'Iran Is Worse Off Than It Ever Was,' Says Author Roya Hakakian

As a young woman, Jewish U.S.-Iranian author Roya Hakakian got swept up by the excitement of the revolution. During a visit to Israel she talks about Jewish life in Iran and her own personal miracle

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Gili Izikovich
Gili Izikovich
Gili Izikovich
Gili Izikovich

In 1984, five years after the revolution in Iran, Roya Hakakian and her parents were finally able to leave the country. The years preceding the Jewish family’s departure were horrible – “Orwellian” years, in the words of the journalist-writer. Just 18 at the time, she saw Tehran dying, being steadily destroyed with buildings on university campuses morphing into mosques, bookshops selling only religious texts, people standing in endless lines for the most basic foods.

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