Monday, May 21, 2007

Iranian Jews' facade of contentment cracks

Bronwen Adcock's 'Shalom-Salaam' report for an Australian TV channel claims that Iranian Jews are living happily in the Islamic republic. They are even allowed to visit Israel freely, she reports. But Maurice Motamed, the sole Jewish representative in the Iranian Parliament, does admit there is discrimination. And one Jew is so terrified in case the camera records members of the community saying 'the wrong thing by mistake,' he tries to stop the filming.

"The fiercely Islamic Republic of Iran, next door to Iraq, is probably the last place you would expect to find a community of Jews openly practising their religion. Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is, after all, one of the world's most vocal Holocaust deniers. His vehement foreign policy is that Israel has no right whatsoever to exist. That said, Iran's Jewish community happens to be the largest in the Middle East*, outside of Israel itself, that is."

Read transcript in full (click on 'Jews of Iran - Shalom-Salaam' link)

* The community would have been even larger but three-quarters fled in the wake of the 1979 revolution

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Read the online discussion on the originating website following on from the unconvincing article about it all being lovely in Iran. Its filled with virulent, rabid anti-semitism. I think this tells us something about the views of the journalist.