MEMRI Has Highlighted Pro-Iran Pro-Hizbullah Zahra Center Over the Past Decade; Last Week, French Authorities Targeted Center, Freezing its Assets

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MEMRI Has Highlighted Pro-Iran Pro-Hizbullah Zahra Center Over the Past Decade; Last Week, French Authorities Targeted Center, Freezing its Assets

WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2018 / On October 2, 2018, French police raided the pro-Iran pro-Hizbullah Centre Zahra France located in a suburb of the port city of Dunkerque. The center's assets were frozen by Paris; also frozen were the assets of Iranian Intelligence Ministry's Directorate of Internal Security, Iranian Deputy Intelligence Minister in charge of operations Saeid Hashemi Moghadam, and Iranian diplomat in Vienna Assadollah Asadi. The same day, searches were carried out at the homes of 12 members of the center, and weapons were found. The events followed a thwarted attack on a June 30, 2018 "Free Iran" rally held outside Paris by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

MEMRI has highlighted the Zahra Center in several reports, beginning in 2010. On October 3, 2018, MEMRI wrote about the sequence of events that led to the freezing of assets and targeting of the Zahra Center, with excerpts of MEMRI reports on the Zahra Center's founder, the French Algerian Shi'ite Yahia Gouasmi, who also founded the Anti-Zionist Party in France, and a MEMRI TV clip of an address at the center by cleric Ali Talal.

On October 3, MEMRI translated a clip of an address at the Centre Zahra Mosque by Shiite cleric Ali Talal who addressed the "accursed, criminal, and arrogant Zionists," saying said that "we won't rest" until Zionism is removed from all the land. During another sermon on May 15, Talal talked about Zionists being "the source of all disputes."

MEMRI will be releasing more on the Zahra Center soon.

MEMRI research and translation efforts on terrorism-related issues are assisting Western counterintelligence agencies on a daily basis, and the Zahra Center is one of many examples of the past few years. MEMRI asks for your help to continue this important work through tax-deductible donations.

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