Persecuted Iranian Jews
Contrary to the claims made by Tehran’s apologists [particularly those on the political left like Roger Cohen], Iranian Jews suffer under one of the worst forms of persecution under Iran’s Islamic regime.
Over and over again, we keep on hearing about how life for Iranian Jews is swell to the point that, to many people, it became seen as accepted fact that life is wonderful for Jews in Iran. The narrative is that life in Iran is great for Jews and that they join their “fellow Iranians” in protesting against Israeli “atrocities”. And, according to the narrative, life is so great for them that many Jews chose to stay in Iran despite Israeli “attempts” to “bribe” them to come to Israel. It’s used as “proof” that the Iranian regime is not anti-Semitic; but just anti-Zionist, with the famous “I don’t hate Jews. I hate Zionists” line that is used by anti-Semites in order to disguise their anti-Semitism as legitimate criticism of Israel.
This narrative thrives among politically correct left-wing Islam apologists and apologists of Iran’s regime. It thrives among Neturai Karta, a group of anti-Israel Orthodox Jews, who believe that Israel’s existence contradicts Judaism and who collaborate with notorious anti-Semites like Ahmadinejad [Neturai Karta is promoted by anti-Semites in order to hide their anti-Semitism by promoting an anti-Israel Jewish Orthodox group]. At demonstrations against Ahmadinejad, there is always a small group of Neturai Karta members who would hold a counter demonstration in favor of this mass murdering Holocaust denier. There would be like 8, 9, 10 or 6 of them [or something like that]; while the demonstrations against Ahmadinejad would be enormous; as people from different areas of the political spectrum would come together to protest against his crimes. One time at a demonstration against Ahmadinejad, I saw at least one sign they had that thanked Iran for its Jewish population.
Roger Cohen, a far-left NY Times reporter, also repeated the lie that Iranian Jews do well in Iran in his NY Times columns. He even uses his Jewish heritage in order to help Iran’s terror regime to prop up its image by using Iranian Jews. Cohen has set out to debunk what he perceives to be the distorted reputation of the Islamic Republic of Iran [IRI] as a Jihadist terror state. Notice here how Cohen uses his Jewish heritage to prop up the regime in Iran:
That may be because I’m a Jew and have seldom been treated with such consistent warmth as in Iran.
It’s clear there that Cohen does a disservice not only to Iranian Jews, but to the Jewish community as a whole in helping the Iranian regime to use its Jewish population to prop up its image. It’s the classic, “I’m a Jew and I didn’t see any anti-Semitism in Iran.” It’s the “see no evil” and “hear no evil”. The lies that Cohen claims are true are exactly what Iranian Jews are coerced into saying by the Islamic Nazi-like Apartheid regime in Iran.
To anyone who honestly thinks that Jews are treated well by Iran’s Islamic terror regime, I suggest that you take a look at the blog on Jewish Journal called Iranian American Jews. That blog is the blog of Karmel Melamed, an Iranian American Jewish journalist. His blog and articles are a refreshing and accurate look on Iran that is free from the outrageous bull that is spread by the Iranian regime and its apologists.
As I stated, Iranian Jews are coerced into saying the lies that Roger Cohen publishes in the NY Times. Iranian Jews are afraid to say the truth because they fear that it would bring retribution from the anti-Semitic Iranian regime. For example, Karmel Melamed has stated that he was told by Iranian Jewish leaders to watch what he says about the Iranian regime because it could result in the regime retaliating against Jews.
It’s true that Iranian Jews do care about their homeland. But when you give them the chance to speak freely and honestly, you can find that Iranian Jews, like the majority of the Iranian people, do want to free their country from Iran’s Islamo-Fascist regime. The truth is that Karmel Melamed does represent the views of most [if not all] Iranian Jews have when it comes to Iran and its Islamo-Fascist regime.
Contrary to the distorted narrative, since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran’s Jewish population has dwindled. The reason why is because of the anti-Semitic persecution Jews deal with in Iran.
When it comes to inheritance, if a Jew in Iran converts to Islam, then that person would receive all of the inheritance automatically. Iranian Jews have to fear that the regime will accuse them of being “Zionist” spies and execute them after “trying” them in kangaroo courts. Also, in cases like rape, if an Iranian Muslim man rapes a non-Muslim woman, then that man will just have to pay some money. If a non-Muslim Iranian man rapes a Muslim woman, then he will be executed.
Jewish Virtual Library reports:
Despite the official distinction between “Jews,” “Zionists,” and “Israel,” the most common accusation the Jews encounter is that of maintaining contacts with Zionists. The Jewish community does enjoy a measure of religious freedom but is faced with constant suspicion of cooperating with the Zionist state and with “imperialistic America” — both such activities are punishable by death. Jews who apply for a passport to travel abroad must do so in a special bureau and are immediately put under surveillance. The government does not generally allow all members of a family to travel abroad at the same time to prevent Jewish emigration. Again, the Jews live under the status of dhimmi, with the restrictions im posed on religious minorities. Jewish leaders fear government reprisals if they draw attention to official mistreatment of their community.
According to the narrative of the Iranian regime and its apologists, Jews are free to leave Iran if they want to. Yet many Iranian Jews have risked their lives and/or were killed when trying to flee Iran. For example, helping Jews to emigrate to Israel is punishable by death. Iranians including Jews are forbidden from any contact with Israel. The regime in Iran doesn’t allow whole Jewish families to go to Israel.
The state-controlled Iranian media has promoted anti-Semitism including Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Jewish Virtual Library states:
Iran’s official government-controlled media often issues anti-Semitic propaganda. A prime example is the government’s publishing of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious Czarist forgery, in 1994 and 1999.2 Jews also suffer varying degrees of officially sanctioned discrimination, particularly in the areas of employment, education, and public accommodations.3
Also, Iran banned a college newsletter for saying that the Holocaust is true. And it is well-known that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust happened. Some people may point to the Zero Degrees Turn series. That program, which acknowledges that the Holocaust happened, was aired on Iranian state-controlled TV. It’s obvious that it was a publicity stunt by Iran’s regime to say,”See. We’re not anti-Semitic. And we acknowledge that the Holocaust happened. We’re just against Zionists”. But many Iranian Jewish activists, who did look at the series, still found many anti-Semitic themes. According to them, Jews are portrayed as not speaking good Persian and as accepting and/or giving bribes. That program still portrays Zionists in a horrible light. It still promotes the ridiculous anti-Semitic idea that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis. Karmel Melamed reported:
Yet according to online English translations of the series’ second episode, prepared by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute, Zionist Jews in the program go so far as to kill an Iranian rabbi in Paris and collaborated with the Gestapo in order to compel Jews to immigrate to Palestine.
A Los Angeles-based Iranian American Jewish activist and Persian book publisher Bijan Khalil said,”This TV program lists in its credits a man named Abdollah Shabazi, who was an ideological strategist for the Iranian government, and he gave this idea to make this propaganda film to show that Iranians are ‘good with the Jews,’ But in reality, this man is the author of many anti-Semitic and anti-Bahai [Persian-language] books.”
Hassan Fatthi, the show’s writer-director, even drew a moral equivalence between the Nazis and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. He said,”Iranians have always differentiated between ordinary Jews and a minority of Zionists. The murder of innocent Jews during World War II is just as despicable, sad and shocking as the killing of innocent Palestinian women and children by racist Zionist soldiers.”
The truth is that the regime in Iran is anti-Semitic to the core. Many Iranian Jews know that and are too afraid to say so because of the retribution they’ll suffer from the Iranian regime. The Iranian people [including its Jewish minority] have been under tight control. Those who dare to speak out against the regime in Iran are tortured and/or killed. In Iran, you can get killed for saying that the 2009 “election” was rigged. If I was saying this stuff in Iran, I’d be killed and/or tortured by the Islamic Nazi-like Apartheid regime in Iran. But fortunately, I don’t live in Iran. I live in America. As a non-Muslim minority, Iranian Jews are even suffering discrimination; since the regime in Iran wants to create an environment where Islam and Muslims are superior. Yet, even Iran’s Muslim majority is also being oppressed. Even though most of Iran’s population are Shiite Muslims, most of the Iranian people still want to free their country from Iran’s Islamo-Fascist regime. If you believe that Iranian Jews aren’t being persecuted by the Iranian regime, then you’re at best naive and/or oblivious. It means that you didn’t do your homework and that you need to stop believing the Nazi-style propaganda that comes from the Iranian regime and its apologists. For the regime’s propaganda about how “well-off” Jews are doing is Nazi-style propaganda. Neturai Karta are traitors in every sense of the word and are the equivalent of Jewish Nazi collaborators. As Karmel Melamed titled one of his posts, the Iranian regime’s vile lies about how well life is for Iranian Jews is and their vile attempts to use them to prop up its own image truly would make Joseph Goebbols, the Nazi Propaganda Minister, proud. It’s the same tactics. Goebbols said to tell a lie more than once and then people will believe it. That’s exactly what the Iranian regime is doing in using Iranian Jews to improve its image by lying that Jews are doing well in Iran. Because that’s what that claim is; a big fat Nazi-style lie! Hitler, while trying to wipe out the Jewish people and while putting them in death camps just for being Jews, also used Jews in order to improve his image; in order to say that Jews were doing well even though they were being rounded up and killed. Karmel Melamed made that same observation before me. He reported:
The Nazis permitted the International Red Cross to visit the camp to dispel rumors about the Final Solution to the Jewish question. The Nazis created fake shops and cafÃ©s at the camp to imply that the Jews lived in relative comfort and the Red Cross guests even enjoyed the performance of a children’s opera during their visit. The hoax was so successful that the Nazis produced a propaganda film at Theresienstadt to show how well the Jews lived under the “benevolent” protection of the Third Reich. After shooting the film, most of the cast, and even the filmmaker himself, were deported to Auschwitz and killed. Many of the 80,000 Czech Jews who died in the Holocaust were killed in Theresienstadt.
The film and the publicity stunt at Theresienstadt fooled the media and the international community into thinking the Nazis were “kind” to the Jews. Similarly today the news media is again being doped by buying into Iran’s propaganda messages that Jews are living under the “benevolent” protection and freedom of Iran’s totalitarian Islamic regime.
The fact of the matter is, as I said, Iranian Jews are coerced by the regime to say that life is good for them. The Iranian intelligence agency VEVAK handpicks Iranian Jews and tells them what to say to foreign journalists. Then the regime guides those journalists to those Jews, who are then told to say whatever the Iranian regime wants them to say. And that’s where we get Roger Cohen’s ridiculous claims about how life is like sunshines and lollypops for Iran’s oppressed Jewish minority. Roger Cohen has gone to whitewash the Iranian regime. While he may give cheap lipservice to the idea that Iran’s regime gets oppressive, he denied that Iran is a totalitarian state, denied that it’s Nazi-like and stated that segments of liberty and democracy exists in Iran. Here’s some of the ridiculous claims that he makes:
Let’s be clear: Iran’s Islamic Republic is no Third Reich redux. Nor is it a totalitarian state.
Totalitarian regimes require the complete subservience of the individual to the state and tolerate only one party to which all institutions are subordinated. Iran is an un-free society with a keen, intermittently brutal apparatus of repression, but it’s far from meeting these criteria. Significant margins of liberty, even democracy, exist.
This is the Iran of subtle shades that the country’s Jews inhabit. Life is more difficult for them than for Muslims, but to suggest they inhabit a totalitarian hell is self-serving nonsense.
Iran has not waged an expansionary war in more than two centuries.
These are all lies. Iran has waged an expansionary war since the 1979 revolution. During the Iran-Iraq war, the regime in Iran stated that “the road to Jerusalem goes through Karbala”. The regime in Iran seeks to impose Islamo-Fascism on the world. And the Nazis sought to turn the world into an Aryan empire. Though I agree with Cohen’s definition of what a totalitarian state is, it does describe Iran. There is no element of liberty or democracy in Iran. That’s like saying that there was an element of liberty and/or democracy in Nazi Germany. Since 1979, Iran IS the modern day version of Nazi Germany. Anyone who criticizes the regime is killed and/or tortured. The regime censors whatever it doesn’t like. Life for Iranian Jews is totalitarian hell. It’s the truth, Mr. Cohen, not “self-serving nonsense”. Iranian people are tortured and/or killed even sometimes on the regime’s ridiculous charges that they’re fighting against god or something like that. The regime in Iran is full of Nazi-like Ayatollahs and Mullahs. Below is a picture of two men being hung in Roger Cohen’s precious “democracy”:
Yea, doesn’t that seem like there is “Significant margins of liberty, even democracy” in Iran? The absurdness of the claims made by the Iranian regime and its apologists would be so hilarious, if the people saying them aren’t actually stupid enough to be serious. Iranian Jews live in a Nazi-like hell hole. As I said, many Iranian Jews know that. But they’re too afraid to say that. It’s time that people stop listening to the Nazi-style propaganda that comes from the Iranian regime and its apologists and actually look at some refreshingly accurate sources like Karmel Melamed’s blog Iranian-American Jews.