Iran’s Jews: Tolerance or Veiled Persecution?

A modern day Pharaoh or a tolerant anti-Zionist? The case for Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Republic’s Jewish minority is far from obvious.

Experts say Iranian Jews are treated the same as other citizens, but their unique status, they all agree, is highly sensitive.

“They have no problems, praise God,” said Rabbi Yitzhak Ba’al Haness, who was Shiraz’s rabbi for many years, until he emigrated to the United States in the 1990s.

“Life is perfectly fine and there have never been any problems,” he added, neglecting to mention the imprisonment of several of his students on charges of spying for Israel.

Whether a case of state persecution or score settling within the Jewish community, it was never made clear.


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