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June 13, 2005

Conditional respect?

Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died in Iranian custody on July 11, 2003, almost three weeks after she was arrested for taking pictures outside a prison during a student protest in Tehran. This was a clear indication of the brutality of the regime in Iran. Although Kazemi was not the first victim of the regime and will not be the last, her death resulted in the outrage of human rights activists and groups such as Amnesty International. On the other hand, it provided an opportunity for those who themselves have caused death and destruction to many people in their own backyard. Zionists and pro-Israeli groups who only pick what suits them, used this opportunity to condemn the regime in Iran, not because of their "care" for human rights but for their political agendas against the regime in Iran. In another word, criminals of one kind had found an opportunity to condemn the criminal of another kind.

The support from the pro-Israeli groups for Kazemi did not last long however. The same groups had respects for Kazemi only until they realized that she too was sympathetic to the Palestinian struggle for freedom from their Zionist occupiers. Here is what happened: An exhibition featuring the work of Zahra Kazemi was been taken down, following "complaints" it was too sympathetic to the Palestinian uprising.

Fortunately, contrary to the wishes of the pro-Israeli groups and after criticizing the authorities for censorship over the decision to take down the exhibition, a Jewish group has asked for restoration of the exhibition in the name of freedom of speech.

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