Iran Shuts Down Pro-Israel Paper

Iran has shut down the pro-Israel Karjozaran newspaper for portraying the Jewish State in a positive light.

Avraham Zuroff and Hana Levi Julian, | updated: 19:19

Iranian Jews are oppressed
Iranian Jews are oppressed
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The director-general of domestic media at Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced Wednesday that the Karjozaran newspaper was shut down for portraying the State of Israel positively.

Director-general Mohammad Parvizi said the paper was banned under Articles 6 and 12 of Iran’s Press Law and that the case has been sent to the court.

He added, "The paper was banned for publication of an article justifying anti-human crimes of the Zionist regime and referring to Palestinian resistance as terrorism and claiming that Palestinian combatants take position in kindergartens and hospitals and so cause the deaths of children and civilians."

On Tuesday the newspaper had published a statement by a reformist student organization criticizing Hamas for causing civilian deaths by hiding in nurseries and hospitals.

On Monday, Iran’s News Agency, IRNA, reported that the Association of Journalists of Iran “expressed outrage at Israeli war crimes in Gaza, saying that Israeli leaders have perpetrated crimes against humanity for the fourth day running.”

Iran's Jewish Community Protests Gaza War
Jewish groups in Iran, led by Jewish parliamentarian Siamak Mara-Sedq, gathered Tuesday at the United Nations office in Tehran to protest "Israeli war crimes and the slaughter of the innocent people in the Gaza Strip," according to IRNA. There are some 25,000 Jews left in Iran.

"We are here to express our support and sympathy with the Palestinian nation," said the chairman of the Iranian Jewish community, Rahmatollah Rafi, who criticized "certain Arab governments for their inaction and silence towards Israeli inhuman acts and war crimes in Gaza and the entire Palestinian territories."

The demonstrators carried signs, written in Farsi and Hebrew, bearing anti-Israel slogans.

Some 200 Iranian Jews immigrated to Israel a year ago in a clandestine operation that remains classified.   

According to Jewish Agency spokesman Michael Jankelovitz, Iranian Jews live from day to day in mortal danger. As were the Jews in Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union, they are forbidden to learn Hebrew or freely practice their faith. Jewish children are required to attend the state schools on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays, and all Jewish day schools have been closed down.