Friday, April 13, 2007

Israel bars Iranian immigrant's Muslim wife

Israel has refused entry to the Muslim wife of a Jewish immigrant from Iran. She is currently in Turkey but could be sent back to Iran within days, where she is likely to be severely punished, Haaretz reports. A tragic case, on the face of it, but are we being told the whole story? (With thanks: Albert)

The immigrant, Puriya Hajaram appealed yesterday to Haaretz for help in bringing his wife to Israel. "I was told before coming that I would get help here. Otherwise I wouldn't have come alone," he said.

Hajaram, 23, left Iran with his wife, R., for fear of being drafted into the Iranian army. The two crossed the border to Turkey illegally. They went to the Israeli consulate, where they were told that only Hajaram could get an entrance visa to Israel because his family lives here.

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Article in Ynet News

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