“Life for Iran’s 25,000 has become even more precarious…” They already faced all manner of humiliations, discrimination, and harassment, in accord with traditional dhimmi laws. And now on top of it all they are being treated practically as enemy combatants.
From The Scotsman, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
FOR the dwindling Jewish community in Iran, a sacred ritual is observed at 6.30 every evening as shortwave radios are switched on to listen to the daily Farsi broadcast from Israel.
Since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power last June, life for Iran’s 25,000 Jews has become even more precarious as the president defiantly pursues a nuclear policy while declaring Israel should be “wiped off the world map”….
“It is becoming a serious matter of concern for Iranian Jews should there be any military action between Iran and Israel,” said Israeli broadcaster Menashe Amir.
“The Iranian regime says it does distinguish between Judaism and Zionism, but the local Jewish community knows that is a lie since it has been frequently written by extremists in religious circles that ‘every Jew is a Zionist’.”
While it is still the largest Jewish community in the Middle East outside Israel, a vast number of the population have fled Iran.
Similar scenarios, played out in a thousand different circumstances, along with conversions induced by the harsh deprivations of the dhimma, account for the present tiny populations of Christians and Jews in the countries known as “the Islamic world.”