The US Government should Delist PJAK

The US supported the Kurdish-Iranian PJAK (Kurdistan Free Life Party) during the George W. Bush administration while the Obama administration blacklisted PJAK as ostensibly a “terrorist organization”. The Biden administration would be wise to delist PJAK as the organization certainly does not engage in terrorist attacks and is not hostile to the United States. PJAK has significant public support among Iranian Kurds and is likely to lead the government of a self-governing Kurdish region in Iran after a US-led coalition imposes a no-fly zone and provides air support to armed rebellions throughout Iran as it is only matter of time until Plan B is activated considering that Tehran does not consider a nuclear agreement with Washington to be conducive to the economic and nuclear interests of Iran. Irrespective of one’s views on the prospects for reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran is it completely wrong to list organizations as terrorist that do not engage in terrorist attacks and furthermore have no record of engaging in terrorist attacks. To list such organizations as terrorist is anti-democratic and wholly counterproductive. Just as the MEK (People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran) was delisted so should PJAK be delisted as well.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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