Women can do a lot to curb regime’s terrorism, threat to world peace and security
Over the years, there have been quite a few women victimized by terrorism of the Iranian regime.
Iranian women have always borne the brunt of the clerical regime’s suppression. They suffer from restrictions and deprivations far more than men. However, they enjoy “equality” in executions, arrests and torture. In every political impasse and economic crisis, women are the first group to pay the price. On the flip side of the coin, the regime’s unbridled terrorism has no mercy on female opponents.
On August 21, International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, we pay tribute to Iranian women victimized by terrorism for their opposition to the clerical regime in Iran.
Effat Haddad and Fereshteh Esfandiari
On the morning of May 17, 1995, terrorists dispatched by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry to Baghdad opened fire from behind on a vehicle carrying five women, members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and escaped.
Effat Haddad and Fereshteh Esfandiari were killed in this attack and Sedigheh Khodaii Sefat was seriously wounded.
Effat Haddad had four children from 9 to 14 years old. She was a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and one of the officials in charge of logistics in the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA).
Fereshteh Esfandiari was an experienced announcer of the PMOI’s Voice of Mojahed Radio.
Effat Haddad and Fereshteh Esfandiari were among the first women victimized by terrorism of the Iranian regime in foreign countries.
On the night of February 21, 1996, Zahra Rajabi who had travelled to Turkey to attend to the situation of Iranian refugees in that country was assassinated in Istanbul by the Iranian regime’s terrorist diplomats and three other terrorists directly sent by the Intelligence Ministry in Tehran to carry out this mission according to a plan approved by the regime’s Supreme Security Council.
Zahra Rajabi was in charge of refugee affairs in the National Council of Resistance of Iran. She was a member of the PMOI’s Leadership Council. She had studied at Tehran’s Melli University and graduated in Architectural Engineering. During her time in college, she became one of the leaders of the student movement in Tehran.
Zahra Rajabi was one of the most prominent women victimized by terrorism of the regime’s agents in Turkey.
Pouran Najafi and five other PMOI members were killed in the first missile attack on Camp Liberty on February 9, 2013. Camp Liberty accommodated some 3,000 members of the PMOI who were protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Born in 1960 in Rasht, Pouran Najafi had a daughter and a son. She had spent five years in the clerical regime’s jails as a political prisoner and had written a book about her experiences and what she had witnessed in prison.
On June 15, 2013, simultaneous with Rouhani’s election as the regime’s president, the clerical regime’s terrorists launched another terrorist attack, firing dozens of 107mm missiles at Camp Liberty in a bid to take more lives of PMOI members. Kolsoum Serahati was among the victims of this attack.
Pouran Najafi and Kolsoum Serahati, both were among the women victimized by terrorism of the mullahs in Iraq.
Massacre on September 1, 2013
Iraqi mercenaries of the Iranian regime infiltrated into Camp Ashraf on September 1, 2013, bent on slaughtering more than 100 PMOI members based there. They killed 52 of them including six women and abducted 7, including another six women. No information has been available on the fate of the hostages to date.
The Central Banker of Terrorism
The Iranian regime is the central banker of terrorism in today’s world. Terrorism is the lifeblood, essence, and fundamental nature of this regime.
There has always been a direct link between the escalation of uprisings and intensification of social and economic challenges on the one hand, and its resort to terrorism on the other.
While carrying out suppression, executions and massacres inside Iran, and flaming conflicts in the Middle East, the regime is also pursuing nuclear weapons. This is what makes it a serious threat to world peace and security.
The Iranian Resistance has, so far, documented more than 450 acts of terrorism conducted by this regime outside of Iran since the year 2001.
In the past two years, in particular, the clerical regime has conducted a large number of terrorist plots and operations.
The two terrorist plots pursued by the regime in the spring and summer of 2018 against the Iranian Resistance are the largest terrorist designs of the regime’s 40-year history in Europe.
The regime’s terrorism grows and expands under the shadow of silence and ignorance. It is time for all this ignorance about the people of the world’s security and peace to end.
What do we want?
Governments must firmly stand up to the clerical regime. And women can do a lot to urge and convince their governments to adopt the right policy.
1. All of the privileges and resources that the regime relies on to carry out its terrorist acts must be taken away from it. The regime’s embassies must be closed.
2. The front companies, cultural and educational centers, religious associations and so-called mosques that are funded and supported by the Iranian regime are all centers that sustain the regime’s espionage and terrorist activities, and so they must be exposed and closed down.
3. The regime’s agents and operatives who function under the cover of commercial, cultural, or religious activities, or pretend to be journalists or opponents, refugees, or citizens, must be expelled from European countries.
We urge all parliaments in Europe and also the U.S. Congress to pass effective legislation facilitating the expulsion of operatives of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from their countries.
Any act of firmness against this regime and any steps taken against it, anywhere in the world, will aid the struggles of the people and women of Iran for regime change, and is in line with international peace and security.