Sunday, August 05, 2007

25,000 Jews living happily in Iran

Another very interesting piece by Jonathan Cook asks: if Iran is the next Nazi Germany then why are 25,000 Jews living happily in Iran? In fact not only living happily but refusing the ever growing incentives from Israel to move, like $60,000 for every family, cheap loans etc. And not just politely declining, they are responding with

If you think Judaism and Zionism are one, it is like thinking Islam and the Taliban are the same, and they are not.
The identity of Iranian Jews is not tradeable for any amount of money. Iranian Jews are among the most ancient Iranians. Iran’s Jews love their Iranian identity and their culture, so threats and this immature political enticement will not achieve their aim of wiping out the identity of Iranian Jews.
Why is Israel so keen to take them in? Cook says it's because their existence contradicts Israel and the US's claims that Iran is intent on genocide. Seems plausible. What are the counter arguments to that?

Lots of other titbits in there too, including claims about previous black ops by Israeli-backed Zionists to force Jews out of other countries. No references though - not every writes like George Monbiot!

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