Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles and Their Role in Student Protests in Iran

July 18, 2003

Source: Jewish Journal

On July 18, 2003 the Jewish Journal reported that "as student protests against the Iranian regime swept the streets of Tehran and other cities in the country, the large Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles followed developments with fervent interest, while keeping a low public profile... Actively cheering on the protestors is Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who has introduced a bill, the Iran Freedom and Democracy Support Act, in the House of Representatives. One of the bill’s provisions calls for assistance to satellite television and radio stations beaming pro-democracy broadcasts to Iran... Likely beneficiaries of the act would be a dozen privately owned, Farsi-language TV and radio stations, centered in the San Fernando Valley, which have been sending anti-government messages to Iran for years... Whether the stations helped trigger the demonstrations or are riding their coattails is a matter of debate, but there is little doubt that the broadcasts serve as a major communications network for the protest movement."