Thankfully, the lone Jewish MP in Iran's parliament, Maurice Motamed, immediately issued a strong condemnation of Taheri's lie: "One Jewish representative in the Iranian parliament, Maurice Motamed, insisted that colour requirements for ethnic minorities had 'never been proposed or discussed in parliament', let alone approved. 'Such news,' he told the Associated Press, 'is an insult to religious minorities here'" ("Iran Target of Apparent Disinformation Ploy," 22 May 2006).
There are several things that Jewish leftists in the United States can do to counter psy-op like this:
- Speak up/write about Iran as a Jewish activist/intellectual, and encourage others to do so.
- Contact the Jewish community in Iran, and invite them to send reps to the US on a speaking tour (I realize getting visas for them would be a hassle, but probably doable).
- Get lefty Jewish organizations to send their reps to Iran to talk to people in the Jewish community there and report back to the US.