Friday, January 4, 2008

Zionist Israel Lies About Danger To Iranian Jews

Iranian Jewish Leader Denies Zionist Claims


Dec 26, 2007

A top Iranian Jewish community leader on Wednesday
described the recent immigration of 40 Iranian Jews to
Israel as a "misinformation campaign" and insisted that
Jews living in the Islamic Republic were not in danger
under hard-line policies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The 40 Iranians landed in Israel on Tuesday after a secret
journey to the Zionist state. No details about their route of
exit from Iran were given, but it was assumed they came
through a third country.

Ciamak Morsathegh, who heads the Teheran Jewish
Committee, claimed Wednesday that the immigrants were
not Iranian because pictures broadcast on television in Israel
on Tuesday did not show their faces. In Israel, the broadcasters
did not show their faces because there was concern that
publicity could lead to harm of Jews still in Iran.

"This is a misinformation campaign, a campaign of lies against
Iran and its Jewish community. We can't confirm that 40
Iranian Jews landed in Israel," Morsathegh told The
Associated Press.

A joint statement signed by Morsathegh and Morris
Motamed, the only Jewish lawmaker in the Iranian
parliament, also said the Iranian Jews have never been
part of any "organized immigration" to Israel.

Though Iran doesn't recognize Israel, and Iranian citizens
are not legally authorized to travel to the Zionist
state, Morsathegh insisted Jews in Iran are not in danger.

Iran's Jewish community of about 25,000 people is protected
by the country's constitution and remains the largest in the
Muslim Middle East. Synagogues, Jewish schools and stores
operate openly. Morsathegh said in Teheran there are 20
synagogues, eight butchers, five schools, four youth organizations
and two restaurants.

Morsathegh said Iranians, including Jews, immigrated from
Iran following the 1979 Islamic revolution that brought
hard-line clerics to power but said there had not been an
exodus of Jews from Iran in recent years.

"We are one of the oldest communities in Iran. We are free
to practice our religion. Anti-Semitism is a Western phenomenon
but Jews have never been in danger in Iran," said
Morsathegh, who spoke in his office in the Sapir Charity
Hospital, which is run by Iranian Jews.

Morsathegh said Iran's Jewish community disagreed with
hard-line Ahmadinejad when he called the Holocaust a
"myth" but insisted his policies do not endanger Iran's
Jewish minority.

While some of the Iranian Jewish immigrants in Israel were
quoted as saying that they scared to wear a skullcap in the
streets in Iran, Morsathegh said it was "sheer lies."

"We are Iranian Jews and are proud of our nationality. No amount
of money can encourage us to give up Iran. Our nationality is not
up for sale," Morsathegh said.


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