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Iranians in the Bay Area are worried after the attack on Israel

SAN FRANCISCO – The recent escalation of attacks between Israel and Iran has many concerned about further loss of civilian lives. Iranians in the Bay Area pray for peace and the safety of their loved ones.

It is not the first time that Persis Karim has seen these images from the Middle East and she knows it will not be the last.

“Every time something like this happens, we all feel a collective sense of fear,” Karim said.

Karim is director of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University. It has been difficult for her not to think about the recent unrest and her relatives living in Iran.

Persis Karim
Persis Karim


“The bottom line is that there will be a day after these confrontations and the real suffering will not happen to the policy makers, the governments or the individuals spouting this despicable rhetoric,” Karim said. “What happens is that the consequences are felt by ordinary citizens.”

Hamid Azimi of the Iranian-American Community of Northern California believes that nothing will change until there is true democracy in Iran.

“The real problem is that the root cause of the unrest in the Middle East is the Iranian regime, what they call ‘the export of revolution’, which is in reality the export of terrorism,” Azimi said.

Iranian Americans say they need help from the United States to bring about change, but not in the way some expect. They want action through diplomacy, not through weapons.

“The US must side with the Iranian people and recognize their right to confront the IRGC in Iran on their own, and that is the political tool the US has to provide that support,” Azimi said.

If we want to achieve peace, says Persis Karim, it is crucial that the US leads by example and is consistent in how it adheres to international and humanitarian law.

“I think if you continue to supply weapons to a country like Israel without holding them accountable for how this affects the citizens of Gaza, you cannot expect people to understand that you are interested in peace,” Karin said.

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