBT people should oppose the Iran nuclear deal’, Berlin-based Journalist, Bejamin Weinthal, was given a platform by the Editors of British-based, online news site, Pink News, to write an op-ed on the Iran Deal, about the country’s ill-treatment of the LGBT community, which it published in its Current Affairs section on the 08 August 2015. In addition to telling us that the deal is bad for LGBT people in Iran, Weinthal also wrote that the deal was [would also be] bad for the global LGBT community.

In his piece, Weinthal fails to offer a single reason, source, explanation, or evidence to confirm, substantiate or support his claim that the deal is bad for LGBT community in Iran or even globally. His only hint at a reason, was in reference to a remark he made on ‘the abolition of Iran’s death penalty for gays and lesbians, with the nuclear accord.’ However dreadful and abhorrent Iran’s Human Rights record and ill-treatment of its own people is, abolition of the death penalty was not part of the Vienna Accord, nor on the table for any part of the discussions.

What was on the table, and at the core of discussions, was non-proliferation and Iran’s acceptance of limits on its nuclear programme, in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. There is not a single mention, or reference, in the 159-page Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action report to either the death penalty, or LGBT Rights. The only reference to Human Rights is the US-imposed ‘Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Right Act 2012’, which was enacted primarily to impose sanctions based on Iran’s energy and financial sectors; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and support for terrorism.

Weinthal quotes figures from WikiLeaks and Amnesty International on the estimated number of executions, since the founding of the republic in 1979. He also added, ‘Executions have increased since Iran’s allegedly moderate president Hassan Rouhani’.

Indeed, in 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “He (Rouhani) has not made any significant improvement in ending human rights abuses since taking office.” But again, although this is without question, a deplorable state of affairs, what does this have to do with the deal and the discussions that took place in Vienna?

Weinthal goes on to criticize the reciprocal economic benefits of the deal for international business and governments, in stating, ‘European companies are flocking to Iran to sell “dual-use” equipment that can be used for military or civilian purposes’, which is clearly a misleading claim, as most countries have stated, publicly, that they will not permit this, including Britain, France, and Germany.

Rather desperately, Weinthal attempts to implore our (yes, I am Ghey) sympathies by stating, ‘some prominent gays have profoundly misjudged the terror of Iran’s regime.’ In response to which, I would ask Weinthal how my fellow members of the international LGBT community have done so? After-all, we didn’t take part in the discussions or strike the deal, did we?

So why is Pink News giving him column inches, and why is Weinthal seeking to persuade LGBT-ers to speak out against the Iran deal? As it turns out, the whole piece was a complete plant, instigated by Israel’s propaganda machine and the Zionist lobby agenda. What proof do I offer, you may ask? Well, first, the Chief Executive of Pink News, is Benjamin Cohen, who is Jewish and well acquainted with Weinthal since as early as 2012. Weinthal is also Jewish and a known Zionist. Both Cohen and Weinthal believe passionately in Israel’s right to exist and have posted on social media and written so. It is perfectly clear, having conducted various online searches, that neither Cohen nor Weinthal are fans of the Iranian regime; especially, as Weinthal is so vehemently outspoken and critical of Iran.

Oh, did I mention that it was Cohen, who gave Weinthal the idea to include the persecuted Iranian poet, Payam Feili in his op-ed? Weinthal is also a fellow of the Right-wing think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which is largely funded by pro-Israeli, Republican and international Jewish donors, and which is focused on national security and foreign policy issues.

Of course we should condemn and challenge Iran’s Human Rights record, and we have and will continue to do so. For his own campaigning efforts to highlight abuses, the prominent British LGBT Activist, Peter Tatchell, has been labelled by Iranian authorities, as a spy.

However, I am in full agreement with Weinthal, when he suggests that the deal should be renegotiated to include addressing Iran’s Human Rights record. That said, this should have been on the table from the start of discussions. It is therefore too late in the day to even consider this option. Now we have the deal, and once political ties have improved and stabilized, only we can begin the dialogue about other important issues, like pushing for Human Rights.

As readers were quick to realize; Weinthal’s op-ed article, was clearly a propaganda piece to support, and promote, Israeli identity politics and nation-building. As one reader noted:

“Daniel • 3 days ago

 Benjamin Weinthal’s latest article for the Jerusalem post: “

Analysis: Is Germany’s pro-Iran deal diplomatic offensive a threat to Israel’s security?”

For some reason I doubt his position has anything to do with LGBT rights.”

 

Another said:

“Daniel M Y • 3 days ago

But that has absolutely NOTHING to do with their nuclear program, so why don’t you ‘keep to the point’? This author’s beef is with the threat a nuclear Iran could pose to Israel, but instead of coming out and saying it he’s implying that all he cares about is LGBT rights. The fact that he doesn’t mention Israel even once in this article shows how disingenuous he is.”

 

Out of 100 comments on Weinthal’s piece; all suggested that it was Israeli propaganda, with no interest or genuine concern for LGBT Rights.

One last thing, readers: if we are to question Iran’s Human Rights record, should we not also question the United States, Russia, and China’s? All three countries have the death penalty, and woeful Human Rights records, in regard to LGBT rights. Israel’s Human Rights record also warrants as much questioning; particularly, in light of its treatment of African Jews and Palestinians.

 

Sources:

https://archive.is/TfB39

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/benjamin-weinthal-iran-cheat-article-1.2292276

https://archive.is/LCurQ

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/d-c-s-premier-hawkish-thinktank-is-funded-by-israel-supporters-marcus-adelson-and-singer

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/07/19/271431/fdd-donors/

 

 

Article by Jason Schumann, aka @debatingculture

 

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