The accusations against Mrs Esfandiari, whose husband is Jewish, follow claims by the hardline Kayhan newspaper - thought to be close to the Iranian leadership - that she belonged to the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobby group.Her support is pretty widespread: Juan Cole, Noam Chomsky, Joe Lieberman, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama.
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Other Iran links: Marjane Satrapi the next target (from Laila Lalami); LabourStart Iran.
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