Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Watch out! The Persians are coming...

Is Beverly Hills going too Farsi? Chris Ayres of The Times has penned this tongue-in-cheek piece about the Persian invasion of California. 300 is now on our cinema screens, an Iranian-Jewish mayor has been elected and those faux palaces beloved of some Iranian Jews are mushrooming all over the place. (With thanks: Lily)

"So there is a conspiracy theory doing the rounds in the Middle East that 300, the new blood-soaked movie about the Ancient Greeks walloping the Persians back in 480BC, is actually neoconservative propaganda for a military strike on Iran.

"Now, as much as I hate to spoil a bout of nuclear paranoia, I suspect that the real explanation for 300 may be rather more boring than a plot to raze Tehran. In fact, it may have a little more to do with the recent elections in Beverly Hills; the city to which many of the Hollywood executives responsible for such big-budget movies such as 300 go home at night.

"Consider this, for example: about 8,000 of the 35,000 residents of Beverly Hills are Persians. On the whole they've done very well for themselves (and their community); you can see them cruising around in their two-tone Maybach 57s between the flashier restaurants and their sprawling faux palaces on Beverly Drive. And before you get any ideas about sleeper cells, I should point out that most of these Persians are Jews who fled Iran in the 1970s after the fall of the Shah."

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder why they don't go to the Sephardic Synogogue in Los Angeles though?

Cultural thing? Or politics? Or both?

bataween said...

I think your answer is convenience. The Ashkenazi Sinai Temple in Westwood happened to be close to where the Iranian Jews first settled. They are now half the congregation...

Anonymous said...

Ah, I see. I'm from the wrong coast.

Thanks.