Iran prohibits talking to Israelis

Iranian parliament passes law whereby talking to someone with Israeli citizenship punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

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Yehonatan Gottlieb ,

Iranian President Rouhani
Iranian President Rouhani
Faisal Mahmood, Reuters

A new law passed in the Iranian parliament could lead to the imprisonment of any Iranian citizen who speaks on any issue with a person holding Israeli citizenship.

The radical law, whereby any dialogue with an Israeli citizen is prohibited, was passed last week. The sentence for violating the law is up to five years in prison, Besheva journalist Dvir Amar reported on Twitter.

A senior official in the Jewish community in Iran told Amar: "Last week, they passed a law here in the parliament that anyone who speaks with someone with Israeli citizenship would be sentenced to five years in prison."

He added, "Most people haven't heard of this law yet. I'm sorry but we can't talk anymore and I have to leave all groups."