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JPOST story on Iranian Jews and Yom Ha’atzmaut is just pointless

by Karmel Melamed

May 8, 2008 | 5:15 pm

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In the past I’ve praised the English language and Israel-based Jerusalem Post newspaper for their continuous coverage of Iranian Jewry living in Iran, Israel and the U.S. Yet a brief story they recently published about Iranian Jews and Yom Ha’atzmaut in my opinion was a poor journalistic decision by the JPOST. The story is basically a public relations ploy by Iran’s radical Islamic regime to use the country’s Jews to attack Israel on Israel’s independence day celebration. What a bunch of total B.S.! The JPOST’s publication of this piece just advances the Iranian government’s P.R. tactics against Israel.

The article quotes Dr. Siamak Morsadegh, (shown in the photo) the Jewish member of the Iranian parliament, who is obviously “condemning and denouncing Israel” per the direction of the government’s mullahs and Islamic thugs. Anyone who knows the true conditions in which Jews in Iran live, knows that the Jews in the country live under tremendous duress and must say or do whatever Iran’s totalitarian leaders tell them to say or do, so else they will face imprisonment, torture and even death! So it’s a no brainer that Morsadegh would distance the Jews of Iran from Israel because the Iranian government has a genocidal hatred for Israel and has not hid the reality that they would like to annihilate Israel from the face of the plant. What person in their right mind would want to expose their community to potential danger by supporting something their dictatorship hates with a passion! Therefore for the JPOST to publish this story is totally ridiculous and serves no other purpose than to advance the Iranian government’s P.R. agenda to attack Israel using their country’s Jews. By the way, here’s a December 2007 story with Morsadegh spouting off more of what Iran’s Islamic leaders have obviously dictated to him about Jews in the country and Israel.

One would think that the JPOST and other western news media outlets would by now after so many years, totally ignore such “Israel condemnation statements” made by Jewish leaders living in Iran. But some foolish JPOST editor decided to run the story which is not only false P.R. statements but not reflective of the true feeling Iranian Jews in general have for the State of Israel. While the Jews living in Iran may not be able to express or display their support for the Jewish homeland of Israel, they are by in large quite Zionist. In fact, Iranian Jews as a whole, where ever they live are big supporters of Israel and have always been quite Zionist over the past 60 years. Why you ask? The plan truth is that Iranian Jews are among one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world since the destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. They have always yearned to return to their homeland. Likewise Jews living in Iran have encountered centuries of mass killings, forced conversions, rapes, tortures, pogroms and other violence from the country’s Muslim majority. After having faced such painful times in Iran, there’s no doubt Iranian Jews would be supportive of their own true homeland that would fight to protect their security.

From my own reporting on Southern California and New York’s Iranian Jews, they are extremely Zionist and have a passion for Israel that often surpasses that of the American Jewish community! This because they realize the true value of Israel in protecting their interests after the rise of power of radical Islamic clerics in Iran.

 

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Karmel Melamed is an internationally-published freelance journalist based in Southern California.

Since 2000, Melamed has specialized in covering the growing influential...

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