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Iranian death judge in Germany? Alliance calls on authorities to act

Berlin/Köln, 23.7.2023

There are various indications that since June 27, 2023, an Iranian death judge has once again been treated in the private neurosurgical clinic INI in Hanover, which is under the direction of Madjid Samii. The person in question is Hossein Ali Naeiri, an Iranian cleric, judge and top advisor to the judiciary. He was one of the key players in the "death committees" responsible for the unlawful mass execution of political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988. Read more 

Forced confessions on 7th day of trial of show trial of German-Iranian regime critic Jamshid Sharmahd



Iran held another hearing today in the trial of German citizen Jamshid Sharmahd. On today's trial day, the well-known critic of the regime in Iran was forced - after apparent torture - to confess to some of the acts he is accused of. 

The Save Sharmahd alliance strongly condemns the trial of the journalist. Human rights activist Mina Ahadi, who has been fighting against the death penalty since 2004, says: "The German public must not be deceived by the staged show trial before the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. There can be no question of a trial under the rule of law. A confession after 700 days of isolation torture and enormous physical and psychological pressure has no value whatsoever."  read more 


In Iran, the execution of a German regime critic is imminent: Save Jamshid Sharmahd

Berlin, 3/6/2022

The well-known regime critic and German citizen Jamshid Sharmahd was abducted to Iran by the Iranian secret service in August 2020 during a stopover at Dubai airport.

In a staged show trial before the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, Sharmahd is now being accused of contrived acts. There is no trial to the rule of law; there is no evidence, Sharmahd has been forced to confess under torture, and he has no access to a lawyer of his choice.

The dangerous dramaturgy of the show trial amounts to a conviction and execution of Sharmahd. This is in line with the regime's usual approach of discrediting dissidents and silencing them through executions. The Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB), together with the family of the accused, politicians and human rights activists, therefore appeals to the German government to exert public pressure on the regime in Iran to release Jamshid Sharmahd. read more

Recommendations for a new Iran Policy

Berlin, 14.10.2021

In its current policy paper, "For a Plan B in Iran Policy," the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB) calls on the future German government to take a turn in Iran policy. Ulrike Becker, head of research at the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin, explains: "What is needed is a strategy that can really solve the problems and bring peace to the region. Under Plan A - temporary containment of the nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions - Iran has destabilized the region through military influence, the human rights situation in Iran itself has deteriorated dramatically, and Iran has become a nuclear threshold state. That's why a Plan B is needed now." read more 



EU admits Palestinian school curriculum incites hatred and violence

Berlin, 9.6.2021

An EU study on the Palestinian school curriculum, which was commissioned by the EU Commission but whose publication was repeatedly postponed, is now available. This was reported yesterday by the BILD newspaper in a detailed report in which excerpts from the study were published. These show how Palestinian schoolbooks incite children to violence and hatred of Jews. [...] The Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB) already presented its own study on Palestinian textbooks four years ago, which was supported by parliamentarians from all democratic parties. The MFFB calls on the German government to make funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA) conditional. read more 

10 Reasons for a ban of Hezbollah in Germany

Berlin, December 16, 2019. The German government is working on a ban the complete organization Hezbollah, according to media reports. The Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB), an independent  organization for policy consulting and political education, has published a policy paper which explains in ten arguments why the separation in a “military” and a “political” wing doesn't make sense and why it is important that there are steps against Hezbollah on a national level in Germany.

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Radical Partners - Cooperation with Islamic Associations criticized at debate in the Bundestag

Berlin, December 17, 2018

At Wednesday, 12th December 2018, Gitta Connemann, the CDU / CSU deputy chairperson invited to a debate with the title "Radical Partners? Conservative Islamic associations and influence from abroad" in the German Bundestag. The event took place in cooperation with the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin. Read more.

The depiction of Israel and Jews in Palestinian Schoolbooks

Berlin, June 28, 2017

Press Conference with David Labude and Jörg Rensmann (MFFB)
and the Members of the Bundestag 
Michael Leutert (DIE LINKE)
Volkmar Klein (CDU)
and Sven-Christian Kindler (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN)

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German NGO calls for the immediate release of the Egyptian Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad

29 September 2011: The non-profit Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB) urges the German Foreign Minister to plead for the immediate release of the Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad before his hearing of an appeal which is scheduled for October 4, 2011.
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Left German MPs support violent Islamists

June 2, 2010: The Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB), a German NGO demands a parlamentarian inquiry commission to investigate the participation of left MPs Annette Groth and Inge Höger and former parlamentarian Norman Paech from the party „Die Linke“ at the Gaza flotilla and their connections to islamist organisations.
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Mideat Freedom Forum demands Isolation of Islamist Terror Organizations in the Middle East

December 30, 2008: Since Israel gave up all of Gaza in 2005 thousands of rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel from Gaza. Germanyis also involved in this conflictthe Federal Republic of Germany is the most important Western trading partner of the Islamic Republic of Iran, that is financing Hamas and other Islamist terror organizations, trains and arms them. 
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The U.N. as forum for "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion"

October 2, 2008: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2008 is another highlight of the Iranian regime's "final solution" anti-Semitism.
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Protest against German 100-million Euro deal with Iran

July 28, 2008: The Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin severely protests against the approval of the 100-million Euro deal of the German company STEINER (SPG Steiner-Prematechnik-Gastec GmbH) with Iran.

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Scandal at the "Transatlantic Conference" in Berlin

July 3, 2008: The Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin severely protests against the anti-Semitic agitation by the Iranian top official Mohammad Larijani on the „Third Transatlantic Conference“  on June, 24-25, 2008 at the representation of the country Hesse in Berlin.

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