it is not just the jews who are oppressed and are leaving - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • josef cohen
    • 01.01.08 | 10:15 (IST)

    It seems that the commentators are every bit as ill informed about Iran and MiddleEast as Mr. Melman. 1) Many communities have suffered since the resurrection of the Islamic state. Armenians and Sikhs to name but a few have also left in large numbers. 2) As one of the few commentator has pointed out the Jewish history in Iran in the last 500 years of the Shia Republic has been largely a story of oppression. Iran equalled or frequently exceeded the worst of what happened in Europe. 3) The Shah repealed the anti Jewish laws but they were quickly resurrected upon the return of Khomeini, albeit they were inclusive of all non Muslim and not Jew specific. 4) The figures for the Jewish population are problematic as in fact many are only there marginally. Young people are frequently abroad studying most likely never to return as residents. Many of the Jews who maintain business interests have invested in 'second' homes in nearby countries where they have obtained favourable visas giving them and their families a place of future refuge at a moments notice. 5) Jews were not welcomed into Arab countries. Most of these communities predated Islam and the Arabs 'inherited' these communities when they invaded N. Africa and the Levant. 6) The Turks and other Imperial powers did allow Jews into places like Egypt Syria. However we see what happened to these communities and the rest of the Jewish community as soon as the Arabs gained independence. Jews really are the canaries in the Arab coal mine. 7) There is no tolerance for the indigenous Canaanite peoples, Ashush Maronites etc, or other minorities Berbers, Copts etc. in Arab lands. They like the Jewish communities are also quickly disappearing, that is emigrating to the west. 8) The first state organised large scale genocide of Jews occurred in the 9th and 12th centuries Muslim Arab countries. It was never equalled in size or scale until the holocaust in WW2.

    from the article: Endangering the Jews of Iran
    First published 00:00 31.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 31.12.07
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