In a video posted to the East Plano Islamic Center’s YouTube channel on September 29, 2022, prominent American Islamic scholar Yasir Qadhi spoke about the protests that have been taking place in Iran since the recent death of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who died after being beaten and arrested by Iran’s “morality police” for wearing her hijab “improperly”. He said that there is a “double standard” in the West, pointing out that those who support the anti-hijab protests are not fighting for people’s rights to walk around naked in the West. He argued that most of the world’s countries have laws against public nudity and indecency. He also said that there is a hidden Western political and financial agenda at play that has nothing to do with the dignity of Iranian women. He added: “What is happening here is a vicious chess game and you are seeing only one move.” For more about Yasir Qadhi, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 9417, 8433, 8401, 7640, and 7451.
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This clip features two videos posted to Instagram by a Persian woman named Samin Bolouri. In the first video, posted on July 12, 2020, Samin and her sister Behin are seen wearing hijabs and singing a Persian version of an Italian protest song titled “Bella Ciao”. In the second video, posted on September 16, 2022, Samin and Behin are seen without hijabs singing a different Persian version of the song. This second version of the song is linked to the widespread anti-regime protests that have been taking place in Iran since Jina (Mahsa) Amini died after being beaten and arrested by Iran’s morality police for not wearing her hijab properly. In the latter version, the sisters sang: “The cluster of our anger is thirsty for rain. Our rights are not petty… Finally, the chains of oppression will be broken by our hands.”
Iranian human rights activist Farideh Moradkhani, who is the niece of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said on November 22, 2022 that now is a “historically sensitive time” and that people in Iran are fighting the regime’s “Satanic forces of evil” with remarkable courage. She called on the world to support Iran’s “lions and lionesses” and to help prevent foreign governments from supporting the “murderous, child-killing” Iranian regime. She said that the “laughable” sanctions imposed against Iran are only for going “through the motions” as multi-billion-dollar deals are made “behind the scenes,” and she compared Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his predecessor Ruhollah Khomeini to Hitler, Mussolini, Qadhafi, and Saddam Hussein. She predicted that the Iranian people will topple the regime, and she called on all “freedom-seeking countries” to show solidarity by recalling their representatives in Iran and expelling Iranian diplomats. Moradkhani was arrested by Iranian authorities the day after she made these remarks (Note: She has also been arrested on previous occasions). The video in this clip was posted to the Iran CP12 YouTube channel on November 26, 2022.
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In a November 13, 2022 morning show on Channel 5 (Iran), viewers were invited to answer a quiz with a cash prize of 200,000 toman about how long it would take a Sejjil missile to cross the distance between Tehran and Tel Aviv. For more about Iran’s Sejjil missile, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 9850, 9409, 8620, 8460, 7601, 7026, 4603, and 1918.