Niran Bassoon is an Iraqi Jewish journalist and social activist residing in Israel focused on the Iraqi Jewish community. She was born in 1958 and is the daughter of Salim Bassoon, a well-known Iraqi journalist. Her mother and father, which were part of Baghdad’s intellectual elite, left the country in 1973.
She has a working relationship with the Board of Deputies of British Jews, a Zionist communal organization described as the second oldest of its kind in the United Kingdom.
She regularly does interviews and speeches with Jewish/Zionist groups regarding Iraq, usually discussing Jewish relations with Muslims in the country. However, beyond speaking about inter-religious communication between Jews and Muslims, her work is usually presented in settings and organizations which equate Jews with Israel and Zionism.1
Nira Bassoon consequentially – knowingly or indirectly – acts as an arm for the Zionist lobby in Iraq, attempting to legitimize Israel within Iraqi intellectual circles.