SHAFAQNA – Actor Parviz Parastui has launched a campaign against the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on April 20 that families of victims of a 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut are allowed access to $2 billion of funds belonging to Iran in a New York bank.
He has asked all Iranians and artists in particular to join the campaign to show their love towards their homeland, Tehran’s Art Bureau has announced in a press release published on Wednesday.
In his emergency petition addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Parastui called upon the United Nations to take serious action and give a firm response to the U.S illegal action.
Actors and filmmakers Davud Rashidi, Ali Nasirian, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Majid Majidi, Fereydun Jeyrani and Puran Derkhshandeh are among the artists who have signed the petition so far.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 20 that almost $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks allegedly blamed on Iran.
The money, which belongs to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), had been blocked under U.S. sanctions before the court ruling.
Citizens can sign the petition, which is available on the website www.hhnews.ir.
On Tuesday, the Iranian parliament voted for a bill obliging the government to demand compensation from the United States for 63 years of “hostile actions and crimes” committed against Iranians.