Thursday, September 12, 2013

Iran: where are your missing Jews?

 Jews pray in Shiraz

We don't need your New Year greetings, Iran. Put your money where your Tweets are! Michael Rubin blogging in Commentary tells Iran to come clean and tell us what happened to its missing Iranian Jews (with thanks: Eliyahu):

Iran’s new foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif eventually took credit for the Twitter stunt. By doing so, he not only seems to guarantee himself an appointment at Princeton or Harvard should he ever end up on the foul side of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, but he appears to be pushing a strategy that Rouhani and former Khatami-era spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh once bragged about: Speak softly until the West lowers its guard, and then use the easing of pressure to push forward with Iran’s own special projects.

Perhaps I’m being too cynical, having studied for too long patterns of Iranian deception for a chapter of my forthcoming book. So, it would be nice if those willing to grasp Iran’s outstretched hands would ask Zarif, Rouhani, and the true leadership of Iran—Khamenei and Gen. Qasem Suleimani—to resolve the problem of Iran’s missing Jews.

During the 1990s—the reign of “pragmatist” Rafsanjani and “reformist” Khatami—security forces arrested several Jews who sought to flee Iran into Pakistan. Several were spotted subsequently in Iranian prisons. Here is the Simon Wiesenthal Center action alert from several years ago:

Between 1994 and 1997, 11 Jews, at the time ranging from 15 years of age to 57, were detained while attempting to cross the border from Iran into Pakistan seeking to be reunited with their families and in hopes of finding a secure future and a life of freedom. In addition, in February 1997, a Jewish businessman living in Tehran disappeared while visiting a provincial capital and has not been heard from since. The families of the disappeared have been virtually unable to get any information from the authorities as to the whereabouts of their loved ones. Several eyewitnesses (former Iranian intelligence officials who are now living in the West) claim they have seen some of the missing in Iranian jails and others in a detention center, but to date nothing has been substantiated. Several years ago, two credible Iranian officials privately assured a family member in Iran that the men were alive and had been transported to a prison in Tehran.

The appeal was delivered to Zarif while he was still Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations. While it’s all well and good to applaud Zarif’s tweet, perhaps those who are seeking to draw broad conclusions from it might consider demanding the new government put its money where its tweets are, and come clean about what they have done to the missing Jews.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

tHE REASON FOR iRANS HOSTILITY TOWARDS iSRAEL IS AS TOLD ME B AN ISRAELI°
IRAN WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO RECONISE THE NEW STATE OF ISRAEL bUT THE LATTER IGNORED THIS AND SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY THINGS DETERIORATED;
SULTANA

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

In fact, Israel had fairly good relations with the Shah's govt. It was only Khomeini who took over Iran in 1979 with the help of Prez Carter and his national insecurity advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, that Iran became stridently hostile to Israel. Maybe carter and zbig knew that would happen and that is why they supported Khomeini's takeover.

Anonymous said...

Things change in a lifetime and one day we shall see a turn around in Iranian attitudes Also
Iranians will be fed up with their leaders and their hate policy!
sultana