Sunday, May 02, 2010

Parliamentarian denies Iran ever harmed its Jews

A regime-sponsored conference in France on minority rights in Iran? It doesn't get more Orwellian than that: just ask the Baha'is, never mind the Jews.
Siamak Morsadegh was there, and one can't help feeling sorry for him. As the Jewish community's sole representative in the Iranian parliament, this regime shill perpetuates the lie, faithfully reported by the propaganda mouthpiece,
Press TV, that Jews were never ill-treated in Iran, unlike in Christian Europe (never forced to convert to Islam, never forced to live in ghettos, never treated as 'najas' - ritually unclean).

An Iranian lawmaker representing the country's Jewish minority says Iran has never harmed its Jewish community, condemning Western propaganda against Iran.

"While Jews were hurt by European churches during the Middle Ages, no case of a crackdown against Jews by Muslims has been reported in historical records," Siamak Morsadegh said in a conference on religious minorities that was held in Paris on Saturday.

Iran's embassy in France had organized the conference that brought together a number of French intellectuals and scholars.

"Jews have been in Iran for the past 3,000 years, they consider themselves Iranian and they were martyred during the war" the Iranian lawmaker said, pointing to the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

He also condemned Western propaganda against Iran calling it "baseless", IRNA reported.

The Jewish lawmaker objected Israel's ongoing crackdown on Palestinians and stressed that the "Zionist school of thought" does not represent Judaism in any way, just as al-Qaeda does not represent Islam.

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Juniper in the Desert said...

You are right. Nevertheless I feel sorry for him. He feels Iranian and that is his culture. I'm sure he does not mean all he says, but he has to act to protect the rest of the Jews still in Iran.

May God bless and preserve him.

Anonymous said...

As far as I know, jews were systematically persuaded to leave other countries, from Europe to Russia and the Middle East, for Israel. As far as I know, the truth has become a very rare good over the last 12 years, particularly now, when an excuse for a new war of aggression is being sought after. Remember the WMDs in Iraq, or the "humanitarian" missions in Libya, Afghanistan, or elsewhere. Have you ever been in Iran, or visited the Jewish community there? You will be surprised, some members have an attitude very different from that of certain jews in the west, with their dominant influence on media. I am sure you will also be surprised by what you otherwise will see in this country.
Why do I disbelieve that I will ever see my comment on this site, hm...? :-)

bataween said...

Yes, I have been in Iran and had family who lived there. They were all desperate to leave Iran even though they could take very little with them and had to start all over again in the West - nobody had to persuade them. They did not go to Israel.