(photo credit: Associated Press)
Tel Aviv will join 100 cities taking part in the International Day of Protest
against Stoning on Saturday evening, to fight what organizers and participants
say is a method of state-sponsored terrorism used by Iran to silence domestic
critics and “keep women in their place.”
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The event will take place at
Dina’s Cafe in Jaffa, at 8 p.m., and joins similar events held in cities from
Nairobi to Sydney to Kirkuk in northern Iraq.
Tel Aviv’s event will
include presentations of the stories of Iranians Sakineh Mouhamadi Ashiany and
Zeinab Jalalian, both of whom face execution by stoning. Ashiany’s case has
drawn worldwide attention mainly because she was sentenced to death by stoning
for committing adultery, a crime that allegedly occurred after her husband was
Ashiany’s case is shrouded in uncertainty and conflicting
reports, and Teheran has denied that her crime was adultery or that she
execution by stoning.
The event will include the screening of films about
stoning in Iran and attendees will be invited to write letters to 25
women facing the brutal punishment in the Islamic Republic.
analyst Meir Javedanfar, who is scheduled to speak at Saturday’s event,
stoning “is a barbaric act that has no place in this day and age,” and
method of intimidation wielded by the rulers of Iran.
practiced in Iran “as a show of strength by a regime that feels more and
weakened. They are trying to create a deterrent and it shows how
are becoming,” Javedanfar said.
He added that stoning and other types of
violence are used as a means of “keeping women in their place,” largely
of the prominent role that many women played in the demonstrations last
against the tainted Iranian presidential election.
“The government is
particularly afraid of women because many were at the forefront of
demonstrations last year. The government is trying to send a message to
Organizer Elifelet Derbarambiker said the event is being held
because “we felt it was important that Tel Aviv be one of the 100 cities
part in this campaign against stoning,” which she referred to as “a tool
Iran uses against its own people. This is state-run terror run against
own citizens which has a serious psychological effect.”
practiced in countries across the Muslim world, though not always with
approval. The punishment is typically meted out to adulterers and
victim being buried in the ground to her neck or chest and hit with
she is dead.