Gathering titled “In 2015, all for tolerance and democracy against religious extremism”
Maryam Rajavi: Terrorist attacks in Paris fundamentally incongruent with Islam that advocates tolerance and coexistence.
The only path to confront fundamentalism and terrorism is to stand against the Iranian regime which is the driving force and inspirer of all extremist currents under the banner of Islam
NCRI - In a gathering titled “In 2015, all for tolerance and democracy against religious extremism”, Maryam Rajavi expressed solidarity with the people of France and deep regret for the criminal attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine. On behalf of the Iranian Resistance that 120,000 of its members have lost their lives to the fight against religious fascism, she expressed solidarity with the families of the victims.
She also underscored the solidarity of the Iranian people with the great demonstration of people of France on Sunday.
Rajavi condemned the silence of Iranian regime’s leaders regarding this dreadful crime and their attempt to use this slaughter to blackmail and make deals.
Rajavi emphasized on the coexistence among followers of religions and noted: “Those who propagate despotism and ruthlessness under the veneer of Islam are the worst enemies of Islam. Those who massacre journalists under the pretext of defending the Prophet of Islam have no understanding of Islam whatsoever. Neither the abduction of school girls in Nigeria, nor the murder of children in Pakistan, nor the everyday hanging of prisoners, nor splashing acid on the eyes and faces of women in Iran, nor beheading western nationals, nor the cleansing of Sunnis in Iraq and nor the massacre in Paris have anything to do with Islam.”
In this conference held north of Paris at the presence of political dignitaries and parliamentarians from various countries throughout the world, Rajavi underscored: “Indeed, the existence of the rule of terror, barbarism and fundamentalism in Tehran is the driving force behind all extremist currents who invoke the name of Islam. From Iraq and Syria to Yemen and from Afghanistan to France, the political and ideological backbone of extremism under the banner of Islam is the Iranian regime.”
Similarly, the “attack on journalists and writers… is a barbarity that Khomeini laid the basis for by the fatwa against British writer Salman Rushdie.”
Rajavi called the international crisis caused by the rise of ISIS and the fanaticism under the banner of Islam a product of the Iranian regime and the policy of appeasement with this regime and added: “Mullahs of Iran and their lobbies are trying to take advantage of the coalition formed against ISIS to get their regime out of its crisis although the Iranian regime is itself the biggest source of instability in the region and its eviction is indispensable to stability, especially in Iraq and Syria.”
She stipulated that the regime of velayat-e faqih is the epicenter, inspirer, political refuge or the financial bankroller and arms provider to extremism whether under the banner of Shia or Sunni. She thus called for support for a unified front against Islamic fundamentalism; specifically against the regime of velayat-e faqih is Iran. She accentuated that the intellectual, cultural and root solution to fundamentalism is the democratic and tolerant Islam that in Iran is represented by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Rajavi referred to the two decades of appeasement of the religious fascism ruling Iran and conversely the suppression and listing of PMOI as a significant parameter in the expansion of Islamic fundamentalism and extremism and the terrorism stemming from it.
In addition to Mrs. Rajavi, a number of political figures participating in the conference offered speeches, including
Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; Jean-Pierre Béquet, member of Val d’Oise provincial council; Rama Yade, former Advisor to French Foreign Minister on Human Rights; Anissa Boumediene, Islamic scholar, jurist and former First Lady of Algeria; as well as legislators from various European countries, including Dominique Lefebvre from France, Senator Antonio Razzi from Italy, Edidijus Vareikis from Lithuania, Senator Kees De Lange from Netherlands, Stanislav Polcak from the European parliament, Peter Mathews from Ireland, Ardelean Ben Oni from Romania; along with a number of French mayors, including Jean-Pierre Muller and Sylvie Fassier; and personalities such as progressive Bishop Jacques Gaillot from France, Dr. Taissir Al-Tamimi, former Chief Justice of Palestine; Paulo Casaca, former member of European parliament; Gilles Paruelle, former head of bar association in Val d’Oise; and Khalil Meroun, Head of d'Evry Mosque.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 11, 2015
January 11, 2015