Jewish Leaders Applaud New US Sanctions on Iranian Officials

New York, NY

. . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We commend the Biden Administration for its appropriate action in sanctioning two officials of the Iranian regime, Ali Hemmatian and Masoud Safdari, barring them and their families from entering the United States.

These men are members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated terrorist organization, who engaged in the torture of Iranian citizens during the 2019-2020 protests against the extremist regime. Iran’s vicious crackdown against the protests resulted in the murder of hundreds of its own people, and the violent repression of countless more.

The announcement of these sanctions came on the 14th anniversary of the disappearance of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who was abducted by Iran in 2007 and whose fate remains unknown. We join the US government in calling on the Iranian regime to provide information about what became of Levinson, and to release all American prisoners being held in captivity.”


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