Iran Publicizes Statement of Support Allegedly From Local Jews

Evidencing little understanding of Judaism, the statement by the Association of Iranian Jews appears to be a forgery of the Iranian regime.

Nissan Ratzlav-Katz,

Iranian government news agency IRNA reported on Sunday that an organization identified as the Association of Iranian Jews issued a statement expressing "its commitment to defend the national interests of Iranians with the advent of the Iranian new year (1386), which the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution declared to be year [sic] of 'national unity and Islamic solidarity.'"

Evidencing little understanding of Judaism, the statement appears to be a forgery by the Iranian regime. According to IRNA, the Association of Iranian Jews declared:

"In obedience to the instructions of Jesus, in the new Iranian year, which has been declared [sic] year of national unity and Islamic solidarity, Iranian Jews voice their readiness to defend all national interests of Iranians and to observe the guidelines set by Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) for the sake of strengthening national unity and solidarity in the fight against present-day pharaohs."

However, Judaism does not accept the authority or divinity of Jesus of Nazareth. Hence, authentic believers in the Jewish faith would not issue a proclamation "in obedience to... Jesus."
 
While correctly stating that the Passover festival begins on the night of the 15th of the month of
Authentic believers in the Jewish faith would not issue a proclamation "in obedience to... Jesus."
Nissan in the Jewish calendar, the Iranian news agency commented that "[this] annual Jewish festival celebrates the escape of Jews from the slaughter of the first-born in Egypt."
 
Contrary to the statement by the Iranian regime's media arm, Passover celebrates the Divine deliverance of the Jews from Egyptian slavery. The killing of the first born sons, in contrast, is recorded in the Bible as the tenth and ultimate plague sent by G-d upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh agreed to free his Israelite slaves.

Islamic tradition and the Koran tell a parallel story of the exodus of the children of Israel from ancient Egypt, although a great many of the details recorded therein differ from the Biblical text.
 
In a further twist, IRNA reported that the Jewish association attached particular significance to "the remarkable coincidence" that Passover coincides with the Iranian new year.


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