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Jewish Woman Brutally Murdered, Cut in Half In Iran Over Mosque Demand

November 28, 2012 6:49 pm 5 comments

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: wiki commons.

A Jewish woman in Isfahan, Iran, was murdered and cut in half by neighbors who wanted to take over her home.

The family of the 57-year-old woman says that the Muslim neighbors had killed her after having harassed her for years. The neighbors tried to expel the woman and her family from their home and confiscate the property for the adjoining mosque.

“The religious radicals even expropriated part of the house and attached it to the mosque’s courtyard. The Jewish family appealed to the courts with the help of a local attorney…despite the threats to their lives,” said Menashe Amir, an expert on Iranian Jewry, according to Israel National News.

The woman submitted a complaint to authorities about the efforts to take over her home. On Monday the “thugs broke into her home, tied up her two sisters who were living with her, and repeatedly stabbed her to death,” Amir added.

The event left the Jewish community in Iran, estimated to be around 25,000 people, worried and fearing escalating violence against it, reported Israel Hayom and Israel Radio. However, a government census published earlier this year now shows there may be fewer than 9,000 Jews left in Iran, and fewer than 100 Jewish families in Isfahan, Amir said.

5 Comments

  • I am very disappointed that my previous comment which was not in any way offensive or libelous wasn’t allowed to be published here. Very sad that the mods should resort to censorship in order to further the website’s agenda. They have my email address, and I would be delighted to hear from them privately their reasons for not allowing my comments through.

  • it’s claimed that the burglary rumour was started by the jewish community in Iran for fear of reprisals, lest the truth published in foreign media upset the Iranian regime. Well, this is odd, because the body of the victim would have been seen by only a small number of people authorised by the health authorities (as is the form in all such cases regardless of the deceased’s religion). So the authorities would have had no trouble to find and punish the culprit(s).
    We first heard that the lady was stabbed repeatedly and her hands cut off. Then another website reported that she had been strangled before being “ritually” stabbed, whatever that means. Then the UK Jewish Chronicle reported that she had in fact been cut in half. All along there has not been a single confirmation of the details from an independent and impartial entity. The sole source of the story still remains one Menashe Amir of Radio Israel who is widely known to have a very strange relationship with truth.
    I genuinely feel sorry for the family of this woman and other Jews in Iran who are being used by foreign entities for very dubious political aims. The Jews of Iran are as Iranian as their fellow Muslims, Zoroastrians, Bahaiis etc. There has been a continuous Jewish presence in iran for nearly 3000 years. Iran has been and will always be home to our Jewish compatriots. They were there during the days of the Persian Empire, they fought alongside their compatriots in the 8-year-long war with Iraq, they too lost loved ones in the defense of their ancient homeland, and they will always be Iranian in their hearts and souls. When Europe was busy sending Jews to the death camps, Iran was giving them sanctuary. Why is it that we never hear about the good relations people of all faiths have enjoyed in iran for millennia? Why is the media so determiend to cause conflict and division in Iran? the people of Iran believe, rather foolishly I’m starting to think, that the West is with them in mind and spirit in their opposition to the clerical regime. They beleive that the outside world understands and sympathises with their plight and when the time comes will join hands with them to overthrow the mullahs. And let there be no doubt on this, today everyone in iran is a victim of the regime one way or another.
    So I ask you, is this their reward for reaching out the hand of friendship?

  • fredrik hÃ¥kans

    Turns out the closest mosque is a couple of blocks away.
    Propaganda hitpiece.

  • For those who still believe that Islam is a religion of peace, this report should open some eyes. There is no excuse for this murder and mutilation.

  • Somebody better tell that idiotic Neturei Karta rabbi Ysroel Dovid Weiss who defends Iran because they oppose Israel and maintains that Iran protects its Jews.

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