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June 15, 2018  RSS feed

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Expert to talk on Iranian threats to peace, human rights

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties will offer a lecture and discussion entitled “Iran: A Threat to Peace and Human Rights,” featuring Bob Feferman from the national organization United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI).

The event will be held on Thursday, July 5 at 7 p.m. in the Federation’s Community Room, 13191 Starkey Road. Suite 8, Largo.

The event is free and open to all. and light refreshments will be served.

Feferman is the outreach coordinator for United Against Nuclear Iran. In 2009, Feferman helped to initiate legislation in the Indiana General Assembly that required Indiana’s state pension funds to divest from holdings in companies working in Iran’s energy sector. In 2011, he helped to support the efforts of the Indianapolis

JCRC in passing Iran Contracting Legislation that was signed into law in 2012. Prior to working for UANI, Feferman taught history and language arts in a Montessori school in Indiana.

“This is a significant opportunity for our community to gain insight about the most up-to-the-minute perspectives on Iran’s role in global security matters,” said Aliza Norstein, Federation board secretary and chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council. “The US State Department has listed Iran as the number 2 state sponsor of terrorism, surpassed only by North Korea in November 2017.”

According to UANI’s website, “the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran is a danger to world peace,” and therefore since 2008 the not-for-profit, bi-partisan advocacy group has set as its mission to “prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to obtain nuclear weapons.” Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Middle East expert Dennis Ross, among others, founded the organization, and UANI “works to ensure the economic and diplomatic isolation of the Iranian regime in order to compel Iran to abandon its illegal nuclear weapons program, support for terrorism and human rights violations.”

The group is currently chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT-I). It supported President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Reservations are strongly suggested. Those interested in attending the program with Feferman are asked to contact Lucé Piccin, Federation communications and campaign associate, by emailing or calling (727) 530-3223.

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