IAL condemns antisemitism, calls out NIAC for its silence on attacks

Many American Jews live in New York, a city that has seen a recent rash of antisemtic hate crimes.  

Explainer by Rachel Brooks

Press Statement by Iranian Americans for Liberty organization

May 27, 2021 

Jewish organizations and human rights organizations have joined in solidarity to condemn the rise of antisemitic attacks against the Jewish Diaspora. Antisemitism and attacks on Jews have risen due to polarizing political rhetoric that was the fall out of the Israel-Hamas 2021 conflict resurgence. This political rhetoric continues to polarize. An example is an article written in The Seattle Times which calls the surge of antisemtic attacks “a gift to the right,” and continues to politicize the abuse of Jewish human rights as a proxy conflict of the American bipartisan divide, rather than the direct fall out of pro-Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority  versus pro-Israel sentiment.

The Iranian Americans for Liberty organization joined in with the Day of Action of Jewish rights organizations condemning the pro-Hamas-inspired riots and attacks against Jewish citizens of the United States that followed the 11-day 2021 conflict between Israel and Hamas. The conflict reached a ceasefire through key mitigation by Egypt, as well as western diplomatic efforts.

The Iranian Americans for Liberty Statement proceeds in its entirety as follows:

IAL Condemns NIAC for Deafening Silence on Rise of Anti-Semitism in America & Recent Actions by Hamas

May 27, 2021 (Washington D.C.) – The Iranian Americans for Liberty (IAL) condemn the horrific acts of violence against Jewish Americans on the streets of America. We express our grave concern regarding the deafening silence of lobby groups who falsely claim to represent the Iranian American community while Persian Jews are being viciously assaulted and terrorized. Once we learned about the attacks in Los Angeles and New York, we started our outreach to community members in the area to make sure they were okay and to offer our support. After we checked in on the communities, we issued a statement in support of Jewish Iranian Americans and strongly condemning anti-Semitism. 

The Islamic Republic lobbyists have shown their true colors in light of this unacceptable attack on the Iranian American community. We believe an attack on one is an attack on all of us. Their sickening silence, their dog whistles to brazenly anti-Semitic entities, and their abhorrent moral equivalence between a terrorist group and Israel have not gone unnoticed by the Iranian American community. One such lobbying group is the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). They have been conspicuously silent while thousands of rockets rained down on Israeli citizens and they have desperately blamed Israel instead of Hamas terrorists. In addition, there is no member of Congress that is more anti-Israel, anti-Zionism and anti-Jewish than NIAC’s darling; Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

We believe we are on the right side of history in stepping up to condemn anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Through their silence and their questionable alliances, NIAC and others are sending a message to the American community that Iranian Americans do not stand with them and that couldn’t be any further from the truth. We call on all groups claiming to represent Iranian Americans to condemn Hamas and to stop spreading lies about Israel. 

Iranian Americans are standing in solidarity with their Jewish compatriots and the State of Israel, in opposition to murderous thugs who have shown little respect for life and humanity. IAL has been inundated with messages of support from inside Iran for the Jewish people and Israel. We want Americans to hear their voices without obfuscation and spin. These brave Iranians have decidedly chosen peace. It is time for others to join them.