Humanitarian Tragedy: Iran’s Beleaguered Jewish Community

Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American political scientist and scholar, is president of the International American Council and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. Rafizadeh is also a senior fellow at the Nonviolence International Organization based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Gulf project at Columbia University. He can be reached at rafizadeh@fas.harvard.edu. Follow Dr. Rafizadeh at @majidrafizadeh.


3834054413One of the crucial humanitarian tragedies- that the world and the mainstream media has failed to focus on- is the fate and current living situation of Jewish communities in the Muslim-dominated countries, particularly the Shiite-Islamist country of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Jewish community in the Islamic state of Iran has been subject to little scholarly work and research. Largely due to the fact that the Islamist theocratic regime of Iran has not granted access to scholars, journalists, and other researchers to deeply investigate the conditions of the Jewish community under Islamist rule in Iran.

Although the Jewish community has long faced discrimination, inequality, and intolerance in Muslim communities such as Iran (for example in March 1839 many Jews in Iran were horrifically forced to convert to Islam in what is known as the Allahdad incident), the persecution of the Jewish people exponentially increased since the Shiite-Islamist and Sharia law-based ruling cleric came to power under the rule of the Ayatollah Ruhallah Khomeini. The Jewish community of Iran is a staple of the nation’s history though, as the Jews of Iran trace their history back 2,800 years, when communities of the tribes of Israel were taken into captivity by the Assyrian king and sent into exile. The Jewish community primarily settled in the Giliard region of Damavand, near Tehran.

When Ayatollah Khomeini began galvanizing the Iranian people against Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, he issued statements on the condition of Iran’s Jewish community. Before ascending to power; Khomeini claimed that he believed the Jewish people in Iran should enjoy the same citizenship rights as every other citizen. This classic Machiavellian strategy was intended to gain the support of influential Jewish social groups in Tehran, which comprised approximately 150,000 members.

Nevertheless, when the Ayatollah Khomeini was capable of overthrowing the Shah’s government, and when the Islamist state of Iran was established, he and the ruling clerics immediately arrested some of the most prominent Iranian-Jewish community leaders and businessmen, including Habib Elghanian. The Jewish community leaders were tortured and executed. Since the onset of the persecution, the Israeli flag has been repeatedly torched, and the Star of David desecrated, in Palestine Square in Tehran. The Jewish community found their survival threatened and humanitarian rights repressed. These actions forced them to flee the area after calling the area home for thousands of years. The Iranian-Jewish population decreased to approximately 10,000 people who chose to remain in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Jewish community that was unwilling to flee from Iran was made up of devout and committed people aiming to protect their sacred places and synagogues regardless of the threats and persecutions, as well as seniors who were unable to resettle elsewhere.

When I lived in the city of Esfahan in Iran— a place where a few hundreds of Jewish people still reside— I met a young intelligent, cheerful, and kind girl called Zahra. After time I realized that her real name, what she was called at home, was indeed Abbey. She explained the reason for having two names:  “I feel as if we live two different lives. We have to keep everything secrets about our faith, religion, and family from the public. We even have to have different names in the public. All my family members have two names. My parents always tell me that these times will pass.”

As the Islamist party of Iran came to power, verses of the Quran claiming the inferiority of the Jewish and Christian peoples became popular slogans for the Shiite-Islamist ruling clerics. The several verses of the Quran include:

“5:51- O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people”,  “4:91- If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them [The Jews] wherever you find them. Against such you are given clear warrant”, “5:59-Jews and Christians are evil-livers”, and “9:30- Christians and Jews are perverse. Allah himself fights against them.”

Disregarding the public persecution, intolerance, and inequality that other religions face, the constitution has been used to safeguard the rights of the Muslim population in Iran. Article 12 of the Iranian Constitution states:

“The official religion of Iran is Islam and the Twelver Ja’fari school, and this principle will remain eternally immutable.  Other Islamic schools are to be accorded full respect, and their followers are free to act in accordance with their own jurisprudence in performing their religious rites.  These schools enjoy official status in matters pertaining to religious education, affairs of personal status (marriage, divorce, inheritance, and wills) and related litigation in courts of law.  In regions of the country where Muslims following any one of these schools constitute the majority, local regulations, within the bounds of the jurisdiction of local councils, are to be in accordance with the respective school, without infringing upon the rights of the followers of other schools”

Currently, Jewish people are not allowed to take key governmental positions in Iran. According to the constitution, the Jews cannot hold decision-making positions such as being a member of the influential Guardian Council, a Commander in the Iranian Army, and serving as the President of the nation, among others. More fundamentally, the Jewish people can neither become judges at any level nor assist in the judicial and legislative systems. Furthermore, Jewish-Iranians are banned from becoming members of parliament (The Consultative Assembly) through general elections.

In addition, qisas or the right to equal retaliation has not been specified in the Penal Code for the Jewish people. Meaning that in the case of murder, the right of a family member to demand execution of the murderer would be totally left to the discretion of the Islamist judges. Furthermore, the diya, or blood money (compensation for the family of a victim) is half for the Jews and women.

These few Islamist rules and laws based on the Quran, Shiite-Iranian clerical and Shari’a law only begin to encompass the deep-rooted religious inequality of the region. Western Muslim scholars who enjoy their lives in the majority Christian societies, must look more closely at how other minorities, particularly the Jews, are being treated in nations such as Iran under majority Islamic and Shiite rule.

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  • Naor

    Interesting… I did not know there are/were Jewish people in Iran.

    • Chezwick

      There were as many as 300,000 before the Islamic Revolution. Like Muslim women and other religious minorities, the Iranian Jews prospered under the “bad old days” of the Shah.

      • SofaGuy

        Jews have prospered in Iran for thousands of years and still do to this day. Israel offers cash to any Persian Jew who agrees to move to Israel and many refuse. They are Iranian and love their country.

        • defcon 4

          Do they love the islamic persecution that comes with it?

          • Yoram

            Many are secretly leaving the country, and that video where a jewish girl (if she actually is one) says that she will not accept cash for it and so is just propaganda.

        • BenJabo1Machal

          When thy attempt to leave, they are forced to leave all of their property behind

          • defcon 4

            I remember reading that the elder Assad wouldn’t let Syrian Jews leave Syria or would only allow Jewish men to leave Syria. Thank G-d Syria’s Jews have left that steaming islam0nazi cesspool that is Syria now. I just hope Syria’s Christian population escapes before it’s too late.

          • SofaGuy

            You can’t leave America and go to Iran with all you money either. Whats your point? We demonize them, they demonize us.

    • SofaGuy

      Iran to this day has the largest population of Jews in the Middle East (behind Israel). Israel even had an Iranian Jewish President at one point. Some of Israel’s top officials are Iranians. Iran’s Jews are not European like most of the population of Israel. Iran has at least one Jew in their parliament. Iran and Iranians don’t hate Jews. They take issue with Zionism and European colonies in the Middle East.

      • defcon 4

        Islam: Arabic imperialism.

      • Yoram

        The iranian government does hate jews, I mean, look at all the antisemitic TV-series that run in Iran! Besides this, most jews in Israel are mizrahim, oriental jews. Get your facts straight.

        • defcon 4

          I remember reading a story that a government building had to be re-worked extensively (and expensively) in Iranistan because the pattern on the building looked like the Star of David. IF that’s not a symptom of pathological islamic Jew hatred what is?

          • SofaGuy

            The star of David has not historical significance to the Jewish religion. Its a Zionist symbol.

        • SofaGuy

          Oriental Jews? Jews originally come from Iraq. Iran is right next door and the Jews in Iran have been there since the Persians freed them from Babylonian slavery in 587bc. They are authentic Jews unlike Russian, Polish, and German Jews who are mostly European and practice the Jewish religion. Jewish profits are buried all over Iran. I think you may need to do a little more research. Anti-Iran rhetoric is all over Israeli and American television as well. Whats the difference? Double standard much fella?

          • tokoloshiman

            You mean PROPHETS ! Although profits are good for business!

      • BenJabo1Machal

        Iran, once upon a time had more than 100,000 Jews living there, at the present time its a meager 25,000, that just about say’s just how good the Iranian Jews have it now

        • SofaGuy

          Maybe if Mossad & the C.I.A didn’t help train the Shah’s Savak secret police in order to crush opposition their may not have been a revolution. I’m pretty sure Jews left many countries in large numbers.

      • tokoloshiman

        zionism is just a desire for a homeland for the jewish people.
        why it is perceived as evil is a result of virulent ugly and relentless propaganda.

        • Mohammed

          Because Zionism teaches to rape, murder, and rob the inhabitants of the land it wishes to take over. Its the new form of nazism.

  • Nancy

    Wow, this scholar, Dr. Rafizadeh, is the first Muslim scholar I have ever
    seen who so publicly criticizes Iran, Islam, Shiite….. . I am sure his
    blood would be halal for Muslims and in Muslim countries.

  • defcon 4

    I used to a know a Persian Jewish woman. She told me the islam0fascist religious police were fond of banging on her family’s front door to conduct surprise clothing inspections of her, her sisters and mother.
    “Islamist” a neologism coined to deflect the fact that the persecution of other faiths is enshrined in Islamic law and has been SOP practically ever since Muhahahamad consummated his marriage to 9 year old Aisha.

    • BagLady

      If Iran is indeed practising discrimination against Jews, how come they don’t move to their homeland, Israel?

      I’m afraid all the quotes from the Quran have an equal quote in the Talmud and as far as Muhamed’s marriage to Aisha is concerned, I am sure you know full well that the in that era it was common practise to marry girls of this age. See Talmud: Sanhedrin 55b – 55a.

      • BigOlBuzzad

        The reason there are still Jews in Iran is because the Iranian people are tolerant, decent, and kind, not because the Iranian government treats Jews so well. Anyone who confuses the Iranian government with the Iranian people is too stupid to deserve to live.

        • BagLady

          Anyone who confuses the government of any country with the inhabitants of that country would be stupid. N’est pas?

  • du dada

    Persian Jews (‘desert kikes’) are the rudest people on Earth. But I’d rather kill a Muslim because they are terrorists.

    • defcon 4

      Gee, the Persian Jews I met were always polite and one of them was pretty as well.

    • tic…tic…BOOM

      Thank you for your dumbass comment.

    • Crazycatkid

      It’s hard to believe your comment here.
      Persian Jews are some of the most beautiful people G-d created.

    • BenJabo1Machal

      Since yiu don[‘t like Jews or Muslimes, you should think of suicide, it cures all problems

      • defcon 4

        As with Nazis, there’s nothing to like about muslimes, nothing at all.

        • SofaGuy

          Your pretty simple huh?

          • defcon 4

            Why don’t you shove off to any of the wonderful islam0fascist states of the world and enjoy the systematic persecution of anyone non-muslime idiot?

          • SofaGuy

            I have been to Iran. It was a gorgeous and the people were very warm. Go to Israel and see how warm Israelis are.

          • defcon 4

            I wouldn’t visit your islam0fascist hellhole if you paid me to.
            Were you praying at islam’s third holiest site? If islam has two other holy sites what do you need a third one for?

  • Peaceforall1998

    Majid Rafizadeh is an Arab, and he works for Al Arabiya, he hates Iran, so who cares what he says.

    • Sarah

      If you know a little bit about The Middle East, Iran, Persia… you
      would know that Rafizadeh is an Iranian last name. His credential show
      that he grew up in Iran and has degrees from there as well…

      • SofaGuy

        He is a Syrian Arab that lived in Iran. He is not ethnically Iranian.

        • Nancy

          Do you know law? have you read his stories. His citizenship is from Iran. His father is Iranian. Beside the stories, citizenship in Iran and Middle East comes from father ( Not mother or place of birth). In other profile of Dr Rafizadeh, it mentions that he was even born in Esfahan.

          • Peaceforall1998

            Yes, he was born and raised in Iran, But he that doesn’t change his ethnicity, he is an Arab Syrian.

          • Nancy

            As you said, he was born an raised in Iran. His father is Iranian. He has Iranian citizenship based on his profiles in CNN….. So what is his ethnicity based on all the previous?

            (I think you, , Peacefoall1998, are yourself a pro-theocratic pro-Iranian racist person and just one the racist people who only attacks people and use hate speech rather than rationally arguing. )

          • Peaceforall1998

            No, I’m pointing out facts.
            He is not Iranian, infact he is anti-Iranian because he is an Arab and writes for a notorious anti-Iranian news publication Al-Arabiya.

        • Nancy

          Just read his Wikipedia page

      • Peaceforall1998

        Majid Rafizadeh is an Arab from Syria that lived in Iran. He claims his father is Iranian, but so far no proof.
        He usually writes very critical articles about Iran in Al-Arabiya and he believes that U.S should bomb Iran.
        His views are very anti-Iranian, furthermore he writes propaganda and nothing else. For example, he doesn’t write about the Jewish community in other Middle Eastern countries? what happened to them? what about his own country? Syrians are very anti-Semitic.
        The fact is that Iranian Jews don’t face harassment or discrimination in Iran. Many have moved to Israel, Europe or U.S because they want a better life in terms economics and social freedom, NOT because Iran prosecutes its Jewish minorities.
        In fact there are Jewish hospitals, schools, synagogues, etc,.. in Tehran and all over Iran RUNNED and FUNDED by the government.

        • defcon 4

          Iranian Jews don’t face “harassment or discrimination in Iran”. LOL, yeah I believe you, just like I believe Muhahahamad flew to the Temple Mount and it really is a holey site to islam0nazis everywhere.

          • SofaGuy

            Go to Iran and see for yourself. If you go there with respect you will be treated with respect.

  • Parviz Tehrani

    This article is not balanced! The regime of Iran has been bad to almost everyone in Iran including Muslims. The author seems to know a lot but chooses to only reveal information making his points..
    For example, he talks about the parliament but doesn’t mention that there is always one PM from the Jewish community. There is certainly more discrimination but it’s not as bad as you would think reading this article. Also to a previous commentator: Muslims have been criticizing Islam for centuries! Iranians have been criticizing the dictatorial regime of Tehran for 35 years! Please distinguish the regime in Tehran with the kind people odd Iran who have nothing to do with these tyrants.

    • defcon 4

      LOL, yeah that one token Jew in Iran’s parliament exercises so much power. I’ll bet he never votes contrary to the interests of his islam0nazi masters either.

      • SofaGuy

        How many Arab Muslims are in our government?

        • defcon 4

          One is too many dolt.

        • anna

          You’re a disgrace to Americans and Persians. You want more Arab/Muslim rulers? They didn’t rape Persia enough? You want more? If you aren’t a Muslim, I hope everybody spits on you, especially Muslims. If you left Islam, you deserve a Muslim butchering. Shame on you.

          • SofaGuy

            Anna,

            Sadly your reply proves you to be a simple minded, violent, neanderthal. I am sorry you are that way but it doesn’t change the facts. I love Persian culture and what it brought to the world. I do not like what the Arabs did to Iran but if you are a muslim you must. Looks like you contradicted yourself there little lady. I didn’t leave Islam, I believe in science and evolution. If you don’t you are most likely simple, or scared. I don’t hate you like you hate me but then I am evolved and you are clearly not. Good luck with that!!!!

          • anna

            “I do not like what the Arabs did to Iran but if you are a muslim you must.”

            Your Arab blood must make you sympathetic to them since you keep defending them? I bet you look like one, eh? Don’t claim to love Persian culture. You’re a brainless coward that would sell your country down the river when it suits you. Persia has suffered many moronic traitors & cowards like you which is why it no longer exists.

            I believe in evolution. Nature eliminates weaklings like you who don’t fight predators. Sadly thanks to Western people’s altruism, dodos like you are still alive. Since you love Muslims, I’ll cheer for them if they rape your mother or cut your throat.

          • SofaGuy

            Oh Anna! You poor thing! So full of anger and hatred! It must be tough to live life huh? I am no Arab and I don’t defend them either. There are good and bad on all sides. I defend logic and reason, not emotional outbursts which only make situations worse. What you see in Iran today is a direct result of Western intrusion. I don’t support the current leadership in Iran but I don’t think the outside world should dictate how Iran rules itself, that is up to the Iranians themselves. If it was not for America Iran would be have democracy today, we overthrew their democratic leadership because they nationalized their own oil. The world is a complicated place. The Shah did some good things but he was really just a Western Puppet. As usual we turned on him in the end. America is a great country but it is not free of faults and our foreign policy has cause a great deal of trouble around the world. Changing our though process will benefit us in the long run. I hope one day you are able to calm down and think logically. Until then chew on a stick.

    • MidEast

      The author also omitted to mention article 13 of the Iranian Constitution: “Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian Iranians are the only recognized religious minorities, who, within the limits of the law, are free to perform their religious rites and ceremonies, and to act according to their own canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education.”

      • defcon 4

        LOL, yeah, we all know Iran is an Islamic “Republic” don’t we Reza?

      • Raymond_in_DC

        The Soviet Union also had a Constitution full of high-minded principles. It didn’t mean squat to the secret police or to the judges sending people to Siberia.

  • Bert

    I seem to recall that when the Shah was evicted Israel immediately sent planes to Iran offering to transfer the Iranian Jews to Israel. The Iranians mostly declined but sent their children out of the country. Today they are not only captive but are largely abandoned by the U.S Jewish establishment. We Jews rarely learn from history.

    • defcon 4

      The Shah was suffering from terminal cancer during the Islamic Revolution. As a matter of fact, I don’t think he was even in Iran during the Revolution because he was out of the country receiving cancer treatments.

    • SofaGuy

      Maybe they identify with their Iranian culture just as much as their Jewish heritage? Iran is an old and great country with rich culture. Society in Iran is older then the Jews as a people and Zoroastrianism was a heavy influence on early Judaism.

      • defcon 4

        LOL, yeah and it’s not like the filthy Iranianislam0nazi swine persecute Zoroastrians is it Reza? Or Bahai for that matter.

        • SofaGuy

          I don’t support Iran’s ill treatment of non-Abrahamic religions. I am also not a hateful person like you. I think with logic, not emotions.

    • Raymond_in_DC

      Not exactly true. Iranian Jews were already starting to send their children abroad even before the Shah’s fall, as many recognized the good times (which I witnessed in 1976) would not last. I know of no planes sent to Iran. What I do know is that Israelis then in Iran were in special danger, some of whom fled on US planes with the Americans (who numbered over 20,000 when I was there). Bergman’s “The Secret War With Iran” opens with some fascinating stories about the last days of the Shah’s rule.

  • tokoloshiman

    real APARTHEID ! Take note you myopic organizers of israel apartheid week

    • UCSPanther

      The BDS crowd is not so much myopic, but willfully blind.

    • defcon 4

      LOL, in comparison to the rest of the islam0nazi Mid-East and N. Africa Israel is the paragon of human rights.

    • defcon 4

      I mistook your meaning, sorry. But here’s my thumbs up to your thought!

  • UCSPanther

    I understand that it is even worse for the adherents of the Bahai faith. Due to the fact that they are considered “pagans”, it is open season on them, and they have zero rights…

    • Raymond_in_DC

      They’re not considered pagans they’re considered heretics, which is far worse. They follow a “later prophet”, which is blasphemy to those who consider Mohammed the final prophet. Tracing back to Shia, they offer a taste of what a fully reformed Islam might look like, but also the fate of any who deviate from the “true” faith.

      In the 1970s, the Baha’i and the Jews of Iran operated mostly free of the discriminations they’d long endured, and both prospered. After the Shah was overthrown the new regime took special aim at those two communities – the Baha’i and the Jews.

      • SofaGuy

        Maybe if the Shah hadn’t tried to raise oil prices we would have let him stay. You can watch his interviews with the BBC on youtube. Its a tragic shame what American and British foreign policy has done to Iran.

    • garyfouse

      panther,

      The Baha’i have it worse than anyone in Iran because they are considered heretics. They are arrested, imprisoned, hanged, raped and murdered. It is another atrocity that the world ignores.

      • UCSPanther

        That’s interesting.

  • defcon 4

    Someone should note the systematic persecution and ethnic cleansing of Persia’s native religion: the Zoroastrians at the hands of the islam0fascists. It just goes to show that no other faith is tolerated by Islam.

  • gary fouse

    Somebody better pass this on to Neturei Karta rabbi Ysroel Dovid Weiss, a crackpot supporter of Iran and critic of Israel. In 2011, this nutjob spoke at UC Irvine and told me that he supports Iran because they “stand up to the Zionists and protect their own Jews”.

    http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2011/05/day-one-at-msu-hate-fest-rabbi-yisroel.html

    • SofaGuy

      I don’t agree with organized religion. Its pretty obvious none of them represent god if god exists at all. This Rabbi takes that stance because he thinks god will give Israel to the Jews. The British gave Israel to Europe’s Jews, not god. That is why he takes that stance.

      • garyfouse

        Sofa Guy,

        So Weiss sides with those who want to wipe Israel and Jews off the face of the map.

        • SofaGuy

          Israel and Jews are two different things. Iranian leaders have said they would like to remove Israel (the country) from the pages of time or something like that. They have never said anything about killing Jews. Israel on the other hand threatens to attack Iran over and over because they may some day get nukes. Israel already has them and has not signed the NPT.

    • defcon 4

      A Neturei Karta was beaten badly by muslimes somewhere in Western Europe (it might have been France). Strangely enough, they didn’t seem interested in whether he supported the state of Israel or not.

      • Raymond_in_DC

        It was in Belgium. It didn’t matter that he opposed the very notion of a Jewish state. It was enough that he looked like a religious Jew.

        NK only number a few hundred, but they take advantage of any opportunity to stand against Israel, showing up for example near an AIPAC conference, or at any anti-Israel rally at the nearby UDC campus.

        • defcon 4

          They’re sick people. I’ve seen pictures of some NK (LOL, what a strange abbreviation) hugging Iran’s former presidente Assminijihad.

          • SofaGuy

            If you ask me most people that follow organized religion are sick. They are sick because they ignore science and have “faith” in things that logically don’t make sense. Many of those same people are easily tricked into political ploys because they don’t think objectively at all.

      • BenJabo1Machal

        Naeturi Karta are traitors, he only got a small portion of what was coming to him

  • La6Red9Nec

    Complete propaganda….Pravda Soviet Style :)

  • tokoloshiman

    for all its failings Israel is actually a beacon of tolerance and human rights.
    at least there one can criticize or be gay or female and be free of mass persecution.

    • defcon 4

      IN comparison to the rest of the islam0nazi Mid-East and N. Africa it’s a human rights paradise.

    • SofaGuy

      If your an Israeli. If not they treat you worse then Iranians treat Jews. No side is free of guilt.

      • tokoloshiman

        sure , whatever you say, of course iran has all the democratic freedoms of israel.
        Except i do not see gays being hung in israel… mmmm.very odd , but you must be right because your moral equivalence is so bent into shape in your brainwashed mind that the two states , the one a
        cruel theocracy fomenting hate around around the world, and the other a state attempting to survive in a hostile area fending off
        numerous unprovoked attacks, must be equal.
        As long as Israel can be painted as the demon the sunnis and shiites and other sects have a common glue to unite them.
        Israel is always available as the whipping boy of the middle east
        and anti semites rejoice in their unending condemnation, facts be damned.

        • SofaGuy

          Its different. Israel was formed by Europeans who felt guilty about what other Europeans did to European Jews. Iran is far from perfect but so is Israel. Sure as long as the ultra orthodox don’t take over in Israel gays and women will be safe. If they do then they won’t. Iran’s democracy is not all that different then America’s. In Iran the Supreme Leader has to back your election to run. In America its the “supreme” cooperation you must sell out to in order to get the money needed to mount a campaign. Israel is very democratic if you aren’t a native Palestinian, Europeans have lots of rights in Middle Eastern Israel. On your last comment it has traditionally been Europeans who have been the most violent to Jews and Muslims. The Persians freed the Jews from slavery all that time back. The Spanish kicked them out in 1492.

          • tokoloshiman

            if you believe iran is a democracy of any kind then you are sorely mistaken. Starting from that premise is the epitome of getting off on the wrong foot.
            Have you looked at the composition of the knesset in Israel?
            I do agree that the ultra orthodox are not ideal democrats and have some equally weird views , but they do not stone women to death or murder gays and the ruling society would never allow that. thankfully these ultra orthodox are a small minority and will remain so , or israel will be in big trouble.
            what happened centuries ago is the past and you are right, but we must look at today and what the attitudes are
            and how the leaders of today view jews and israel.
            israel could be a valued ally in the middle east , instead of a pariah because of the ingrained anti semitism and anti zionism,. leave the jews and others of israel alone and they will leave you alone , israel does not advertise or seek war, but it will defend itself at all costs and rightly so.
            your depiction of the establishment of the state of Israel is very simplistic, there were many factors involved to allow the jews to return to their ancient homes.
            The 700 000 jews expelled from their homes in recent times from various arab lands seem to have been conveniently forgotten in the rush to save palestinians from an imaginary genocide.
            this is the skewed view emanating from the mid east.
            And now there are millions more refugees in dire circumstances fleeing Syria, thanks to the inability of the various muslim sects to cooperate and their burning desire for death to infidels ….

          • SofaGuy

            Biblical Jews and Arabs are the same people. Many Jews got displaced hundreds or thousands of years ago and lived in various parts of the world. Over time they mixed with the people they were living around. All people originally come from Africa, its been scientifically proven. Does that make it right for people from Iceland to claim their ancestral homeland in Nigeria? Do those Icelanders have the right to displace their genetic grandparents to feed their desire for a “home”? If there needed to be a country for the Jewish religion it should have been made in Germany, not where it is now. As far as Israel being some peaceful bastion of freedom and democracy I don’t agree with you. Many of the problems we face around the world are caused by our support of what is very clearly a European colony/outpost in the Middle East. The Palestinians have more claim to that land then any European. Europeans who are not actual Semites calling Semitic Palestinians Anti-Semitic and racist over and over is an insult to peoples intelligence. Iranians are not the Evil warmongers or holocaust deniers that our media wants to paint them. Jews are safe in Iran and they have been there of thousands of years. The European spin of Judaism that is Israel is what endangers Middle Eastern Jews.

          • tokoloshiman

            Pity that arabs and jews do not recognize their shared ancestries and prophets and just agree to cooperate
            with one another!
            I do not believe Palestinians are bad people , but they have like the Iranians bad leaders.
            Everyone deserves a peaceful life to be filled with love and
            family and friends.
            Pity that the hatred often overrides common sense.

          • defcon 4

            I’ll bet the number of Jews ethnically cleansed from the islam0fascist states of the Mid-East and N. Africa is a lot closer to a million now, as of the 21st century.

          • tokoloshiman

            you have a good point

  • Raymond_in_DC

    “Since the onset of the persecution, the Israeli flag has been repeatedly torched, and the Star of David desecrated, in Palestine Square in Tehran.”

    The new Islamic regime also very publicly, in 1979, turned the Israeli diplomatic station in Teheran (an embassy in all but name) over to the PLO – in appreciation for their support for the Islamic Revolution.

  • gary fouse

    Sofa Guy,
    You have just explained why Israel may have to attack Iran’s nuclear sites. Sooner or later, someone has to do it.

    • SofaGuy

      I hope they don’t do that because it will start WW3. What was it that I sad that lead you to post this?

  • Mohammed

    There are NO sunni mosques in Tehran. Would FrontPageMag mention that?? At least the Jewish community has Synagogues in Tehran.