Saturday, September 30, 2006

Hear no evil, see no evil

This report by Larry Derfner of the Jerusalem Post seems to contradict Wikas' account immediately following. The Iranian Jews have 'never had it so good' economically, and are so impervious to the antisemitism around them that they believe they can work through anything. (With thanks: Albert).

"In telephone interviews with Kamran, Shahnaz and other former Iranian Jews, a picture emerges of a 2,000-year-old community that has become so steeped in denial since the 1979 Islamic revolution, and so adept at walking between the raindrops, that they believe they can keep on maneuvering even through the Ahmadinejad era - which has brought a little more rain their way, but not, after all, that much more.

"In fact, except for the few recent anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist incidents ... , life for Iran's Jews has not changed substantially for the worse with the new president, even though outsiders assume that his Israel-hating, Holocaust-denying obsessions have the community panicked, as if a noose is closing around its neck.

"Shahnaz even sees economic signs that Iran's Jews, or rather its middle-aged and elderly Jews, are planning more decisively than before to live out their lives in Iran, possibly as a result of the economic growth brought on by sky-high oil prices."

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