It is probably no bad thing that the Marxist Monthly Review (with thanks: Albert) is not a mainstream American magazine, given the distortions and outright lies in this piece by Rostam Pouzal, warning Israel that an attack on Iran could backfire on the country’s Jews. Sadly, it is the bitter experience of all Jews expelled from Arab or Muslim countries that hostile populations sooner or later turn on them on the flimiest of pretexts, often with the encouragement of their governments.
Here is Pouzal's article, followed by my comments:
"One of the neocon myths that has gained currency post-9/11 asserts, referring to opponents of
The author is making a spurious distinction between Jews and Zionists. Martin Luther-King once said: "Antizionism is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is anti-Semitism.”
"Sadly, this may change soon for
The fact that
"Nevertheless, there is scant evidence that the Islamic Republic, despite its share of human rights outrages, targets Jews. Years of legal and diplomatic wrangling over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in
There is firm evidence that Hezbollah was responsible for this atrocity.
"Ironically, every anti-Semitic remark I have heard from my compatriots has come from modern Iranians who share my skepticism of Islam and the ruling clergy. This is not a coincidence, as the faithful among Muslim Iranians are commanded to tolerate religions "of the book" that predated Islam."
…As long as they know their place as inferior ‘dhimmis’.
"In 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini, an archenemy of
The author does not explain why 80,000 Jews came to flee after Ayatollah Khomeini took power.
"This was especially true following the Revolution of 1979, when Iranian Jews could have faced grievous popular wrath. The community had endangered itself by befriending the Shah, fitting a pattern described in Benjamin Ginsberg's The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State. It was also thought that the deposed Shah had owed his backing in
Astonishingly, in a country where Islamic credentials are indispensable for political advancement and
…Only Zionists (see quote from Martin Luther-King above) .. . and the Holocaust.
"Other constituencies that are thought to have foreign benefactors -- those who would liberalize women's dress codes, opposition press, and the Baha'i faith, for example -- have not been similarly exempted from partisan politicking."
An outrageous statement.
"Sometimes I think [Iranian Muslims] are kinder to the Jews than they are to themselves," Knight-Ridder reporter Barbara Demick was told at a
"According to Roya Hakakian, the Jewish Iranian author of Journey From the Land of No, "There are signs in many parts of the world that attest to the rising tide of anti-Semitism. But
This statement would probably come as a surprise to Hakakian herself, who has written about
"The relative safety of
Ah, Finkelstein. An unimpeachable, neutral source.
"Senior investigative correspondent Mike Wallace of CBS' 60 Minutes, himself Jewish, has been vilified ever since he reported in 1975 that Jewish Syrians did not receive unusual mistreatment.
Demick wrote in 1997: "Inside Iran, Jews say that they frequently receive alarmed telephone calls and letters from relatives in the United States concerned about their well-being, but that they themselves do not feel physically endangered. Their major complaint is the inability to visit family in
"Even the hawkish Jerusalem Post reported last year that some Iranian immigrants in
"In a rare exception, thirteen Iranian Jews were tried in 1999 with several Muslims on charges of spying for
The author assumes the 13 Jews were all guilty as charged.
"Back during the 1960s and 70s, Tel Aviv's rationale for backing the Shah was that doing so bought goodwill for Jewish Iranians. By the same logic, an Israeli attack on
Here is the US State Department Report 2005 on religious freedom in Iran.