Israel plans to use the plight of gays in Iran as part of their campaign to whip up international condemnation of Tehran’s government.
The new campaign, to be overseen by the Foreign Ministry, aims to appeal to people who are less concerned with Iran’s nuclear aspirations and more fearful of its human rights abuses and mistreatment of minorities, including the gay and lesbian community. The campaign plans to recruit the international gay community, which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed in 2007 when he said there were no homosexuals living in his country. The campaign will also reach out to Jewish groups who want to bring more attention to Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial and some members of the Iranian regime’s anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist views. About NIS 8 million have already been budgeted for the new campaign, which also includes increased briefings for foreign journalists on the Iranian nuclear program and greater use of the Internet and sites such as YouTube.
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