Iranians, their jeans, and Netanyahu’s deceit

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Iranian women showing off their jeans

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The #Iranjeans campaign, and those like it, are profoundly anti-tyrannical, anti-tyranny, and disruptive. These campaigns, grassroots, spontaneous, sarcastic, humanistic, humorous, and intimate, abhor tyranny, both of the type manifested by Netanyahu and the American Empire and of the variety manifested by the conservative factions of the Iranian regime.

  • dehnamaki

    Dear Ostad,

    Individuals are free to choose their dress in the US and Israel without fearing the police to arrest them. Iran was never as harsh as Afghanistan under the Taliban, but the arbitrary nature of the Islamic system permits the police to beat up and arrest even children. Out of the suspicion, the kids might play on the street and behave immoral. The jeans campaign is ridiculous, though some brainwashed young Iranians really do support the Ayatollah rule. The lack of rule of law allows the regime thugs to oppress citizens at any time.

    In authoritarian and totalitarian systems such as Cuba, Iraq under Saddam and the Apartheid of South Africa, people were free to dance and wear jeans, too. We all know this is not the point.

  • Ali

    “but the arbitrary nature of the Islamic system permits the police to beat up and arrest even children”.
    This is not a true statement one hundred percent! Are you living in Iran or would like to support your enemy with this kind of wrong testimony?
    I appreciate the Iranian professor for his jeans campaign and rise to tell the truth.

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  • amin

    Greetings from Iran
    I’m Amin .. 54 years old from Iran
    I am engaged in the production of denim jeans and clothing ,in Tehran-Hafez Street-no 7290.
    I have 30 years of experience.
    In 1997, I began to export denim clothing.
    70% of our products are sold in iran.
    We will design a special dress for Netanyahu.
    Wear a liar
    Wear a trickster
    Wear a killer
    Dress an american tax collector
    He can use anywhere from denim garments manufactured in Iran.

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  • sun

    Netanyahu is Netanyahu: he keeps warmongering and reproducing the same stereotypes in order to support his political atrocities and to justify the inhumane crimes that they are committing everyday.

    Go for #Iranjeans against vilification and state oppression!

  • Parsa

    This is crap… I am living in Iran. Iranian girl and women really not able to wear jean in public. If they wearing it, they should hide it under a dress like veil or Manteau (big coats for women).

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  • Phil Zuckerman

    Can you have a gay pride parade in Iran? Can you stand on the street corner handing out copies of the New Testament, or the Bill of Rights, or a sheet of paper condemning the Ayatollahs? Can you publish an atheist newspaper which critiques the Qu’ran? OK — so you can wear jeans. Yippee! The Iranians I know are secular, and they must hide their secularity every day and the women can only uncover their hair indoors. The Ayatollahs have imprisoned, killed, and tortured far more people than the Shah ever did. So Netanyahu said something stupid. Wow. How about condemning the Ayatollahs for their gross violations of human rights, women’s rights, gay rights, and secular rights?

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  • Hello Mr. Zuckerman. Iranians can’t have a gay parade. So let’s impose a brutal sanction on them that deprives their children of cancer medications, and threaten them with nuclear annihilation. That’ll learn them to be loving, open-minded, tolerant citizens of the modern world.
    good day sir.

  • Phil Zuckerman

    Hi Omid — you missed my point. I thought it was made clearly, but obviously not. Forgive me. Let me try to state it more simply:

    When you write an entire piece in which you condemn an arrogant, misguided, nationalistic politician (such as Netanyahu), but fail to condemn the bloody, fascist, homophobic, patriarchal leaders of the nation in question (Iran), you are being extremely biased (at best) or tacitly approving of the Ayatollahs’ evil (at worst).

    Why don’t you write a piece about the gross human rights abuses carried out in Iran – against women, socialists, humanists, atheists, pro-democracy activists, homosexuals, Baha’is (!!) — since the Ayatollahs took over? Perhaps you can’t, because you have family there who might suffer the wrath of you exercising your freedom of speech?

    Sorry if I am coming off as unduly snarky — but I found your piece really weird. There’s so much to critique when it comes to Netanyahu and Israel (gross human rights violations!) — but you jumped on what is to me is a relatively silly issue (jeans) — when there are serious problems within Iran that you seem to totally avoid. Why?

  • Hello Mr. Zuckerman. You don’t come across as snarky, but you do come across as presumptive. If you have questions about what a specific person has or has not written about, the polite and civil thing to do is to ask them. As it turns out, I have about a 15 year track record of speaking out against human rights violations in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. I also speak out against human rights violations in Israel, in United States, and in Europe. I do so because I recognize that justice is holistic, and a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere (as Martin taught us).
    Why did I bring up the jeans issue here? Because Netanyahu did, in his rush to neutralize the good will established by the thawing of the relationship between Iran and United States.

  • Phil Zuckerman

    Fair enough, Dr. Safi. You are right — I am new to RNS — and I am new to you. This was the first piece of yours I have ever read. My comments were impulsive…
    Best, Phil

  • thank you so much Mr. Zuckerman for your gracious reply. I hope as you keep up with my blog posts, you’ll see a consistent moral response against injustice anywhere and everywhere.