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Dershowitz, Cotler and Wiesel line up behind terrorist-linked Iranian oppo group

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Ron Kampeas at JTA:

Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel — three prominent Jewish activists who have joined with other prominent people in a bid to remove a group with a blood-soaked history from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations.

The names on the growing list of influential American advocates to de-list the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK — known in English as the National Council of Resistance of Iran — suggest an effort to give the bid a pro-Israel imprimatur.

On the record, the people involved insist there is no Israel element to what they say is a humanitarian endeavor to remove the movement’s followers from danger.

“I don’t see any Israel issue at all,” Dershowitz told JTA in an interview, instead casting it in terms of Hillel’s dictum, “If I am only for myself, who am I?”

Off the record, however, figures close to the campaign use another ancient Middle Eastern dictum to describe the involvement of supporters of Israel: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

A source close to the effort to bring pro-Israel voices into the initiative cited reports that Israel has allied with the MEK, which reportedly maintains agents in Iran and in the past has published details of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The organized pro-Israel community, however, has been reluctant to sign on. One official at a pro-Israel group said pushing to de-list MEK without a full review could undercut efforts to keep groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah on the list.

“They’re listed as a terrorist group, and until the U.S. government says otherwise, we’re not going to deal with them,” said the official, whose group otherwise counsels a tough posture against the Iranian regime.

The MEK, an Iranian exile group that some accuse of being a cult, has maintained a presence in Iraq since 1986, when Saddam Hussein welcomed it as a useful thorn in the side of his deadly enemy. From its border encampment, Camp Ashraf, it conducted operations against the theocracy in Iran. The MEK claims to have ended military activities in 2001.

Kampeas adds that the effort to delist MEK is joined by John Bolton, Howard Dean, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Mukasey and Tom Ridge. For more background on the MEK, and the effort to get them off the State Department terrorist list, see this June, 2010 Mondo post where contributor Kamran saw this coming from a mile away.

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  1. on March 5, 2012, 2:57 pm

    MEK is the group that is suspected of doing Mossad’s inside-Iran dirty work, including assassinating Iran’s nuclear scientists.

    Recall the infamous — and insane — interview in which Ronen Bergman said quite openly that “Israel has used assassination almost from the time of its establishment,” to “change history.”
    This last is a confusing concept. According to Abba Eban in “Heritage: Civilization and Jews,” the god of the Jews is the god of history — he speaks to his chosen people in history. So if Bergman and Mossad assassins kill people to “change history,” are they supplanting god? Are THEY god? Can anybody play — If I go out and kill someone does that make me god?

    To be sure, when asked directly if Mossad/Israel uses MEK in its assassinations within Iran, Bergman maintained sphinx-like silence — behind a cat-like smirk.

  2. Wonder Bunder on March 5, 2012, 3:27 pm

    I don’t see any Israel issue at all,” Dershowitz told JTA in an interview, instead casting it in terms of Hillel’s dictum, “If I am only for myself, who am I?”

    I read this and litereally laughed out loud. Are we really supposed to believe Dershowitz cares one bit about the Iranian people?

    And, as Glenn Greenwald wrote about recently, shouldn’t Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, and Howard Dean be indicted for material support of a terrorist organization?

    Finally, it is now clear that Israel is a state sponsor of terror. Our government doesn’t support state sponsors of terrorism, does it? Does it???

  3. DICKERSON3870 on March 5, 2012, 6:43 pm

    RE: “Dershowitz, Cotler and Wiesel line up behind terrorist-linked Iranian [MEK] oppo group” ~ Adam H.

    SEE: Convoluted fuse to Bangkok bombs, by Anthony Davis, Asia Times, Feb 23 2012

    (excerpt) . . . A third alternative that merits close attention centers on the MeK. At various levels, there are grounds which might support the theory of an independent MeK operation in Bangkok, Delhi and Tbilisi. Strategically, the organization has ample motive. The successful assassination of Israeli diplomats would at the least serve to further isolate the Iranian government at a critical juncture. At most, it might provide the impetus to push Israel into an attack on Iran that would destabilize or even topple the regime, a result MeK has no chance of achieving itself. Operationally, the hand of MeK or allied opposition elements also provides an explanation for the otherwise puzzling blunders displayed in mid-February. It can be safely assumed that a small number of Iranian opposition elements has been recruited, trained and deployed by Israeli and/or US intelligence services in the covert war against Iran’s nuclear program. However, MeK remains a larger and largely uncharted group without access to specialized training. It is also worth noting that for an opposition group to commit poorly-trained and supported personnel openly using Iranian travel documents would pose no real risk of blow-back: In the event of failure or fiasco, the simple fact that the operatives were Iranian would serve well enough to implicate the Tehran regime in the eyes of an already skeptical world…

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  4. Marcus Mohr on March 5, 2012, 7:33 pm

    I’d say that this is a new low for all three. Amazingly enough though, Irwin Cotler’s pro-Israel antics seem to slip under the radar here in Canada.

    Just thought I’d point that out.

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