Recently, the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Middle East Forum and the Rabin Chair Forum of George Washington University hosted a meeting on “The Rise of Global Anti-Semitism.” And while there is much bad news to report, Roya Hakakian, a Fellow at the Wilson Center and the author of “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace” and “Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran,” reports that attitudes in Iran may be different than what many would suspect.

About our Guest
Roya Hakakian is an Iranian-American poet, journalist and writer. A Persian poet turned television producer, Hakakian became well known for her memoir, “Journey from the Land of No.” Her essays on Iranian issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and on NPR. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, she published “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace” in 2011, a non-fiction account of the Mykonos restaurant assassinations of Iranian opposition leaders in Berlin. Hakakian was a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, and serves on the board of Refugees International. She has been recognized as one of the "20 of the most important activists, academics, and journalists of our generation.”