by Phyllis Chesler
December 15, 2010
The Beautiful People have just weighed in on the matter of She-Who-Would-Be-Stoned. More than eighty actors, models, singers, musicians, comedians, authors, philosophers, artists, and parliamentarians (mainly based in Europe), have just signed a letter on behalf of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. The letter is addressed to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, and President Ahmadinejad.
The signatories include V.S. Naipaul, Wole Soyinka, Carla Bruni, (the first lady of France), Sting, Lady Antonia Fraser, Damien Hirst, Howard Jacobson, Isabelle Huppert, Bernard Kouchner, Bernard-Henri Levy—and American actors Mia Farrow, Robert De Niro, and Robert Redford.
A month ago, I had a surprising conversation with a prominent Israeli expert on Iran. He said:
Trust me. They are very sensitive to criticism. The international campaign on behalf of the woman they wish to stone is proving effective. They will have to respond.
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