Today, I received an email from an Iranian friend excited about the fact that at last American feminists seemed to be standing up for the women of Iran.
I was truly surprised recently upon hearing that Gloria Steinem finally decided to get involved and after so many years of silence is considering speaking out against the human rights violations that Iranian women have faced for thirty years.
For decades we have campaigned against the atrocities inflicted on the people of Iran, but American feminists have shown little interest in addressing the ever-worsening plight of the Iranian women and children since the 1979 Khomeinist takeover. Their silence has been deafening.
As I read further into Steinem’s petition, I saw the name “Code Pink” and recognized the signature manipulations of that organization’s co-founder, the extremely wealthy Susan “Medea” Benjamin, who has been in bed with some of the most notorious promoters of the Iranian regime in the West.
I first met Benjamin in front of the U.S. Congress when she tried vehemently to stop me from entering into the Capitol building. I gave her one of my cards and tried to discuss with her the fact that women in Iran lack the most basic human rights. I told her if she truly cared she could help us Iranian women in the U.S. assist women inside Iran. And instead of being open to listening she gave me nothing more than the self-interested Code Pink prescription for Iranians.
A month later I heard Ms. Benjamin was attending a conference on Iran set up by the most ill-reputed Iranian regime lobby, National Iranian American Council, NIAC.
Meanwhile, to add insult to injury, we discovered that Code Pink had taken one of the better-known photos of a women’s group protest inside Iran from 2006 and photoshopped it, erasing the original slogans of human rights and freedom written on a placard and replacing them with their own self-serving, anti-American message. They put Cheshire cat smiles on the faces and mouths of these innocent Iranian women and added in dancing American Code Pinkos without hijabs, rather than leaving the original images of the protesting Iranian women.