Persian Jews have lived in Iran for millennia. In fact, the Jewish community in Iran is among the oldest in the world. I personally dislike calling them Persian Jews; I prefer to call them just Persian. They are just as Persian as any other Persians. They have lived in Iran for more than 2500 years. Iran belongs to them just as much as it belongs to every Iranian.
Historically, Judaism has been the second-oldest religion still practiced in Iran after Zoroastrianism, the original Iranian religion before the invasion of Arabs. The origin of the Jewish diaspora in Persia is connected to the deportation of the Israelites in 727 B.C. from Samaria to Medea and Persia. The famous “Cyrus the Great Declaration” allowed the Jews who were living in exile by the river of Babylon to return to their homeland, Judea, and Jerusalem to rebuild their Second Temple. But some who had established themselves economically and socially preferred to remain in Persia and Babylon under the protection of Cyrus the Great.
Israel, we, the children of Cyrus the Great, understand your suffering through the passage of time. Many of us Iranians suffer and share with you this tragic state of affairs that harms you. We pray for an eternal peace between you and your neighbors. We also earnestly hope that ways can be found for a peaceful resolution of this destructive impasse.
As it has been said, if you don’t know who the enemy is, you can’t rescind it. One diehard enemy, Islam, has been hard at work for some 1400 years to complete the work of finishing off the Jews that was Muhammad’s legacy which he passed on to his followers.
Allah’s apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'” Sahih Bukhari 4:52:177, See Also Sahih Bukhari 4:52:176, Sahih Bukhari 4:56:791
Many of us, the children of Cyrus the Great, also would like to offer our heartfelt best wishes to you at this critical moment in time. We know that your towns have been hit for years by (made in Iran) Hamas rockets and missiles. When it responds, Israel is only defending itself. That should not be too hard to understand.
I urge you to make a distinction between the regime and the Iranian people. True Iranians have remained friends of the Jews by both belief as well as deed. During the shameful Hitlerian campaign to exterminate the Jews, for instance, Iranian missions in Europe, notably the one in France, issued Iranian passports to facilitate the flight of French and other European Jews from the claws of the Nazis and their gas chambers — the very gas chambers that the true Muslim, the disgraceful Iranian, former president of the Islamic Republic, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, denies ever existed. This historical act of humanity is known as the “Iranian Schindler.”
Israel, your journey from your early beginnings to the present has been fraught with great suffering. It is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of your people that they persist in their valiant struggle to re-gather again in the land of their birth. Israel came into existence some 4000 years ago. It is your promised land.
Once again, a noble and just Persian king, Cyrus the Great, rescued the Jewish people from captivity in a foreign land and empowered them to return home and build their sacred temple. By his action to free an entire people from captivity and restore their rightful dignity, Cyrus the Great, the author of the first code of Human Rights, cemented a bond of friendship between Jews and Persians.
Regrettably, your people, Israel, were unable to settle down for long in their own homeland, to worship their God as they wished and to live in peace. They were assaulted once again by the forces of destruction that sent them scurrying for the relative safety of other lands.
Your resilience to follow your destiny is a culmination in thousands of years’ gestation during which the Jewish people, dispersed through much of the world, endured immense degrees and varieties of suffering. The Nazi murderers and their collaborators capped the crimes committed against your people by brutally slaughtering six million innocent men, women and children.
We are grateful that you, Israel, have welcomed Iranian Jews who could no longer tolerate the rule of the oppressive venomous mullahs. These mullahs are indeed traitors to the lofty long-standing tradition and values championed by Cyrus the Great and revered by Persians throughout the ages.
We applaud you for affording millions of Israeli Arabs opportunities denied to them in many other lands.
Many Iranians never forget Israel’s fair treatment of the Baha’is, in Israel. This is yet another testimony to your ability and willingness to live in harmony with any and all people.
Today, the Iranian people carry on the work that the dissidents in the Soviet Union had to do at one time — and are suffering the same kind of oppression, imprisonment and intimidation. Many prisoners in Iran are staging a hunger strike and are close to their death – we thank all human rights activists around the globe who frequently mention the Iranian people’s plight.
Oftentimes Americans do not have a deep understanding of the internal dynamics of exile and expatriate politics, and some groups get a bad reputation, often unfairly. I think if the Iranian expatriate community is going to lobby for American support for this kind of a move, they must provide emissaries to the American administration who can educate them on the nature of the exile groups and their goals. Historically, American politicians have supported dictators and radical Marxists (MEK).
Fourteen hundred years of suffering under Islam is far too long for any people, although the Jews hold the record for that misfortune. The Jews have at long last returned to their homeland, even though they are still encircled by the vicious Arab Islamists who would like nothing better than to drown every one of them in the sea, the way Islamists forced Zoroastrian people out of the country or the remaining few to the edges of an inhospitable desert.
Regardless of how loudly and frequently agents of the Islamic Republic bray to eliminate Israel and wish to chase the U.S. to its corner of the world, Iran’s problems will remain and the Iranian people will continue to suffer. The Iranian people must stand resolute, and not allow this end-of-the-worlder, homicidal-suicidal men of Allah and the gang of frauds to take them on a certain death ride.
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