Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Jewish graves desecrated in Iran



A sorry sight: desecrated and smashed-up gravestones in Jewish cemeteries in Iran. Arutz sheva has the story:

A video uploaded to YouTube on Friday shows the broken tombstones and desecrated graves. The Jewish cemeteries that were desecrated are located in the Damavand region of Iran. There are two Jewish cemeteries in the area, one in the village of Maranak and the other in the village of Giliard.

As of last December, 25,000 Jews remained in Iran. While Jews in Iran are free to practise Judaism, there is an undercurrent of fear. After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, an official distinction was made in favor of Jews as opposed to “Zionists,” but in 2000, ten Iranian Jews, including a minor, were sentenced to prison for allegedly spying for the United States and Israel.

The economic conditions of Iran’s Jews have worsened under the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who constantly threatens to wipe Israel off the map and who has referred to the Holocaust as a “myth.

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