The Iran Task Force of Pittsburgh, run through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, sponsored Silverberg’s visit, during which she applied her experience as a member of United Against Nuclear Iran, a nonpartisan coalition aimed at preventing Iran’s nuclear capabilities, to spread her message.
So why now?
“The internal situation in Iran is very critical,” Silverberg told The Chronicle, noting the global public outrage after 2009’s botched elections that resulted in thousands of arrests and acts of violence. “Reports of the government’s crackdown on protestors — the use of rape against dissident men and women, the summary executions — helped to delegitimize the Iranian government, not just in the eyes of other Iranians, but the international community. The Iranian government is more vulnerable than we could’ve expected.”
To read more about Silverberg’s views on Iran’s growing nuclear capabilities — and what that means for Israel and the United States — read next week’s Chronicle.