The Jewish community of Tehran recommended to the small religious community of the city not to go to the synagogues due to the protests that are developing against the theocratic regime.
The Iran expert Ben Sabti declared this Thursday to the Israeli media Jerusalem Post that the Tehran Jewish community issued a “unusual letter” what did he say: “Do not visit Tehran synagogues due to the dangerous situation”.
“There was never such a letter from the community, especially before the Jewish holidays,” Sabti said.
Protests in Iran began last Friday following the death of Mahsa Amini after being arrested by the Morality Police for wearing the wrong veil and they have been spreading, ever larger, in more parts of the country and more violent.
Sabti was born in Tehran but has lived in Israel since 1987. He is a researcher on Iran for the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security (JISS) and one of the founders of the Israel Defense Forces platform in Persian.
The Jewish community remains on the sidelines of the protests, according to Jerusalem Post.
“Of course they (the Jewish community) don’t mention it, but it’s because of the protests. The Jewish community wants to keep Jews away from the clashes”, stated Sabti, while assuring that the theocratic regime accuses Jews “of espionage or cooperating with Israel”for which he considers that “it is not a good idea” for Jews to attend the protests.
The Iranian regime”could press false charges” and say that the Jews are Mossad agents and stage a spectacular trialSabti added.
He specified that the ban on visiting synagogues due to the protests “it never happened in the revolution (of 1979) nor during the war between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988)”.
“Holidays are not just parties in the diaspora, but an opportunity for the community to come together. They cut the life of the community. All Iranian Jews look forward to these holidays,” he told the Israeli media.
In Iran there are some 9,000 Jews, according to official figures. According to experts, the Jews of Iran are largely classified as second class citizens.
Recently, the president of the regime of Iran, ebrahim raisiquestioned the greatest genocide in history by saying that he was not certain about the veracity of the Holocaustin his first interview with a Western media outlet, before his trip to New York to participate in the United Nations General Assembly.
“Do you think the Holocaust happened? That 6 million Jews were massacred?”, he asked Lesley Stahl in the program 60 minutes of the chain CBS.
The political head of the Iranian regime responded evasively. “Look, historical events must be investigated by researchers and historians”, pointed. “There are some signs that it happened. If so, they should allow it to be searched and investigated”, he added. The denial of the Holocaust committed by the Nazi Germany is one of the biggest signs of anti-Semitism since the Second World War to the present.
The journalist replied that she was not sure about the subject and the president did not reply. For the next question, about Israel’s right to exist, he chose to outline a defense of Palestine. “The people of Palestine are the reality. This is the right of the people of Palestine who were forced to leave their homes and their homeland. The Americans are supporting this fake regime to take root and establish itself there,” he said.
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