Pro-Iran professor slips up on his 'crimes against humanity' in interview

Published date23 June 2022
Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
Iranian human rights activist Lawdan Barzargan has, in recent times, emerged as the pivotal leader of a dynamic international campaign called Alliance Against Islamic Regime of Iran Apologists to dislodge Mahallati from academia

The writing on the wall

Bazargan told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday: "Last year, I wrote to Oberlin College that 'time is not your friend. The sooner you fire Mahallati, the better it is.' They didn't listen and now more than 1.2 million people have seen the interview of Masih Alinejad with me and Mahallati and learned that Oberlin College has a professor that is involved in crimes against humanity. This is just the beginning, once the Congress gets involved, it will get worse."

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Prominent Iranian-Canadian lawyer Kaveh Shahrooz wrote on Twitter: "Mahallati begins by saying that as UN ambassador in NYC he couldn't know all the (little details) of what was happening back home in Iran. The 'little details' he refers to was the massacre of at approximately 5000 people."

In a highly detailed Amnesty International report on the clerical regime's mass murder of 5,000 innocent Iranian prisoners in 1988, published in 2018, the London-based human rights organization said Mahallati committed "crimes against humanity" by covering up the slaughter of Iranian political prisoners.

When international crimes aren't so secret

Shahrooz, who is part of a campaign seeking to secure Mahallati's dismissal from Oberlin College in Ohio, added that Mahallati said that "the massacre was a secret when it was happening. This is a big huge lie on two fronts. First of all, the preparation for the massacre was a secret. But once the killings began, the killings were well-known. Amnesty International issued **sixteen** urgent alerts about the killings as they were happening. The UN asked about them. It was not secret."

The lawyer added: "Secondly, if Mr. Mahallati genuinely didn't know about the 'little details,' he could have pleaded ignorance when asked about them by the UN. He didn't. He deliberately repeated the [Islamic Republic of Iran] IRI's lie, claiming that the people being executed were battlefield casualties."

Reverberating across the web

The Voice of America Farsi interview with Mahallati has electrified Iranian diaspora social media and reached inside the highly repressive theocratic state.

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