Iran Interlink, July 24 2015:… The Israeli right wing and MEK held joint demonstrations yesterday in Washington against the nuclear agreement demanding the Senate reject it. These are the pro-war lobby. Iranian papers reported this without surprise that the MEK, as mercenaries of Israel, were doing this …
Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – July 24, 2015
++ This week saw the anniversary of the MEK’s disastrous Forough Javidan (Eternal Light) operation. Several ex-members and internal critics published articles reminding us of the crime of sending untrained civilians into war. Many said this had been a deliberate attempt to get people killed rather than an attempt to kill Iranians and march on Tehran and the reason was that Iran and Iraq had signed a peace agreement. Rajavi, whose existence relies on war and violence, used the blood of his members to divert attention from this peace and keep the organisation together. Even before he launched the operation he famously stated “this is my insurance policy”. Now it is clear what he meant by that.
++ There were a few reactions to this week’s call by Israeli lobbyists and the MEK asking for the MEK to be armed. These comments all point out that they want to create the conditions for another Forough Javidan. That is, by arming the MEK in Camp Liberty this makes them a legitimate target for an attack in which many of them would be killed. Again Rajavi wants to use the blood of his members to divert attention from the nuclear agreement and keep his cult together by providing an external fight.
++ The Israeli right wing and MEK held joint demonstrations yesterday in Washington against the nuclear agreement demanding the Senate reject it. These are the pro-war lobby. Iranian papers reported this without surprise that the MEK, as mercenaries of Israel, were doing this.
++ The MEK reaction to the activities of Mostafa Mohammadi and Ghorban Ali Hossein Nejad in Auvers-sur-Oise trying everything they can to get their daughters out of the grip of the MEK, has been to publish false reports in an attempt to overturn the turn of events and blame the fathers for the trouble, saying they had been arrested by the police. This even stretched to Yves Bonnet writing an article in the French Huffington Post full of lies which claimed the men were “agents of the Iranian regime”. The two fathers published a copy of the police report showing that they have made complaints, and also the report of the hospital showing the extent of their injuries at the hands of MEK thugs. The men have also written a compliant to the Huffington Post specifically for defaming Mohammadi who is a Canadian citizen and demanded the right to reply. They have published this on their weblog, but so far the Huffington Post has not responded.
++ Mazda Parsi in Nejat Bloggers analyses the MEK’s reaction to the nuclear agreement. They are faced with spending millions of dollars trying to overturn the agreement through lobbying Congress. Maryam Rajavi has been forced to make a speech which is full of contradictions and hopelessness.
++ M. Reza Behnam in The Register-Guard, examines the complex history between the US and Iran. In it he identifies the role of the MEK in American attempts to destabilise Iran. “Washington’s efforts to destabilize the Iranian government have been ongoing. In 1996 and again in 2006, Congress authorized millions of dollars to aid groups opposed to the Iranian government. One such group, the Mujahedin-e-Khalq was put on the U.S. State Department foreign terrorist list in 1977. The MEK moved its operation to Iraq and allied itself with Saddam Hussein in the war against Iran. The group assisted Saddam in his bloody crackdown of the Iraqi Shia Muslims and Kurds. It is widely believed in Iran that the MEK, trained and armed by Israel’s Mossad, assassinated four Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010. Seen as a vehicle for regime change, the U.S. Congress voted to remove the MEK from the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization list in September 2012.”
++ Jon Schwarz in The Intercept poses the question’ Why Is Iran’s Refusal to Allow No-Notice Inspections Legit?’ and in answer examines the ‘U.S. History With Iraq’. He concludes: “So Iran’s refusal to allow snap inspections doesn’t prove that its leadership wants to conceal a nuclear weapons program. It more likely suggests that its leadership simply wants to preserve its conventional military and personally remain alive. This is especially plausible given that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was crippled in a 1981 assassination attempt carried by out the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition organization that supported Iraq during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war. Making this even more threatening from Iran’s perspective, the MEK is now beloved by much of the U.S. foreign policy elite, and has apparently killed numerous Iranian nuclear scientists with Israeli funding and training. And if you hope Iran may simply be unaware of our use of arms control as cover for spying, think again: an Iranian spy in Baghdad at the time actually discovered what we were doing before even the UK, our closest ally. (Wonderfully enough, the UK only found out when it intercepted the Iranian spy’s message back to Tehran.)”
++ ‘Our story thus far: Another Mojahedin attack on two fathers and the sister of MEK’s captives’ is a report on the most recent events in Auvers-sur-Oise following a second violent attack on them by MEK thugs. “Outside of the station the Mojahedin men and women were gathered there with cameras and still yelling curses and swear words at us. This was our second complaint file we made towards them. We did not come to Paris to be attacked and treated this way. We came here begging to see our children. Why is it that to ask for the return of our child, or just plain contact with them is threatening these people so much?
What are they so afraid of that they are not allowing families to be in contact? Somayeh Mohammady was taken from Canada 18 years ago and we haven’t been able to even make a phone call with her for more than twelve years. Murders in prison have visiting rights but these people in the camp, the ones taken away from their lives are not even allowed a letter or phone call. How are we in the wrong to ask for the safety and happiness of our children?
We ask the people of France, nay, the people of the world to see the injustice in this and to help spread the word about these captors. Help our voices be heard. We are now living in fear as they are constantly posting threatening words on their websites and have followed us to our rented home in Paris. They have come to our apartment and handed out flyers filled with lies to everyone in our neighbourhood. They call us spies and people working for the Iranian government, but all we have ever wanted was the return of our child to their home. To take them back to where they belong and have always belonged. To live their lives be with their family and be happy if they can find meaning in that feeling anymore…”
Ebrahim Khodabandeh: Daesh, MKO (Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult) fed by the same source
IRNA, Tehran, June 30 2015:… Ebrahim Khodabandeh said that if the Iranian people had not resisted to the MKO, which receives its financial support from the same source as Daesh, and the Iranian intelligence officers and security forces were not mighty enough, Iran’s western provinces were the scene of similar events what happened in Syria …
Fmr MKO member: Daesh, MKO fed by same sources
Tehran, June 29, IRNA – A former member of terrorist group Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) said on Monday financial sponsors of both terrorist groups, the MKO and Daesh are the same.
Ebrahim Khodabandeh said that if the Iranian people had not resisted to the MKO, which receives its financial support from the same source as Daesh, and the Iranian intelligence officers and security forces were not mighty enough, Iran’s western provinces were the scene of similar events what happened in Syria and Iraq.
Speaking in a panel discussion titled ‘From the MKO to Daesh’ at Iran Press and Cultural Institute, the former MKO member said that such clans as the two brainwash their supporters and destroy their sound reasoning capability.
He said that the other similarity between the MKO and Daesh is that they both take advantage of religious beliefs of the people aimed at securing their horrendous hegemony.
Meanwhile, Khodamabdeh ridiculed the terrorist MKO group’s anti-imperialist slogans and that they were the one and only one such group in Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic that it will eventually roll to the Imperialists camp.
‘The heads of the terrorist MKO groupe in Paris hold meetings with the most brutal branches of imperialists, ignoring all their initial anti-imperialist slogans,’ he said.
He said that the similarity of MKO and Daesh in this regard is that the latter publicized Shiaphobia to attract the fanatic Sunni people and then they control their minds and isolate them.
MEK, Inside Out. A short brief on the Mojahedin-e Khalq
Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Nejat Society, Tehran, June 27 2015:… At the present time the organization is striving to find an alternative for the deposed Saddam Hussein, this time in the west, since it has lost its hope to gain any backing inside Iran. They are making contact with all and any enemies of Iran, including terrorist entities such as ISIL …
MEK, Inside Out
A short brief on the Mojahedin-e Khalq
The Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK, MKO, PMOI, NCR, NCRI, NLA, and many other disguised entities) was established in 1965 as an urban guerilla movement to fight against the Shah and seize power in Iran through armed struggle.
It pitched its appeal to attract leftist, Islamist and anti-imperialist forces at the time and killed US citizens in Iran as well as many of the Shah’s officials. Assassination was, and remains, central to the strategic modus operandi of the organization.
After the Iranian revolution in 1979, the MEK opposed the newly established Islamic Republic of Iran and assassinated many officials as well as thousands of ordinary people through bombings.
The leader Massoud Rajavi fled to France in 1981, then in 1986 moved to Iraq by invitation of Saddam Hussein where he founded the National Liberation Army as an adjunct to the Iraqi army and entered the Iran-Iraq war on the side of the enemy.
Massoud Rajavi became a cult leader and used mind manipulation methods to brainwash his followers in order to control their thoughts and beliefs and to command their total, unquestioning obedience. Compulsory divorces and celibacy, and the separation of children from their parents were imposed by the cult leader on every member. Members were isolated from the outside world and had no contact whatsoever even with their families.
After the fall of Saddam Hussein and the invasion of Iraq by the allied forces, the situation of the MEK dramatically changed. Massoud Rajavi, who lost his only state support, went into hiding and Maryam Rajavi moved to Paris. The organization then adopted pro-western gestures and falsely pretended to have distanced from its past terrorist activities.
On 17 June 2003, Maryam Rajavi was arrested along some 120 individuals in her base in Paris by the French police charged with fraud, money laundry, and plotting violent activities against opponents and former members.
As a result the cult ordered several members to commit self-immolation to protest against this action by the French authorities. Ten individuals in ten different European cities simultaneously set fire to themselves. Two died and the others were severely injured. This was considered as the most obvious sign of thought control imposed by the MEK on the members. A person who obeys an order for self-immolation is certainly capable of performing suicide attacks on others too.
The organization has absolutely no popular support in Iran since it committed the most public act of betrayal; cooperating with the enemy at war against the homeland. The MEK leaders are aware of this fact more than anyone else.
At the present time the organization is striving to find an alternative for the deposed Saddam Hussein, this time in the west, since it has lost its hope to gain any backing inside Iran. They are making contact with all and any enemies of Iran, including terrorist entities such as ISIL.
The MEK is currently re-creating its Iraqi terrorist bases in Albania with property and facilities it has purchased close to Tirana. The Iraqis have always considered them as the worst heritage left by Saddam Hussein for their country and have tried to expel them from their country since the fall of the dictator. The MEK participated in suppressing Iraqis in the past and have caused many national security difficulties for the nation at the present time.
The MEK organized a rally in Villepinte near Paris to promote this new base. Maryam Rajavi’s keynote speech focused on her demand that the group be re-armed. This can only be interpreted as the MEK’s intention to construct a militarized base in Europe from which to train terrorists to attack Iran or elsewhere. The occasion which is being celebrated by the MEK is the anniversary of the start of armed struggle on June 20, 1981.
Western government experts are fully aware of the activities and beliefs of the MEK. One can, of course, refer to the US Department of State or the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office for further clarification.
The MEK uses deceptive methods to influence general political opinion and individuals in the west, and do not say who they really are when they approach people to gain their support.
One may like to refer to the 2009 RAND Report and the 2005 HRW report ‘No Exit’ for more detailed information. If researchers would like further information the https://iran-interlink.org is a good source.
Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Nejat Society, Tehran, August 21 2013: … He used his vicious tongue to lash those who are the most loyal and supportive of his followers. The Shah at least did not call those who want to leave traitors and did not insult them and was, in any case, talking to those who were against him from the beginning, and not those who had given everything for him. My addressee here …
IRNA, October 18 2014: … Scores of former members of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) will return to Iran following the complete collapse of the terrorist group in Iraq and after being pardoned by the Islamic establishment. Legal procedures are underway for the return of the breakaway members of the terrorist group while a large number …
Nejat Society, May 12 2014: … The four former members of the MKO who addressed the audience described the current condition of the group in Iraq. Ronak Dashti, Ibrahim Khodabandeh, Ali Ekrami and Iraj salehi spoke of the support of US and Israel for the MKO terrorist cult. Ebrahim Khodabandeh …
Press TV, Tehran, August 28 2013: … Even after the execution of Saddam Hossein the terrorist group still continues its acts of terror against the Iranians under the support of certain western powers; Iranian security sources say the assassination of a number of Iranian scientists is the result of the direct cooperation between MKO and the US-Israeli intelligence services. Last year the US …
Ebrahim Khodabandeh, Iran Interlink, February 21, 2013 … Not only is this untrue, it is yet another gaffe. The original report did not say that I was in jail at that time and the author of the article either did not bother to read the actual report, or was probably as confused as everyone else who read it as to