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Press Release: MARCH AND PROTEST AT OBERLIN COLLEGE AGAINST MOHAMMAD JAFAR MAHALLATI FOR HIS ROLE IN CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

A group of families of executed political prisoners in Iran, Oberlin College students, alumni, concerned citizens of Ohio, and Iranian-Americans will protest for the 3rd time on June 5, 2022, from 11 am to 1 pm EST at the corner of College Street and Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio to raise our voices against the Oberlin College leadership, Mrs. Carmen Twillie Ambar, Oberlin’s President and Mr. Chris Canavan, the Chair of Board of Trustees. They have been protecting professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, accused of denying the mass killing of the political prisoners in Iran and shielding those responsible from accountability.

Jim Banks, Congressman of Indiana, who is part of the House Committee on Education and Labor, said; “Oberlin owes everyone an explanation as to why Mr. Mahallati was hired in the first place and why they ignore the victims of Iran’s terrorist regime and continue to defend a former senior Iranian official on their faculty, who is cited in UN and Amnesty International reports as having worked to deny mass killings in Iran.”

The new revelations about Mr. Mahallati’s ties to the Islamic Regime of Iran and his defense of FATWA (Islamic Decree) to assassinate the US and British writer Salman Rushdie make him an enemy to the US national security and the liberal values that it stands for.

We repeat our campaign demand of October 2020 and ask for Mr. Mahallati’s immediate removal. If Oberlin College’s leadership continues to show a lack of leadership, we will turn to Congress and demand a proper investigation into Mr. Mahallati and Oberlin College’s inactions.

For more information contact: Lawdan Bazargan (562) 212-9546  lawdanbazargan@gmail.com

Alliance Against Islamic Regime of Iran Apologists

www.aairia.org

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