Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE – drafter of UN resolution on impact of violent conflict on women, denies Hamas’ atrocities and posts antisemitism

British-Iranian Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Action Network, a not-for-profit organisation that supports women in peace negotiations and peace building processes in war-torn countries. Furthermore, Naraghi Anderlini is Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and a Richard von Weizsacker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy.

Additional appointments include serving on the Steering Board of the UK’s National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security and on the Steering Committee of the Women Mediators across the Commonwealth. She also is the Adjunct Associate Professor of the International Commission of the Principles for Inclusive Peace Initiative.

Naraghi Anderlini is the author of “Women Building Peace: What They Do, Why It Matters.” She was drafter of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and peace & mediation advisor to the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

She has impressive credentials and she presents a facade of being a decent person, which is one of the principal qualities to expect from a peace strategist. However, a review of her recent output on social media platform X reveal quite the opposite. She promotes a widely debunked conspiracy that holds Israel responsible for Hamas’ murders and atrocious crimes against innocent Jewish civilians. We also discovered that she shares messages that appear to justify Hamas’ October 7 massacre as well as posts that are profoundly biased against Israel. Naraghi Anderlini was also spreading falsehoods that encourage antisemitic hate.

On November 19, 2023 Sanam Naraghi Anderlini shared a post falsely claiming that “Israel admits it killed its own at Nova music festival.” Needless to say, erasure of Hamas’ culpability using disinformation and fake news is highly antisemitic.

This post from March 1, 2024, which Ms. Naraghi Anderlini reposted is an attempt at casting doubt that women were sexually assaulted on October 7. This behaviour from the woman who wrote a UN resolution on women in violent conflict is completely unacceptable and her role at the UN and her MBE need to be questioned. A United Nations mission found convincing evidence that Hamas committed sexual violence during the terror attack on October 7.

On March 13, 2024 Naraghi Anderlini shared a post on X justifying Hamas’ carnage, and falsely accusing Israel of committing “ongoing genocide” against the Palestinians. The genocide charge is fictional and is part of a larger demonisation and delegitimisation campaign which portrays Israel as being “uniquely evil” in the world.

On February 14, 2024 Naraghi Anderlini shared a link to Roger Waters’ antisemitic rant about “Israeli occupation targeting Palestinian footballers.” The incident Waters is referring to is from 2014, and the accusation that “the IDF are shooting the feet of teenage Palestinian footballers” was thoroughly debunked. The teenage footballers were found to be members of the terrorist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine who attempted to throw firebombs at Israeli security forces.

Naraghi Anderlini also shared a November 29, 2023 post by X user “Vini DiMambro” promoting a contemporary, factless, blood-libel implying that Israel deliberately targets Palestinian children. The meme is a reference to Chris Hedges’s incendiary and highly questionable account of a June 17, 2001 incident where one person was killed.

On January 21, 2024 Naraghi Anderlini shared Mohammed El-Kurd’s antisemitic verbal attack against Zionism, which he refers to as a racist settler colonial ideology, and calls for the dismantlement of the “Zionist enterprise.” This claim about Zionism is false and denying Jews our right to self determination is antisemitic.

Naraghi Anderlini also reposted Sulaiman Ahmed‘s (a well-known conspiracy theorist and antisemite) claim that South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor received death threats from Israeli agents. This allegation has not been supported by any evidence.

On November 26, 2023, Naraghi Anderlini posted a link to a Neturei Karta Rabbi Elhanan Beck’s message promoting the ahistorical and false notion that Muslims and Jews lived in peace in Palestine before the “occupation.” 

In fact, there were consistently pogroms against Jews. Some Jews lived in peace with their Muslim neighbors, but many Jews suffered violence and murder at the hands of Muslims.

Neturei Karta are not representative of Jews worldwide. Their views are antisemitic, misogynistic, and homophobic, and they have been excommunicated. No one should share anything they produce, least of all a woman who claims to champion women’s rights. Like many antisemites, we believe that she tokenizes the Neturei Karta as “good Jews”, while those of us who support Israel are not. By claiming she supports some Jews, she appears to be trying to hide her obvious antisemitism.

On February 28, 2024, Naraghi Anderlini made an antisemitic remark toward Israeli Jews. It is antisemitic to hold Jews collectively responsible for every other Jew, according to the IHRA. Furthermore, the quoted post is misleading. They are family members and friends of hostages being held in Gaza protesting against humanitarian aid being delivered until all hostages have been released.

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini appears obsessed with the Jewish state to the detriment of all other conflicts around the world. Her repeated claim that Israel was genocidal, which it was not, and her misrepresentation of what the International Court of Justice said are untrue. Her X account posts and reposts demonstrate that she is biased and bigoted.

The fact that she is trusted to advise the UN and has been awarded an MBE is outrageous. It is not appropriate for her to be involved in any way with women’s rights. It is evident that she is selective in her support of women’s rights, and this does not include Jewish women.

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