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Monday, September 01, 2014

Senior German MPs shoulder to shoulder with Iranian terror

STOP THE BOMB campaign criticizes fireside chat with the Iranian ambassador and invitations of the German Foreign Ministry

Press Release, May 30, 2014

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 senior members of the Bundestag, the German Parliament, invite the Iranian Ambassador Alireza Sheikh Attar to a fireside chat in the "Parlamentarische Gesellschaft" opposite the German Parliament building in Berlin on behalf of the foundation "Stiftung für Grundwerte und Völkerverständigung“ (“Foundation for Basic Values ​​and International Understanding”). Secretary of Labor Andrea Nahles (Social Democrats) and party whip Volker Kauder (Conservative Party, CDU) and 19 others are among the inviting Members of Parliament.

According to information provided by dissidents, the announced “guest of honor”, Iranian Ambassador Sheikh Attar, was involved personally in massacres in Kurdistan-Iran.

The German Foreign Office is supporting the event with a greeting of the Head of the Middle East Department Markus Potzel.

The invitation text defines the purpose of deepening German-Iranian relations on the basis of an alleged "agreement" in the conflict over Iran's "nuclear energy program".

STOP THE BOMB spokeswoman Ulrike Becker comments: "The inviting MPs and the Foreign Office suggest that there is no threat of an Iranian nuclear weapons program any more. This is a deliberate deception of the public and the German Parliament. We also criticize that the Foreign Office has repeatedly participated in the invitation of the Iranian ambassador. German diplomacy is apparently working feverishly on the intensification of German-Iranian relations. While executions under Rohani have increased dramatically, the terror of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria continues and the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program are stuck, the German Foreign Office and the MP’s are eager to prepare new business deals and the normalization of relations. "

In an open letter to the inviting MP’s, STOP THE BOMB calls for the cancellation of the event. The letter states: "With such a meeting, you, the democratically elected representatives, repeatedly offer a propaganda platform to the officials of the Iranian dictatorship for their repressive policies, the justification for the persecution of dissidents and minorities and their anti-Semitism."

 

German Foreign Office beats the drum for expansion of Iran business

Head of Middle East Division at the "Iran Business Forum" in Frankfurt am Main

Press Release, May 15, 2014

The campaign STOP THE BOMB calls on the Federal Government to cancel the participation of Markus Potzel, Head of Middle East Division of the Federal Foreign Office at the "Business Forum Iran." The meeting is scheduled for May 23, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main. The "Maleki Group" which is the organizer, encourages German companies in their invitation explicitly to invest in Iran now, while negotiations about the nuclear conflict are still going on. The event is co-organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Frankfurt.

The Foreign Office legitimizes the aims of the event with the participation of Markus Potzel, a senior representative of the Foreign Office, with the blessing of the federal government. Omid Nouripour, the Green party's foreign policy spokesperson, already cancelled his participation after protests.
 
Ali Ashraf Afkhami is announced to be another speaker.* Afkhami is the chairman of Tehran's Bank of Industry and Mine, which is on the sanctions list of the European Union. Afkhami is also the manager of the financial empire of revolutionary leader Khamenei, which is acquired through expropriation of regime opponents and used for terrorist purposes.

Among the speakers is also the Iranian ambassador in Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar. Attar is accused to be responsible for massacres in the Kurdish areas during his tenure as governor of the Iranian province of Kurdistan. He is also accused to be responsible for the procurement of illegal activities for the Iranian nuclear program in Germany. 
Ulrike Becker, spokeswoman for the campaign STOP THE BOMB comments: "It is scandalous that a senior official of the Foreign Office takes part in a promotional event for doing business with Iran. This accommodates to the attempts of Rouhani to split the Western opponents of the Iranian nuclear program. The Iranian regime will interpret the participation of Markus Potzel rightly as support of the Federal Government and harden its position in the nuclear issue even more. Whoever trades with this regime, finances the Iranian nuclear program and the suppression of the Iranian people by Holocaust deniers who threaten Israel with annihilation."


*The "Maleki Group" has stated in the meantime that Ali Ashraf Afkhami will not participate in the event.

 

 

German Trade Association NUMOV is courting the Iranian regime

STOP THE BOMB campaign protests against German-Iranian Business Conference in Berlin

Press release, April 7, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8, the five members of the Security Council and Germany will negotiate in Vienna about the Iranian nuclear program. At the same time in Berlin, NUMOV, the biggest German business lobby organization for the Middle will hold a "German - Iranian Business Conference". Six high officials of the Islamic Republic will speak at the event, according to the program, including Industry Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh and Akbar Turkan, an advisor to Iran’s President Rouhani. One of the speakers from NUMOV will be board member Martin Herrenknecht, whose company produces tunnel-boring machines. Iranian nuclear facilities are partially hidden deeply in mountain ranges.

Experts fear that new and stronger trade relations with Iran will weaken the West in the negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue. Sanctions have forced Iran to participate in the current negotiations. When the economic pressure fades, the risk is high that the laboriously constructed international sanctions regime will collapse.

Michael Spaney, spokesman for the campaign STOP THE BOMB comments: "There is no sign that the Iranian nuclear program is dismantled, but German companies reward the Iranian regime with new deals. The number of executions in Iran is rising dramatically. In Syria, 150,000 people have been killed, and Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah are jointly responsible. The intensification of trade with Iran by German business associations rewards the terrorist course of the Iranian regime and makes a military escalation more likely."

It is the goal of Iranian president Rouhani, to reduce the economic pressure on the regime and to continue with its nuclear program. U.S. President Obama has announced that in case the negotiations fail sanctions will be tightened and the breaching of sanctions will be severely punished. "As long as the Islamist regime in Iran stays in power that threatens its neighbors and exerts terror against opponents, conferences like these have no legitimacy," says Michael Spaney.

The campaign STOP THE BOMB will protest on 8 April 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in front of NUMOV, Jägerstraße 63d, 10117 Berlin.

 

 

Germany: Seminar with an Iranian Ambassador of neo-fascism

German-Iranian business lobby undermines sanctions and invites anti-Semitic ex-ambassador

For tomorrow Friday February 28, the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce (DIHK) announces a seminar in Hamburg on "Sanction relief and the current state of economic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran." (1) Guest speaker from Iran is the former ambassador of the Iranian regime in France, Seyed Mehdi Miraboutalebi. In Paris, he chose a prominent gathering of right-wing extremists as a forum to agitate against "the Zionist regime called Israel". A Zionist lobby controls the U.S. government, the anti-Semitic ambassador claimed. (2)

In Hamburg, the Chamber of Commerce wants to explain to German companies how to grab “new chances” and “business opportunities” in the Iran business despite continuing sanctions. The seminar is part of a series of events for the promotion of German exports to Iran, partly supported by the Ministry of Economy. Just a few days ago, a German business delegation led by the president of the Hannover Chamber of Commerce Horst Schrage traveled to Tehran. According to Iranian press reports Schrage stated, that German companies are going to continue expanding economic relations regardless of the results of the nuclear talks in Geneva. (3) By contrast, the U.S. government strongly warns against new business and threatens severe consequences for companies engaging in risky deals with Tehran. (4)

STOP THE BOMB spokesman Michael Spaney commented: "An erosion of the sanctions by the German-Iranian business lobby encourages the Iranian Islamists to maintain their nuclear weapons program, causing disastrous effects for the region and the world. The seminar with a prominent Iranian anti-Semite and friend of fascists shows a portrait of manners of a milieu, that wants to do business with Tehran at any cost despite the sad record of executions in Iran and the massive military support of the anti-Semitic terrorist regime for the mass murderer Assad. The German Federal Government must state clearly that the central sanctions against the Islamic Republic are still in effect and that sanction infringements are punished by law. "

(1) http://www.dihkev.de/files/1274/upload/Ablaufplan%20des%20Seminars%20am%2028%2002%202014.pdf

(4) http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/obama-vows-ton-of-bricks-pain-for-iran-sanctions-violators-114021200020_1.html

 

 

Berlin's ex-mayor Walter Momper (SPD) undermines sanction pressure on Iran

The STOP THE BOMB initiative considers event "shameful" for German social democracy

press release January 15th, 2014

On January 22nd, 2014 the German business association "Berliner Wirtschaftsgespräche e.V." and its chairman Walter Momper (SPD) are inviting for an event in the Iranian embassy in Berlin.
 
According to the announcement, "the economic relations of the countries and cities, the economic development of the country as well as the possibilities of cooperation are in the center" of the conversation between the former mayor of Berlin and the Iranian Ambassador Sheikh Attar .
 
The campaign STOP THE BOMB calls on Walter Momper to distance himself from this event which undermines sanction pressure. STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney: "The planned business event with Walter Momper and an Iranian official responsible for massive human rights violations is shameful in itself. Additionally it unleashes the risk that the pressure for nuclear concessions from Iran for a final agreement is nullified. Walter Momper and the German social democracy should refrain from everything that puts at risk the arduously constructed international sanctions system and strengthens the Iranian despotism against their democratic opponents."
 
The Revolutionary Guard Attar is accused of being responsible for serious human rights violations in Kurdistan-Iran and for threatening Iranian dissidents in Germany. As a confidant of Ahmadinejad he was appointed  ambassador to Germany and stands for continuity in the policies of the regime. Attar is considered to be the coordinator for the illicit procurement activities for the Iranian nuclear weapons program in Western Europe.
 
International sanctions have brought back the Iranian regime to the negotiating table to negotiate its illegal nuclear program. Events such as Walter Momper's with Sheikh Attar undermine a non-military solution to the nuclear crisis .

The Iranian regime used the time from a settled interim agreement in November 2013 to its planned implementation on January 20th for advancing the construction of the plutonium reactor in Arak, to enrich more uranium and to produce advanced centrifuges. According to the US administration the chances for a final agreement  are  50 to 50. Signals of normality in trade relations with Iran release the pressure on the Iranian regime and reduce even more the likelihood of a final agreement.

 

 

 

Geneva Nuclear Deal with Iran: Surrender instead of Freeze

STOP THE BOMB criticizes the Geneva deal as appeasement

Press Release, November 24, 2013

The coalition STOP THE BOMB condemned the outcome of the Geneva talks between the Iranian regime and the UN veto powers and Germany . The result can’t be called a freeze of Iran’s nuclear program. Rather, dangerous concessions were made to the the Iranian regime: So Iran can continue the construction of the plutonium reactor at Arak with slight limitations , centrifuges are not dismantled and the uranium enrichment can be continued. The political scientist Matthias Küntzel has pointed out that the agreement stays behind existing UN sanctions on Iran in 2006  calling upon Iran to refrain from all uranium enrichment  and plutonium activities. [1]

Instead of stopping Iran's nuclear program, new sanctions were stopped and existing ones removed. Among those are sanctions regarding the petrochemical sector, precious metals, the automotive industry and civil aviation . [2 ]

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney criticized the threat to the hard-won sanctions regime: " The suspension of sanctions is a fatal signal of appeasement . In six months Iran will have enriched more uranium, and the construction of the Arak heavy water reactor will have dangerously advanced. The political signal going out from this is extremely devastating. After this agreement it is much more difficult to increase the sanction pressure again. Tehran is also signaled that the West shuns any serious confrontation with the regime. The West also ignored the security concerns of Arab states and Israel, for which the Iranian nuclear weapons program represents an existential threat.“

The Political scientist Matthias Küntzel concludes : "  The surrender in Geneva allows Iran to become a nuclear threshold state and provides legitimacy and impetus for Iran’s efforts. It has made hopes for a peaceful resolution of the nuclear conflict extremely difficult. The consequences are unpredictable."

[1] See: Matthias Küntzel, Surrender in Geneva 

[2] The nuclear deal, full text (CNN)

 

German federal agency BAFA allowed export of components for nuclear weapons program in Iran

Press Release, November 8, 2013 

STOP THE BOMB criticizes mild sentence, calls for a committee of inquiry and the dismissal of BAFA’s President

Unexpectedly lenient penalties were imposed today against four merchants and entrepreneurs by the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg in the Arak trial in Hamburg. Despite prison sentences of between 33 months and 4 years, only the defendant Ali K. must go to jail, Rudolf M. and Kianzad K. are spared from further imprisonment. The mediator Hamid Kh. received a suspended sentence. The convicts had supplied components for the Iranian heavy water reactor in Arak and falsified documents in order to mislead the regulatory authorities. If the reactor in Arak goes on line as planned next year, plutonium for two nuclear bombs per year would be produced there. [1]

Trial observer and political scientist Matthias Küntzel comments: “This verdict has no deterrent effect because the two defendants from the German mid tier business were freed without further detention. This downgrades the smuggling for Iranian plutonium plants to a trivial offense.”

The trial also revealed a blatant failure of the German supervisory authorities, in particular the Federal Office of Export Control (BAFA). The special components for the nuclear weapons program were delivered to Iran despite repeated warnings and evidence from the U.S., but also from the German intelligence service. While the BAFA issued a so-called “zero notice” clearance certificate, the foreign ministry also restrained concerns about the exports. The judge spoke of “misconduct” by the authorities.

BAFA has been sharply criticized in summer for waving through poison gas components exports to the Assad regime in Syria. [2] In December 2011, STOP THE BOMB pointed out that the authority ignored clear evidence of sanctions violations concerning Iran. [3]

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney comments: “If documents and explicit evidence of dangerous and illegal business with Iran are ignored time and again, one cannot speak of incompetence anymore. By issuing an export license for the supply of special valves for the heavy water reactor at Arak, BAFA has become complicit in the nuclear armament of the inhuman anti-Semitic regime in Tehran.”

Therefore, the coalition STOP THE BOMB calls for the establishment of a parliamentary investigation committee and the dismissal of BAFA’s President Arnold Wallraff.

Additional background information: http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/deutschland-iran/bafa.html  

[1] www.isisnucleariran.org/sites/detail/arak/  

[2] www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/streit-ueber-giftgasangriff-deutschland-hat-syrien-chemikalien-geliefert-12579860.html   

[3] http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/germany-iran/hansa.html

 

 

Negotiating until Iran has the bomb?

STOP THE BOMB criticizes talks with Iranian regime in Geneva

Press release, November 6, 2013

The European coalition STOP THE BOMB severely criticizes the new round of negotiations on the Ayatollahs' nuclear program in Geneva. The coalition has been campaigning for tough sanctions against the Iranian regime, for Western support of the Iranian opposition and for the prevention of a nuclear Iran since 2007, with the support of Nobel Prize laureates Elie Wiesel, Imre Kertesz and Elfriede Jelinek.

Political analyst and Scientific Director of STOP THE BOMB, Stephan Grigat, criticizes the P5+1 negotiators for departing from the UN Security Council resolutions, which demand the complete cessation of uranium enrichment: "If these negotiations - which legitimize a regime that has already lost its legitimacy with large parts of the Iranian population - really have to take place, they should at least completely eliminate the Iranian nuclear threat. The goals of the negotiations should therefore be the complete and verifiable cessation of uranium enrichment, the complete removal of all enriched uranium out of the country, the closure of the nuclear facility in Fordo, the dismantling of the centrifuges in Natanz and the shutdown of the heavy water reactor in Arak."

The spokesman for STOP THE BOMB Europe, Michael Spaney, refers to the negative role President Rouhani had in the conflict about Iran's nuclear weapons program in the past: "As chief negotiator in 2005, Rouhani decisively advanced Iran's nuclear program with his strategy of deception. During his election campaign Rouhani boasted of deceiving, delaying and secretly advancing the nuclear program. The regime in Tehran is again playing for time. A new report of the Institute for Science and International Security estimates that Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium for one bomb within a month. The West must not be fooled by the delaying tactics of Iran's rulers and has to intensify the pressure on the regime."

 

 

STOP THE BOMB demands cancellation of Iran trip by Hannes Swoboda MEP

Press Release, Berlin / Vienna, October 18, 2013

Iran visit of Members of European Parliament thwarts Western position

The European coalition STOP THE BOMB, which campaigns for tough economic and political sanctions against the Iranian regime, demands the cancellation of the trip to Iran by Hannes Swoboda MEP, head oft he Social Democratic Group in the European Parliament, and his colleagues, scheduled for October 19th. [1]

STOP THE BOMB’s spokesperson for Europe, Michael Spaney cautions: „In a situation, when Western countries are trying to maintain a common position towards the Iranian regime, such a trip is completely inappropriate. Despite the recent negotiations in Geneva and Hassan Rouhani’s charme offensive, the centrifuges of the Iranian nuclear program are still spinning to enrich Uranium. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have meanwhile taken over the command in the Syrian civil war. Numerous regime representatives have repeated the annihilation threats against Israel since Rouhani’s inauguration. The regime also continues with the brutal oppression of any opposition inside Iran. Homosexuals are still threatened by the death penalty; the persecution of Bahai and other minorities has not changed at all. Against this background, this trip would send the completely wrong message and foster the openly announced tactics of Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif, to divide Europe and the US.” [2]

Stefan Schaden, spokesperson of STOP THE BOMB in Austria, directly addresses Hannes Swoboda: “We demand the immediate cancellation of your visit to the Iranian regime. This trip entirely contradicts the spirit of the EU's sanctions which are still in place. It undermines the international efforts for a common position towards the Iranian regime. Instead of increasing pressure on Tehran, this trip offers the regime the possibility to celebrate yet another propaganda success. It would be appalling to see it was an Austrian politician who helps the Iranian regime of Holocaust deniers to become respectable again.“

[1] http://kurier.at/politik/eu/hannes-swoboda-reist-nach-teheran/31.438.222

[2] http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/rouhanis-negotiating-strategy-divide-and-isolate

Rohani talks about peace and wages war in Syria

STOP THE BOMB coalition warns against concessions to the Iranian Regime

Press Release, September 26, 2013

After the speech of the new Iranian President to the General Assembly of the United Nations German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed his relief:  It is important that Rohani did not use "sharp, unforgiving rhetoric". The policy of the Islamic Republic however, did not change but in rhetoric.

In his speech, Rohani has just announced to be ready for talks. With this announcement he stands in the tradition of his predecessors. So far, the regime has used negotiations only to gain time.

As Iranian chief negotiator Rohani (2003-2005) stood for the acceleration of the nuclear program and the deception of the West at the same time. He boasted how he advanced the construction of centrifuges while he negotiated with the Europeans. [1] In the 2013 election campaign Rohani highlighted  this ploy as an argument to elect him - an announcement to use this deception tactics also in the future.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney comments: "The Iranian president  Rohani  has deceived the West in the past about the nature of Iran's nuclear program. His approach is smarter than Ahmadinejad’s. However, the aim of an atomic bomb is the same. It is therefore extremely important that the German Government and its partners remain firm in exerting pressure on the Iranian regime before Iran can reach the nuclear break-out. The sanctions are effective. Without pressure, the regime does not move one inch. "

It remains to be seen whether Rohani in the P5 +1 negotiations will submit proposals like shutting down the nuclear site Fordo as was reported by the German weekly "Der Spiegel". Should suggestions like this be made, it must be tested if they can stop the Iranian regime from building nuclear weapons, which experts doubt in the case of Fordo.

The Iranian regime is the most dangerous power in the Middle East. In a training camp in Tehran fighters from across the Arab world are preparing to fight in Syria. The  Iranian Revolutionary Guards have taken over the command of the fighting in Syria. The financing of terrorist  Hamas in Gaza has restarted after differences, the German daily "Die Welt" even reports on a terror alliance of Al-Qaeda leadership with Iran. The difference between Ahmadinejad's  Holocaust denial is only in tone, not in substance. [2]

The litmus test of change for the regime ist to stop the terror against its own population. But  beyond the tactical release of some political prisoners that is not the case. In September alone, more than 50 Iranians were executed, six people on the very day of Rohanis UN speech. "While Rohani eloquently laments an imaginary Irano- and Islamophobia, he showed no willingness for reconciliation towards its own society," says Michael Spaney. "But how can one trust the peace gestures of a president who leads the war against his own people?"

[1] “While we were talking with  the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the facility in Isfahan. . . . in fact, by creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work in  Isfahan. Today, we can convert yellowcake into UF4 and UF6, and this is a very important matter.” Vgl. http://www.brandeis.edu/crown/publications/meb/MEB5.pdf

[2] See Matthias Küntzel, "Moderate" Holocaust Denial in Iran?

 

Universities in Potsdam and Frankfurt cooperate with Islamist Elite School in Iran

The coalition STOP THE BOMB demands the end of the joint academic program of the University of Religions and Denominations (URD) in Qom and the University of Potsdam.

The Institute of Religious Studies in Potsdam and the URD in Qom declared the beginning of cooperation in 2011. In September, a delegation of the University of Potsdam and the Goethe University Frankfurt / Main will travel to Iran.

The University of Potsdam justifies the cooperation pointing to the importance of interfaith dialogue and academic exchange, but doesn’t take into consideration that the URD follows and perpetuates the totalitarian and anti-Semitic state doctrine of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iranian religious scholar Seyed Mostafa Azmayesh writes: “The goal of the URD in Qom is to support lobbyists, who have the potential to convince Western intellectuals that Iran is speaking truth and that the opinion of others is wrong.” [1] The purpose therefore is to spread the religious and political propaganda of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney explains: “Under the guise of interfaith dialogue, Islamist hardliners learn which kind of propaganda to use in the West, while religious minorities in Iran get arrested, tortured and assassinated. An interfaith dialogue with the Islamist elite of the regime, who actively persecutes religious minorities, means mocking the victims.”

Last week Ataollah Rezwani, an adherent of the Bahá'í Faith, which continues to be persecuted in Iran, was murered.[2] For 34 years German institutions have been trying to pursue a “critical dialogue” with Iran. This did not lead to liberalization in Iran. On the contrary, the nuclear program advances; and even after the presidential election of the so called reformist Rouhani in June 2013, the number of executions has been rising.[4]

The cooperation is backed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which signed a Memorandum of Understanding last year, in order to strengthen academic relationships with Iran. The fact that Kamran Daneshjoo, the Iranian Minister of Science, Research, and Technology at the time, was on the European Union sanctions list because of his alleged involvement in Iranian nuclear warhead design and work, was ignored. [5]

STOP THE BOMB condemns the cooperation particularly in times of international efforts to isolate Iran and impose sanctions on the Iranian regime. This cooperation only provides the totalitarian regime legitimacy and helps the regime with its propaganda efforts. STOP THE BOMB therefore demands the end of the joint academic program with the University of Religions and Denominations in Qom.

More information is available at an event of the organization Bündnis gegen Antisemitismus on the 5th of the September in Potsdam: http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/veranstaltungen/dialog.html 

[1] Compare jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/1832/. Compare also a report in the Jerusalem Post: “But what is overlooked is that the URD follows the totalitarian and anti-Semitic state doctrine. How can one work with an institute that spreads hate propaganda against the Bahai religion and the State of Israel, as well as defends the forced veiling of women.” www.jpost.com/International/Outrage-over-anti-Semitic-German-Iranian-program

[2] See http://www.bahai.de/artikel/datum/2013/08/27/iranischer-bahai-ermordet.html

[3] See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323681904578640491141654014.html; According to official information of the Iranian regime 35 persons were executed between 14-26 August. (http://iranhr.net/spip.php?article2860)

[4] See https://www.daad.de/portrait/presse/pressemitteilungen/2012/21609.de.html;  http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/10/10/germanys-double-dealing-on-iran/

[5] See http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:088:0001:0112:EN:PDF. Kamran Daneshjoo also demands the dismissal of lecturers who are not loyal to the regime and gender segregation at universities. (http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2010/03/daneshjoo_iran/)

 

 

New massacre of Iranian dissidents in Iraq

Campaign STOP THE BOMB demands protection and admission of Iranian Refugees 

Press release, September 3, 2013

On the morning of 1 September, Iraqi special forces directly subordinated to Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki, attacked the refugee Camp Ashraf and killed more than 50 residents, members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran. According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the Iranian regime boasted about its involvement in the massacre in the media. [1] 

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney says: "Germany has a special responsibility for this tragic situation because German diplomat Martin Kobler was UN Special Representative for Iraq from 2011 until June 2013. In this capacity he was significantly involved in the forced resettlement of a majority of the inhabitants to camp Liberty. Ignoring their harsh protest Kobler negotiated the fate of the refugees with the Iranian regime that persecutes and kills them." [2]

The resettlement of refugees from Camp Ashraf to camp Liberty took place in 2012. Liberty is completely ill-equipped in every way and offers no protection for the refugees from external attacks. This was confirmed by Kobler’s former adviser Tahar Boumedra, who therefore resigned from his position. [3] The remaining refugees in Camp Ashraf were also vulnerable due to the resettlement. If there is no help from outside the risk of further massacres in both camps is high.

In 2009 and 2011, the Iraqi army, supported by the regime in Tehran, attacked the Iranian refugees and killed several dozen people. Two rocket attacks followed. [4]

STOP THE BOMB condemns the brutal crimes in Camp Ashraf and calls on the Federal Government of Germany to do everything for the protection of refugees living in Iraq, i.e. demand free access of international aid agencies and the media, but particularly to allow the admission of refugees from Iraq to Germany.

[1] https://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/ashraf-liberty/14497-iranian-regime-takes-responsibility-for-attack-against-ashraf

[2] Kobler said in 2012 : "I am in close contact with the Iranian authorities to allow these people to return voluntarily to Iran. Iraq is committed not to deport anybody to Iran against his will. But I am confident that many will go back to Iran." (FAZ, Feb. 2, 2012 ) In addition, he praised the "positive role" of the Iranian regime in Iraq. german.irib.ir/nachrichten/politik/item/205963-uno-wuerdigt-irans-positive-rolle-im-irak; www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/97669

[3] Boumedra explained: "When Iraq was ready to start relocating the exiles to the new site at Camp Liberty in December 2011, I made several visits to inspect Camp Liberty, and told Kobler that it was not fit to accommodate 3,400 men and women. Kobler visited Camp Liberty and saw that I was right; yet when the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hired a consultant to assess the conditions at Camp Liberty, Kobler pressured him to certify that the camp met all required humanitarian standards, which we knew was far from the truth. After the consultant declined, Kobler issued a report that misled the international community and the exiles alike into believing the standards were being met so the transfer process could proceed.” thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/guest-commentary/244733-former-un-human-rights-chief-in-baghdad-tahar-boumedra-why-i-quit-the-un-in-iraq 

[4] See Stop the bomb press release of February 11, 2013.  

 

 

Only full ban of Hezbollah is effective!

STOP THE BOMB calls partial ban insufficient

Press Release, July 23, 2013

The coalition STOP THE BOMB regards today's ban of Hezbollah's 'military wing' in the European Union as a first step, but demands a full ban of the terrorist organization.

Hezbollah does not recognize the distinction between a „military“ and a „political“ wing. In their founding manifest, they wrote: „Our military apparatus is not separate from our overall social fabric. Each of us is a fighting soldier.“ [1] This position is repeatedly reinforced by Hezbollah until today. [2]

Stephan Grigat, scientific advisor and co-founder of STOP THE BOMB, comments: "Without a total ban, Hezbollah will still be able to continue fundraising and to promote its anti-Semitic and terrorist agenda in Europe. Continued 'political dialogue' with this organization is a stab in the back of that part of the Lebanese population who does not want to give in to Hezbollah's terror and the Iranian regime's interference in Lebanon."

As the terrorist attack last summer in Bulgaria shows, Europe is confronted with crimes of Hezbollah. According to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution the terrorist organization is present with nearly 1,000 supporters in Germany alone. [3]

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney comments: "If a designation of Hezbollah cannot be implemented on the EU level, Germany and other EU countries have to take unilateral measures against Hezbollah. A first test of the seriousness of the action against Hezbollah would be a ban of the annual 'Al Quds march' which is organized by the Iranian Regime and Hezbollah and will take place this Saturday, 3rd August in Berlin. [4]

[1] Compare the open letter of Hezbollah which was published in February 1985.

[2] Deputy General Secretary of Hezbollah, Naim Qassem said in a speech in 2012: „We don't have a military wing and a political one“. See Daily Star, October 7, 2012.

[3] In its report of 2011, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution mentioned the number of 950 Hezbollah activists.

[4] Each year, Hezbollah and other Islamists celebrate the so-called "Al Quds" day, which was initiated by Ayatollah Khomeini as an international day of fight against Israel.

 

 


Is the German Government out for Iranian Oil?

Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier and Iranian Oilminister to attend a conference in Frankfurt

Press Release, July 9, 2013

Under the patronage of German Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier and Federal Minister of Economics Philipp Rösler, on 10 July 2013 a conference will be held with the title “Energy Security – How to Feed and Secure the Global Demand.“ (1)

Among the speakers are Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier and Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi, a General of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. (2)

The Revolutionary Guards are among the most brutal representatives of the Islamist regime in Teheran. They are responsible not only for terrorist attacks abroad, but also for the Iranian Nuclear Program and the repression of the Iranian freedom movement. Furthermore, they control big parts of the Iranian economy.

According to a press release on the conference „high level policy maker“ will discuss „political developments in producing countries“ and „geostrategic implications of changing global energy supply routes“. However, the EU imposed sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum is as an entity on the EU sanctions list. (3)

The campaign STOP THE BOMB protests against the invitation of Ghasemi. Michael Spaney, Spokesperson for the STOP THE BOMB said: „It seems as if the German government wants to find a way to arrange oil and gas deals for German companies with Iran, while the Iranian nuclear program is making progress, threatens the global security and will result in a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Instead of increasing the pressure on the regime, Germany still sticks to appeasement-politics and discusses to lift sanctions.“

During his election campaign, Iran’s new president Rohani boasted with having mislead his negotiating partners during the nuclear talks 2003-2005 by making false promises. (4) While the Iranian centrifuges still enrich uranium every day, Rohani – a close ally of religious leader Chameinei – is going to stall for time to reach an atomic bomb. Whether or not the new president is going to be successful with this strategy will partly depend on the fact how many invitations Iranian representatives are going to receive within the next few months.

(1) Organizers are the Munich Security Conference and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum chaired by MSC chairman, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, and F.A.Z. publisher, Dr. Günther Nonnenmacher. http://www.faz-forum.com/security/

(2) Another Iranian speaker is Dr. Mehdi Asali, Energy Advisor at the Iranian Oil Ministry. Compare the program of the conference.

(3) http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:282:0058:0069:EN:PDF

(4) Compare Matthias Küntzel, Präsident Rohani gehört zur alten Machtclique, 27.6.2013, http://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/article/view/id/16314 (in German).

 

STOP THE BOMB: Hassan Rowhani is neither a reformer nor moderate

Berlin, June 19, 2013

Iran's new president Hassan Rowhani is celebrated as a beacon of hope for democratic reform in Iran and as a future dialogue partner of the West. However, he is neither a reformer nor moderate: In 1999 Rowhani demanded the execution of students protesting against the Iranian regime. [1]

Hopes are pinned to Rowhani also because of his role in the nuclear conflict: The Iranian negotiator allegedly had made significant concessions to the European Union in 2003. [2]

However, Rowhani’s aim was the neutralization of international pressure shortly after the illegal nuclear program had been unveiled. After he promised that Iran would suspend the enrichment of uranium the EU 3 (Germany, UK and France) prevented that Iran's nuclear program was discussed at the UN Security Council. Rowhani later boasted of having deceived his negotiating partners and that Iran secretly advanced its nuclear weapons capability. [3]

Rowhani’s promise to follow a “path of moderation” must be understood in the context of Khamenei’s announcement that foreign policy will not change. [4] If the new president announces that there should be no foreign interference in Syria, he only means the opponents of Bashar al-Assad. The Iranian regime has intensified its own intervention in Syria and reportedly just a few days ago decided to send 4,000 Revolutionary Guards to Syria. [5] Just like Khamenei the new president supports the Assad regime because for him it is the "front line of the fight against Zionism" that should "not be weakened." [6]

"Should Hassan Rowhani manage to win more time in the nuclear negotiations, the Iranian regime will soon have nuclear weapons. Rather than initiating a new round of dialogue with someone who represents the strategy of deception in the nuclear conflict, the Federal Government should follow the example of Canada", said Michael Spaney, spokesperson of STOP THE BOMB.

The Canadian government has cut off economic and diplomatic relations with the Iranian regime while supporting the Iranian opposition against the Islamic dictatorship.
[7] 

 

[1] http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3240618.stm

[2] This is stressed in a press release of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Fraction of June 17, 2013, http://www.cducsu.de/Titel__ausgang_der_iranischen_praesidentschaftswahl_kann_ein_zeichen_fuer_hoffnung_und_dialog_sein/TabID__6/SubTabID__7/InhaltTypID__1/InhaltID__26018/Inhalte.aspx 

[3] "While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the facility in Isfahan, but we still had a long way to go to complete the project," he said. "In fact, by creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work on Isfahan." http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/14/international/middleeast/14iran.html?_r=0. Compare the analysis „Hassan Rowhani and his good relations to Berlin“ (in German) of Matthias Küntzel, www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/hassan-rohani-ein-mann-mit-guten-beziehungen-nach-berlin.

[4] http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/06/04/No-concessions-to-west-Iran-s-Khamenei-tells-candidates.html

[5] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-to-send-4000-troops-to-aid-president-assad-forces-in-syria-8660358.html

[6] Compare Press TV, http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/220357.html

[7] http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/29/canada-ends-all-trade-with-iran-citing-grave-and-sincere-concern-over-nuclear-program/

 

 

STOP THE BOMB Demands Increase of Sanctions against Iran

Press Release, April 7, 2013 

The coalition STOP THE BOMB calls for stronger political and economic sanctions against the Iranian regime after the end of nuclear talks in Kasachstan. The talks in Almaty were not only fruitless, but revealed once again Iran’s tactical intentions: buying time through blinding. Instead of negotiating about a substantial offer made by the P5+1 the Iranian side acted evasive and joined with their own demands that are rightfully beyond any acceptance for the international community, particularly because the Iranian regime demanded the lifting of all sanctions for only insignificant concessions, an offer which does not contribute to a solution of the conflict and therefore is unacceptable at this point. [1]

Saba Farzan, Senior Fellow and Head of Iran Research of the Mideast Freedom Forum, assesses the new round of failed negotiations as a turning point: „Once again it has become visible that it is the Iranian regime that desperately needs those talks, but not the world community. Questions and serious concerns over this clandestine nuclear programm will never be answered by this regime. Now more than ever a consistent Iran policy is needed which offers direct diplomacy with the Iranian people, support for the secular and democratic opposition, a diplomatic boycott of the Islamic Republic and a full trade embargo with the exception of food and medicine.“  [2]

A lot is at stake in this now for almost two decades ongoing conflict – the security of Israel and Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, the future of the Non – Proliferation Treaty and the fate of Iran’s civil society. With united determination and political courage a true change in Iran must be supported so that this enduring conflict can be solved peacefully.

After ten years of endless dialogue with Iran’s dictatorship the democratic world owes it to itself to speed up on first signs of a much tougher political and economic stance. [3]

[1] Compare the analysis of Laura Rozen: http://backchannel.al-monitor.com/index.php/2013/04/4976/us-diplomat-substantive-iran-nuclear-talks-reveal-distance-between-two-sides/ 

[2] Compare the more detailed analysis of Saba Farzan: www.tagesspiegel.de/meinung/gastbeitrag-das-iranische-regime-kaempft-gegen-sich-selbst/7814922.html     

[3] http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Iran-big-powers-at-odds-in-nuclear-talks-in-Kazakhstan-308822

 

No Stage for the Iranian Regime!

STOP THE BOMB protests against the invitation of the Iranian ambassador to the Evangelische Akademie

Berlin, April 4, 2013

The coalition STOP THE BOMB calls on the Evangelische Akademie Loccum, a center belonging to the Lutheran Church Hannover, to recall the invitation of representatives of the Iranian regime to a conference on the Iranian civil society. The Iranian regime's ambassador to Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar and Kazem Sadjadpour from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are invited to speak at the conference on April 18, 2013. The title of the conference is "A New Policy for the Middle East. How can the Iranian civil society be strengthened? " [1] For this conference, the Evangelische Akademie applied for funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Sheikh Attar is accused to being directly responsible for numerous killings in the Kurdish areas of Iran. Michael Spaney, spokesperson for STOP THE BOMB Germany, asks the Evangelische Akademie to follow the example of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Saxony and the Neuhardenberg Foundation, which have canceled similar events with the Iranian ambassador due to protests. [2] "We particularly expect that the representatives of the CDU and SPD in the convent of the Academy, among them Björn Thümler, chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in Lower Saxony and Stefan Schostok, SPD candidate for the office of mayor in Hanover, will speak out against the participation of Attar and Sadjadpour. In case this will not happen, we are calling on the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, not to promote this conference, which serves as a stage for the Iranian regime. "

Saba Farzan, a publicist and head of Iran research at the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin criticized in an open letter the overall design of the conference: " To pretend that this conference is designed to strengthen the Iranian civil society is a mockery of the young Iranian generation and their courage." [3]

Dr. Stephan Grigat, a political scientist and co-founder of STOP THE BOMB, refers to the principal problem of a dialogue with representatives of the Iranian regime. "It is particularly absurd to discuss with Sheikh Attar, a confidant of Iran’s president Ahmadinejad or with a representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry which in 2006 organized the Holocaust denier conference, about how to strengthen the Iranian civil society. But regardless of the particular topic, every invitation of representatives of the dictatorship of the Ayatollahs in Iran legitimizes the Iranian regime and weakens the Iranian opposition in Iran and in exile. The Iranian regime is well known for the persecution of gays, the oppression of women and bloody repression against the freedom movement and for repeated threats of annihilation against Israel. The Iranian nuclear and missile program will provide the possibility for the regime to make these threats real in the near future. "

Hiwa Bahrami, the spokesman of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in Germany, calls for the cancellation of the participation of Sheikh Attar: "The West has to finally profess its unambiguous support of the Iranian opposition rather than going on in leading a fruitless dialogue with the murderers of the Iranian freedom movement and the anti-Semitic Holocaust deniers. All dangers posed by this regime, can ultimately only be resolved if this regime is overthrown. "

[1] http://www.loccum.de/programm/p1317.html 

[2] Compare to the protests against the Neuhardenberg-Foundation: http://de.stopthebomb.net/neuhardenberg.html; on the protests against the invitation of Sheikh Attar to a conference of the Böll-Stiftung in Saxony in 2009: http://de.stopthebomb.net/leipzig.html 

[3] Compare the open letter of Saba Farzan: http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/evangelische-akademie.html

Missile attacks on Iranian refugee camp in Iraq

Press Release, February 11, 2013

STOP THE BOMB demands the dismissal of the UN envoy to Iraq, Martin Kobler, and the protection of Iranian refugees by the Federal Government

On the morning of 9 February 2013, more than 30 rockets and mortars were fired at the Iranian refugee camp "Camp Liberty" in Iraq. At least 6 members of the Iranian opposition group MEK were killed in the attack. The Iraqi army attacked the Iranian refugees before with support from the regime in Tehran in 2009 and 2011 and killed several dozen people.

Martin Kobler has been UN Special Representative for Iraq since August 2011. He worked as bureau chief for Joschka Fischer before. Today he is responsible for the Iranian refugees in Iraq. Kobler and the Iraqi government pressured the Iranian refugees  to move from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty, a former facility of the U.S. Army. Allegedly this should facilitate a quick transfer to third countries. According to Tahar Boumedra, a former UN official, Kobler knew that the new location did not meet the humanitarian standards of a refugee camp. However, Kobler declared that all necessary preconditions for a transfer were met. (1)

Against strong protest of the refugees Kobler negotiated with Iranian authorities about the fate of the refugees, claiming against his better knowledge that a large number of the residents of Ashraf / Liberty was prepared to return voluntarily to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Kobler praised the Islamists in Tehran for the "creation of stable and secure conditions" in Iraq. (2)

STOP THE BOMB co-founder Andreas Benl says: "All the evidence of this brutal terrorist attack points to the responsibility of the regime in Tehran. Kobler has negotiated with this regime about the repatriation of the persecuted dissidents, although in Iran they would be in an imminent danger to life and limb. We are demanding the immediate dismissal of Kobler. Every gesture of appeasement towards the Iranian regime encourages the regime to more acts of terror. The victims of this terror are oppositional Iranians, Syrian freedom fighters and Israelis. Whoever acts as a stooge of the Mullahs like Kobler does cannot confront this terror. "

STOP THE BOMB calls on the federal government to grant refugees from Camp Liberty residence permit in Germany and to support a dismissal of Martin Kobler. His responsibility for the deaths of refugees in Camp Liberty has to be investigated by an independent commission.

[1] "When Iraq was ready to start relocating the exiles to the new site at Camp Liberty in December 2011, I made several visits to inspect Camp Liberty, and told Kobler that it was not fit to accommodate 3,400 men and women. Kobler visited Camp Liberty and saw that I was right; yet when the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hired a consultant to assess the conditions at Camp Liberty, Kobler pressured him to certify that the camp met all required humanitarian standards, which we knew was far from the truth. After the consultant declined, Kobler issued a report that misled the international community and the exiles alike into believing the standards were being met so the transfer process could proceed.  He also had UNAMI staff take around 500 photographs at Camp Liberty, of which 20-30 of the least offensive were selected, and sent to the exiles’ parent organization in Paris with the message that the new site would measure 40 square kilometers, reduced to 2.5 square kilometers. On that basis, the exiles agreed to move out of Camp Ashraf. In reality, the site at Camp Liberty measures 0.6 square kilometers and is surrounded by three-to four-meter concrete walls. It reminds me of the concentration camp I lived in as a child during Algeria’s war of liberation." thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/guest-commentary/244733-former-un-human-rights-chief-in-baghdad-tahar-boumedra-why-i-quit-the-un-in-iraq

[2] "I am in close contact with Iranian authorities that the people can go back to Iran on the basis of their free will. Iraq has stated his commitment not to expulse anybody against his will to Iran. However, I am confident that many will go back to Iran." (FAZ 4.2.2012) 

http://german.irib.ir/nachrichten/politik/item/205963-uno-wuerdigt-irans-positive-rolle-im-irak; http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/97669.

 


„MAN’s Iran-business not acceptable“

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, January 16, 2013

The Campaign STOP THE BOMB supports the protests of the American organisation UANI (United Against Nuclear Iran) against the German company MAN. Within the framework of its shipping campaign UANI protests against MAN’s business with sanctioned Iranian shipping companies and against the involvement in the construction of new vessels for the Iranian regime. These activities undermine U.S., EU, and UN sanctions against the Iranian regime.

 

The Campaign STOP THE BOMB strongly protests against the Iran-business of MAN. STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney comments: „The new sanctions of the EU prohibit the participation in the construction of new oil tankers for Iran. We call upon MAN to immediately stop its activities for the Iranian regime, including those that are operated via third countries like China. This includes maintenance and refitting of engines for Iranian tankers. We call upon the German government, to implement an effective monitoring system on the national and the EU level, which can effectively prevent these kind of activities.“ [1]

 

The Iranian regime’s seaborne export capacity is an Achilles heel of the Iranian regime. International sanctions, restrictions on the provision of technical expertise and tanker replacement parts to Iran, and the age of the Iranian vessels limit the Iranian capacity to carry out its oil business. To modernize its tanker fleet the Iranian regime is dependant on the cooperation with companies like MAN, because few companies internationally can construct engines for very large crude carriers and provide maintenance.

 

Michael Spaney: „The Iranian shipping industry is directly controlled by the regime. In assisting the Iranian regime to overcome its problems in transportation, MAN supports the Iranian regime in developing its most lucrative economic sector. The regime uses revenues to finance its illegal nuclear weapons program and to support the Syrian regime that is brutally repressing its own people.“

 

In an open letter to MAN’s board UANI specifies the activities of MAN with the Iranian regime. You can find the letter here. Here are some selected activities:

 

  • Reportedly, a number of Iranian oil tankers are fitted with MAN Diesel & Turbo SE engines. Among them are the Iranian tankers “Camellia” and “Majestic” and the Iranian tanker “Justice”. These tankers are reportedly fitted with MAN B&W 6S70MC6 21 and 6S90MC-C22 engines, respectively with a MAN Diesel engine, model 6S90MC-C19.
  • MAN is reportedly involved in the construction of 12 new Very Large Crude Carriers for the NITC (National Iranian Tanker Company). NITC is on the EU sanctions list since October 2012. The vessels are being built in shipyards owned by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. Specifically, MAN Diesel & Turbo appears to be supplying Chinese companies with parts and technology to build low and medium-speed marine diesel engines, which are necessary to power the very large vessels.
  • MAN reportedly is directly cooperating with IRISL on the construction of at least five new vessels for the Iranian regime. IRISL is also on the sanctions list of the EU. MAN’s Iranian partner in the construction of these vessels is the Persian Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation (PGSC). PGSC is controlled by the Iranian regime. The PGSC is currently constructing two chemical tankers and three container ships for the NITC, IRISL and Hafiz Darya Shipping Co., an IRISL front company. All are fitted with MAN engines.
  •  MAN Diesel & Turbo also appears to have partnered with the Iran Heavy Diesel Engine Manufacturing Company (“DESA”), a regime-controlled corporation that provides services to sanctioned entities as the Iran Marine Industrial Company and the National Iranian Drilling Company. DESA is a subsidiary of the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran, an arm of the Iranian regime controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and blacklisted by the U.S. and EU for its activities in a wide range of nuclear and military industries. In light of their connections to IDRO, MAN’s apparent partnerships with DESA are clearly unacceptable.

[1] Compare Council Decision 2012/635/GASP of 15 October 2012 amending Decision 2010/413/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Iran, eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do

 

 

Protests against the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister to Germany

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, January 30, 2013

The campaign STOP THE BOMB protests against the invitation of Ali Akbar Salehi to the Munich Security Conference and to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), a German think tank.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian foreign minister, is invited to participate at the 49th Munich Security Conference, which will take place from 1 - 3 February in Munich. After the conference, Salehi will travel to Berlin and speak at the DGAP, an institute which is partly funded by the Foreign Office. [1]

STOP THE BOMB protests in the strongest terms against the invitation of Salehi. "The Iranian regime exploits the talks to gain time for the development of its atomic bomb. Salehi's invitation to Germany sends a signal to Tehran that there is still time for business as usual, instead of exerting pressure", says Michael Spaney, spokesman for STOP THE BOMB.

Three rounds of international talks with the Iranian regime on the nuclear conflict ended in 2012 without result. The leadership in Tehran refused to allow inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit its military facilities and openly admits that they deceive IAEA inspectors with false information. [2] The new talks with Salehi are held while in Iran a new wave of executions and public torture is taking place. [3]

Until he had been appointed foreign minister of Iran, Salehi himself, as head of the Iranian nuclear program, was on the EU sanctions list and banned from entering the EU.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney comments: "The Iranian regime, despite all talks, stays with its antisemitic and warmongering policy without compromise. The Iranian leadership continuously declares its intention to destroy the state of Israel, keeps on working on its nuclear arms programme and sends its terrorist allies to Syria and other countries – even into the EU. One shouldn't enhance the status of the regime with useless talks. However, public talks of the German government and the DGAP with Iranian oppositional forces would be of highest importance." [4]

The coalition STOP THE BOMB will protest in Berlin against Salehi's visit to the DGAP next Monday, February 4th at Rauchstrasse 17, 10787 Berlin. [5]

 

1] https://dgap.org/de/node/23256

[2] Rick Gladstone/Christine Hauser: Iran’s Top Atomic Official Says Nation Issued False Nuclear Data to Fool Spies, in: NYT, 20.09.2012, quoted in Matthias Küntzel, America’s Shifting “Red Lines” on Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions: A Wedge Issue in US–Israeli Relations. http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/americas-shifting-red-lines-on-irans-nuclear-ambitions-a-wedge-issue-in-usisraeli-relations
„If Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb, no one will be able to stop it“, threatened President Mahmud Ahmadinedjad. Compare George Jahn: 6 powers, Iran, remain split on nuclear issues, Associated Press, 08.06.2012. bigstory.ap.org/article/6-powers-iran-remain-split-nuclear-issues

[3] Compare http://jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/2026/; http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/world/middleeast/iran-resorts-to-hangings-in-public-to-cut-crime.html?ref=world&_r=1&; http://www.krone.at/Nachrichten/Iran_Immer_mehr_oeffentliche_Hinrichtungen-Keine_Gnade_fuer_Arme-Story-348343

[4] On international Holocaust Memorial Day Iran's president Ahmadinejad called on the Muslim world to fight together for an “end to Zionism”: “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on Muslim nations to pursue ‘specific aims’ to achieve unity, he said: ‘Under circumstances that the corrupt, uncultured and murderous Zionists are occupying and killing oppressed people, we should not sit idly by and take no action.’ President said putting an end to Zionism should be among the goals of unity among Muslim.” http://www.president.ir/en/44681.

[5] The coalition STOP THE BOMB is going to protest with a rally against the invitation of Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi at the DGAP: Monday, 4th of February 2013 at 11:30 am in front of the DGAP building at Rauchstraße 17, 10787 Berlin, in case the event is not called off. Further information: http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/dgap-2013.html#c2560

 

 

„MAN’s Iran-business not acceptable“

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, January 16, 2013

The Campaign STOP THE BOMB supports the protests of the American organisation UANI (United Against Nuclear Iran) against the German company MAN. Within the framework of its shipping campaign UANI protests against MAN’s business with sanctioned Iranian shipping companies and against the involvement in the construction of new vessels for the Iranian regime. These activities undermine U.S., EU, and UN sanctions against the Iranian regime.

 

The Campaign STOP THE BOMB strongly protests against the Iran-business of MAN. STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney comments: „The new sanctions of the EU prohibit the participation in the construction of new oil tankers for Iran. We call upon MAN to immediately stop its activities for the Iranian regime, including those that are operated via third countries like China. This includes maintenance and refitting of engines for Iranian tankers. We call upon the German government, to implement an effective monitoring system on the national and the EU level, which can effectively prevent these kind of activities.“ [1]

 

The Iranian regime’s seaborne export capacity is an Achilles heel of the Iranian regime. International sanctions, restrictions on the provision of technical expertise and tanker replacement parts to Iran, and the age of the Iranian vessels limit the Iranian capacity to carry out its oil business. To modernize its tanker fleet the Iranian regime is dependant on the cooperation with companies like MAN, because few companies internationally can construct engines for very large crude carriers and provide maintenance.

 

Michael Spaney: „The Iranian shipping industry is directly controlled by the regime. In assisting the Iranian regime to overcome its problems in transportation, MAN supports the Iranian regime in developing its most lucrative economic sector. The regime uses revenues to finance its illegal nuclear weapons program and to support the Syrian regime that is brutally repressing its own people.“

 

In an open letter to MAN’s board UANI specifies the activities of MAN with the Iranian regime. You can find the letter here. Here are some selected activities:

 

  • Reportedly, a number of Iranian oil tankers are fitted with MAN Diesel & Turbo SE engines. Among them are the Iranian tankers “Camellia” and “Majestic” and the Iranian tanker “Justice”. These tankers are reportedly fitted with MAN B&W 6S70MC6 21 and 6S90MC-C22 engines, respectively with a MAN Diesel engine, model 6S90MC-C19.
  • MAN is reportedly involved in the construction of 12 new Very Large Crude Carriers for the NITC (National Iranian Tanker Company). NITC is on the EU sanctions list since October 2012. The vessels are being built in shipyards owned by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. Specifically, MAN Diesel & Turbo appears to be supplying Chinese companies with parts and technology to build low and medium-speed marine diesel engines, which are necessary to power the very large vessels.
  • MAN reportedly is directly cooperating with IRISL on the construction of at least five new vessels for the Iranian regime. IRISL is also on the sanctions list of the EU. MAN’s Iranian partner in the construction of these vessels is the Persian Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation (PGSC). PGSC is controlled by the Iranian regime. The PGSC is currently constructing two chemical tankers and three container ships for the NITC, IRISL and Hafiz Darya Shipping Co., an IRISL front company. All are fitted with MAN engines.
  •  MAN Diesel & Turbo also appears to have partnered with the Iran Heavy Diesel Engine Manufacturing Company (“DESA”), a regime-controlled corporation that provides services to sanctioned entities as the Iran Marine Industrial Company and the National Iranian Drilling Company. DESA is a subsidiary of the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran, an arm of the Iranian regime controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and blacklisted by the U.S. and EU for its activities in a wide range of nuclear and military industries. In light of their connections to IDRO, MAN’s apparent partnerships with DESA are clearly unacceptable.

[1] Compare Council Decision 2012/635/GASP of 15 October 2012 amending Decision 2010/413/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Iran, eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do

 

 

Protest against Iran Seminar of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce

STOP THE BOMB: „German seminar is a support to circumvent international sanctions“

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, January 15, 2013

The STOP THE BOMB campaign, a pan-European NGO, is vehemently protesting an Iran-seminar of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, on the 16th January that will be held at an undisclosed location in Hamburg, with the participation of the Iranian ambassador Alireza Sheikh Attar. The seminar in Hamburg entitled "Iran Sanctions: Practical Implications for German companies" should treat "consequences for day-to day business of new EU sanctions." [1]

STOP THE BOMB considers this seminar as a promotion event for business with a regime whose nuclear program threatens international security architecture, which wants to wipe out Israel and denies the Holocaust. STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney explains: "With the participation of the Iranian ambassador the Chamber of Commerce signals that it will undermine international efforts to isolate the Iranian regime." Managing director Michael Tockuss declared on demand, that the Chamber "is looking forward" to the Ambassador attending. According to activists of the opposition, Attar is directly responsible for the murder of regime opponents. [2]

The seminar offers advice on "application processes" to "goods inspections" in the "oil, gas and petrochemical sector" – that means in the energy sector which is under EU sanctions. Thus, the Chamber of Commerce focuses on business as usual where EU sanctions are supposed to unfold their impact. The German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce is one of the main lobby groups for maintaining the relationship with the regime in Tehran. The chamber offers ongoing monitoring of business in Iran, helping Iranian companies in the establishment of offices in Germany and in investments, and provides comprehensive support to German companies in their business with Iran. [3]

Explicitly, the Chamber of Commerce spaeks out against sanctions. On the website of the Chamber, it says: "We believe it's neither reasonable nor advisable to use the economic relations between our two countries as a political weapon". [4]

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney disagrees: "Anybody who does not want a military escalation in the nuclear conflict with Iran, should rapidly support maximum sanctions. The German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce in Hamburg undermines sanctions by demonstrating ways to circumvent them via third countries, and is thus making a military strike more likely and helps this terrorist regime in arming itself with nuclear weapons. "

[4] http://www.dihkev.de/de/44944-Stellungnahme-zum-Iranhandel

 

STOP THE BOMB: Cancel Iran Trip of German MP's

After the scandal about EU delegation's visit to Iran, travel plans of German MPs emerged

STOP THE BOMB press release, October 23, 2012.

After an Iran trip of an EU delegation sparked protests worldwide (1), news of German Parliament members travelling to Iran in October became known. The trip is scheduled from October 27th to November 2nd. Bijan Djir-Sarai, a member of Merkel’s coalition partner FDP and chairman of the German-Iranian Parliamentary Group is heading the delegation during the Iran trip. On the itinerary are meetings with members of the Majlis, the Iranian pseudo parliament.

The coalition STOP THE BOMB, an NGO demanding strong economic and political sanctions against the Iranian regime, calls for the cancellation of the trip. The planned visit would undermine the pressure of international sanctions against Iran.

Last week, many protested against an Iran trip of members of the European parliament. Among them were two U.S. Senators (2), the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Philipp Missfelder, spokesman for foreign affairs of the CDU/CSU and the President of the German-Israeli Society, Reinhold Robbe (3).

The spokesperson of STOP THE BOMB, Michael Spaney explains: "Given the dictatorial conditions in Iran, contacts to representatives of the Majlis cannot change the situation in the country. The Guardian Council selects the candidates for the Iranian Majles. The mass protests in 2009 showed the world that the Iranian people do not want to be represented by this regime."

"As long as the Iranian regime gets the message by German and European travel diplomacy that it is not politically isolated, it will push its nuclear program and play for time. Political isolation must be enforced along with economic sanctions. Each official trip to Iran sends the message to the Islamist rulers in Tehran that the West is not serious", says Michael Spaney.

(1) http://de.stopthebomb.net/eu-delegation-2012.html

(2) http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article110036708/Scharfe-Kritik-an-geplanter-EU-Reise-nach-Teheran.html

(3) http://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/aerger-um-parlamentarier-treffen-iran-reiseplaene-spalten-die-politik/7280644.html

 

STOP THE BOMB demands cancellation of EU trip to Iran

EU delegation's visit to Iran thwarts sanctions

STOP THE BOMB Europe, October 16, 2012

The European coalition STOP THE BOMB, which campaigns for tough economic and political sanctions against the Iranian regime, demands the cancellation of the trip by a delegation of the European parliament to Iran, scheduled for October 27th.
Considering the given situation, in which the Iranian regime unwaveringly cherishes its nuclear program, continuously repeats its threats of annihilation towards Israel, represses by brute force every movement of the opposition in Iran and directly participates in quelling the protests in Syria, this visit would set the worst signal possible and subvert the Iranian opposition.
 
STOP THE BOMB's spokesperson for Europe, Simone Dinah Hartmann, directly addresses the President of the EU Parliament, Martin Schulz: "We urge the conference of Presidents to prohibit courting the Iranian Regime as they did in 2011. This trip entirely contradicts the spirit of the EU's sanctions and it thwarts the recent decisions by the EU member states. Instead of increasing pressure on Tehran, this trip offers the regime the possibility to celebrate yet another propaganda success."

 

 

No stage for the Iranian Regime at the Frankfurt Book Fair

STOP THE BOMB Press Release October 9, 2012

The campaign „STOP THE BOMB – No Deals with the Iranian Regime!“ will protest against the participation of the Iranian regime at the Frankfurt Book Fair. On Wednesday, October 10, from 8.30 am to 4 pm a protest booth will be near the area “City-Eingang” to the fair at the “Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage”, at 1.00 pm the campaign will hold a protest rally under the slogan “No Stage for the Iranian Regime!”.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle explains the protest: “The Islamic Republic of Iran is a deadly threat for the freedom of expression and art, as the death fatwas against Salman Rushdie and recently against the exile-Iranian German resident Shahin Najafi showed. The Iranian embassy and pro-regime publishers again want to use the Book Fair to spread anti-Semitism, Islamism and propaganda. As sign of solidarity with the victims of the regime we call on the manager of the fair Juergen Boos to disinvite the regime and to offer the free space at the fair to exile-Iranian artists!”

As this year’s speciality Ali Esmaeli of the „Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance“ announced a „Holy Prophet“ stand to protest against the Muhammad video “Innocence of Muslims”. Even before the fair he incited against the “United States and the Zionist regime” and blamed them for the video.

You can find more information, our full call for protests and a background article by Matthias Küntzel here: http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/d-iran/frankfurt-book-fair.html

The political scientist Stephan Grigat will be available for interviews at the protest booth.

 

Hizbullah on the EU terror list in next round of sanctions against Iran!

STOP THE BOMB for a ban of Hizbullah prior to the October 15 meeting of EU foreign ministers

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, October 6, 2012*

The campaign STOP THE BOMB calls on the German government to ban Hizbullah in Germany and to push for placing Hizbullah on the EU list of terrorist organizations. The 27 foreign ministers of the EU will meet on 15 October in Luxembourg to consult a new round of sanctions against the Iranian regime.

The regime in Teheran played a crucial role in building up the Lebanese Hizbullah and is still financing and arming it today. Yahia Safawi, a close advisor of Chamenei, Iran’s religious leader, explained recently that Hizbullah plays a central role in the Iranian military strategy. [1]

Hizbullah supports the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Walid Sakariya, a retired Hizbullah general explained in August 2012, an Iranian nuclear weapon would “finish off the Zionist enterprise“ but would also help Syria. [2] Right now, Hizbullah is fighting alongside the Baath dictatorship in Syria and helps smashing the uprising. [3]

The danger that Hizbullah poses for Europe is increasing. [4] The US State Department recently warned that Hizbullah could attack in Europe at any time and with little to no warning and expressed concerns about Hizbollah’s activities on a number of fronts, including their stepped-up terrorist campaign around the world. [5] According to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution Hizbullah has approximately 950 supporters in Germany. [6]

Michael Spaney, spokesperson of STOP THE BOMB says: “It is not acceptable that a terror-organization is present in Germany and spreads its anti-Semitic and Islamist slogans, like Hizbullah does during the annual Al-Quds day demonstration in Berlin. The more the tension rises in the Middle East, the more likely are acts of terrorism of Hizbullah here as well. The terror-attacks are aimed at civilians and can basically hit anybody, but Hizbullah poses a particular threat to Jewish institutions and Iranian opposition members in exile. The EU must not allow Hizbullah to use the European Union as a safe haven and to collect donations.” [7]

So far, the USA, Canada, Israel and the Netherlands label Hizbullah a terrorist organization.  The UK has only designated Hizbullah’s military wing to be a terrorist organization. When the UK in 2009 tried to establish diplomatic ties to an imaginary political wing, Hizbullah dismissed the offer. [8] The division into a military and a political wing is illusionary and is rejected by Hizbullah itself. In a statement of Hizbullah from 1985 the organization declared:  “Our military apparatus is not separate from our overall social fabric. Each of us is a fighting soldier.” [9]

 

Find more information on Hizbullah here

* this is a slightly corrected version of the original press release. The UK has banned the entire military wing and not only Hizbullah’s “External Security Organization”, as the earlier version incorrectly stated.

[1] http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Sep-08/187219-official-says-hezbollah-will-retaliate-if-israel-attacks-iran-report.ashx#axzz28KGa9uyk

[2] Interview with Hizbullah MP General (ret.) Walid Sakariya, which aired on Al-Manar TV on August 7, 2012. http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6580.htm

[3] The Syrian insurgents therefore consider Hizbullah to be a legitimate target: http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6636.htm

[4] Hizbullah is responsible for the 2012 attacks in Tiflis/Georgian Republic, Bangkok/Thailand and New Delhi /India. Hizbullah may also have organized the murder of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, i.e. in a European country. The case of Steven Smyrek shows that Hizbullah is also recruiting Germans for its attacks. http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/deutscher-hisbollah-kaempfer-smyrek-ist-in-deutschland-untergetaucht-a-284241.html

[5] http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/geheimdienste-experten-warnen-vor-terroranschlaegen-in-europa/6989490.html

[6] Ministry of the Interior, Report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution 2011, http://www.verfassungsschutz.de/download/SHOW/vsbericht_2011_vorabfassung.pdf , p. 233. The „Islamische Zentrum Hamburg“ (Islamic Center Hamburg) and Imam Reza Mosque in Berlin are in contact with Hizbullah. In Germany the followers of Hizbullah meet and organize activities in local mosques associations. These associations are financed primarily through donations, which are collected on religious holidays. The association „Waisenkinderprojekt Libanon e.V.“ in Göttingen is collecting money in Germany which is transferred to the „al-Shahid Association“ in Lebanon. The association is part of the Hizbullah network.

[7] Hizbullah’s bomb attack on a Jewish community center in Argentina was one of the most serious antisemitic attacks in the post-war era. The infamous Mykonos attack in Berlin is one of the most well known attacks of Hizbullah against Iranian opposition members in Europe. In 1992 Hizbullah members murdered four Iranian-Kurdish exile politicians by order of the Iranian regime. A Berlin court stated in its decision from August 10, 1997, that the attack was planned and organized in Tehran and was carried out by members of the Hizbullah. See the verdict at https://www.unodc.org/tldb/showDocument.do?documentUid=7320

[8] See Jonathan Weckerle: Die Logik des Widerstandes, Phase 2. http://phase-zwei.org/hefte/artikel/die-logik-des-widerstandess-55/

[9] http://www.ict.org.il/Articles/tabid/66/Articlsid/4/Default.aspx

 

Sanctions ignite anti-Regime Protests in Iran

STOP THE BOMB calls for the support of the Iranian Opposition

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, Berlin, October 3rd, 2012

For the first time since the beginning of 2011, thousands of people in Iran went to the streets to demonstrate against the Islamic dictatorship. The reason for the demonstrations is the catastrophic economic situation of the country. The Iranian regime spends billions for it s nuclear weapons program and for the support of its allies Assad in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. The regime is willing to accept sanctions and the economic isolation of the country in order to pursue its terrorist foreign policy.

The people demonstrating know that this expansionist policy is responsible for their economic demise. This is demonstrated by today’s slogan: „Let Syria go, think of us instead.“ [1]

The campaign STOP THE BOMB demands to finally support the democratic Iranian opposition by all means, instead of betraying it again like back in 2009.

Michael Spaney, spokesperson of the campaign STOP THE BOMB says: „Now, the German side has to send a clear signal to the Iranian population. Germany is still Iran’s most important trade partner and supports the regime with diplomatic and cultural initiatives. [2] Instead, the German government and society have to look for a dialogue with Iranian democrats and stop the wheeling and dealing with the regime.“

While the Iranian regime clings to its nuclear weapons program, Iranian opposition members made clear already in 2009 that they reject it. Back then slogans had been chanted like: „A blooming and green Iran doesn’t need nuclear weapons.“

A regime change to a democratic Iran is the only solution to the nuclear controversy with Iran, as well as a warranty for peace and democracy in the region.

[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xi3Q2b0AmkY#!

[2] On diplomatic initiatives compare STOP THE BOMB press release of December 5, 2011. http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/press/press-releases.html#c2185. On cultural initiatives see Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, Kaderschmiede der Diktatur, 24.8.2012, http://jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/1832/

 

The Islamic Republic of Iran is straight on its way to the bomb

STOP THE BOMB criticizes Western naiveté in face of Iran's strategic deception and delay tactics before the nuclear talks in Moscow

STOP THE BOMB press release, June 17, 2012

With appendix: How Iran enriches uranium for seven bombs and takes further steps towards the bomb

The third round of the latest nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 group will take place next Monday and Tuesday in Moscow. Until now, the talks follow a well-known dramaturgy: After “very constructive” talks in a “positive atmosphere” at the first round in Istanbul in April (1) now suddenly “difficulties” arise. (2)

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle comments: „The Iranian regime again succeeded in winning precious time for its nuclear program without giving anything in return. In face of the foreseeable Iranian tactical maneuvers at the talks in Moscow, it is now crucial to let the decided European oil sanctions really come into effect on the beginning of July, and not to delay or water them just because of some vague promises by the regime. The fatal combination of Western naiveté and Iranian negotiations skills has only brought the regime closer to the bomb.”

The goal of the Iranian regime is the watering of the sanctions, reported the New York Times with reference to Iranian officials in the middle of May. (3)

Typical for the Iranian negotiating tactic and Western credulity is a recent Financial Times Germany interview with the Iranian ambassador in Germany, the Revolutionary Guards man (4) Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, who under the headline “Iran’s U-turn in the nuclear conflict” was quoted on the FTD front page saying that Iran was ready to give up enriching uranium to 20%. Only a short time later, the Iranian embassy denied this statement in Persian, but the German press did not pick this up. (5) In case Iran should promise to give up 20% enrichment, this would probably remain only empty words.

Hardly noticed, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had a personal meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi at the Afghanistan conference in Kabul. (6) According to Der Spiegel Westerwelle wanted to talk with Salehi about Syria (7), and win the Islamic Republic as a partner for conflict solution. (8) This again looks like a dangerously wrong assessment of the Iranian role: The regime is not interested in a peaceful solution in Syria. It wants to maintain its own influence there in case Assad will not be able to stay in power, despite the massive Iranian support for the Syrian dictator.  The same is true for Afghanistan, where the Iranian goal is not “stability”, but the increase of its own influence, according to reports especially in the important education sector. Instead of warning against the problematic Iranian influence in Afghanistan (10), Westerwelle “explicitly welcomed” Salehi’s participation by simply arguing that Iran is a neighboring country. (11) “The role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Syria and Afghanistan is not ‘constructive’, but diametrically opposed to a positive development in these countries. It is to be feared that the regime will successfully use this as a bargaining chip at the nuclear talks”, concludes Weckerle.

 

Appendix: How Iran enriches uranium for seven bombs and takes further steps towards the nuclear  bomb

The UN Security Council resolution 1696 from July 31, 2006, demands that Iran suspends "all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development”. (12) The UN Security Council resolutions 1737 (December 2006), 1747 (March 2007), 1803 (March 2008) and 1929 (June 2010) reasserted this demand. (13)

Since then, the Islamic Republic systematically continued its nuclear program, including uranium enrichment, and violated the UN resolutions and the Non-Proliferation Treaty:

  • According to IAEA estimations, the Islamic Republic began in 2006 with secretly building the underground enrichment facility in Fordow. The facility was uncovered in September 2009 by Western intelligence. Uranium is enriched there to nearly 20%. Recently, the IAEA found traces of uranium enriched to 27%. (14)
  • According to information of the long-time former IAEA chief inspector Olli Heinonen Iran has now six tons of uranium enriched to 3.5%. This means 75% of the effort to get the 90% enriched uranium needed for nuclear weapons. Additionally the regime now has 150 kg of 20% enriched uranium, meaning 90% of the effort for weapons grade enrichment. The expert estimates that Iran will have enough enriched material for the production of seven nuclear bombs at the end of the year. He stressed that Iran has improved its enrichment capabilities and that a breakout towards high enrichment probably could only be discovered after several months. (15)
  • There are increasing signs in recent time that Iran is undertaking further steps besides enrichment to get a nuclear weapons capacity. The “National Council of Resistance of Iran” provided extensive documents in May 2012 that should prove intensive work on a nuclear warhead. (16) In May 2012 a graphic, which experts rated as authentic, reinforced IAEA suspicions of a test chamber for explosive devices at the military facility in Parchin. (17) Iran until now refuses to give plausible explanations and inspection of the facility. Satellite images show that extensive cleaning and demolition works were done in Parchin, possibly to destroy evidence. (18) In the state controlled Iranian media texts appear that openly discuss the need for nuclear weapons. (19) Otherwise, the alleged fatwa by Khamenei that allegedly condemns the possession of nuclear weapons does not appear in Khamenei's written collections of fatwas and its authenticity is questioned by many experts. (20)

Find this press declaration online: de.stopthebomb.net/en/press/press-releases.html#c2403

(1) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/04/201241413380257430.html

(2) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303665904577454711361541798.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

(3) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/world/middleeast/iran-sees-success-in-stalling-on-nuclear-issue.html?_r=1 , siehe auch http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2012/0510/Iran-nuclear-talks-Are-sanctions-on-the-table

(4) http://jungle-world.com/artikel/2009/23/35188.html

(5) http://jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/1700/

(6) http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Aussenpolitik/RegionaleSchwerpunkte/AfghanistanZentralasien/AktuelleArtikel/120614-Konferenz-Kabul-node.html

(7) http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/afghanistan-westerwelle-will-von-russland-und-china-mehr-engagement-a-838771.html

(8) http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/iran-rueckt-von-syrien-ab-a-838195.html

(9) http://www.welt.de/106591658

(10) http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2010-08/afghanistan-iran-3

(11) See footnote 6.

(12) http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2006/sc8792.doc.htm

(13) For a chronology of the nuclear conflict see: https://zeitschrift-ip.dgap.org/de/ip-die-zeitschrift/archiv/jahrgang-2012/mai-juni/chronologie-der-verhandlungen-um-das-iranische

(14) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16470100)

(15) http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/31/irans_growing_stockpile?page=full

(16) http://www.welt.de/106287938

(17) http://www.timesofisrael.com/leaked-graphic-reveals-iranian-nuclear-arms-program/

(18) http://isis-online.org/isis-reports/detail/further-activity-at-suspected-parchin-explosive-testing-complex-two-small-b/

(19) http://diepresse.com/home/politik/aussenpolitik/764910/KhameneiBerater_Islamische-Welt-braucht-Atombombe and www.farsnews.com/newstext.php

(20) See jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/1679/ and http://www.essikhan.com/2012/06/note-on-ayatollah-khameneis-so-called.html

 

German Parliament snubs Iranian Human Rights Delegation

Canceling of a meeting with Reza Pahlavi is a scandalous signal to the Iranian regime

STOP THE BOMB press release, June 1, 2012

On May 24, 2012, Reza Pahlavi and a delegation of exiled Iranian human rights activists and member of the opposition were invited to a meeting of the Bundestag’s Committee for Human Rights. According to media reports the meeting was canceled on May 23 via email. (1) A future meeting was not scheduled. Reza Pahlavi is the son of the Shah who was overthrown in 1979 by the Islamic revolution. He is an advocate of secularism and parliamentary democracy in Iran.

Jonathan Weckerle of the campaign STOP THE BOMB, which works to stop the Iranian nuclear weapons program and to support the Iranian opposition, comments: „The cancellation took place shortly after the talks with representatives of the Iranian regime in Bagdad began. This looks like a concession to the rulers in Tehran. While the P5+1 talks with Iran remain without results and only allow additional time for Iran’s nuclear activities, the simultaneous cancellation of a meeting with members of the opposition is a slap in the face of the Iranian democracy movement. It has to be checked if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs impinged on the decision of the Bundestag, because this would be an undue interference."

The cancellation of the meeting with Iranian opposition members took place two weeks after the death fatwas and death threats against Shahin Najafi, an exile-Iranian musician living in Cologne. Despite the fact that various death fatwas have been issued against him and media close to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have set a bounty on his head, the German government did not comment on the threat. Critics speak of a "shameful silence". (2)

"With such concessions to the Iranian government and by snubbing Iranian human rights activists and members of the opposition, the German parliament and government foster Iranian hopes that Germany can be unhinged from the Western alliance"", so Jonathan Weckerle from the STOP THE BOMB campaign.

(2) For background information see the press release from STOP THE BOMB (May 13, 2012) and the (German) comment "Shameful Silence" by Matthias Küntzel (May 31, 2012):

Pan-European call for P5+1 to not tolerate Iranian delaying tactics on nuclear issue.

Policymakers, prominents and STOP THE BOMB demand determined action against Iranian nuclear program

STOP THE BOMB, the European coalition for a nuclear-free and democratic Iran, which was founded in 2007 in Austria, published today a common statement by European policymakers and prominent public figures to warn about the danger of a weak compromise with the Iranian regime ahead of the nuclear talks in Baghdad. The joint statement that was signed by former head of British forces in Afghanistan Richard Kemp, former Foreign Minister of Spain Ana Palacio, Nobel Prize Laureate Elfriede Jelinek, former Dutch Minister of Interior Bram Peper, Beate Klarsfeld, former foreign policy Spokesman of the German SPD Gert Weisskirchen and others, reads as follows:

"On the eve of the upcoming talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Baghdad, we, the undersigned, together with the European STOP THE BOMB coalition urge policymakers in the European Union and the United States to be united and determined in our prevention of an Iranian nuclear bomb.

Western Governments must not tolerate Iranian tactics to obstruct progress and impede decisive international action. It is imperative that the P5+1 enforce the demands of the international community that Iran suspends all of its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, as prescribed in UN Security Council Resolution 1696.

Additionally, the European Union must not allow any delay with the implementation of the oil embargo, as well as the ship insurance ban. Western Governments must work to increase the political and economic pressure placed on the Iranian regime and should extend greater support to the Iranian secular and democratic opposition."

The spokesperson of STOP THE BOMB, Simone Dinah Hartmann, adds: “The numerous details of the Iranian nuclear weapons program that were published by an Iranian opposition group, particularly in regards to the feverish development of a nuclear warhead, demonstrate once more the severity of this situation.”

 

Pan-European Call

On the eve of the upcoming talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Baghdad, we, the undersigned, together with the European STOP THE BOMB coalition urge policymakers in the European Union and the United States to be united and determined in our prevention of an Iranian nuclear bomb. Western Governments must not tolerate Iranian tactics to obstruct progress and impede decisive international action. It is imperative that the P5+1 enforce the demands of the international community that Iran suspends all of its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, as prescribed in UN Security Council Resolution 1696. Additionally, the European Union must not allow any delay with the implementation of the oil embargo, as well as the ship insurance ban. Western Governments must work to increase the political and economic pressure placed on the Iranian regime and should extend greater support to the Iranian secular and democratic opposition.

Signatories:

Baroness Caroline Cox, cross-bench Member of the House of Lords. Founder and CEO of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)

Baroness Ruth Deech, Chair of the Bar Standards Board and former Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford

Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan

Ana Palacio, former Foreign Minister of Spain and a current Member of the State of Council of Spain

Luuk Blom, former Chairman of Defence Committee, Dutch Parliament – Dutch Labor Party, PVDA

Henk de Haan, former Dutch chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee – Christian Democratic Appeal, CDA, Netherlands

Bram Peper, former Dutch Minister of Interior – Dutch Labor Party, PVDA

Florus Wijsenbeek, former Dutch member of European Parliament – Dutch Liberal Party, VVD

Beate Klarsfeld, Association of the sons and daughters of Jews deported from France (FFDJF)

Rudolf Dressler, former German Ambassador to Israel, Social Democratic Party Germany (SPD)

Prof. Gert Weisskirchen, former Foreign Policy Spokesman of the Social Democratic parliamentary group (SPD) of the German Bundestag

Petra Bayr, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Austrian Parlament - Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ)

Efgani Dönmez, Member of the Federal Parlament - The Greens, Austria

Elfriede Jelinek, Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature

Marco Schreuder, Member of the Federal Parlament - The Greens, Austria

 

Death-Fatwa: STOP THE BOMB demands the protection of the singer Shahin Najafi and the closure of the Iranian Embassy in Germany

STOP THE BOMB Press Declaration, May 13th, 2012 (corrected version)

State-controlled Iranian media like Day News are calling upon the international Muslim community to murder Shahin Najafi, an Iranian singer living in Cologne, the online news agency Shia online even put a bounty of $ 100,000 on his head. [1]

The media referred to a death fatwa, issued by the Iranian Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani in April. [2] The decree demands that not only Shiites, but also other Muslims kill the convict.

The death fatwa proves that the Iranian regime tries to enforce the Islamic law internationally. The German Federal government has not commented publicly on the case, German authorities have instead suggested that the singer who is living in Cologne should leave Germany. [3]
 
Ulrike Becker of the coalition STOP THE BOMB said: "The silence of government officials is a scandal. Berlin must condemn the death-fatwa unequivocally and publicly. It is absolutely unacceptable that German authorities suggest that a critic of the Iranian dictatorship should leave the Federal Republic. The German Federal government should follow the example of Great Britain and expel all Iranian diplomats in order to protect Shahin Najafi and other critics of the regime."
 
The murder of three Kurdish opposition leaders and an interpreter in September 1992 in Berlin's Mykonos restaurant proved that the Iranian regime does not hesitate in murdering its critics in Germany. A incomplete list of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre shows that the regime has murdered at least 162 Iranians critical of the government abroad. [4] The Iranian embassies have repeatedly served as the nerve centers of terror.
 
Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, who has pronounced the death fatwa, is a confidant of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. This suggests that this call to murder Najafi was made with the consent of the regime. This fatwa therefore has to be taken as seriously as the fatwa against Salman Rushdie in 1989, or the fatwa against the Azerbaijani journalist Rafiq Tagi, who was murdered in 2011, following a death fatwa by Iranian Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani.[5]
 
When Ayatollah Khomeini demanded the murder of British author Salman Rushdie the German parliament rightly declared that this fatwa was "a declaration of war against our laws and values ​​system, as well as against the universal principles of the Charter of the United Nations". [6] This assessment is also true for the order to murder Shahin Najafi.

"With its silence the Federal Government is suggesting that it will accept this 'declaration of war against our laws and value systems', in order not to burden the forthcoming nuclear talks in Baghdad. In this way the government is encouraging the captors of the regime. The federal government must not give in to Islamist terror neither in the nuclear weapons issue, nor with respect to its duty to protect Iranians living here in exile", says Ulrike Becker.
  
STOP THE BOMB is not only demanding the closure of diplomatic missions of the Iranian regime but also an immediate ban of Hezbollah, because the Islamist organization serves as a henchman to the Iranian regime. [7]
 
 
 
[1] http://jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/1681/
http://farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13910220001285

[2] According to Wahied Wahdat-Hagh the agency Daynews published the fatwa of the Grand Ayatollah as follows: There is a question to Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, as it is characteristic in a fatwa: "In the name of God. For some time a few mercenaries who mainly belong to the counter-revolution abroad, are offending our innocent Imam Hadi on the Internet and their websites, their blogs. They are rude (with jokes, cartoons, insults, lies, etc ...), what is the verdict against these people? The answer of the Grand Ayatollah is: If they have hurt and insulted the Imam, they are apostates."
 
[3] http://www.taz.de/Todesdrohungen-gegen-iranischen-Musiker/!93251/
 
[4] See Iran Human Rights Documentation Center: "Iran's Global Assassination Campaign" (May 2008), p. 67-76. This list is not intended to be exhaustive – it contains only those names for which credible citations can be found. See also: Iran Human Rights Documentation Center: Condemned by Law: Assassination of Political Dissidents Abroad.
See also: http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/media/panorama358.html

[5] http://derstandard.at/1319183875174/Journalist-nach-Angriff-gestorben
 
[6] Federal Printed Matter 11/4057 of 22 February 1989, quoted in Matthias Küntzel: The Germans and Iran. History and present of a fateful friendship, Berlin 2009, p. 179.

[7] See for example: Iran Human Rights Documentation Center: Murder at Mykonos: Anatomy of a Political Assassination, 
and Florian Markl: The long arm of the mullahs. Iranian terror from Beirut to Buenos Aires, in: Stephan Grigat, Simone Hartmann (ed.): Der Iran. Analyse einer islamischen Diktatur und ihrer europäischen Förderer, Vienna 2008, pp. 128-146.

 

 

Death-Fatwa: STOP THE BOMB demands the protection of the singer Shahin Najafi and the closure of the Iranian Embassy in Germany

STOP THE BOMB Press Declaration, May 13th, 2012 (corrected version)

State-controlled Iranian media like Day News are calling upon the international Muslim community to murder Shahin Najafi, an Iranian singer living in Cologne, the online news agency Shia online even put a bounty of $ 100,000 on his head. [1]

The media referred to a death fatwa, issued by the Iranian Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani in April. [2] The decree demands that not only Shiites, but also other Muslims kill the convict.

The death fatwa proves that the Iranian regime tries to enforce the Islamic law internationally. The German Federal government has not commented publicly on the case, German authorities have instead suggested that the singer who is living in Cologne should leave Germany. [3]
 
Ulrike Becker of the coalition STOP THE BOMB said: "The silence of government officials is a scandal. Berlin must condemn the death-fatwa unequivocally and publicly. It is absolutely unacceptable that German authorities suggest that a critic of the Iranian dictatorship should leave the Federal Republic. The German Federal government should follow the example of Great Britain and expel all Iranian diplomats in order to protect Shahin Najafi and other critics of the regime."
 
The murder of three Kurdish opposition leaders and an interpreter in September 1992 in Berlin's Mykonos restaurant proved that the Iranian regime does not hesitate in murdering its critics in Germany. A incomplete list of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre shows that the regime has murdered at least 162 Iranians critical of the government abroad. [4] The Iranian embassies have repeatedly served as the nerve centers of terror.
 
Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, who has pronounced the death fatwa, is a confidant of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. This suggests that this call to murder Najafi was made with the consent of the regime. This fatwa therefore has to be taken as seriously as the fatwa against Salman Rushdie in 1989, or the fatwa against the Azerbaijani journalist Rafiq Tagi, who was murdered in 2011, following a death fatwa by Iranian Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani.[5]
 
When Ayatollah Khomeini demanded the murder of British author Salman Rushdie the German parliament rightly declared that this fatwa was "a declaration of war against our laws and values ​​system, as well as against the universal principles of the Charter of the United Nations". [6] This assessment is also true for the order to murder Shahin Najafi.

"With its silence the Federal Government is suggesting that it will accept this 'declaration of war against our laws and value systems', in order not to burden the forthcoming nuclear talks in Baghdad. In this way the government is encouraging the captors of the regime. The federal government must not give in to Islamist terror neither in the nuclear weapons issue, nor with respect to its duty to protect Iranians living here in exile", says Ulrike Becker.
  
STOP THE BOMB is not only demanding the closure of diplomatic missions of the Iranian regime but also an immediate ban of Hezbollah, because the Islamist organization serves as a henchman to the Iranian regime. [7]
 
 
 
[1] http://jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/1681/
http://farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13910220001285

[2] According to Wahied Wahdat-Hagh the agency Daynews published the fatwa of the Grand Ayatollah as follows: There is a question to Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, as it is characteristic in a fatwa: "In the name of God. For some time a few mercenaries who mainly belong to the counter-revolution abroad, are offending our innocent Imam Hadi on the Internet and their websites, their blogs. They are rude (with jokes, cartoons, insults, lies, etc ...), what is the verdict against these people? The answer of the Grand Ayatollah is: If they have hurt and insulted the Imam, they are apostates."
 
[3] http://www.taz.de/Todesdrohungen-gegen-iranischen-Musiker/!93251/
 
[4] See Iran Human Rights Documentation Center: "Iran's Global Assassination Campaign" (May 2008), p. 67-76. This list is not intended to be exhaustive – it contains only those names for which credible citations can be found. See also: Iran Human Rights Documentation Center: Condemned by Law: Assassination of Political Dissidents Abroad.
See also: http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/media/panorama358.html

[5] http://derstandard.at/1319183875174/Journalist-nach-Angriff-gestorben
 
[6] Federal Printed Matter 11/4057 of 22 February 1989, quoted in Matthias Küntzel: The Germans and Iran. History and present of a fateful friendship, Berlin 2009, p. 179.

[7] See for example: Iran Human Rights Documentation Center: Murder at Mykonos: Anatomy of a Political Assassination, 
and Florian Markl: The long arm of the mullahs. Iranian terror from Beirut to Buenos Aires, in: Stephan Grigat, Simone Hartmann (ed.): Der Iran. Analyse einer islamischen Diktatur und ihrer europäischen Förderer, Vienna 2008, pp. 128-146.

 

 

German companies at the Teheran trade fair „Iran Oil Show“ - Participation fee must be paid to sanctioned Iranian bank

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, April 19, 2012

Currently the four-day trade show „Iran Oil Show 2012 – 17. International Oil, Gas, Refining, and Petrochemical Exhibition“ is taking place in Teheran. Numerous German companies are participating; presenting their technology for the sanctioned Iranian energy sector. [1]

Key technology for Iran's energy sector is sanctioned since July 2010. The non-governmental organization STOP THE BOMB calls on the responsible authorities in Germany to actively look into the business deals of these companies.

Through participation at the exhibition, companies cooperate with the Iranian regime and with sanctioned companies. The exhibition is organized by the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum. The participating companies must pay the stand fees to an account of Iran's Bank Mellat, which is sanctioned by the EU and the USA. [2] An extract from the EU legislation regarding Bank Mellat from October, 2011 says: “The conduct of Bank Mellat fosters and relieves Iran's nuclear program and Iran's program for ballistic missiles.“ [3] Also, Iranian companies such as Khatam Ol Anbia, which belongs to the sanctioned Revolutionary Guards, uses the exhibition to cultivate business contacts.

Among the German companies that have confirmed their participation at the Iran Oil Show to STOP THE BOMB are Bopp & Reuther, Helmke, Hova and Schauenburg. The companies Herrenknecht and Pepperl + Fuchs are also present at the Iran Oil Show, according to exhibition's homepage. [4]

The range of products of the German companies include all kinds of products for the energy sector, including pumps, pipes and construction machines and specialized measuring instruments.

In April 2011, STOP THE BOMB had compiled a list of German companies which took part at the Iran Oil Show in Teheran last year. [5]

Deals in the Iranian energy sector support the Iranian regime. The German companies that are active in this sector are therefore responsible for the fact that the regime can go on with its policy of human rights violations, its nuclear program and the export of terror against the will of the Iranian people and in spite of massive protests against the regime. Revenues from the energy sector made up nearly 50% of the state budget and 80% of the export income in 2009/2010. [6] The biggest part of the Iranian energy sector is state owned. [7] Business partners in Iran are mostly companies connected to the economic empire of the Revolutionary Guards, who run the majority of the projects in the energy sector. [8] The Revolutionary Guards are on the US terror list and since July 2010 also on the EU sanctions list. 

[1] http://www.iranoilshow.org/wwwen/index.aspx
[2] http://www.iranoilshow.org/wwwen/about_us.aspx
[3] http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2010:281:FULL:DE:PDF (S. 67.)
[4] http://www.iranoilshow.org/wwwen/hall_view.aspx
[5] http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/d-iran/iran-oil-show-2011.html
[6] Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Annual Review 1388 (2009 / 2010), S. 15 u. 18. (http://www.cbi.ir/page/7575.aspx)
[7] List of companies that are subordinate to the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum: http://www.iranoilgas.com/companies/whoiswho
[8] RAND Coorporation, The Rise of the Pasdaran, 2009, S. 59ff. http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG821.pdf

 

Pressure of sanctions on Iran must not be decreased after unsuccessful nuclear talks

Former IAEA expert warns against “fatal bargain” with Iran

STOP THE BOMB press release, April 16, 2012

The mostly optimistic comments on the nuclear talks in Istanbul between Iran and the international 5+1 group is inappropriate, says Jonathan Weckerle, spokesperson of the campaign STOP THE BOMB: “Until now, the Iranian regime is the winning party, because it gained valuable time until the next round of talks, without giving anything in return. The pressure of international sanctions, concluded after hard efforts , mustn’t be lowered just because of some allegedly positive signals. Instead, Tehran must be confronted with clear demands and increasing sanctions pressure. This is the only way that could lead to a non-military solution of the nuclear issue.”

Reports about the alleged “positive signals” from the Iranian delegation to the 5+1 group stand in sharp contrast to the unyielding positions that the Iranian elite communicates via regime media to the Iranian public. (1)

Furthermore, the former IAEA chief inspector Olli Heinonen warns of a “fatal bargain” with Iran, where the regime would still have the breakout capacity towards a nuclear bomb. The expert specifically pointed out that any uranium enrichment would be dangerous, unnecessary for the allegedly peaceful aims of the regime. Even enrichment to 3.5% means that 75% of the effort you need to get highly enriched Uranium for a bomb is already done. Furthermore, today’s technology allows the construction and operation of enrichment facilities in inconspicuous buildings, as the example North Korea shows. (2) The Israeli intelligence services expert Ronen Bergman recently warned in the New York Times not to rely on intelligence information to timely detect Iranian breakout efforts towards a bomb. (3) The Iranian regime must prove comprehensibly that it gives up all components of it’s nuclear weapons program.

A recent article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Fereydun Abbasi-Davani in 2003 oversaw a test for the development of an ignition device for nuclear weapons. So from the start, the Iranian nuclear program had a non-civilian character. (4)

„Even when an acceptable solution for the nuclear issue should be reached via pressure and negotiations, this wouldn’t change the dangerous and inhuman character of the Iranian regime. The freedom yearning Iranian people must not betrayed for an unstable deal with the illegitimate Iranian rulers. Iranian human rights violations should be sanctioned consequently and democratic forces should be supported”, says Jonathan Weckerle. (5)

Meanwhile, the German “business as usual” with Iran continues. STOP THE BOMB researchers discovered that many German companies will offer their products in Tehran at the “12. Iran Oil Show”, a trade show for the energy sector that starts on April 17. 2012 (6) „German-Iranian business is still openly promoted in Iran and Germany, especially the Iranian energy sector is provided with German technology, while the German export control agencies are neither willing nor able to stop this”, concludes Jonathan Weckerle.

(1) http://www.irandailybrief.com/?p=6896

 (2) http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=3474

(3) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/opinion/beware-of-faulty-intelligence.html

(4) http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/neue-vorwuerfe-im-nuklear-streit-iran-soll-zuender-fuer-atombombe-getestet-haben-1.1332391

 (5) See also this commentary by Iran expert Patrick Clawson: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/13/obama_iran_green_movement

(6) http://www.iranoilshow.org

 

Iran calls for March to Jerusalem

Left Party, Sunni Islamists and the Iranian regime collaborate against Israel

STOP THE BOMB press release, March 30, 2012

Today's “Global March to Jerusalem” is part of a growing campaign to delegitimize and isolate Israel, which includes the Gaza flotillas or boycott campaigns. (1) Until recently, these activities have been mainly organized by an international network of Palestinian organizations, the Muslim Brotherhood and leftist anti-Zionist groups. The March to Jerusalem is the first event that has the open and substantial support of the Iranian regime. This underlines the Islamist and anti-Semitic goals of the March and gives him a new, dangerous quality.

As a caravan that is part of the march, arriving in Tehran on March 17, they met among others the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He said at this occasion that “the existence of Israel is illegal, and be it only on one inch of Palestinian soil”. (2) Even when wide parts of the organizations that participate at the March share this view, there are reports about tensions within the coalition. Some Palestinian organizations fear that the pro-Iranian participants of the march will act very violently. (3)

In Germany, members of the Left Party are again collaborating with anti-Semitic and Islamist forces. On the supporters list of the March are MP Annette Groth, the former foreign policy spokesperson of the Left Party Norman Paech as well as Jürgen Aust, board member of the Left Party in North Rhine-Westphalia. (4)

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney comments: “Parts of the Left Party and anyone else participating in the March to Jerusalem are collaborating with the Iranian regime in the struggle against Israel. They collaborate with a regime that is responsible for mass executions and grave human rights violations, that has a president who just recently denied the Holocaust on German Television and that strives for nuclear weapons. The reference to human rights and non-violence by the marchers and their supporters thus loses any credibility.”

The protest against the alleged “Judaization” of Jerusalem is sheer cynicism coming from a regime that systematically discriminates and persecutes religious minorities. The small remaining Jewish community in Iran has been coerced to support the march and to distance themselves from Israel. (5) Adjacent to oppressing the Iranian Jews, the regime of the Islamic Republic especially threatens and persecutes Baha’i and Christians, often with the accusation of being “Zionist agents”.

The political and military support for Assad’s bloody crackdown on the uprising in Syria has earned the Iranian regime the hate of the Arab-Sunni world. The support of the March to Jerusalem is thus also a doomed attempt to regain sympathy and to distract from the enormous problems that confront the regime. Those include the effects of the massively tightened economic sanctions and the discontent of the Iranian population, which in great parts rejects the regime.

More and updated information about the march is available here: http://gm2j.co/

(1) http://tinyurl.com/bqw2m49

(2) http://jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/1592/ (German)

(3) http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/organizers-fear-palestinian-land-day-protests-could-turn-violent-1.421134

(4) http://www.jerusalem-marsch.de/unterstuetzer.html

(5) http://www.debka.com/article/21856/

 

On the day of the unfree „elections“ in Iran: „Sanctions Seminar“ in Hamburg supports German companies with new Iran business

STOP THE BOMB press release, March 1, 2012

On Friday, March 2, the German-Iranian Trade Chamber in Hamburg invites to the “Sanctions Seminar 2012”, where German companies will be advised in doing new Iran business despite sanctions. (1)

Speaker Dr. Harald Hohmann is announced as a „leading name for export control law“. The character of this seminar gets clear by looking at reports about similar events. There Dr. Hohmann proposed to the export willing companies to “on the one hand abide to the law, and on the other hand to exploit legal leeway.” (2) He also told the exporters that even business with Iranian companies that are “under control of a listed company” can be legally enforced against the authorities.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle comments: „Such seminars for Iran business support German companies in exploiting every breach in the sanctions and their implementation. In face of the escalating conflict with the nuclear program and the massive human rights violations ahead of the unfree parliamentary elections, this is nothing less than unscrupulous collaboration with the regime in Tehran. German companies once more undermine international sanctions efforts.”

The advice offered at such seminars fits to the ongoing case of Hansa Group AG, which mediated deliveries for a big energy project of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, while German export control authorities remained inactive.” (3)

It is especially cynical to hold this seminar on the day of the unfree parliamentary elections in Iran, which will set new standards in manipulation even for the Islamist dictatorship, and which are accompanied by a horrible wave of executions, arbitrary imprisonments, censorship and incitement.” (5)

(1) http://www.dihkev.de/de/100619-Sanktions-Seminar-2012

(2) http://www.exportmanager-online.de/archiv/31/roundtable-iran-embargo

(3 ) http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/d-iran/hansa.html

(4) http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/02/27/the_fix_is_in?page=full

(5) http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/iran-new-report-finds-surge-repression-dissent-2012-02-28-0

 

Strong criticism for head of Munich Security Conference: "A Nuclear Iran must not be accepted!”

press release STOP THE BOMB February 3rd, 2012

On Friday February 3rd, 2012 the world’s security community gathers at the 48th Munich Security Conference in Germany. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 350 foreign affairs politicians and security experts have announced their attendance. Their main topic will be the Iranian nuclear threat.

Ambassador Ischinger, the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference said in an interview:” The time has come to dispel a taboo and to put up with Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb, if finally necessary. If it was possible to successfully deter the vast Soviet Union, then this will probably be possible with regard to Iran?” [1]

Political scientist and Iran expert, Dr. Matthias Küntzel comments [2]: “With this statement, Ambassador Ischinger stabs in the back of the West’s efforts to prevent the Iranian bomb. At the same time he signals to Tehran that the attempt to split the West can rely on leading German foreign affairs politicians. The German Federal Government must officially dissent from Ischinger’s approach. It would otherwise repudiate its own policy of sanctions in front a large international audience in Munich."

With the acceptance of an Iranian nuclear bomb Ischinger, a former German ambassador in Washington, thwarts the current sanction efforts by the international community. The EU had announced in January an oil embargo and sanctions against the Iranian Central Bank. U.S. President Obama had stressed in his State of the Union speech, that no option would be  taken off the table and thereby invigorated international Iran sanctions. Ischinger holds the sanctions strategy to be appropriate but not effective enough. If he now wants to discuss on how to contain an Iran in possession of nuclear weapons, he undermines the West's policy.

He undermines the credibility of Western leaders who, like Obama and Merkel had always said that an Iranian nuclear bomb could not be accepted. Ischinger’s unrealistic proposals would result  in a total loss of trust. It would fundamentally alienate allies in the region and would drive them into an arms race.

With his containment strategy towards Iran, Ischinger risks a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. In response countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia will strive for nuclear weapons. Why should they continue to trust the West’s security guarantees after such a treachery.

Ischinger’s comparison with the deterrence strategy of the Cold War is also misleading. In the Soviet Union the West had a much more rational adversary than with the current Iranian regime. The world was actually several times at the brink of mutually assured destruction (MAD) which makes Ischinger’s recipe in the case of Iran not a very promising one regarding security gains.

Michael Spaney, spokesman for the campaign STOP THE BOMB, which advocates for tough sanctions against Iran, said: “Ischinger’s proposed containment strategy is not a non-military strategy, and it is not, as he suggests, an alternative to military action. But it would entail years or decades of enforced rearmament in the Middle East. It would trigger bloody proxy wars and strengthen jihadi forces and reactionary military dictatorships. A nuclear-armed Iran would finally bury all resting hopes and opportunities of the already problematic Arab rebellions. It would transform the Middle East into a nuclear-armed, highly explosive and unstable region in crisis, ruled by a friend-foe logic of war.”

Hopefully, the participants in Munich will clearly mark the red lines for Iran's nuclear program and will jointly coordinate policies and measures to stop the Iranian bomb.

An important point here must be the compliance to existing sanctions. The current German state of affairs shows a continuing scandal revealed by newspaper reports at the end of last year. The reports were based on material of the STOP THE BOMB campaign. In the second half of 2011 the German Federal Office for Export Control (BAFA) approved the delivery of German technology supplies worth 150 million euros for the development of a gas field of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. And this despite the fact that the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian energy sector have been sanctioned by the European Union. To date, this had no consequences for the facilitating company Hansa Group AG or any other German companies involved. The BAFA under the authority of the German Federal Ministry of Economics doesn’t follow its mission defined by the European Union, which is to control the sanctions against Iran on German soil. [3]

 

 

Will Germany again undermine new EU sanctions against Iranian regime?

Press release STOP THE BOMB:  January 23rd, 2012

Today's Iran sanctions concluded by the European Union increase the pressure on Germany to finally comply fully to existing export control measures.

The import ban on Iranian oil - despite fully coming into effect as on July 1st - is an important step to restrict the main financial source of the Iranian regime.
Oil and gas revenues form 50% of the Iranian state budget and 80% of Iran's export gains. Also according to US sources, Iran sells sanctioned Syrian oil and therefore supports the murderous fight of the Assad regime against the Syrian opposition.[1]

In Germany there is a growing scandal over the Iran business of the German company Hansa Group AG. Jonathan Weckerle, the spokesman of the STOP THE BOMB campaign, an NGO which is active against Iran's nuclear program, explains: "The German administration neither is willing nor is capable of effectively controlling Iran sanctions. Shipments of more than 150 Million Euros have been approved by the German export control office BAFA, although the involvement of a covert Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) company had became evident."[2] The IRGC have already been sanctioned by the EU.

"German companies and administrative offices have jointly cooperated in undermining international sanctions efforts. The standpoint of BAFA to see the responsibilty to adhere to sanctions solely with the exporting companies means in practice to open the floodgates to breach sanctions and to put the fox in charge of the henhouse" so Weckerle.

According to recent media reports the BAFA (Bundeamt für Wirtschaft und Exportkontrolle) still has no Iran expert among its employees [3], and 2011 German export of dual-use goods with a possible military utilization has even increased in comparison to the previous year. [4]

The prospect of newly promised negotiations with Iran over the nuclear program should not lead to a delay or a reduction of sanctions, as Tehran could possibly demand as a precondition and a sign of goodwill. [5]

"The Iranian regime again and again has used negotiations and diplomatic initiatives as delaying tactics to avoid more pressure and to win time to advance its nuclear program" so Weckerle for the STOP THE BOMB campaign.


[1] online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203735304577169191656832540.html
[2] Alle Informationen dazu finden Sie hier: de.stopthebomb.net/de/d-iran/hansa.html
[3] www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15678959,00.html
[4] www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/die-iran-connection/6072186.html
[5] www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx

 

 

 

German export control agency BAFA for months approved Iran deals despite warnings

STOP THE BOMB press release, December 21, 2011

The German Export Control Agency (BAFA) approved exports for the development of the South Pars gas field, a project of the sanctioned Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The agency ignored warnings about Iranian front companies. STOP THE BOMB publishes the correspondence with the export control agency and is calling for the dismissal of its president Dr. Arnold Wallraff.

The Wall Street Journal reported on December 17, 2011, that the German Hansa Group AG since June 2010 brokered exports for the Iranian energy sector worth 150 Million Euros. Iranian partner was the Iranian company PetroKish, established in April 2010, which assumed the contracts and personal of Sepanir, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) company sanctioned by the UN in June 2010. Thus, the deals and technology deliveries for the Iranian projects could continue seamlessly. [1] The deals with PetroKish have been approved by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), but according to documents leaked to STOP THE BOMB by an informant, the BAFA had for over half a year clear signs for a German-Iranian deception maneuver in order to circumvent sanctions.

Already on May 26, 2011, the BAFA received an export application by the Minimax GmbH & Co. KG, which included documents with the logos of the sanctioned IRGC companies Sepanir and Khatam al-Anbia. On July 14, 2011, STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle informed the BAFA about evidences that PetroKish was an IRGC front company. On August 8, 2011, STOP THE BOMB sent documents to the BAFA with clear evidence for the likely roles of Hansa Group AG as intermediary, of PetroKish as Iranian front company and of Sepanir and Khatam al-Anbia as Iranian business partners. The BAFA was, among other things, asked to check the documents and to hitherto stop all deals that involved the Hansa Group AG. The BAFA answered that the documents were “currently checked”, but, as the Wall Street Journal reports, continued to approve the exports. [2]

Until today, we know of no steps by the BAFA to legally binding stop the deliveries to PetroKish and to cancel the export permissions. The BAFA until now declines to comment on the case. The Wall Street Journal only mentioned a “request” by BAFA to the Hansa Group AG, asking for a stop of the deliveries to PetroKish, referring to informal deliberations about future Iran sanctions at the EU minister meeting on December 1, 2011.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle comments: “Companies that greedily seek and use every opportunity to circumvent sanctions, officials that close both eyes despite clearest evidence for deception maneuvers and until today have failed to draw clear consequences – this is how Germany acts in face of the nuclear armament of the Islamist and anti-Semitic dictatorship in Iran. The German Sonderweg [special path] to block Western Iran sanctions is thus not only taken on the diplomatic scene, but also on the administrative level. Human rights in Iran, Israel’s security and the international anti-proliferation efforts are all subordinated to German export interests.” [3]

Hansa's trade with Iran known to STOP THE BOMB consists of deliveries for the development of the South Pars gasfield, the central project of the Iranian energy industry. The energy sector is of singular economic and political importance for the Iranian regime, and it is in great parts controlled and run by the sanctioned Revolutionary Guards. The energy sector is thus the focus of the international sanctions efforts. [4] As long as deliveries are not completely banned, they should have to undergo the sharpest controls by specialists. Jonathan Weckerle comments the policy of the BAFA as follows:

“The Federal Office of Export Control has for months approved export applications for well-known projects of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and thereby subverted international sanctions. When documents and explicit evidences for dangerous and illegal deals with Iran are ignored, one can no longer speak of incompetence. It is the German government’s responsibility to finally stop the circumvention of international sanctions against Iran by imposing a complete embargo on exports for the energy sector and by establishing an effective control system. STOP THE  BOMB calls for the dismissal of the responsible BAFA president Dr. Arnold Wallraff as well as investigations against the Hansa Group AG and its German business partners.”

[1] David Crawford, Sanctions Hit—and Miss—in German Trade With Iran, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 17, 2011.

[2] The correspondence with the BAFA is documented below. The documents leaked to STOP THE BOMB can be reviewed by journalists upon request.

[3] Two recent studies by Matthias Küntzel show how Germany blocks sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran:
http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/what-about-the-european-union

http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/sanktionen-gegen-teheran-warum-zaudert-die-europaeische-union
(German)

[4] Find an overview of the role of the Revolutionary Guards in the Iranian energy sector here: http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/irans-energy-partners/
The deals are related to delivieries for the development of the phases 13, 15-16 and 22-24 of the South Pars gas field. In 2010, the sanctioned Revolutionary Guards business empire Khatam al-Anbia transferred the development of the phases 15 and 16 to the Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex Co (ISOICO) (
http://www.payvand.com/news/11/mar/1019.html), a subcontractor of the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) (http://www.iranwatch.org/suspect/records/Industrial-Development-and-Renovation.html), which is on the EU sanctions list. The phases 22-24 are being developed by Khatam al-Anbia. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hO8-2zc6BnKaP-2LaqMckSMDa1dg)

 

German export control agency BAFA for months approved Iran deals despite warnings

STOP THE BOMB press release, December 21, 2011

The German Export Control Agency (BAFA) approved exports for the development of the South Pars gas field, a project of the sanctioned Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The agency ignored warnings about Iranian front companies. STOP THE BOMB publishes the correspondence with the export control agency and is calling for the dismissal of its president Dr. Arnold Wallraff.

The Wall Street Journal reported on December 17, 2011, that the German Hansa Group AG since June 2010 brokered exports for the Iranian energy sector worth 150 Million Euros. Iranian partner was the Iranian company PetroKish, established in April 2010, which assumed the contracts and personal of Sepanir, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) company sanctioned by the UN in June 2010. Thus, the deals and technology deliveries for the Iranian projects could continue seamlessly. [1] The deals with PetroKish have been approved by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), but according to documents leaked to STOP THE BOMB by an informant, the BAFA had for over half a year clear signs for a German-Iranian deception maneuver in order to circumvent sanctions.

Already on May 26, 2011, the BAFA received an export application by the Minimax GmbH & Co. KG, which included documents with the logos of the sanctioned IRGC companies Sepanir and Khatam al-Anbia. On July 14, 2011, STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle informed the BAFA about evidences that PetroKish was an IRGC front company. On August 8, 2011, STOP THE BOMB sent documents to the BAFA with clear evidence for the likely roles of Hansa Group AG as intermediary, of PetroKish as Iranian front company and of Sepanir and Khatam al-Anbia as Iranian business partners. The BAFA was, among other things, asked to check the documents and to hitherto stop all deals that involved the Hansa Group AG. The BAFA answered that the documents were “currently checked”, but, as the Wall Street Journal reports, continued to approve the exports. [2]

Until today, we know of no steps by the BAFA to legally binding stop the deliveries to PetroKish and to cancel the export permissions. The BAFA until now declines to comment on the case. The Wall Street Journal only mentioned a “request” by BAFA to the Hansa Group AG, asking for a stop of the deliveries to PetroKish, referring to informal deliberations about future Iran sanctions at the EU minister meeting on December 1, 2011.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle comments: “Companies that greedily seek and use every opportunity to circumvent sanctions, officials that close both eyes despite clearest evidence for deception maneuvers and until today have failed to draw clear consequences – this is how Germany acts in face of the nuclear armament of the Islamist and anti-Semitic dictatorship in Iran. The German Sonderweg [special path] to block Western Iran sanctions is thus not only taken on the diplomatic scene, but also on the administrative level. Human rights in Iran, Israel’s security and the international anti-proliferation efforts are all subordinated to German export interests.” [3]

Hansa's trade with Iran known to STOP THE BOMB consists of deliveries for the development of the South Pars gasfield, the central project of the Iranian energy industry. The energy sector is of singular economic and political importance for the Iranian regime, and it is in great parts controlled and run by the sanctioned Revolutionary Guards. The energy sector is thus the focus of the international sanctions efforts. [4] As long as deliveries are not completely banned, they should have to undergo the sharpest controls by specialists. Jonathan Weckerle comments the policy of the BAFA as follows:

“The Federal Office of Export Control has for months approved export applications for well-known projects of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and thereby subverted international sanctions. When documents and explicit evidences for dangerous and illegal deals with Iran are ignored, one can no longer speak of incompetence. It is the German government’s responsibility to finally stop the circumvention of international sanctions against Iran by imposing a complete embargo on exports for the energy sector and by establishing an effective control system. STOP THE  BOMB calls for the dismissal of the responsible BAFA president Dr. Arnold Wallraff as well as investigations against the Hansa Group AG and its German business partners.”

[1] David Crawford, Sanctions Hit—and Miss—in German Trade With Iran, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 17, 2011.

[2] The correspondence with the BAFA is documented below. The documents leaked to STOP THE BOMB can be reviewed by journalists upon request.

[3] Two recent studies by Matthias Küntzel show how Germany blocks sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran:
http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/what-about-the-european-union

http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/sanktionen-gegen-teheran-warum-zaudert-die-europaeische-union
(German)

[4] Find an overview of the role of the Revolutionary Guards in the Iranian energy sector here: http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/irans-energy-partners/
The deals are related to delivieries for the development of the phases 13, 15-16 and 22-24 of the South Pars gas field. In 2010, the sanctioned Revolutionary Guards business empire Khatam al-Anbia transferred the development of the phases 15 and 16 to the Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex Co (ISOICO) (
http://www.payvand.com/news/11/mar/1019.html), a subcontractor of the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) (http://www.iranwatch.org/suspect/records/Industrial-Development-and-Renovation.html), which is on the EU sanctions list. The phases 22-24 are being developed by Khatam al-Anbia. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hO8-2zc6BnKaP-2LaqMckSMDa1dg)

 

Iranian regime is being courted in Germany

Cooperation with Iran in Afghanistan is doomed to fail

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, December 5, 2011

The NGO STOP THE BOMB condemns the invitation of the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to Germany. The second international conference on Afghanistan ended in Bonn on Monday evening. The Federal Government had invited Salehi to Bonn under the assumption that the Islamic Republic of Iran could help to "create conditions for a free, secure and successful Afghanistan". [1]
 
The German government still relies on cooperation with Tehran in Afghanistan. STOP THE BOMB spokesman Michael Spaney says: "There are no common interests between the West and the Iranian Islamists, not even in Afghanistan. Neither the stabilization of the country nor the improvement of the human rights situation is possible as long as the Iranian regime has
a considerable influence at the Hindu Kush. The strategy of co-operation with Iran in Afghanistan has failed."

Recent reports of ISAF's military intelligence services have demonstrated that the Iranian regime is cooperating with the Pakistani intelligence service ISI in arming and training the Taliban. The report states that the aim of the Iranian leadership is to control the fate of Afghanistan. To achieve this goal, Iranians are cooperating with Pakistan; both countries support the insurgents with training, weapons and money. [2]

While the German Federal government still relies on a double track policy of diplomacy and sanctions, Iran's leaders follow a policy of confrontation: The regime crushes any opposition. In foreign policy, it is working steadfastly on the atomic bomb and threatens Israel with annihilation. The incursion of the British embassy in Tehran and the plans to assassinate the Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil demonstrate how the regime systematically uses terrorist means in foreign policy.

Iranian foreign minister Salehi, a close confidant of Ahmadinejad, formerly was the head of Iran's nuclear program and Vice President of the Islamic Republic. In 2009 he was put on the sanction's list of the European Union. Michael Spaney comments: "The visit of Salehi to Germany is another slap in the face of the Iranian Freedom Movement. The federal government is once again betraying the opposition in courting Salehi. Now is the time for an immediate oil embargo and sanctions against Iran's central bank. A complete diplomatic boycott should follow. The German government should establish serious and close contacts with the Iranian opposition. The Iranian regime is destabilizing the entire region. Without a regime change in Iran there will be no stability in Afghanistan. "

[1] http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Aussenpolitik/RegionaleSchwerpunkte/AfghanistanZentralasien/Bonn_Konferenz_2011/111205-Konferenz-node.html

[2] www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,801521,00.html

 

After the embassy incursion: Germany must not block financial sanctions against Iran tomorrow

US expert: The Central Bank is Iran’s most important remaining connection to the international markets

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, November 30, 2011

On Thursday, December 1, the EU foreign ministers will meet to discuss further sanctions against Iran. There are reports that Germany wants to block sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). By contrast, France supports sanctions against the CBI and the UK already adopted them on November 21, 2011. [1]

Avi Jorisch, former Policy Advisor at the US Treasury Department's office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, comments: „Germany must support the initiative of its Western allies to sanction the Central Bank of Iran. The CBI is Iran’s most important remaining connection to the international markets. Sanctioning it would greatly decrease the regime’s ability to acquire crucial financial and technological resources. Now is the time for a strong sign of international unity and determination against the global threat of a nuclear-armed Iranian regime.”

The oil sanctions supported by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle would be an important measure, but they must not be played out against sanctioning the CBI. Iran ranks only on place 14 of Germany’s oil suppliers [2], while Germany is still Iran’s most important Western trade partner and technology provider. Michael Spaney, spokesperson for the campaign STOP THE BOMB, adds: “It looks as if Germany still refrains from drastically increasing the pressure on the Iranian regime. Germany has still exported goods worth 2.3 billion Euros to Iran this year until September.”

Especially the outrageous storming of the British embassy in Tehran must be followed by a determined European reaction. The violent riots were obviously tolerated or initiated by the regime and were aimed against new sanctions. Any sign of weakness and disunity after this provocation would signal Tehran that violence works, and that it can continue not only with its nuclear program, but also with brutally oppressing the Iranian opposition and supporting international terrorism.

[1] http://www.welt.de/print/wams/politik/article13737433/Die-deutsche-Iran-Connection.html

[2] Until September Germany has imported oil worth roughly 339 million Euros from Iran in 2011. http://www.bafa.de/bafa/de/energie/mineraloel_rohoel/energieinfo_rohoel/2011/september.html

 

 

Iranian Anti-Semite in German Banks Foundation

STOP THE BOMB calls for the expulsion of anti-Semitic board member of the German Banks Foundation "Schloss Neuhardenberg"

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, 24 November 2011

The campaign STOP THE BOMB is calling on the Foundation Schloss Neuhardenberg, a foundation of a German trustee saving's bank association, to split up with its board of trustees member Mostofa Dolatyar, deputy foreign minister a.i. of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The representative of the Iranian regime attracted attention for his anti-Semitic remarks. Board of Trustee members of the Foundation Schloss Neuhardenberg include among others Matthias Platzeck (SPD), minister president of the Land Brandenburg, and Bernd Neumann, German federal commissioner for culture and media. [1]

In June 2010 Dolatyar told an Iranian news agency: "We hope that the prophecy of the Imam [Khomeini] regarding the downfall of this regime [Israel] will occur very soon and that we will be witnesses of it." [2]

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney says: An anti-Semite, who welcomes the annihilation of Israel, is simply out of place as a board member in a democratic foundation. As a representative of a regime that brutally oppresses the brave resistance of its people in their own country, Dolatyar should also be intolerable for a Foundation, which claims to work in an „ethical tradition“ of a „consistent, ethically justified resistance against dictatorial rogue regime.“ [3]

The Iranian regime suppresses dissidents, women, homosexuals, Baha'is and members of other religious groups, tortures and murders them. [4] It is official state policy to deny the Holocaust, to announce the destruction of Israel and to work on a nuclear weapons program. Moreover, the Iranian regime, whose defense minister himself is an internationally wanted terrorist [5], is the world's largest sponsor of terrorist groups.

In October, the Foundation Schloss Neuhardenberg had to cancel a planned meeting with Iranian Ambassador Alireza Sheikh Attar and the philosopher Rüdiger Safranski due to massive protests. [6] Sheikh Attar was, according to Iranian human rights groups personally involved in violent crime during his term as provincial governor and remains under suspicion of being the procurement activities for the Iranian nuclear program, as well as responsible for the surveillance and intimidation of dissident Iranian exiles. [7]

The protests against Dolatyar take place in a time when the emergence of the Iran-question splits the EU. [8] While Britain and France continue to restrict their business with Iran, Iranian lobby groups in Germany increased their promotion for the expansion of economic relations between Germany and Iran. In October an „expert discussion“ took place in Berlin with the Vice Minister for Economic Affairs of Iran in the premises of the German Foundation DGAP [9]. Recently a German-Iranian economic conference in cooperation with the largest Association of Medium-Sized Companies in Germany (BVMW) took place in Berlin as well. [10]

Michael Spaney: "The protests against Dolaytar's position in the board of trustees refer once again to the fact that the question of dealing with an anti-Semitic dictatorship can not only be solved alone by the federal government, it is a matter of all democratic institutions. Especially German democratic institutions should be aware of their responsibility towards anti-Semitism and dictatorship. The Foundation Schloss Neuhardenberg stands with its board of trustees for the legitimization and subsidy of the anti-Semitic Islamist dictatorship in Iran."

[1] http://www.schlossneuhardenberg.de/service/kontakt/kuratiorium_der_stiftung.html
[2]
http://www.mehrnews.com/fa/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=1095347
[3]
http://www.dsgv.de/de/gesellschaftliches-engagement/kunst-und-kultur/schloss-neuhardenberg.html
[4]
http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=a%2F65%2F370&Lang=E
[5]
http://www.europeandemocracy.org/media/european-media/iran-s-defence-minister-german.html
[6]
http://www.digberlin.de/dig/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Pressemitteilung_Absage_Hafiztag-2.pdfPress Release of the Foundation Schloss Neuhardenberg regarding the cancellation of the event with Sheikh Attar and Rüdiger Safranski
[7] http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/attar.html#c1347
[8]
http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/what-about-the-european-union
[9]
http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/dgap.html
[10]
http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/d-iran/eivent.html

 

Protests against the German Business Association BVMW and German-Iranian Business Congress in Berlin

Berlin, November 8, 2011

A conference to promote German-Iranian business relations took place under protests today in Berlin. The Congress with the title "Iranian Women Business Power" was attended by the Iranian ambassador Sheikh Attar. The event was promoted with the support of the Association of Medium-Sized Companies (BVMW).

The BVMW published a press release yesterday and rejected any responsibility for the event. The association claimed that the BVWM was neither the promoter nor the organizer of the conference. The European campaign STOP THE BOMB, which is directed against the Iranian nuclear program, criticizes the BVMW: "The press release of the BVMW is a shameful statement. The association does not act according to its responsibilities. The connections between the BVMW and the conference organizer EIVENT are very close and well documented. While the most recent IAEA report shows that the regime in Tehran is building the atomic bomb and is active in all essential areas of the construction of nuclear weapons, the German middle-sized companies with the BVMW at the top continues to expand its business with the Iranian regime. This is irresponsible, and German politicians must finally find an effective strategy to prevent its medium sized companies from supporting the Iranian regime." [1]

In a letter to the members of the political advisory council of the BVMW, STOP THE BOMB had urged the politicians to take steps to prevent the event. Members of the political board of the BVMW are Wolfgang Gerhard (Liberal Party FPD), Dagmar Wöhrl (Christian Democrats, CSU), Brigitte Zypries (Social Democrats, SPD) and Cem Özdemir (Green Party) and others.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center also issued a press release critical of the conference. "Every German politician who visited the congress violates the sanctions against the Iranian regime, which were established by Germany, the EU, the United States and the United Nations," the Center said.

Seminars such as this conference aim at promoting closer business ties with Iran, particularly in the energy sector, an area targeted by EU sanctions. This became evident in a recent event with the Iranian ambassador in Berlin, which took place at the German Foundation on Foreign Relations (DGAP). STOP THE BOMB had protested against this event, too.

About 40 people demonstrated at the conference in front of the Seminaris Hotel in Berlin and demanded tougher sanctions against Iran. STOP THE BOMB urged the Board and the Advisory Council of the BVMW to cut its ties to lobbyists like Mir Durandish and the organization EIVENT immediately and stop advertising business with Iran.

---------

[1] The newspaper of the BVMW called "Der Mittelstand" stated in its most recent edition 4.2011: "The BVMW and Iran's ambassador Ali Reza Sheikh Attar want to strengthen economic relations." Compare: www.eivent.de/pdf/bvmwanz1.pdf. The article also states: "The BVMW with four employees in its Tehran office supports interested companies with information and free initial consultation, explained Mir Durandish." EIVENT organizer Mir Durandish is speaking at various events for the promotion of business in Iran speaking for the BVMW, see for example an event in September 2011 in the German city Senftenberg www.bvmw-lausitz.de/de/veranstaltungen/2011/september/rh0709/info.html

German business alliance cooperates with Iranian regime, event covered as women empowerment

STOP THE BOMB press release November 4th, 2011

Next Tuesday the Seminaris Campus Hotel in Berlin will host the „Business Congress - Iranian Business Women Power” aimed at initiating new Iran business. [1]

The event is organized by the business association European-Iranian Ventures (EIVENT) in cooperation with the Federal Association of Mid Tier Business [Bundesverband mittelständiger Wirtschaft] (BVMW). [2] Among the members of it’s political board of advisers are the leading German politicians Wolfgang Gerhardt (FDP), Brigitte Zypries (SPD) and Cem Özdemir (Green Party).[3] The BVMW represents ca. 55.000 small and midsize companies and freelancers and calls itself the biggest organized force of the German mid tier business. A key figure for the promotion of Iran business is Mir Durandish, head of the Iranian representation of the BVMW. He also maintains close ties with EIVENT.[4]

„The congress is about initiating new German-Iranian business despite sanctions“, says Jonathan Weckerle, spokesman of the campaign STOP THE BOMB. „The propagandistic title ‚women-power‘ is used to whitewash the situation of women in the Islamic Republic and the ruthless business interests of German companies“, Weckerle continues.

The BVMW counters the international efforts to raise the pressure on the regime. Last week officials from the US treasury tried to convince European governments of sanctioning the Central Bank of Iran. [5]

The ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, is expected as a guest of honor at the congress. Attar is a confidant of Ahmadinejad, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and a long time regime functionary. According to Iranian opposition circles, Attar during his time as governor of the provinces Kurdistan and West-Azerbaijan was personally responsible for the terror against the opposition. [6] The press reported that ambassador Attar is also involved in proliferation activities for the Iranian nuclear program. [7]

The exiled Iranian cultural scientist Nasrin Amirsedghi comments: „Using alleged achievements in womens’ rights to advertise this event is a humiliating mockery for the women in Iran. The Islamic Republic stands for coerced headscarves, gender apartheid and a legal system where women count only half. Iran does certainly not stand for ‘women power’.”

STOP THE BOMB will hold a protest rally against the congress on November 8th, 8.30 am, at the Seminaris Campus Hotel in Berlin, Takustr. 39.

[1] http://www.eivent.de/wp.html
[2]
http://www.eivent.de/pdf/anmeldU.pdf
[3]
http://www.bvmw.de/der-bvmw/politischer-beirat.html
[4] See Factsheet: http://de.stopthebomb.net/d-iran/eivent.html
[5] http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/usa-draengen-europa-zu-sanktionen-gegen-iran/5713620.html
[6]
http://jungle-world.com/artikel/2009/23/35188.html
[7]
http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/archiv/2009/panoramairan106.html

 

Cancel the visit to Iran by European parliamentarians!

STOP THE BOMB Europe, October 26, 2011

The chair of European Parliament's delegation for relations with Iran, Traja Cronberg (Green Party, Finland), has announced that a delegation consisting of five members of the European parliament will pay an official visit to Iran from October 30th to November 4th 2011. It is reported that the visit is a result of an initiative led by German MEP Kurt Lechner (CDU) and Barbara Lochbihler (former chair of European Parliament's delegation for relations with Iran, Green Party Germany). The European coalition STOP THE BOMB demands to cancel the trip and asks Jerzy Buzek as president of the European parliament to denounce the renewed courting of the Iranian regime, which has been already criticized by several EU parliamentarians.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Simone Dinah Hartmann opposes any steps that could be understood as support by the Iranian regime: "Instead of giving legitimacy to the Iranian regime by visiting them and offering dialogue - a legitimacy which the regime has lost amongst its people, the European parliament should call for tougher sanctions, especially against Iran's Central Bank and its oil and gas exports. The Iranian nuclear program and the export of terrorism have to be stopped."

German-Iranian author Saba Farzan views this trip as a slap into the face of every freedom loving Iranian. "If Mrs. Lochbihler and her delegation are not even interested in the Iranian freedom movement, at least they should consider the taxpayers money. Tax revenues pay for the scheduled talks with the murderers in Teheran namely. The only right position to take is to cancel the visit and reside with the freedom loving people of Iran."

 

Protest against the invitation of the Iranian Vice Minister for Economic Affairs to the German Foundation DGAP

Islamic Republic of Iran not a partner in Afghanistan - STOP THE BOMB is calling for the cancellation of an event with Mohammad Reza Farzin and Rainer Stinner (FDP)

Berlin, October 24, 2011

The partly state-sponsored German Foundation DGAP is holding an event called „Experts Talk“ with Mohammad Reza Farzin, Vice Minister for Economic Affairs of Iran and Rainer Stinner, foreign policy spokesman of the Free Democrats (FDP), the junior partner in Germany's ruling coalition this Wednesday, 26 October 2011.[1]

It is announced that the talks will address a possible "energy cooperation" with Iran as well as possibilities to partner in „problem solving in Afghanistan“.

„STOP THE BOMB is shocked that members of the German Bundestag in this way are undermining EU sanctions against the Iranian regime, which are aiming particularly at the country's energy sector", says Michael Spaney, spokesperson of the Campaign STOP THE BOMB. „We are calling for a cancellation of the event. Given the recent murder complot of the Iranian regime in the United States this invitation is a dangerous signal of giving in to terrorist methods", Spaney adds. 

STOP THE BOMB warns against the assessment that the West had shared interests with the Iranian regime in Afghanistan. "We consider this to be a dangerous illusion, particularly on the eve of the Afghanistan Conference scheduled for December in Bonn," says Michael Spaney. "The Wikileaks revelations were only the latest proves demonstrating that the Iranian regime is responsible for the killing of soldiers of the ISAF troops in Afghanistan. The regime is also involved in drug trafficking and supports Islamist terror groups in Afghanistan like the Taliban and Al Qaeda." [2]

Paolo Casaca, executive director of the South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), who is currently accompanying a major delegation of leading Afghan women through European countries to make their voices heard, warns of this approach. "There are no common interests with Islamist forces in Afghanistan. Instead of stabilizing the influence of the Iranian regime in Afghanistan, Western countries should support and strengthen democratic forces inside the country. The significant improvements in the rights and social situation of women and girls in Afghanistan are likely to be reversed if Islamist forces are allowed to have any role in Afghanistan's future", says Casaca.

STOP THE BOMB asked the DGAP to cancel the invitation and will protest against the event on October 26, in front of the DGAP, Rauchstraße 17/18 in 10787 Berlin.

 ***

[1] STOP THE BOMB criticized Rainer Stinner in July 2010, when he travelled to Iranrtly after the passing of European sanctions against Iran. STOP THE BOMB stated that Stinner undermined the sanctions by signalling that there is still time for dialogue. See de.stopthebomb.net/de/stinner.html. The German weekly "Die Zeit" stated: "The liberal foreign policy spokesman Rainer Stinner is visiting Iran. In this way he is torpedoing the Iran sanctions of the EU", see www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2010-08/rainer-stinner-iran-atomstreit.

[2] The DGAP itself states that there is a
"financial support of operative Al-Qaeda cells" by the Iranian regime in its recent paper discussion U.S. policy towards Iran: http://www.dgap.org/2011/10/18/von-der-eindammung-zur-entspannung-am-golf/ (p. 16). Information on the Wikileaks revelations: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703700904575391664183556930.html and http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/02/afghan-mps-scholars-iran-payroll?intcmp=239, with links to central Wikileaks documents. In May 2011 the so-called "human rights commissioner" of the Iranian regime, Mohammad Javad Larijani threatened to allow free transit for the smuggling drugs to Europe should the West not stop to criticize human rights violations in Iran
. (http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article13371692/Iran-droht-Westen-mit-Transit-von-Drogen-nach-Europa.html)

 

Matthias Platzeck, Rüdiger Safranski and the Iranian Regime

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, 11 October 2011

The campaign STOP THE BOMB is calling for the cancellation of “Tribute to Hafiz”, a public event with the Iranian ambassador Ali Reza Sheikh Attar. Attar is announced to discuss with Rüdiger Safranski, a German publicist and moderator of the TV show “The Philosophical Quartet”, on October 15, 2011, in Neuhardenberg (Brandenburg). [1] The event is organized by the Foundation “Schloss Neuhardenberg” which has Matthias Platzeck (SPD), minister president of the Land Brandenburg, and Mostofa Dolatyar, deputy foreign minister a.i. of the Islamic Republic of Iran on its board of trustees. Further members of the board are Heinrich Haasis, president of the German Savings Banks Association (deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband), and Bernd Neumann, German federal commissioner for culture and media. [2]

Attar is not only the ambassador of a murderous regime. According to reports from members of the exile-Iranian opposition, Attar is personally responsible for crimes. He was governor of the provinces Kurdistan and West-Azerbaijan from 1980 until 1985 and personally controlled the terror against the opponents of the regime. [3] According to press reports, Sheikh Attar is responsible for procurement activities for the nuclear program and for the surveillance and intimidation of the exile-Iranian opposition. [4]

“An event with representatives of a regime that is the deadly enemy of art and of intellectuals is a slap in the face of the Iranian freedom movement”, says Javad Asadian, Iranian writer and Hafez expert living in Germany. “You could as well invite a Nazi for an expert talk about Thomas and Heinrich Mann. In fact, Hafez is in no way compatible with the Islamist ideology.”

It is not for the first time that Germany uses cultural policy to signal the Iranian regime that it wants normal relations with the Islamic Republic, despite international sanctions. In November 2009, German officials invited Attar to a conference for teachers at the Königin-Luise-Foundation school in Berlin. [5] Further events with Omid Nouripour, member of the Green Party in the German Bundestag [6] and the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation [7] were cancelled after protests by STOP THE BOMB.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney: “The invitation of a criminal like Attar is bad enough. But the fact that Matthias Platzeck, Minister President of Brandenburg, is on the board of the Foundation Schloss Neuhardenberg together with a high ranking Iranian official is a form of institutionalized collaboration with the Iranian terror regime. In the light of the recent wave of executions in Iran [8] and the uninterrupted continuation of the military nuclear program [9] this collaboration is even more cynical.”

The campaign STOP THE BOMB calls on the Foundation Schloss Neuhardenberg to “no longer collaborate with a murderous regime, to immediately quit the board membership of Mostafa Dolatyar and to cancel the event with the brutal regime henchman Attar”, says spokesperson Michael Spaney.

 [1] http://www.schlossneuhardenberg.de/programm/lesungen_debatten.html?no_cache=1&tx_konoprogramm_pi3%5Byear%5D=2011&tx_konoprogramm_pi3%5Bmonth%5D=10&tx_konoprogramm_pi3%5Buid%5D=1369&tx_konoprogramm_pi3%5
[2]
http://www.schlossneuhardenberg.de/service/kontakt/kuratiorium_der_stiftung.html
[3]
http://jungle-world.com/artikel/2009/23/35188.html
[4]
http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/archiv/2009/panoramairan106.html
[5]
http://de.stopthebomb.net/lehrerkonferenz.html
[6]
http://de.stopthebomb.net/text-audio-und-video/texte-aus-der-stb-koalition/green-party-of-iran-zu-attar-und-nouripour.html
[7]
http://de.stopthebomb.net/leipzig.html
[8]
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2011/09/27/Iran-Executions-point-to-killing-spree/UPI-12931317141256/<
[9]
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,790042,00.html 


German companies are undeterred by Iran sanctions

STOP THE BOMB, October 7, 2011

Despite international sanctions, there will be two events next week initiating German Iran-business. In Dresden the governor of the oil-rich Iranian province Khuzestan will promote investments and technology transfer for the energy sector, while representatives of the sanctioned EIH bank will “help in word and deed” at a business diner in Hamburg. Considering the progressing Iranian nuclear weapons program [1], the massive Iranian support for the crackdown on the Syrian opposition and a wave of executions in Iran [2], the activities of the German-Iranian business lobby are cynical.

The Struppen (Saxony) based EIVENT (European Iranian Ventures) organizes a business congress at a disclosed venue in Dresden on October 10, 2011. Seyed Jafar Hejazi, governor of the Iranian province Khuzestan, together with a high-level Iranian business delegation will initiate German deals with Iran. Khuzestan is a center of the Iranian oil industry, vast new oilfields are being developed, and obviously, they count on technology made in Germany. The invitation to the congress promises “high credit-worthiness and big opportunities for cooperation and investments” in the fields of oil, gas, refinery and petrochemistry, despite the fact that the Iranian energy sector is sanctioned since autumn 2010. [3]

Four days later, on October 14, the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce [4] invites to a business diner with three “honored guests” from the European-Iranian Tradebank (EIH), who will “help in word and deed”. The EIH, a bank in Hamburg in the hands of the Iranian regime, has been put on the EU sanctions list in May 2011 after massive international pressure and protests from the campaign STOP THE BOMB. In August 2011, the bank went to the European Court of Justice against this decision. [5]

Michael Spaney, spokesperson of the campaign STOP THE BOMB: „The activities of the business lobby are ridiculing international sanctions efforts against the Iranian regime. German Iran deals are openly initiated in cooperation with representatives of the regime. Especially German technology transfers and investments for the Iranian energy sector, which is the economic pillar of the regime, are obviously still not effectively restricted by the German government.”

[1] www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,790042,00.html

[2] www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/human-rights/11317-iran-international-call-to-stop-hundreds-of-planned-executions

[3] www.eivent.de

[4] www.dihkev.de

[5] de.stopthebomb.net/de/d-iran/eih.htm

 

 

After EU Sanctions against Syria: Stop Iranian Oil Imports

Tehran endangers democracy movements in the Middle East

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, September 8, 2011

The European Union (EU) last week decided to sanction Syrian oil products. (1). In view of the progressing Iranian nuclear weapons program, European oil sanctions against the rulers in Iran are likewise urgently needed. The IAEA in its latest report lists evidence for Iran’s progressing military-nuclear activities. (2)

„The obvious involvement of the Iranian regime in the crackdown against the democratic protests in Syria and the danger of an imminent Iranian nuclear weapons capacity make drastic steps by the EU necessary, in order to stop the bomb and to give the Syrian and Iranian democracy movements a chance”, says Michael Spaney, spokesperson for the STOP THE BOMB campaign .

A nuclear Iran would pursue an even more aggressive foreign policy and would endanger all democratic aspirations in the Middle East. “Today Tehran’s long arm already reaches every country in the region. Anti-democratic Islamist groups are supported by Tehran with weapons, logistics and money and undermine the legitimate opposition movements”, says Michael Spaney.

The STOP THE BOMB campaign welcomes the sanctioning of Syrian oil products and consequently demands the same measures against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Revenues from the oil- and gas sector form the main financial base of the Iranian regime and amounted in 2009/2010 up to nearly 50% of the state budget and 80% of the export revenues. (3) I the first half of 2011 the EU imported energy products worth more than 6.3 billion Euro (8.84 US-Dollar) from Iran, a 11.6% rise compared to the first half of 2010. (4)

The EU sanctions against Syria issued last week will only be partially effective, as long as the Islamic Republic of Iran can support the allied Assad regime with weapons, surveillance technology, instructors and troops. (5)

The EU on August 23, 2011, already sanctioned the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which is responsible for extraterritorial operations, for its involvement in the repression in Syria. Since the Iranian Revolutionary Guards is responsible for similar repression inside Iran, but also for the nuclear program, Germany should finally join the Dutch parliament's initiative to put the Revolutionary Guards on the EU terror list. (6)

(2) For an overview about Iran’s nuclear-military activities see: Bruno Tertrais, The 10 Reasons We Know Iran Wants the Bomb, Sept. 6, 2011. (http://www.realite-eu.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=9dJBLLNkGiF&b=2315291&ct=11206139)

 (3) Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Annual Review 1388 (2009 / 2010), p. 15 and 18. (http://www.cbi.ir/page/7575.aspx)

(4) Eurostat, External and intra-European Union trade, 9/2011, p. 63. (http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/html/113392.htm)

(5) Geneive Abdo, How Iran keeps Assad in Power, August 25, 2011, http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/68230/geneive-abdo/how-iran-keeps-assad-in-power-in-syria

(6) Benjamin Weinthal, Holland votes to put Iran's RGC on EU-terror list, Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2009. (http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=161572)
See also:
http://www.sanctioniranregime.eu/

 

Sharp Criticism against German Talks with Iran

STOP THE BOMB, 8 July 2011

STOP THE BOMB strongly protests against new talks of German politicians with representatives of the Iranian regime.[i] Members of the German Bundestag hosted a delegation of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) last week and two prominent Iranian representatives, Iranian ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh and the Iranian ambassador in Germany Alireza Sheikh Attar, spoke at a conference in the German Foreign office. The conference was organized as the 59. Pugwash Conference on the premises of the Foreign Office from July 1-4 and was also sponsored by the ministry.[ii]

With two events in one week Germany is again leading among Western democracies regarding talks with Iran. Michael Spaney, Spokesperson of the STOP THE BOMB Campaign, is criticizing this policy: "While German politicians are hesitant in supporting the Iranian freedom movement, they are leading in dialogue with official representatives of the anti-Semitic and authoritarian regime. This suggests that there is a possibility to reach substantial results in these talks, which is simply not true. The dialogue is used by the Iranian propaganda for their aims."

Members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee who were invited to the Bundestag at the same time wrote a sharp protest letter criticizing the talks. This pseudo parliament would only cover the brutal suppression of protesters while the regime is calling for genocide and developing weapons to erase Israel of the map, the letter states.[iii] Referring to this letter, Ruprecht Polenz, head of the German foreign policy council, defended the talks stating that sanctions would not exclude talks.[iv]

"Polenz is ignoring the threats emerging from the Iranian regime and its nuclear program for the Iranian people, for Israel and the whole region. These threats are described clearly in the letter as well as in recent statements of the IAEA", says Michael Spaney. "Members of the German Bundestag are thus misleading the public about the nature and the total lack of results of the dialogue with members of a pseudo-parliament without democratic legitimacy." [v]

The talks are particularly cynical because they are taking place while Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Iran controlled Hezbollah terrorists are murdering Syrian protesters fighting for a democratic Syria. [vi]

Engagement with Iranian representatives and their integration in international entities is only legitimizing the expansionist policy of the Iranian regime.

STOP THE BOMB therefore demands more pressure on the regime: diplomatic isolation and economic sanctions which should include further goods like machinery.[vii] In spite of a decline of German exports to Iran during the last months Germany still is the most important Western exporter to Iran. In the first four months of 2011, exports to Iran amounted to almost 1 billion Euros. [viii]

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[i] The recent meeting of members of the Iranian Majlis is but one example for several events of similar nature. STOP THE BOMB criticized the trip of Rainer Stinner, foreign policy spokesman for the German liberal party FDP in July 2010, the trip of members of the committee for culture of the Bundestag headed by chairman Peter Gauweiler in October 2010, of Elke Hoff, member of the liberal FDP in November 2010 and foreign minister Guido Westerwelle in February 2011.
http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/elke-hoff/open-letter.html
http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/press/press-releases.html#c1967

[ii]
http://www.pugwash.org/reports/pic/59/media.htm Iranian ambassador to Iran, Alireza Sheikh Attar is an intimate of Ahmadinejad. From 1980 to 1985, he was governor in Kurdish Iran and responsible for murder and human rights violations in this area. http://de.stopthebomb.net/lehrerkonferenz.html#c1071

[iii] "We, the members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, on an official visit to Berlin, firmly protest the visit of Iranian Majlis members in Berlin and express our deep disappointment in their acceptance by German officials, including the German parliament. The Iranian Majlis is a façade of a parliament that covers a murderous regime that oppresses its people and tortures young students and protesters. They support and export terror, aid Assad’s regime in repressing protests against him, deny the Holocaust – all while manufacturing nuclear weapons and missiles in order to commit genocide against the Jews and erase our only state from the map. (…) We cannot stand by while German representatives hold a dialogue with a regime that calls for genocide”. Vgl. http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=227372

[iv] http://www.ruprecht-polenz.de/lokal_1_1_994_Polenz-Sanktionen-schliessen-Gespraeche-nicht-aus.html

[v] The last round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany yielded no results. After Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the EU, tried to initiate new talks with a letter to Tehran, but the unsatisfying answer of Dr. Saeed Jalili of the Iranian National Security Council only caused disapproval. See http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2011/05/20110517154728nehpets0.8738367.html#axzz1RL0k40cE

[vi] http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2011-04/syrien-armee-meuterei-soldaten

[vii] Michael Tockuss, head of the German-Iranian chamber of commerce, said in an interview that one must not forget that two thirds of the Iranian industry is equipped with German machinery and technology and that Iran therefore is dependent on German spare parts. http://www.focus.de/finanzen/news/deutschland-iran_aid_104866.html

[viii] The precise number is 999.796.131 Euro. Source: Eurostat.

 

Press Release: German Companies are Undermining EU Sanctions against Iran's Energy Sector

Berlin, April 13, 2011

In Tehran starts the „Iran Oil Show 2011“  on Saturday, April 16. The Oil Show is an industry exhibition for companies that are active in the energy sector. A high number of German companies will participate, presenting their technology for the sanctioned Iranian energy sector.[1] The campaign “STOP THE BOMB – No Deals with the Iranian Regime!” condemns the participation of the German companies. Those companies are strongly suspected to violate EU sanctions. STOP THE BOMB calls on the responsible authorities to actively investigate against these companies. STOP THE BOMB has compiled and analyzed a list of the represented German companies.[2]

The range of products of the German companies include all kinds of products for the energy sector, including pumps, pipes and construction machines and specialized measuring instruments. Exporting these products to Iran violates the letter and spirit of the EU sanctions.[3] With the Iran Oil Show the Iranian regime promotes business in the Iranian energy sector, and it exploits the growing participation of European companies for its propaganda.[4]

Deals in the Iranian energy sector support the Iranian regime. The German companies that are active in this sector are therefore responsible for the fact that the regime can go on with its policy of human rights violations, its nuclear program and the export of terror against the will of the Iranian people and in spite of massive protests against the regime. Revenues from the energy sector made up nearly 50% of the state budget and 80% of the export income in 2009/2010.[5] The biggest part of the Iranian energy sector is state owned.[6] Business partners in Iran are mostly companies connected to the economic empire of the Revolutionary Guards, who run the majority of the projects in the energy sector.[7] The Revolutionary Guards are on the US terror list and since July 2010 also on the EU sanctions list.

"The results of the German Iran policy are disastrous. Despite EU sanctions, Germany is the most important Western business partner of Iran, with an annual export volume of 3.8 billion Euros. Only China has more companies participating at the Iran Oil Show. Furthermore, the German government refuses to shut down the EIH bank. The bank is essential for the financing of Germany's Iran business. There are no serious efforts to put effective pressure on the Iranian regime”, says STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle.[8]

Prof. Gert Weisskirchen, foreign policy spokesperson for the SPD in the Bundestag from 1999 till 2009, comments: „Whoever circumvents the EU sanctions not only violates international law. By supporting an oppressive regime against the will of the EU, one also threatens the hopes of many young people in Iran for democracy.”

[1] http://www.iranoilshow.com/

[2] http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/d-iran/iran-oil-show-2011.html#c2001

[3] The energy sector is at the same time the Achilles’ heel of the regime, this is why this sector is in the center of the international sanction efforts. Additionally to UN sanctions the US, the EU, Canada, South Korea and Japan have issued sanctions against deals that benefit the Iranian energy sector. See an overview of the international sanctions: www.iranenergyproject.org/topics/1/sanctions

[4] http://www.irxp.com/news/217/

[5] Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Annual Review 1388 (2009 / 2010), p. 15 and 18. (http://www.cbi.ir/page/7575.aspx)

[6] List of companies belonging to the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum: http://www.iranoilgas.com/companies/whoiswho/

[7] RAND Corporation, The Rise of the Pasdaran, 2009, p. 59 ff. (http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG821.pdf)

[8] The Wall Street Journal reported on April 4, 2011, that the German government still refuses to take action against the European-Iranian Trade Bank (EIH), which facilitates the bulk of the German and a big part of the international Iran business. Transactions via the Tehran dependence of the EIH cannot be controlled by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), and the claimed supervision of the deals via the EIH can be circumvented.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703841904576256711528931504.html?mod=googlenews_wsj. See also: http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/d-iran/eih.html

 

Mina Ahadi: Do only lives of German citizens count for Westerwelle?

German Foreign Minister Westerwelle ignores the imminent execution of the Iranian lawyer of Sakineh Ashtiani and lets the Iranian regime bank EIH continue to operate in Hamburg.

STOP THE BOMB press statement, Feb. 28, 2011

The hanging of Houtan Kian, the lawyer of Sakineh Ashtiani, is imminent, according to information from the International Committee against Stoning and Execution. Ashtiani is an Iranian woman threatened to be stoned. [1] Kian was arrested together with the two German journalists Jens Koch und Markus Hellwig on October 10, 2010, in his office in Tabriz. The journalists have been released on February 19, 2011, during an Iran journey by the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, where Westerwelle met with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

Mina Ahadi, spokesperson of the International Committee against Stoning and Execution, yesterday talked about Kian on a rally in Hamburg:  “Do only lives of German citizens count for Westerwelle? Instead of promoting political and economic ties with the regime at the expense of human rights, the German government should speak out on Iran as clearly as on Libya, and ostracize and isolate the dictatorship in Iran.”

Mina Ahadi spoke at a protest rally against the Iranian EIH bank in Hamburg. The EIH bank is one of  the most important loopholes in the international Iran sanctions. It can continue to operate despite being involved in deals for the Iranian nuclear weapons program and massive international protests. [2]

“The announced execution of the human rights lawyer Houtan Kian shortly after Westerwelle’s trip to Iran demonstrates how useless human rights appeals to the rulers in Tehran are. To the contrary, the announcement by the German Foreign Minister in Tehran to expand the German-Iranian relations and cooperations only emboldened the regime to continue the current wave of executions”, said Jonathan Weckerle, spokesperson of the campaign STOP THE BOMB, who organized the rally.

A broad coalition of exile-Iranian, Jewish, Christian and secular political organizations demanded together with STOP THE BOMB the immediate closure of the Iranian regime bank in Hamburg, and called for a “stop of the German soft line approach towards the Iranian regime”. It was time to isolate the Iranian torture regime politically and economically and to massively support the Iranian freedom movement.

But Germany undauntedly continues its policy of dialogue with the unscrupulous Islamist rulers in Iran.

Directly following the Iran trip of Westerwelle, Kazem Jalali traveled to Germany last week. Jalali is the Spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament. In Germany he met with Barbara Lochbihler from the Green Party, who is chairwoman of the Iran delegation of the European Parliament. Westerwelle and Lochbihler in their meetings with the representatives of the Iranian regime talked about further dialogue meetings, cooperation in many sectors and even the extension of the economic ties. [3]

[1] http://stopstonningnow.com/wpress/4328

[2] http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/d-iran/eih.html (For Westerwelle in Iran see http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/press/press-releases.html#c1962)

[3] http://www.presstv.ir/detail/166606.html and http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/iran1382.html

 

Close Hamburg's Iranian terror bank

STOP THE BOMB press release, February 23, 2011

The NGO STOP THE BOMB calls for a demonstration in Hamburg on February 27th in Hamburg at 3.00 p.m.

The European-Iranian Trade Bank (EIH) in Hamburg is “a key financial lifeline for Iran”, says Stuart Levey, the US Treasury Department's under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. [1] After the visit of the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Iran, which was a fatal signal of cooperation and a full political and propagandist success for the regime [2], and with regard to the spreading protests in Iran and the Arab world, new and crippling sanctions against the Iranian regime are more urgently required than ever. The campaign “STOP THE BOMB – No Deals with the Iranian Regime!” thus calls for a rally on next Sunday against the EIH and for solidarity with the Iranian freedom movement.

The EIH, a German bank under Iranian state control, is of crucial importance for the worldwide foreign trade of the Islamic Republic, as STOP THE BOMB shows in a fact sheet. [3] Not only the German small and medium-sized enterprises use the EIH for its growing Iran business, since this year the Iranian-Indian multi-billion dollar trade with crude is also made via the EIH. Worldwide no other bank could be found for this. Additionally, the EIH is according to US Treasury information involved in proliferation activities. The German government has come under growing international pressure because its inactivity. Most recently, 11 US senators wrote a letter to Westerwelle about the EIH, which he recently refused to comment in a press conference. [4] Should the continued activity of the EIH be part of price that Tehran demanded and obtained from the German government for the release of two imprisoned German journalists?

Because of the wave of protests in the region, which also encouraged the freedom movement in Iran to two big demonstrations, a decisive moment for the future of the region has come, in which the economic and political pressure on the regime should be massively increased.

“The West and its allies have to staunchly signal the demonstrators, but also the functionaries of the regime that the freedom movement and not the dictatorial rulers in Iran are the partners for the future. Clear words have to be accompanied by massive political and economic sanctions. The longer the Iranian regime survives the wave of protests in the region, the more its Islamist and anti-Semitic influence will endanger the democratic forces in the Arab countries, and the threat to Israel will increase drastically. But instead, Westerwelle is traveling to Iran, is shaking the hand of Ahmadinejad and talks about the expansion of cooperation with the Islamic Republic” [5], says Jonathan Weckerle, spokesperson of STOP THE BOMB. Tehran is already using the power vacuum in Egypt and has for the first time since 30 years sent two warships through the Suez Canal. [6]

STOP THE BOMB will hold a rally next Sunday, February 27th, in Hamburg (Depenau 2) at 3.00 p.m. against the EIH and for solidarity with the Iranian freedom movement. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion with the exile-Iranian human rights activist Mina Ahadi, the Iran expert Matthias Küntzel, the Iranian exile-politician Kazem Moussavi and the activist Solmaz Shiva. [7]

Hamburg - Center of German-Iranian Networking

STOP THE BOMB, November 22nd, 2010

A protest rally took place today in front of the Marriott Courtyard Airport Hotel in Hamburg, organized by the STOP THE BOMB Campaign and other groups. STOP THE BOMB protested against the "Iran Business Forum", an event to promote German-Iranian trade. The "Iran Business Forum" was organized by the IPC Company in cooperation with the Iranian Embassy in Germany. This event was an affront against the democratic Iranian opposition and the international efforts to sanction the Iranian regime.
 
The event was attended by about 100 people. With this event, the city of Hamburg again proved to be the centre of German support for the Iranian regime. The German Iranian Chamber of Commerce is also located in the city. This institute continuously offers seminars for companies which want to expand their business in Iran. The „Islamic Centre of Hamburg“ is an instrument of the Iranian state, according to the 2008 report of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Hamburg is also domicile of the European-Iranian Bank of Commerce (EIH), a bank which is on the sanctions list of the US Treasury, because it is involved in financing Iran's nuclear program. The EIH Bank is financing many European business transactions because other banks withdrew from Iran. Hamburg therefore is leading in financing German and European business with Iran.

The Iranian regime is working on expanding its influence in the city. The "Alliance of Iranian Entrepreneurs in Hamburg"(BIU) under the leadership of Kourosh Pourkian is busy with planning a new "
Iran-House" in Hamburg. Pourkian also held a speech at the "Iran Business Forum" at the Marriott hotel today. Pourkian is vice chairman of the “Hafis-Foundation”. Reinhard Stuth, the current Senator for Culture in Hamburg, was the chairperson of this foundation until September 2010.

STOP THE BOMB-Speaker Jonathan Weckerle says: "Alireza Beyghi, who spoke at the "Iran Business Forum" is the governor of the Iranian province East Azerbaijan. He is responsible for the imminent execution of Sakineh Ashtiani, and the imprisonment of two German journalists who are charged with „espionage", because they wanted to conduct an interview with Sakineh's son. The Prosecutor General of the Iranian province East Azerbaijan just announced that Sakineh's case is moving through the legal stages in a Tehran court and, if the sentence is ratified, she will be executed by stoning. The German-Iranian Business Forum demonstrates: Contrary to the situation in the US, the hangmen of the Iranian regime are not added to terror lists and excluded from entering Germany, but they can move freely and do business as usual."

Because the Marriott Courtyard Hotel group did not cancel the event in spite of information and protest letters, but decided to host criminals who committed crimes against humanity in Iran and lobbyists of the Islamic dictatorship, the hotel chain will be added to UANI's list of the companies which support the Iranian regime.

 

International Protests against Iranian Propaganda Event at the Marriott Courtyard Airport Hotel in Hamburg / German MP Elke Hoff promotes expansion of German-Iranian Cooperation in Iran

STOP THE BOMB, November 20, 2010

An event to promote German business in Iran with the title "Iran Business Forum – Possibilities to invest in Iran's North-Western provinces" will take place on Monday, November 22, on the premises of the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Hamburg. One of the invited speakers is Alireza Beyghi, governor of the province Eastern Azerbaijan. This is the province where Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is threatened with execution and in which two German journalists are detained, charged with „espionage“, because they wanted to conduct an interview with Sakineh's son.[1]

The event, officially held by the IPC GmH, is organized in cooperation with the Iranian Embassy, according to a telephone conversation with Nils Drescher, manager of the hotel in Hamburg.[2] According to the schedule of the event, the Iranian Ambassador, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar will be the first speaker. Sheikh Attar, member of the revolutionary guards, which are on the terror list in the United States, is responsible for the assassination of hundreds of members of the opposition in Iran, and also for the persecution of Iranians in German exile.[3]

The coalition STOP THE BOMB will hold a protest rally in front of the Marriott Hotel in Hamburg on Monday, November 22.[4]

Elke Hoff, member of the Bundestag for the FDP (Liberal Democrats) and also board member of the Near and Middle East Association (NUMOV), which lobbies against sanctions and promotes trade with Iran, is in Iran today and promotes the expansion of German-Iranian cooperation in different fields, including the official and parliamentary level. [5]

The destiny of the two arrested German journalists, whose names are still not known in the public, shows what Germany gets for its close relations with the Iranian regime. Hardly one journalist in Germany dares to report on the case of the arrested journalists.[6] Meanwhile, the Iranian regime is conducting a campaign against Mina Ahadi, who managed to draw the international attention to the case of Sakineh with a campaign against stoning. Mina Ahadi got several death threats. A public event with Mina Ahadi as a speaker in Berlin that was scheduled for tonight had to be cancelled due to security reasons after the German police refused to provide protection for the event.

Jonathan Weckerle, spokesperson of STOP THE BOMB, comments: „Right now the Iranian regime has taken the offensive and tries to blackmail the German government with the imprisoned journalists. This is also a result of the ongoing events promoting trade with Iran and of the uncritical journeys to Iran by German members of the parliament, by which the German side undermines the sanctions and signals weakness and indetermination. STOP THE BOMB demands that events promoting trade with Iran and trips to Iran like the one of the liberal democrat’s member of parliament Elke Hoff are stopped immediately.”

The US organization UANI – United Against A Nuclear Iran has also protested against the event in Hamburg. In a letter to J.W. Marriott, head of the Marriott chain, Mark D. Wallace, president of UANI and former UN ambassador for the USA, writes:

"By providing accommodations for the Iranian Ambassador at an event singularly conceived for the purposes of promoting increased trade between Germany and Iran, the Marriot is facilitating the Iranian regime's ability to counter the effects of multilateral sanctions intended to isolate an illegitimate dictatorship that engages in conduct that threatens international peace and security, and is an egregious human rights violator." [7]


[1] Compare Rainer Hermann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 16.11.2010, www.faz.net/s/RubDDBDABB9457A437BAA85A49C26FB23A0/Doc~ECB1086BF936D49549A5F4B1D575B9CD7~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html

[2] The schedule for the event: de.stopthebomb.net/fileadmin/editors_de/Artikel/ProgrammHH.pdf

[3]
Sheikh Attar was governor in the Kurdish districts between 1980 -1985. Hiwa Bahrami, representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in Austria (DPKI), reported: „Security Forces in Kurdistan committed several crimes under Sheikh Attar. Hundreds of Kurdish activists were hanged or shot on the streets. He personally witnessed several times how Pasdaran forces [Revolutionary Guards] murdered people and destroyed their villages (…)." http://jungle-world.com/artikel/2009/23/35188.html. The German news magazine Panorama (NDR) reported how the Iranian embassy under headed by Sheikh Attar persecutes Iranian members oft he opposition living in Germany: daserste.ndr.de/panorama/archiv/2009/panoramairan106.html

[4]
de.stopthebomb.net/en/marriott.html

[5]
MP Lashes Out at West's Double-Standard Policies towards Iran, FARS-News, 20.11.2010, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8908291637 . See our letter to  the German Bundestag: de.stopthebomb.net/en/elke-hoff/open-letter.html

[6]
Thierry Chervel hat dies die "Logik der Beschwichtigung" genannt. www.perlentaucher.de/blog/158_die_logik_der_beschwichtigung

[7]
unitedagainstnucleariran.com/sites/default/files/IBR%20Correspondence/UANI_Letter_to_Marriott_111910.PDF

 

German Parliamentary Committee legitimizes the Executioners of the Iranian Opposition

STOP THE BOMB condemns the journey by the subcommittee on foreign culture and education policy to Iran.

STOP THE BOMB, October 15, 2010

The coalition STOP THE BOMB, which is active against the nuclear armament of Iran, strongly condemns the journey of the subcommittee on foreign culture and education policy to Iran, scheduled for 16-22 October, 2010. Heading the delegation is the head of the committee, Peter Gauweiler (CDU/CSU), accompanied by fellow committee members Günter Gloser (SPD), Lukrezia Jochimsen (Left Party) and Claudia Roth (Green Party). (1)

According to the Iranian news agency Fars News, the initiative for the trip was a letter from the Head of the German parliamentary committee, Peter Gauweiler, to the head of the committee on culture of the Iranian mock parliament, Gholam Ali Hadad Adel. (2)

Hadad Adel is a close confidant of supreme leader Khamenei. He personally sent a threat to the Queen of England that the author Salman Rushdie will be killed. Hadad Adel said: “Salman Rushdie has been sentenced to death by the historical fatwa of Imam Khomeini, and bestowing of titles cannot bring this corpse back to life.” (3)

According to Fars News, a meeting with the speaker of the Iranian parliament and holocaust denier Ali Larijani is also planned. (4)

“This kowtowing by German parliamentarians to the killers and anti-Semites in the Iranian regime is another slap in the face of the Iranian democratic opposition and to civilized people worldwide”, says Michael Spaney, spokesperson of STOP THE BOMB in Germany. “Germany legitimizes the totalitarian dictatorship in Iran and goes against the sanctions of the US and the EU.”

The US recently imposed travel bans on eight leading officials of the regime because of human rights violations. (5) Mahammed Mostafaie, one of the lawyers of Sakine Mohammadi Aschtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death, just called on the European Parliament to take stronger measures against the Islamic Republic. Besides economic sanctions, political sanctions would be necessary as well. For example, the EU could impose travel bans on Iranian politicians and officials. (6)

“While there is an often diffuse debate about integration and Islam in Germany, leading German politicians flatter the main exporters of Islamic terrorism”, says Spaney. “Especially the role of the Green Party, which always likes to portray itself as friends of the Iranian opposition, cannot be called other than hypocritical.”

STOP THE BOMB demands an immediate end to the dialogue with the Iranian terror regime, consequent economic and political sanctions and the banning of Hizbollah as henchman of the Iranian regime in Germany.

[1] http://www.bundestag.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/2010/pm_101015.html
[2]
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8907120168%EF%BB%BF
[3] http://diepresse.com/home/politik/aussenpolitik/312887/index.do
[4] http://www.focus.de/politik/deutschland/muenchner-sicherheitskonferenz-laridschani-verteidigt-holocaust-leugner_aid_368978.html
[5] http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/tg877.htm
[6] www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gFSGKG46VUhr9t5sJkYIENn1AHQw

 

Swiss Iran policy under fire

STOP THE BOMB, October 8, 2010

STOP THE BOMB Campaign Protests Against Swiss Iran-business

Zurich: rally, Monday October 11th, 2010, 4 pm

in front of Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft SECO Zurich, Stauffacherstrasse 101, Zurich

Berlin: rally, Monday, October 11th 2010, 4 pm

Otto-von-Bismarck-Allee 4a, between the Swiss Embassy and the German Chancellery, 10557 Berlin

Düsseldorf: rally, Monday, October 11th 2010, 4 pm

near the EGL subsidiary in Düsseldorf, Hammerstraße 19, 40219 Düsseldorf

Vienna: rally, Monday, October 11th 2010, 4 pm

Prinz-Eugen-Straße in front of the Swiss Embassy, 1040 Wien

London: rally, Monday October 11th, 2010, 3 pm

Montagu Place, London W1H 2BQ

Monday, October 11th, the STOP THE BOMB campaign will demonstrate in several European cities against the Swiss-Iran policy. The Berlin rally, which takes place between the Swiss embassy and the German Chancellory, will coincide with actions in Duesseldorf, Zurich, London and Vienna.  In Dusseldorf the place of protest is in font of a branch of the Swiss company EGL, which has signed a billion-dollar deal with Iran. The protest in Berlin and Düsseldorf addresses both the Swiss business with Iran and the continuing German exports.

STOP THE BOMB Germany spokesman Michael Spaney criticizes the Swiss government in Bern: "If the Swiss government does not join the European regulations, it is a loophole for business with Iran, undermining the EU sanctions imposed in July. The Swiss assistance to Iran's application for membership to the WTO is as great a scandal as the billion euro deal of the Swiss company EGL."

EGL, a subsidiary of the Swiss-region-owned Axpo Group, has completed a deal with National Iranian Gas Export Company in 2008 with massive support from the Swiss Foreign Minister Calmy-Rey - a deal on gas supplies in the tens of billions euro [1].

Although EGL announced that they would not use Iranian gas in the initial phase of the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline, the supply contract with Iran remains upright.

"Therefore STOP THE BOMB calls for the full cancellation of the billion dollar gas deal of EGL with Iran" said Michael Spaney

Calmy-Rey spoke against the recent EU sanctions. Switzerland´s position was "neutral and impartial" and should "open doors in Washington and Tehran" [2]. Since 2008, Switzerland is criticized by the U.S. The gas deliveries would violate the UN sanctions and undermine the sanction policy against Iran [3]. Furthermore, Switzerland supports the accession of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the World Trade Organization [4].

The so-called "human rights dialogue" between Switzerland and Iran as well as the inconsistent actions of the German Federal Government cover the crimes of the regime in Tehran, according to Spaney.

Despite EU sanctions, German trade with Iran was rapidly increasing by 14 percent in the first half of 2010 [5]. In many of these trade-relations the Hamburg-based European-Iranian Trade Bank (EIH) is involved, which is owned by the Iranian regime.

For this reason the STOP THE BOMB campaign protested on September 23rd 2010 for the immediate closure of the EIH [6]. On September 8th it became public that the EIH was put on the sanctions list of the U.S. Treasury. The EIH is deeply involved into the nuclear weapons program in Iran, according to Stuart Levey of the U.S. financial authorities [7].

1] http://diepresse.com/home/meinung/gastkommentar/592947/index.do
[2] http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=188050
[3] http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/schweiz/calmy-rey_verteidigt_besuch_in_iran_1.691566.html
[4] http://www.sonntagonline.ch/index.php?show=news&id=796
[5] http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=184997
[6] http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=189087
[7] http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/tg847.htm

Rally for the immediate closure of the European-Iranian Trade Bank (EIH) in Hamburg, Germany

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010,  10.30 am - 12:00 am

Depenau 2, 20095 Hamburg 

A day before Iranian president Ahmadinejad will make a speech at a disarmament committee of the UN, the STOP THE BOMB campaign holds a rally against the continuing transactions between the Hamburg-based Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH) and the Islamic Republic of Iran. While at the beginning of September the US treasury has put EIH on the sanctions list, the German government still refuses to do so. STOP THE BOMB calls for the immediate closure of EIH bank, which is owned by the Iranian regime and registered as a German institute. The rally will be held on Thursday September 22nd 2010 at 10:30 am in front of the EIH building in Hamburg.

The rally is also a protest against Ahmadinejad's appearances during UN's 65th session  in New York. On September 8th the Hamburg-based Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH) has been blacklisted for sanctions by the  American Treasury Department.

Previous news reports suggest that Germany did protect the Iranian bank before the EU sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran were issued on July 26th. The New York Times reported on a phone call by U.S. President Obama to German chancellor Merkel, who refused to sanction the EIH. [2] According to U.S. Treasury Department official Stuart Levey, EIH has supported the Iranian nuclear weapons program. [3]

„We urge chancellor Merkel to ban EIH. Germany has to get active regarding Iran sanctions. The claim of the German government to prevent Iran from getting nuclear, while intensively sustaining trade relations with Iran, is just lip service albeit the forthcoming EU sanctions“, said Michael Spaney, spokesman for the STOP THE BOMB coalition against a nuclear Iran.

German trade volume with Iran increased by 14 %y in the first months of 2010 despite the sanctions. [4] Similar to the case of EIH, Stuart Levey from US-Treasury put several German companies on his sanctions list. [5] Mainly the Duesseldorf based Ascotec and IFIC as well as some subsidiaries of them are subject to the US ban. It is not known if the German authorities have started to investigate the involvement of these companies in Iran's nuclear weapons program. IFIC also holds 4, 5 % of Germany's steel giant ThyssenKrupp which has considerable exports to the now sanctioned Iranian energy sector. [6]

A vast amount of German engineering exports to Iran is still not effected by the current EU sanctions. To exert decisive pressure on Iran a ban on these businesses is necessary says the STOP THE BOMB campaign.



German government protects terror bank

STOP THE BOMB September 9, 2010

The Hamburg-based Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH) has been blacklisted for sanctions in the U.S. as the American Treasury Department reported yesterday.

Previous news reports suggest that Germany did protect the Iranian-owned bank before the EU sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran were issued on July 26th.[1] The New York Times reported on a phone call by U.S. President Obama to German chancellor Merkel, who refused to sanction the EIH.[2]

According to U.S. Treasury Department official Stuart Levey, EIH is responsible for support in the Iranian nuclear program.[3]

„We urge chancellor Merkel to ban EIH. Germany has to get active regarding Iran sanctions. The claim of the German government to prevent Iran from getting nuclear, while intensively sustaining trade relations with Iran, is just lip service“, said Michael Spaney, spokesman for the STOP THE BOMB coalition against nuclear armament of Iran.

German trade volume with Iran increased extensively in the first months of 2010 despite sanctions.[4]

Until today the European Union has yet failed to determine precise regulations enforcing the imposed sanctions.

BAFA, the export control authority of the German Economy Ministry said in a phone call that a date for the commencement of EU sanctions hasn't been set yet. There is either the day of their announcement, July 26th, 2010 or the not yet defined date when the regulations of the sanctions will be issued by the EU.

Therefore STOP THE BOMB demands from the German government and all EU-heads of government to set the enactment date of EU sanctions to July 26th and not on the coming date of the regulating order.

Similar to the case of EIH, Stuart Levey from US-Treasury put several German companies on his sanctions list.[5] Mainly the Dusseldorf based Ascotec and IFIC as well as some subsidiaries of them are subject to the US ban. It is not known if the German authorities have started to investigate the involvement of these companies in Iran's nuclear weapons program

IFIC also holds 4, 5 % of Germany's steel giant ThyssenKrupp which has considerable exports to the now sanctioned Iranian energy sector.[6]

A vast amount of German engineering exports to Iran is still not affected by the current EU sanctions. To exert decisive pressure on Iran a ban on these businesses is necessary says the STOP THE BOMB campaign.



Protest against Iran trip of Rainer Stinner (FDP)

Foreign policy speaker of Westerwelle's FDP wants to travel to Iran - Protests arise also in the FDP

STOP THE BOMB, July 30, 2010

The German member of parliament Dr. Rainer Stinner, foreign policy speaker of the FDP, has announced that he wants to travel to the Islamic Republic of Iran tomorrow (Saturday, July 31), to talk about the „nuclear program“ and the „situation in the region“. (1) 

„That the foreign policy speaker of foreign minister Guido Westerwelle’s party wants to travel to Iran is a fatal political signal. The just imposed UN- and EU sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran would be undermined und weakened by Germany. Instead of further isolating and pressuring the illegitimate and criminal regime in Iran, such a visit would strenghten the regime diplomatically and flatter it as a partner for dialogue. Stinners visit would also be exploited by the Iranian regime media in order to discourage the opposition. The visit has to be urgently canceled“, says STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Jonathan Weckerle.

Criticism of Stinners travel plans arises also in the FDP. Dr. Nikoline Hansen, head of the FDP Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, writes in a protest letter: 

„In my opinion your trip to Iran is in the long run not positive for the German economy, that tries every way to bypass the santions policy. Because someone who does business with the ardent enemies of Israel in the end acts against his own interests.“ (2)

In an answer to a protest letter from the German-Iranian publicist Saba Farzan, also a member of the FDP, Stinner writes: „Who denies talking, accepts shooting. I’m an independent parlamentarian and I draw conclusions on my own. I don’t rely on the Iranian propaganda, not on propaganda from elsewhere, and I don’t exclusively rely on your opinion.“ 

Saba Farzan states: „As a German-Iranian publicist and member of the Free Democratic Party I'm outraged about this planned trip. The critical dialogue with this regime is fortunately over now – actually it never really existed. This week Iran's largest trade partner, the European Union, has passed finally very tough sanctions. Travelling now to Iran and playing little Chamberlain is extremely dangerous and shows a lack of analytic expertise.“

Stinner self description as „transmission belt between politics and economy“ arouses the suspicion that for him the export interest of the German economy are more important than the dangers posed by the Iranian regime. Stinner in the end of 2009 already spoke out against putting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on the EU terror list because of their economic power: „If you would put he Revolutionary Guards on the EU terror list, this would factically mean a broad economic embargo, which in this form is neither wished by Germany or the other EU member states.“ (4) 

After protests Stinner explained in an email that he wants to meet „among others“ UN officials in Iran, to talk with reference to Afghanistan about drugs, crime and refugees. But these topics don’t justify the visit of a regime that has no shared interests in Afghanistan and which instead arms the Taliban and maintains contacts to al-Qaeda, as the recently published documents on WikiLeaks show. (5)

Stinners trip, which would not take place without knowledge and approval of the German government, once again shows the German unwillingness to break with a regime that uses „dialogue“ only to gain time for its nuclear program, that continues to support Islamist terror worldwide, that steadily threatens Israel with destruction and which inmidst of its hardest internal crisis uses brute force against any opposition. Just a month ago an Iran trip of the head of the foreign affairs committee of the German Bundestag Ruprecht Polenz (CDU) has been canceled after protests, officially for health reasons. (6)

(1) http://www.facebook.com/rainer.stinner
(2) http://davongekommen.blogspot.com/2010/07/dialog-mit-dem-iran.html
(3) www.rainer-stinner.de
(4) Answer to an email request from Stephan Grigat, December 17, 2009.
(5) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703700904575391664183556930.html
(6) http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/start/germany/press/press-releases.html#c1428

 

Germany wants to weaken Iran sanctions of the European Union

STOP THE BOMB, July 20, 2010

Amidst negotiations for additional EU sanctions to be implemented against the Islamic Republic of Iran on July 26, the German negotiators are trying to enforce terms that would rob the sanctions of their penetrating power.

According to information obtained by the STOP THE BOMB campaign, Germany is pushing for financial sector exemptions in this new sanctions package despite resistance from other EU partners.

Germany is trying to weaken British and French sanction demands, which target Iranian banks in Europe and the European banks doing transactions with them.

If Germany has its way, German banks operating with Iranian financial institutions wouldn’t be heavily affected by these sanctions.

A recent study found that five German banks continue to act with Iranian partners which were placed on the UN Security Council sanctions list on June 9. As of June 30, four major Iranian banks, which the Security Council or the US treasury department sanctioned, are still active in Germany.

The Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank AG (EIH) is very important in this context. The Hamburg based bank is owned by Iranians and has rapidly increasing business figures.

On June 14, 2010 at the EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg, it became clear that Germany is trying to weaken the sanction plans of other EU nations. According to press reports, the German delegation at this meeting tried to remove the gas sector off the sanctions list.

This German attempt to mitigate the Iran sanctions has been successfully countered. On June 16, EU leaders agreed on sanctions that will include the gas sector.

"If the German federal government was to strip the sanctions of their potential crippling effects, it would undermine the international efforts to stop the Iranian policy of aggression," said Michael Spaney, spokesman for the STOP THE BOMB campaign. "Germany's leading role in trading with Iran and its years of appeasement has made the Iranian regime an ever growing danger. If sanctions do not succeed in preventing Iran's nuclear bomb, then it is to a large extent the fault of Germany. "

With annual exports reaching 4 billion euros, Germany is at the forefront of exporters to Iran. In particular, the German high-tech exports to Iran in the energy sector cannot be replaced by other countries. STOP THE BOMB sees this German-Iranian business relationship as essential support for Ahmadinejad's regime.

In the first four months of this year, German exports to Iran increased 13%, according to the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce.

Appeals from Paris and London for tougher Iran sanctions have been rejected repeatedly by Berlin. After the bloody suppression of the Iranian opposition in the summer of last year, a British attempt to impose diplomatic penalties was blocked by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Britain wanted to withdraw the European ambassadors from Iran. Merkel objected to these proposals. The international community views Germany's role in the Iran issue with increased criticism.[i]

In an online-petition the independent STOP THE BOMB campaign in Germany calls for tougher sanctions against the Iranian regime and for supporting the democratic and secular opposition.

STOP THE BOMB July 20, 2010

 

Important articles on the issue:

Matthias Küntzel: „47 Tage, auf die es ankommt“, Hamburg, Juni 22, 2010 (in German)
Stuart E. Eizenstat: "Iran Sanctions: Where We Go From Here", Wall Street Journal, Juli 2, 2010

Eli Lake: "Germans still bank with Iran", Washington Times, Juli 14,  2010

STOP THE BOMB calls for cancellation of German Foreign Affairs Committee trip to Iran

A visit would only support the Iranian regime

STOP THE BOMB, June 30, 2010

The campaign "STOP THE BOMB - No business with the Iranian regime" calls for the cancellation of the trip to Iran, from July 2- July 6 2010. The trip was announced for members of the Foreign Committee of the German Bundestag, and to be headed by Committee Chairman Ruprecht Polenz (CDU).
 
According to Iranian press reports the German committee was invited by Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the "Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy Iran”. [1]
 
"The trip of Ruprecht Polenz and other senior German politicians to Iran must be cancelled. A regime that oppresses its people, supports worldwide terrorism, is pushing a illegal nuclear weapons program, and wants to destroy Israel cannot be a dialogue partner of the German government. The journey of a high-level German delegation to Iran would thwart the efforts for international sanctions. Moreover, the trip would give the inhuman dictatorship, including the government of Ahmadinejad, legitimacy that it has lost to the Iranian majority long ago," said Jonathan Weckerle, spokesperson for STOP THE BOMB.
 
The Iranian host, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, has recently made clear in a statement that the regime is not interested in negotiating Iran’s nuclear program.[2] The regime press stressed that the Foreign Committee of the German Parliament was an institution that “works behind closed doors“  and that “it oversees the government’s foreign policy, above all in the run up to important foreign and security policy decisions.” [3]

Weckerle said: "Diplomatic  visits, such as those by Polenz, are seen by the regime as a an attempt to undermine the international sanctions front, and the regime takes advantage of this ‘opportunity’ to prolong  sanctions by exploiting the trip for propaganda purposes. The regime cannot and will not meet Western demands on human rights issues or the nuclear conflict, it aims only to gain time. Domestically, political repression remains as the only option for the rulers, and in it’s foreign policy it sees the nuclear program as it’s only lifeline. Instead of visiting the illegitimate Islamist regime, German parliamentarians should seek dialogue with representatives of the secular Iranian democracy movement and support them."

[1] http://www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=1108781 (Siehe auch
http://www.ruprecht-polenz.de/1_3_Aktuelles_Termine.html )
[2] http://german.irib.ir/nachrichten/politik/item/112467-boroudjerdi-neue-verhandlungsbedingungen-irans-sind-reaktion-auf-us-vorgehen
[3] http://www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=1108781

 

Despite Islamist threats: Daryush Shokof shows film

STOP THE BOMB, June 22, 2010

STOP THE BOMB is now presenting Iran Zendan, the latest film of the recently kidnapped exiled Iranian filmmaker Daryush Shokof on its website.

Daryush Shokof and his films made headlines when Shokof was kidnapped in Cologne/Germany on May 24, 2010 and was kept imprisoned for 13 days. The kidnappers accused Shokof of insulting "Islam, the Islamic Republic and Khomeini" in his films. Before being released on June 6, Shokof was threatened with death if he showed these films anywhere in the world. Daryush Shokof declared: „This abduction only made me stronger and more committed to fight the uncivilized, backward and barbaric regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. These two films are dedicated to the peace loving Iranians and their struggle for freedom.“

The premiere of Daryush Shokof's two latest films Iran Zendan ("Prison Iran“) and Hitler’s Grave took place in Berlin, Germany this year on May 9th. Iran Zendan shows torture, rape and execution in Iranian prisons. The film relentlessly reveals the brutal character of the thirty-one year old Iranian regime. Shokof's films contain both fictional and non-fictional sequences.  Iran Zendan also shows images of last year's revolt and its repression.

The initiative STOP THE BOMB supports Daryush Shokof with Iran Zendan's internet premiere. "To censor films with threats and force is not acceptable. Since Khomeini's fatwa against Salman Rushdie on February 14, 1989,  the Iranian regime has been threatening free speech and the arts worldwide with murder and threats of murder. One has to firmly counter the Islamists' intimidation attempts - in this case by showing and spreading Shokof's films“,  Jonathan Weckerle said, speaking for STOP THE BOMB.

You can watch Iran Zendan in full length at de.stopthebomb.net/en/start/germany/shokof.html. Starting on Friday, June 25, 2010 this film can be embedded into other websites. STOP THE BOMB calls on the international community to spread this film, which is an accusation against the Iranian regime which has turned into a living hell for anybody who opposes it. Spreading the film is an act of solidarity with the Iranian opposition.

More information about Iran Zendan and the kidnapping of Daryush Shokof hier de.stopthebomb.net/de/start/deutschland/shokof.html.

 

Iranian attack feared on disappeared Daryush Shokof

STOP THE BOMB, June 4, 2010

STOP THE BOMB is deeply concerned about the whereabouts and well-being of the for 11 days missing exile-Iranian artist and filmmaker Daryush Shokof. STOP THE BOMB calls on the responsible official bodies in Germany to investigate the disappearance of Shokof, and to especially consider the possibility of a politically motivated act by Iranian or Islamic forces.

STOP THE BOMB demands that the German government issues a public statement on the case of Shokof, and that it ensures with all available political means and security forces the safety and the possibility of free political and artistic activites for everyone who fleed from the Iranian terror regime. 

„The Iranian agencies control a network of agents and institutions loyal to the regime, who can still act undisturbed in Germany. For example, the Iranian ambassador to Germany Ali Reza Sheikh Attar belongs to the terrorist Iranian Revolutionary Guards“, says Jonathan Weckerle, speaker of STOP THE BOMB.

Thus, the Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi is absolutely right when she holds the German government responsible for Shokof’s security.[1] 

On Monday, May 24, 2010 Shokof was seen for the last time at the main train station in Cologne, where he wanted to board a train to Paris. Apart from this it is only known that he didn’t keep any of his appointments in Paris.

Shokof is known as one of the harshest critics of the Islamic Republic among the Iranian artists in exile. In his latest two movies, „Iran-Zendan“ (Iran-Prison) and „Hitler’s Grave“, which had their premiere on May 9, 2010 in Berlin, Shokof sharply criticizes the regime’s crimes and it’s ideology. „In Shokof’s movies many tabooed topics are adressed, tortuture and rape in the prisons are shown as well as a woman from a islamic family, who throws away her headscarf and marries a Jewish man. Shokofs work attacks the ideological foundations of the Islamic Republic and thus is a threat to the rulers in Iran. Especially because of the upcoming anniversary of the election fraud it is possible that the regime tries to intimidate the opposition in Iran and exile with an action against one of the regime’s critics“, says Weckerle. 

At least 162 assassinations of oppositional Iranians in exile have been ordered by the rulers in Tehran since 1979.[2] Since the start of the massive protest movement last year the exile Iranian opposition has been threatened increasingly and persecuted, especially in Germany.[3]

Massoud Jazayeri, deputy commander of Iranian armed forces threatened in November 2009 that many protesters inside and outside Iran had been identified and will be dealt with at the right time. As targets he lists “enlightened secularists, journalists, student activists and artists outside the country”.[4]

More information about Daryush Shokof as well as any news can be found on this special page: http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/start/germany/shokof.html

 

Prominent Europeans call for sanctions against Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps

STOP THE BOMB, April 21, 2010

A petition signed by prominent Europeans was launched today as part of a European-wide campaign to put the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on the terror list of the European Union. The petition‚s signatories also urge the EU and its member states to ban trade, and encourage their countries‚ businesses to cease economic activity, with entities associated with the IRGC.

The petition, launched by the European STOP THE BOMB Coalition, was signed by prominent European officials from eight countries. The signature list includes diplomats, member-state parliamentarians, former and current Minister‚s of Defense, Interior, European Affairs and other cabinet-level positions, as well as academicians and a Nobel Prize Laureate. Acknowledging the broad support for sanctions against Iran, this petition is signed by representatives of most of the major political parties across Europe.

The IRGC is instrumental to the suppression of the Iranian pro-democracy movement, Iran‚s sponsoring of terrorist organizations and its nuclear weapons programme while controlling the majority of the Iranian economy. As Iran's most important trading partner, the EU is in a unique position to affect change. Therefore, the EU has the responsibility to impose severe sanctions to thwart Tehran‚s drive towards nuclear weapons, and to firmly act towards the protection of human rights in Iran.

The European STOP THE BOMB Coalition is active in a number of European countries to educate public discourse, politicians and government officials on the Iranian military nuclear threat and the abuses by the Iranian regime against its people.

European STOP THE BOMB Coalition petition:
http://www.sanctioniranregime.eu/petition/

List of signatories to this petition:
http://www.sanctioniranregime.eu/petition/signatures/

European STOP THE BOMB Coalition - About us:
http://www.sanctioniranregime.eu/about-us/

 

German companies court Ahmadinejad. With nuclear technology!

A recent study highlights the names and the frequently scandalous activities of German companies in Iran

Press release: STOP THE BOMB, February 4th, 2010

After the announcement of German engineering and electronics giant Siemens to pull out of Iran by mid-2010, the focus has now turned to numerous other German companies who continue to trade with the mullahs - despite the increasing terror, the draconian oppression in Iran and the debate about the necessity of sanctions.

A one hundred page roster published in July 2009 by the Tehran based German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, lists the Who is Who of German export companies who trade with Iran. So far, this roster has not been taken note of in Germany.

Political scientist Dr. Matthias Küntzel, Hamburg, has analyzed this highly explosive document with an eagle's eye. He has done so with particular emphasis on the business practices and the different sectors with which these companies conduct their exports to Iran . Küntzel's dossier is attached to this press release.

For instance: in the advertising brochure, the Babcock Borsig Service GmbH from Oberhausen in West Germany promotes its expertise in "magnetic and nuclear technology and service".

The market leader in tunneling machines Herrenknecht and the company Wirth export drilling technology and equipment for use to hide enrichment facilities from the international community.

Even the delivery of truck-mounted cranes is openly advertised even though it is well known that these cranes are used in public hangings.

Monitoring and so-called security technology is not only sold by the Nokia Siemens Networks. Other Companies like Rohde & Schwarz  and others export this technology to Iran.

In his analysis, Küntzel proves that German companies are a linchpin of Ahmadinejad and the regime's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

Further on, Kuentzel warns that "an increasing portion of German export to Iran is being shipped via Dubai“, and are therefore not included in the official export data. "Sanctions are easily circumvented in this way."

STOP THE BOMB urges the German Federal Government to stop its special relationship with Tehran, to pass legislation in favor of economic sanctions, to prevent German companies from doing business with Iran via third countries and to deny entry visa to representatives of the Iranian regime.

It is not only the economic sector which conducts business as usual - this week German politicians are inviting high ranking representatives of the Iranian regime of terror to attend the Munich Security Conference.

Dr. Matthias Küntzel is a well-known expert of German-Iranian relations. He has published on this issue in DIE ZEIT, in DER TAGESSPIEGEL, in INTERNATIONALE POLITIK, in the WALL STREET JOURNAL und in the ISRAEL JOURNAL OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. His book  „Die Deutschen und der Iran. Geschichte und Gegenwart einer verhängnisvollen Freundschaft“ (The Germans and Iran. History and presence of a fateful friendship) was published in late 2009 in the wjs-publishing house, Berlin. Find more information on www.matthiaskuentzel.de.

 

Sanctions instead of EU-delegations!

STOP THE BOMB demands of European parliament to support sanctions against the Iranian regime

STOP THE BOMB, January 5, 2010

In light of the postponement of a visit to Iran by European parliament members, the European coalition STOP THE BOMB that meanwhile is active in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Austria, has published an advertisement in the "Wall Street Journal Europe". STOP THE BOMB urges the European Parliament to support the immediate implementation of European sanctions against the Iranian regime. Instead of giving legitimacy to the Iranian regime by visits of European parliamentarians, it is time now to impose severe sanctions, specifically against the Revolutionary Guards Corps, which will send the regime a clear message that Europe rejects the brutal oppression of the people and that it stands against Iran's quest to build a military nuclear program, which threatens Israel, the region, the West and the Iranian people. The advertisement of the "Wall Street Journal Europe" can be found here: http://at.stopthebomb.net/img/STB-Ad-WSJ-Europe-09-01-05.pdf


 

After international criticism about trade with Iran Siemens loses 300 Million Dollar contract in Los Angeles

STOP THE BOMB, 28 September 2009

Last week the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Los Angeles decided to give a 300 million dollar contract to Siemens´ competitor AnsaldoBreda, an Italian company with expertise in building light rail cars.

Among other reasons, the Munich based company Siemens was criticized for its Iranian business ties. In 2008 Siemens´ exports to Iran amounted to 438 million Euros (=640 million USD). Furthermore, the joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) delivered surveillance technology to the Iranian regime, the very technology which was used in the brutal oppression of Iran's democratic protest movement this summer.

STOP THE BOMB, a German NGO which calls for German sanctions against Iran, had strongly expressed their conviction - along with many other organizations like United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) - that a Los Angeles light rail contract should not be given to companies which have business ties with the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner had also urged Los Angeles County to penalize Siemens for assisting in the violation of fundamental human rights by selling spy technology to the Iranian regime.

STOP THE BOMB was involved in the exposure of the scandalous Nokia Siemens Networks deal as well. In this year's NSN’s January meeting of shareholders, STOP THE BOMB activists asked Siemens CEO Peter Löscher about the sale of the software to Iran.  He was forced to confirm that the sale of this spy ware was in fact made by Nokia Siemens Networks.

STOP THE BOMB spokesman Michael Spaney requested that Siemens “follow the example of General Electric and publicly declare of refraining from further trades with the Iranian regime.”

“The economic support of Iran's oppressive regime with Germany’s high technology - from Siemens and from many other German companies, has to be stopped”, said Michael Spaney. The bulk of Iran's economy is owned and controlled by its ruthless regime. There are estimates that about 70% of Iranian companies are owned by members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Conducting business with Iran means in fact to directly support a dictatorial and antisemitic regime, which is on the brink of acquiring nuclear power.

 

Protest against meeting of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce

STOP THE BOMB Hamburg, 10 July 2009

The »STOP THE BOMB«-coalition in Hamburg protests against the event on Iran-exports by the Hamburg Chamber of Crafts scheduled for Monday, July 13. On the occasion of the seminar on “import and export-certification for the Iran-business”, organized by the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce (DIHKeV), there will be a protest manifestation at 8.30 a.m. in front of the Chamber of Crafts-building at Holstenwall 12.

Andreas Benl, speaker of »STOP THE BOMB Hamburg«, declares: »That the lobbyists of the German trade with Iran continue with their business in full peace of mind, while the regime that they supply brutally breaks down the Iranian protest movement is an unbelievable scandal.” According to Benl this counted all the more as German economy was directly involved in the oppression within Iran: “The regime uses surveillance technology from Siemens as well as electric batons ‘made in Germany’.”

Especially the activities of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce repeatedly been met with strong criticism at home and abroad. Just last year in November the private organization held a seminar at the Hamburg Kempinsky Hotel on how to do export business with Iran successfully despite sanctions. Among other newspapers the Jerusalem Post and the Wall Street Journal reported on this event. One of the invited speakers was a representative of the Melli bank, on which the EU has imposed sanctions. Also the latest statements by the Tehran representative of the DIHKeV, Daniel Bernbeck, stating despite the suppression of the protest movement he didn’t have “moral problems” doing business with Iran, caused international outrage.

For a long time the »STOP THE BOMB«-coalition has been demanding that exports to Iran should be restricted. Benl: “Germany is the by far most important Western trade partner of Iran. Sharp sanctions against the theocracy, as demanded by Iranian opposition groups, could severely weaken the regime. But no matter if the Mullahs beat down the population or threat Israel with annihilation – the consequences are nothing but empty words!”

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You can find the call for protests here (sorry, only German). We would appreciate reports in your media. »STOP THE BOMB« (http://de.stopthebomb.net) is a non-partisan coalition founded because of the threat through the Iranian nuclear program. Its petition has been signed by many politicians and other personalities. In Hamburg »STOP THE BOMB« has amongst others protested against the seminar of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce in November and participated in the demonstration “Hamburg for Israel”.

 

„Germany has a responsibility for the current situation in Iran. Sanctions and the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador would be clear signals.“

STOP THE BOMB, 19 June 2009

Today, Iran’s supreme religious leader Khamenei „definitely“ confirmed Ahmadinejad to be president-elect of the Islamic Republic of Iran and condemned the opposition in Iran to be enemies of Islam. (1) Now presumably a bloody abatement of the protest movement will follow. In this critical situation for Iran and for the whole world, a neutral position particularly for Germany is unsustainable.
 
Germany as the most important Western trading partner of Iran and therefore an economic pillar of the Iranian rulers has a partly responsibility for the current situation.
 
“Germany with her intense trade relations with Iran has the leverage in her hands. The German government has to send a unambiguous signal to the Iranian regime by imposing tough sanctions, which should make clear that the demands of the protest movement can’t be rejected and any further repression will have serious consequences”, says Michael Spaney, speaker of STOP THE BOMB. “An attitude of observant neutrality and ineffective declarations will encourage the regime continuing to violently oppress the protests.”
 
The protesters who just issued a 7 point program (2) have to define their aims for themselves, but every step in the direction of real democracy and human rights has to be supported by the West.
 
The expulsion of the Iranian ambassador to Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, would be another clear signal to the regime and the protest movement. Attar is a representative of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad and was like him involved in brutal crimes.

 

German-Iranian record deal shortly before presidential elections in Iran

STOP THE BOMB, 10 June 2009

This Monday the German company Basell Polyolefine GmbH signed a deal with the Iranian National Petrochemical Company (NPC). The agreement amounts to a record value of 825 million Euro. Basell Polyolefine will provide technology for three polyethylene facilities in Mamasani, Dehdasht and Borodshen in Southern Iran. Adel Nejad-Salim, Iran's deputy oil minister was present at the conclusion of the business transaction. (1) The Basell Polyolefine GmbH is a judicially independent part of the LyondellBasell company.  

„The deal before the presidential elections is a present for Ahamadinejad. The Iranian regime is encouraged by such deals to continue with human rights violations, the nuclear program and threats of annihilation towards
Israel. Germany in this way undermines any kind of international pressure on Iran and the announced US-Iranian negotiations", says Jonathan Weckerle, spokesperson of the campaign STOP THE BOMB.

David Miliband,
UK foreign secretary, has warned on June 8 that "time is running out" to stop the Iranian nuclear program and that the Iranian regime should be confronted with "increasingly tough sanctions". (2) Already on June 6 the French premier minister Sarkozy pointed at the possible necessity of tougher sanctions against Iran in autumn. In Germany, by contrast, the Iranian oil-minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari was invited by the German Near and Middle East Association (NUMOV) in May and campaigned for closer German-Iranian business ties without any public statement of criticism by the German Federal Government. (4) 

The campaign “STOP THE BOMB – No deals with the Iranian regime!” protests against the politically tolerated, if not promoted support of the Iranian regime by German technology-exports.

Sources:
(1) Compare: Persian news; News from June 9 2009 on http://iranoilgas.com/news/current/ (n o free access). A press speaker of the Basell Polyolefine GmbH on 9 June 2009 in a telephone conversation confirmed that the news were „not incorrect“
(2) Financial Times
June 6 2009 
(3) Financial Times,
June 8 2009
(4) Compare STB Press relase
and Jerusalem Post.

Panel discussion with the Iranian ambassador in Leipzig has been cancelled

STOP THE BOMB, 3 June 2009

The campaign “STOP THE BOMB – No deals with the Iranian regime“ welcomes and appreciates the cancellation of the panel discussion „The German-Iranian relationship“, to which the Iranian ambassador in Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, was invited as speaker. The event was announced to take place in Leipzig on June 16 2009. (1) STOP THE BOMB criticizes that the organizers of the event, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation (associated with the Green Party in Germany) and Eurient e.V., are still intending to “seek talks with representatives of the Iranian government”, as they wrote in a press release.(2) 

As STOP THE BOMB-supporter Prof. Micha Brumlik wrote in the German daily „taz“, the  long lasting dialogue-policy of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation has „achieved nothing, while the leaders of the theocracy have resolutely continued their march towards a nuclear Iran“. The cancelled event „would only have enhanced the status of the representative of a totalitarian regime“. (3)

In his time as governor of the Kurdish areas in Iran between 1980 and1985, the Iranian ambassador was involved in numerous murders and severe human rights violations, as several sources from Iranians in exile report.

Additionally problematic was the fact that the ambassador's dialog partner should have been Johannes Reissner, Iran-expert of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). No critical position on the current state of Iran could have been expected from him, e.g. in a recently published strategy paper for the German Iran-policy he demanded a guarantee for Iran´s „regime security“. (4) 

„The notion to achieve something from a ‘critical dialogue’ with representatives of a murderous regime is at best naive. The panel discussion would have been a prestige success for the regime and a slap in the face of Iranian refugees and dissidents“, says Michael Spaney, spokesperson for the STOP THE BOMB campaign. The protests announced by STOP THE BOMB and the Coalition Against Antisemitism Leipzig have contributed to the cancellation of the event. (5)

STOP THE BOMB will continue to protest against all kinds of support for the Iranian regime, whether on the political, economic or cultural field.

 

German Government supports business in Iran of the Linde Group with Federal Credit Guarantees

STOP THE BOMB, Berlin 17 May 2009

The German Linde Group continues to do business in Iran's energy sector and is supported by Federal export credit guarantees known as Hermes Cover. This was Linde's board of director's answer to critical questions of shareholders at the annual shareholders meeting on 15 May in Munich. Members of the coalition STOP THE BOMB that is calling for effective sanctions against the Iranian regime protested in front of the International Congress Centre where the shareholders meeting took place.

Board member Dr. Belloni confirmed that Linde is involved in Iran's national gas liquefaction project (LNG) with the state owned National Iranian Oil Company. Belloni stated that the annual sales volume for Linde's business in Iran amounts to 91 Mio in 2008. The Linde Group endeavours to attract new deals in Iran's energy sector: A pre-investment study for an ethylene plant is transferred to the Iranian state-owned National Petrochemical Company (NPC).

Belloni rejected the accusation of working in close cooperation with Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). However, the webpage of Iran's LNG project mentions Linde AG as well as Sahel Consulting (Rah Sahel) to be parties involved in the project. Sahel Consulting belongs to the IRGC and has been included in the US list of banned terrorist groups. (1) Iran's Revolutionary Guards form the ideological and organizational core of the Islamic Republic and are backing the nuclear and ballistic programme. The IRGC are in control of up to 70% of Iran’s industry. It is therefore hardly possible to be involved in Iran's energy sector without direct or indirect cooperation with the IRGC.

Linde's projects in Iran were covered by Federal export credit guarantees, the volume in 2008 amounts to 16,5 Mio. Euro. "This policy of the Federal Government is noncredible and scandalous", said Ulrike Becker of STOP THE BOMB. While the German Government on the one hand time and again calls upon German companies to voluntarily abstain from business in Iran and chancellor Angela Merkel 2008 at the Israeli parliament spoke out for "further stricter sanctions" against the Iranian regime, the Government on the other hand supports business in Iran's energy sector through the cover of the so called Hermes guarantees. These deals directly support the Iranian government. "The huge revenues in the gas- and oil business are the basis of the Islamic Republic of Iran without which the dictatorial religious government could not survive", stated Ulrike Becker. STOP THE BOMB therefore calls upon the Federal Government to impose clear sanctions against business with Iran's military or energy sector that are distinctively regulated by law.

(1) See fact sheet: http://de.stopthebomb.net/en/start/germany/linde.html

 

Questions on Iran-business at Linde's annual meeting

STOP THE BOMB, 13 May 2009

The campaign „STOP THE BOMB – No Deals with the Iranian Regime!“ will attend the annual meeting of the German Linde AG on May 15 2009 in Munich and ask critical questions on the size and type of Linde’s Iran business. There are many signs that Linde is active in Iran and is supplying urgently needed technology for Iran’s energy sector. The energy sector is in the center of the international debate on sanctions, because that is where the regime is especially dependent on western technology. STOP THE BOMB will inform the Linde-shareholders and the public on the dangers of Linde’s Iran-business with leaflets and an protest stand on the Willy-Brand-Platz near the International Congress Center

A fact sheet on Linde’s Iran business and the questions that critical shareholders will ask can be found here. The answers to the questions will be published by STOP THE BOMB as soon as possible in a press release.

On May 5 this year Linde participated in a controversial German-Iranian business meeting, organized by the Near- and Middle East Association (NUMOV) with former chancellor Gerhard Schröder as honorary chairman. A letter written by the German ministry of economics to the NUMOV-chair says according to the Handelsblatt May 6 issue: “The event is in clear contradiction to the policy of the federal government and could cause serious damage in foreign relations.” The NUMOV-conference is only one example among many others haw trade-organizations and the Iranian government want to increase German-Iranian trade despite all conflicts with the Islamic Republic of Iran. “Who trades with the Iranian regime not only supports an Islamist dictatorship, but also weakens all international efforts to stop Iran on its way to become a nuclear power. The example of the NUMOV-conference shows that the policy of discouragement by the federal government without binding sanctions is not sufficient to prevent the transfer of technology to Iran”, says Jonathan Weckerle, a speaker of STOP THE BOMB.

 

Former German Ambassador to Israel Rudolf Dressler criticizes German-Iranian business meeting of the Near and Middle East Association – STOP THE BOMB announces protests in front of the NUMOV office in Berlin

STOP THE BOMB, 4 May 2009

The Near and Middle East Association (NUMOV) - the central promoting organization for the German-Middle East trade founded in 1934 - organizes the second large forum for the support of German-Iranian trade relations within the shortest time on May 5 2009. Rudolf Dressler (SPD), former German Ambassador to Israel, supporter of the campaign “STOP THE BOMB - Cut off trade with the Iranian Regime!“ and member of the advisory board of the NUMOV criticizes: “I do not consider it to be opportune to hold such advertising events just at the present time. The momentary negotiation period requires in fact that one makes clear to the Iranian regime which price it has to pay if it continues to offend the rules of the international community with its nuclear program."  

According to Dressler, the German public should be better informed about the menace by Iran, the broad German-Iranian trade and the possibilities of sanctions. "Visits of western politicians in Iran, like the one of Gerhard Schröder in February of this year thwart the current efforts towards a solution of the conflict, even if they are declared as private travelling.“ Ex-Chancellor Schröder is the honorary chairman of the NUMOV and has consistently argued against sanctions towards Iran.

The "NUMOV Energy Round Table - Focus Iran" which takes place on May 5 2009 in Berlin will be about deals in the energy sector, in which Iran is particularly dependent on German technology. Yet another German-Iranian economic forum organized by the NUMOV in Düsseldorf was held on April 27 2009 and was attended by „representatives of about 200 German companies and numerous Iranian industrial managers“, said the Iranian Ambassador to Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar. According to Farsnews Linde, BASF, Lurgi, ThyssenKrupp, Siemens, ZF Friedrichshafen, Mercedes, Volkswagen und MAN are involved in „large infrastructure projects in Iran“. (1) Furthermore, plans of the Bayerngas GmbH to deliver technology for the gas sector to Iran emerged on April 16 2009. (2) 

The campaign STOP THE BOMB, which advocates for effective sanctions against the Iranian regime, will hold a rally on May 5 at 11.00 am in front of the NUMOV office in Berlin demanding “No business with the Iranian regime! No support for terror, dictatorship, Islamism and anti-Semitism!”

For all further information on the NUMOV event, the protest and the campaign STOP THE BOMB please follow this link: http://de.stopthebomb.net/start/deutschland/numov.html

 

STOP THE BOMB campaign protests against Iran deal of German gas company Bayerngas

STOP THE BOMB, 17 April 2008

A planned deal of the German gas company Bayerngas GmbH with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) threatens to undermine international efforts for sanctions against Iran. The Financial Times Germany reported on the 16th of April that Bayerngas wants to help Iran transforming gas stations to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

The Iranian administration wants to become independent from importing expensive refined fuel. Therefore the Iranian government pushes for the conversion of Iran’s vehicles to run on natural gas. Although Iran has high reserves of crude oil the country has not enough refining industry capacity. The import of about 40 % of its refined fuel is the Achilles heel of Iran. Targeted sanctions in this sector can seriously hurt the regime.

„With the assistance of Bayerngas the Iranian regime could continue its nuclear program, its support of islamist terror worldwide and the oppression of its own population. Political pressure of the West would be much less effective“, says Jonathan Weckerle, spokesman of the STOP THE BOMB campaign in Germany. The campaign calls for effective sanctions against the Iranian regime. Among the supporters of STOP THE BOMB are German MPs from the Social Democrats, the Conservatives, the Greens, the Left Party and prominent figures such as famous actress Iris Berben, journalist Henryk M. Broder and Nobel laureate for literature Elfriede Jelinek.

US president Obama gave hints that a failure of the direct talks policy must be backed by the threat of further sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. In this situation Europe would have to assist. Therefore the deal of Bayerngas threatens a peaceful solution to the conflict formed by the Iranian nuclear program. It would be a fatal signal of western discord to Tehran.

Bayerngas is just another example for a scandal about the delivery of gas technology to Iran. Last summer a 100 million euro deal of the German company Steiner-Prematechnik-Gastec (SPG), selling three gas liquification facilities to Iran became the target of protests. (1)

The German government until now refused to install unilateral German or even European sanctions against Iran.

According to the German daily “Der Tagesspiegel” from the 4th of April a quest for further sanctions of Foreign Minister Steinmeier was rejected by economic advisers in the office of chancellor Merkel and by the German ministry of economy. “Apparently short-term lucrative profits are far more important for German politicians and leading figures of economy than the nuclear threat that Iran poses not only for Israel but for the entire Middle East and Europe. The Bayerngas deal would strenthen the Iranian regime in a sector of highest strategic importance. It has to be stopped immediately”, so Jonathan Weckerle, spokesman of STOP THE BOMB.

(1) for an extensive documentation of the “Steiner scandal” see http://www.mideastfreedomforum.org/node/74

 

 

Joint statement of five European organisations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the "Islamic Republic" in Iran

On April 1st, there will be activities in five European countries on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the "Islamic Republic" in Iran

30 years of the „Islamic Republic Iran“ stand for 30 years of inward and outward terrorism: the persecution of labour union members, ethnic and religious minorities, student activists, homosexuals, women and dissenters. The Iranian regime has also been calling for the destruction of Israel for 30 years - not just since the inauguration of President Ahmadinejad – and frequently denies the Holocaust. Today it is on the brink of delivering on these threats by means of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

These developments and Iran’s support for international terrorism contribute to the destabilization of the region and jeopardizes prospects for peace in the Middle East. Atomic weapons would not only pose an existential threat to Israel, but would also lead to an arms race in the crisis-ridden Middle East.

The Iranian regime has systematically ignored international demands, including four UN Security Council resolutions, to disclose their nuclear program to the IAEA, and thus successfully played for time. Iran is undermining the international non-proliferation regime.

Therefore we call upon the international community to effectively counter the Iran nuclear program and stop the continuous oppression of the Iranian people.

Europe is Iran’s most important trading partner and the Iranian regime is dependent on European technology, know-how and investments. As such Europe has the obligation and the means to increase pressure on Iran.

We, as representatives from five different European countries —  Austria, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain — therefore:

  • request European companies to stop all deals and investments which support the Iranian regime

We appeal to our governments:

  • to decree sanctions which stop such trading
  • to push for efficient and comprehensive sanctions on the EU- and UN-levels
  • to support all democratic forces - both in Iran and in exile - which seek individual freedom, gender equality, secularism and the rule of law in Iran.

Organisations:

STOP THE BOMB Germany
STOP THE BOMB Austria
Iran Komitee, Netherlands
Infomedio & European Dialogue, Spain
ISISMO - Italian Institute for Middle East Studies, Italy

Click here to learn more about the activities of the five organizations on April 1st.

 

Call for Protest: Club of Iranian-European Filmmakers (CIEF) and STOP THE BOMB

CIEF and STOP THE BOMB, 11.2.2009

Protest rally against the film  „Letters to the President“ and the Berlin based film festival " Berlinale" as a forum for the Iranian terror regime

Thursday 12. February  6:00 pm
Berlin, at the movie theater CineStar in the Sony-Center at the Potsdamer Platz

The films approved for the festival by the Islamic Regime in Iran are nothing else but a brutal violation of universal women’s rights, which is institutionalized by the film festivals. In the Iranian film production the actresses are obliged to obey the rigid parameters of the Islamic censorship. During their appearances on the international stages of the festivals they also have to follow the Islamic dress code. By these means the regime tries to justify the forced veiling internationally and let it seem as a voluntary attitude.
Veils and headscarfs are central elements of the Islamic Regime in Iran. All women are forced to submit to these Islamic compulsive regulations. In Iranian films women are not allowed to behave normally. Fathers must not embrace or kiss their daughters. Mothers must not show closeness to her sons.
Finally, the enthusiasm of Mr. Kosslick about such films, which probably will be honoured with the award of the Berlinale, serves only the fact that the Mullahs brutally trample over human rights, above all the women's rights. In the last time 48 people were executed publicly, 3 were stoned to death. Homosexuals are constantly prosecuted, harassed and executed. Ahmadinejad belongs to the most hated politicians of the world. He demands the annihilation of Israel at every opportunity. The leader Khamenei recently declared by a fatwa that the Israelis are condemned to death. It is no secret that the regime trains and finances Islamic terrorists and equips them with modern weapons. And even worse, the regime obviously is striving for nuclear weapons.
That all does not keep Mr. Kosslick from allowing the president of this brutal regime Ahmadinejad to present himself as “human” and “popular” in the film "Letters to President".

Unfortunately, we must take note of the fact that under the direction of Mr. Kosslick the Berlinale has changed into a stage for anti-Semitism and for self-confessing Islamists like Ahmadinejad. By the „dialogue of the cultures“ the Iranian Regime means only the realization of the Shiite way of life, which they want to spread over the whole world.
Because of the fact that Mr. Kosslick is acting as an instrument of the Mullah Regime in Iran, we demand his immediate resignation. We support all artists who stand up for democracy and secularism. We demand the immediate stop of the so called “cultural dialogue” with the Mullahs in Iran!


 

Germany: Siemens continues business as usual with the Mullahs

STOP THE BOMB, 28 January 2009

On the occasion of the Siemens´ stockholder meeting on Tuesday in Munich´s Olympiahalle protests emerged against the business deals of the company with Iran. Worried stockholders and activists of the STOP THE BOMB campaign criticized the trade relations between Siemens and the Islamic Republik of Iran. The board of directors answered evasively to the detailed questions. Yet it became clear, that Siemens still continues business as usual with the aggressive Iranian regime. Siemens had to admit that it has a annual turnover of 438 million Euro, a figure which it didn´t announce publicly until yesterday´s shareholder meeting. 

Even in the last months, Siemens signed new contracts on exporting gas turbines to Iran. Press reports about Siemens backing out of the Iran business hence proved to be unfounded. Siemens still is strongly present in the energy sector, were Iran is dependent on high tech made in the west and especially Germany. For this reason sanctions in the energy sector are supposed to be highly effective.

 

 

 

Open letter to Mr. Löscher, Dr. Cromme - supervisory board chairman and CEO of Siemens AG

STOP THE BOMB Coalition, 27 January 2009

Questions about business with Iran for the Siemens AG Managing Board and Supervisory Board

 

Dear Mr. Löscher and Dr. Cromme,
Germany is the Islamic Republic of Iran's most important Western trade partner. Siemens has concluded contracts for various large projects in Iran in the last few years. According to Siemens, Siemens has recorded sales of €465 million with customers in Iran during the 2007 fiscal year.
 
We are sure you are aware that Iran is not like most other regular trade partners. One of the Iranian government's declared goals is to erase Israel from the map. Thanks to its nuclear weapons programme, Iran could soon be able to transform this threat into a reality. Iran is already jointly responsible for the murder of Israeli citizens, due to its massive support for the Hamas and Hezbollah terror organizations, including supplying them with weapons. Iran is currently the main obstacle to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Middle East.
 
Today, January 27th, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the mourning of the dead mixes with the concern regarding the threat to Israel's existence, the country of the Shoah survivors and their descendants.  Iran's current pursuit of the atomic bomb is an enormous threat to Israel. There have been international attempts for years to divert the Islamic Republic from its dangerous course through sanctions. However, Siemens AG has maintained intensive trade relations with Iran for decades. Its Iranian branch employs over 350 people. Siemens refuses to provide concrete information about its current business relations and its Iranian partners.  

We demand you disclose all business relations with Iranian partners and that you suspend these relations as long as Iran continues its policies described above.
 
As shareholders of Siemens AG we ask you:  

  • What was the trade volume between Siemens and Iran during the 2008 fiscal year?
  • Which business transactions are planned for 2009 and to what extent?
  • Which Iranian business partners do you currently work with? Is business being conducted with companies that are part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards? Maybe even with the Khatem-ol Anbiya Construction Organization, which has been on the EU sanctions list since June 24, 2008?
  • Which business transactions with Iran are conducted through third party countries, such as the United Arab Emirates?
  • What jobs do the more than 350 employees of Siemens S.S.K Iran perform? Why have new jobs been advertised in the Iranian Dependence?
  • Has Siemens delivered 24 power plants to Iran, as announced in the media in 2005?
  • Has Siemens delivered 200 traction vehicles to Iran, as the German Foreign Trade Association announced in August 2007?
  • Did Siemens conclude a contract in December 2008 for the delivery of turbocompressors with a petrochemical factory in Zanjan?
  • Has Siemens supplied Iran with modern surveillance technology for the electronic monitoring of opposition leaders and human rights organizations, as announced in the media in April 2008?

Dear Mr. Löscher and Dr. Cromme,
how is it possible that Siemens, which already profited from slave labor in Auschwitz and was also involved in other Nazi crimes, is now once again acting as an important mainstay of an anti-Semitic and terrorist regime? What does the Siemens Managing Board have to say about the countless human rights violations in Iran, the brutal destruction of trade unions, the violent suppression of women, the terrorizing of minorities and the murder of homosexuals, as well as the threat to Israel?
 
We expect to hear the answers to these questions at the General Meeting. We demand that Siemens and other German companies suspend their business with Iran and therefore stop torpedoing the international efforts for a non-military solution of the Iran conflict.

 

Manager-Seminar "Your succes in Iran" cancelled

STOP THE BOMB, 25 January 2009

The Manager-seminar "Your success in Iran" promoting business in Iran has been canceled after we announced protests! This is a success that gives hope, but much more has to follow. Instead of the protests there will now be a manifestation with speakers and info-table in the inner city at the "Hauptwache" from 4 to 6 p.m.

The following event will take place as planned: Public discussion on Iran, German-Iranian relations and the situation in the Middle East.
7 p.m., Jewish Community, entrance Westendstraße 43

Speakers:

  • Greeting: Dieter Graumann, vice-president of the central council of Jews in Germany, Frankfurt
  • Nasrin Amirsedghi, exil-Iranian cultural scientist, Mainz
  • Ulrich W. Sahm, Jerusalem based Near East correspondent, Jerusalem
  • Jonathan Weckerle, STOP THE BOMB campaign, Berlin
  • Chair:  Sacha Stawaski (Honestly Concerned e.V.), Frankfurt


Protest against a workshop of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce in Hamburg

STOP THE BOMB Hamburg, 27 November 2008

Members of the German-Israeli Friendship Society, of the campaign STOP THE BOMB and of the Hamburger Studienbibliothek, a Hamburg-based political group combating anti-Semitism, demonstrated this morning with leaflets and banners against a workshop of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce.

Due to fear of protests the workshop under the title "Iran sanctions and practical implications for German firms" at short notice was relocated to the Atlantic Hotel Kempinski. The protests criticized the workshop that was dedicated to support the »success of business in Iran«. Andreas Benl, speaker of the Hamburg section of the STOP THE BOMB campaign, explained: »The organizers want to convey the necessary know-how to business people who are interested in investing in Iran in spite of the sanctions. They want to improve business relations with the Iranian dictatorship and make them more profitable than they already are. In this way they are supporting a regime, that brutally represses women and minorities and works on the construction of an atomic bomb, with which the threat to destroy Israel could become reality.« One of the speakers is a representative of the Iranian bank Melli. This bank is in possession of the Iranian regime and is on the EU sanctions list since June 2008. To be engaged in business with companies like this bank means to directly support the dictatorship and to provide it with foreign currency that is needed for the continuation of the atomic program. Representatives of the hotel Kempinski, when confronted with these facts by the demonstrators saw no cause to distance themselves from their paying guests.

Benl added: »While the chancellor and the German Bundestag criticize the Iranian annihilation threats wordily, Germany at the same time is the biggest Western trading partner of Iran. In spite of widening the business relations it is necessary to finally isolate the Iranian regime politically and economically in an effective way – before it is too late for Israel!“ STOP THE BOMB demands the stop of the Hermes credit guarantees for exports to Iran and is calling for effective and comprehensive sanctions on a national, EU- and UN level. As long as sanctions are not implemented, STOP THE BOMB will, according to Benl, continue with the protests to disturb the pleasure of German entrepreneurs in their murderous business.

Please find a schedule of the workshop here: http://www.dihkev.de/pdf/scan.pdf
An analysis of the workshop of the Political scientist Dr. Mathias Küntzel can be found here: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/sanctions-what-sanctions-german-iranian-trade-booms/

 

Start of the STOP THE BOMB Campaign

STOP THE BOMB, 28 October 2008

German STOP THE BOMB coalition demands: No deals with the Iranian regime! 

In Berlin on Tuesday, a broad coalition against the Iranian nuclear program was presented at a press conference. Stephan Kramer of the Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland (Central Council of German Jews), Mohammed Schams of the Coordinating Council of German NGOs against Antisemitism, Ulrike Becker and Jonathan Weckerle, the initiators of the STOP THE BOMB coalition, presented the campaign.

The campaign’s petition has been signed by more than 120 prominent first subscribers. Among them are members of all parties: MP Josef Winkler of the Green Party and MP Petra Pau of Die Linke (the Left Party), former Federal Minister Dr. Heiner Geißler of the CDU (Conservative Party), two Members of the European Parliament (MEP Helga Trüpel and MEP Paulo Casaca), and 3 members of state parliaments. Also on the petition are Dr. h.c. Johannes Gerster (CDU), President of the German-Israeli Society, the Study Group of Jewish Members of the Social Democrats and Klaus Faber, retired State Secretary. Among the first subscribers are also Lala Süsskind, chairwoman of the Jewish Community in Berlin, prominent Human Rights activists of the international community of Iranians in exile Iraj Mesdaghi and Hassan Daioleslam, members of unions, scientists and publicists, representatives of the Christian-Jewish dialogue, the famous German actress Iris Berben, Nobel Prize Laureate for literature Elfriede Jelinek, and leading experts in Israel, the US and Germany on antisemitism.

According to Mohammed El Baradei, the General Secretary of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Islamic Republic of Iran could have a nuclear weapon already by Christmas, reported the Süddeutsche Zeitung last week. Germany is Iran’s most important trading partner and has therefore real leverage to stop Iran’s nuclear program, said Ulrike Becker of STOP THE BOMB.

Up to 75% of all industrial companies in Iran use German technology. Without spare parts from Germany, the economy of the Islamic Republic of Iran would be real trouble. While Nicolas Sarkozy from France and Gordon Brown from Great Britain were demanding more action from Europe, Germany has blocked unilateral European sanctions, stressed Ulrike Becker of the STOP THE BOMB campaign. German exports to Iran have increased in 2008 and could reach an all-time peak of more than 5 billion euros by the end of the year. This week another 25 million euro deal became public: The Uhde Gmbh, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp, signed a deal for a petrochemical plant with the National Iranian Petrochemical Company (NIPC).

By dealing with state-owned Iranian companies, German firms are financing the Iranian nuclear program: this delivers hard currency to the Iranian Regime’s purse of the Iranian Regime, said Jonathan Weckerle of STOP THE BOMB.

All the speakers stressed that those who trade with the unpredictable Iranian regime are supporting the oppression of the Iranian people, international terrorism, the nuclear armament of Iran, anti-Semitic hate crimes, as well as Holocaust denial. It is scandalous that the German Ambassador to Teheran allowed his military attaché to attend a military parade in September at which people shouted “Death to Israel”, Weckerle said.

The Iranian bomb would clearly be an existential threat to Israel in particular because since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian leaders such as Khomeini, Rafsanjani, and Ahmadinejad have repeatedly given inflammatory speeches calling for the annihilation of the Jewish State.

Former Iranian president Khatami, who spoke yesterday at the University of Freiburg, a town in southern Germany, also made blatant anti-Israel statements. He is falsely considered to be moderate by German representatives.

In 1998 he said: „We further consider the State of Israel as an old incurable wound in the body of Islam. A wound that contains really demonic, stinky and contaminating blood.”

Stephan Kramer emphasized that any trade or financial relations with the Mullah regime must be proscribed and condemned. Flirting with putative liberal forces of the Iranian government won’t bring any results, said Kramer. The West has to send signals to the Iranian people that it is serious about condemning Human Rights violations in Iran. Mr. Kramer particularly denounced the suppression of women. He criticized the fact that there is no outcry in the political administrations when minors are executed. Mr. Kramer cited Ali Khamenei, the religious leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who interpreted the current financial crisis as the downfall of the decadent West. This clearly showed that the dispute about Iran’s nuclear program puts at stake the very core of western democratic values. The West is called upon to defend these principles.

Kramer personally addressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, asking them how they can reconcile their speeches accusing Iran’s Regime of blatant antisemitism and calling the protection of Israel a duty for the German state with the current policy that is reluctant to enact effective sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mohammed Schams, born in Iran and a member of the Coordinating Council of German NGOs against Antisemitism stressed the irrational character of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Even if it is hard for westerners to do so, they must take the ideology of the regime seriously. The Iranian administration believes in the return of the hidden Mahdi and sees itself as a deputy of this Shiite messiah not only in Iran itself but in the whole world. Therefore one cannot expect Iran’s government to act in a rational way when Iran becomes nuclear. Islamist ideology and the threats towards Israel make the atomic bomb in Iranian hands different from a nuclear bomb in any other country of the world. Schams criticized current European and German foreign policies for their appeasement of, and collaboration with, the Iranian terror regime.

The STOP THE BOMB coalition calls on the German government to impose effective political and economic unilateral and multilateral measures to isolate the Islamic Republic of Iran and to ban Hezbollah in Germany. Furthermore STOP THE BOMB demands German companies, especially the high-tech giant Siemens, to stop trade with the Iranian regime.