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    • Rustam
    • 31.12.07 | 17:33 (IST)

    In the 19th century there were many instances of forced conversions and massacres, usually inspired by the Shi'a clergy. A representative of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, a Jewish humanitarian and educational organization, wrote from Tehran in 1894: "?every time that a priest wishes to emerge from obscurity and win a reputation for piety, he preaches war against the Jews".[18] In 1830, the Jews of Tabriz were massacred; the same year saw a forcible conversion of the Jews of Shiraz. In 1839, many Jews were massacred in Mashhad and survivors were forcibly converted. However, European travellers later reported that the Jews of Tabriz and Shiraz continued to practice Judaism in secret despite a fear of further persecutions. Famous Iranian-Jewish teachers such as Mullah Daoud Chadi continued to teach & preach Judaism inspiring Jews throughout the nation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Jews#Safavid_and_Qajar_dynasties_.281502.E2.80.931925.29

    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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