Karmel Melamed is a journalist with Jewish Journal of LA. On the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution he explains why he will never stop writing about the horrors visited upon the Jews of Iran and others.
A demonstration in favour of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979
Several weeks ago an American Jewish friend of mine who is not Iranian
really surprised me when he questioned why I continue to speak out and
write against the current radical Islamic regime in Iran. He questioned
why I continue to publicly discuss the horrors Iranian Jews have been
facing at the hands of this brutal regime for the last 40 years.
tired of hearing about their hostage stories and what happened to them
back then… can’t we just move on?” he asked me.
My answer was a simple
The nightmarish hell unleashed upon Iran’s Jews at the hands of
the current ayatollahs regime in Iran is something I, as an Iranian Jew,
can never forget and will never stop speaking out against for as long
as this brutal regime remains in power. This is a pain that many in my
Iranian Jewish community in America still carry because we had loved
ones executed, we were imprisoned, we were tortured, we had our
livelihoods and properties randomly confiscated by this regime in Iran
all because of the “crime” of being born Jews in that country.
same Iranian regime actively pursuing the goal of another Jewish
genocide through nuclear weapons attacks on Israel, I cannot remain
silent. With this regime in Iran continuously denying the Holocaust and
actively supporting Holocaust deniers, I cannot remain silent.
Jews may never fully understand the depth of our painful experiences
since February of 1979, but as the first victims of this evil Iranian
regime, we Iranian American Jews have a duty to educate the world about
the very real dangers of this regime and stop this regime’s quest for
another Jewish genocide.
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