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TEHRAN, Iran - Enmity runs deep between arch-foes
Iran and Israel. And that confrontation complicates the lives of Iranian Jews, who make up the largest community of Jews in the Middle East outside the Jewish state.
But despite what appears to be a dwindling minority under constant threat of persecution, Iranian Jews say they live in relative freedom in the Islamic Republic, remain loyal to the land of their birth, and are striving to separate politics from religion.
"If you think Judaism and Zionism are one, it is like thinking Islam and the Taliban are the same, and they are not," says Ciamak Moresadegh, chairman of the Tehran Jewish Committee.
Originally posted by DJMessiah
Did you read the entire article? The Iranian Jews in the article, themselves stated, "Historically, say Jewish leaders, anti-Semitism here is rare, a fact they say is often lost on critics outside, especially in Israel, where many Iranian Jews have relatives," and "The relations between Jews and Muslims, between 70 million Muslims and 30,000 Jews, are very good," says Mohaber.
Demographics of Iran
The main ethnic groups are Persians (51%), Azeris (24%), Gilaki and Mazandarani (8%), Kurds (7%), Arabs (3%), Baluchi (2%), Lurs (2%), Turkmens (2%), Qashqai, Armenians, Persian Jews, Georgians, Assyrians, Circassians, Tats, Pashtuns and others (1%).
Originally posted by grover
But there is no place for Baha'i's in Iran (their largest religious minority) with or without Ahmadinejad. They are systematically denied even the right to an education, much less any other rights.
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Iranian police have warned barbers against offering Western-style hair cuts or plucking the eyebrows of their male customers, Iranian media said Sunday. www.cnn.com...
Islamic republic (since 1979)
At the time of the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, there were approximately 140,000–150,000 Jews living in Iran, the historical center of Persian Jewry. Over 85% have since migrated to either Israel or the United States. At the time of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, 80,000 still remained in Iran. From then on, Jewish emigration from Iran dramatically increased, as about 20,000 Jews left within several months after the Islamic Revolution. On March 16, 1979, Habib Elghanian, the honorary leader of the Jewish community, was arrested on charges of "corruption", "contacts with Israel and Zionism", "friendship with the enemies of God", "warring with God and his emissaries", and "economic imperialism". He was tried by an Islamic revolutionary tribunal, sentenced to death, and executed on May 8. In mid- and late 1980s, the Jewish population of Iran was estimated at 20,000–30,000. The reports put the figure at around 35,000 in mid-1990s and at less than 40,000 nowadays, with around 25,000 residing in Tehran. However, Iran's Jewish community still remains the largest in the Middle East outside of Israel. Wikipedia
Originally posted by Stormrider
Judging from the above the majority of Jews living in Iran didn't think it was such a great place to live. The population has shrunk from 80,000 in 1979 to 25,000-30,000 today. There are 70,000,00 people in Iran and less than 0.3% of them are Jews.
Originally posted by AnAbsoluteCreation
Let's not forget that during the islamic revolution the rich Persion-Jews were able to leave. The poor mostly stayed. Also, if they didn't like it in iran, certainly Israel would fly them to their homeland as they did the africans.
This is ALL political. Anyone who sees it in any other light needs to do more research. GREED. EGO. CONTROL. Those are the three things that prevent peace.
Originally posted by ThePieMaN
You are so right.
A big portion of Aliyah is funded by Christian groups. They are more then happy to populate Israel for the prophecies to be fulfilled. They took an entire tribe of Indians from India because they were supposedly part of some lost tribe. The funny thing about all this, is even in Israel they have 1st column, 2nd column, 3rd column, 4th column even amongst their own. The Ethiopian and dark skinned Jews being the lowest just above Arab-Israelis. Russian Jews have left Israel due to the prejudism and even harrassment they endured while in Israel.
Originally posted by Stormrider
O.K., Pie, let's see your evidence. You do have proof don't you, to support your claims? Or are you just throwing as much S## as you can against the wall and hoping some of it will stick?I am really getting fed up with your anti-semetic tirades. Every time something goes wrong in America or the Midle East, it's "blame the Jews". Fortunately, claims and accusations do not equal proof. Nobody likes a hater, Pie.
The Arabs Stole Palestine from the Jews, and not the other way around!
* Nationhood and Jerusalem. Israel became a nation-state in 1312 B.C, 2,000 years before the rise of Islam, and was a nation before that.
* Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.
* Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C., the Jews have had dominion over the land for 1,000 years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
* The Arabs conquered Palestine in 635 AD, stealing it from its legitimate Jewish rulers, who had evicted the Byzantines while being led by a woman general, one Hefzibah, who then restored Jewish sovereignty. Palestine was stolen from the Jews by the Arabs and not the other way around. Arab sovereignty over Palestine ended in 1071 when the area was conquered by Seljuk Turks. Palestinian Arabs never held sovereignty over Palestine and cannot even pronounce the name of their supposed homeland. They cannot say Palestine.
* For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.
* Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Qur'an (Koran).
* King David founded the Jewish city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
* Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
* Arab and Jewish Refugees: In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.
* The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.
* The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be between 400,000 and 630,000, many of whom in fact were allowed to return after the Israeli war of Independence ended. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands was much larger.
* Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, the Arabs are the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples' lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country smaller than the state of New Jersey.
* The Arab - Israeli Conflict: The Arabs are represented by 22 independent states, not including what Israel has offered the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended herself each time and won.
* The PLO's Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. In the 1990s Israel gave the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them with weapons.
* Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths. Some Unfashionable Facts About the Middle East