Friday, January 19, 2007
Zionism and Iranian Jews
Just today as I was sitting in my Torts class, I was bored and I decided to read some of the blogs that belong to anti-Israel and anti-Zionists groups. There was one argument regarding how the Jews in Iran are so happy and they hate Israel and how they don’t support Israel and they love Iran more than Israel.
Then I came across people who were somehow using some foreign statistics regarding the number of the Jews who lived in Iran prior to 1979 and also the number of Jew who currently reside in Iran.
I would like to bring this subject to my own blog. See, Iranian Jews in Iran have been and will always been the biggest Zionists supporters around the globe. If under pressure, with intimidation from Iranian government, these people make statements against Israel, it doesn’t mean they are pro-Islamic republic of Iran. All my Jewish friends who live in here now or they lived in Israel, our biggest fantasy and dream was to visit Israel one day and join IDF. Even today, when most of us reside in the U.S., we still have full support for Israel.
The other side, always try to utilize an argument against Zionism and portray how Iranian Jews are against Zionism. They will utilize any tool in their hand trying to discredit the existence of Israel. One of these tools is portraying how Jews are against Zionism. My message to them is: dream on! Just because of small minority of spoiled Jews in the U.S who are against Zionist, doesn’t mean all Jews especially Jews in Iran are against Zionism.
But why do they try so hard trying to disconnect Zionism and from Jewish support? The reason is very simple: to try escape the reality that most of their view is simply anti-Semitic. They are trying to portray that their view is not anti-Semitic. Even though they hate Zionists more than anything because it is an ideology that calls for a Jewish nation that defends Jews, they still claim that it doesn’t have the right to exist. However, it is very apparent from the actions of Islamic Republic and a lot of Arab countries (for example Holocaust Denying Conference), and many of these anti-Zionist groups, that these groups ARE anti-Semitic.
Iranian Jews have flourished very well in Israel and in the United States. It is the perfect proof to show that Jews in Iran are oppressed because they are always held back in every aspect of the society. Any action to try to hide these facts is just a pathetic way of excusing their own ignorance toward Israel and Iranian Jews.