US reports finds sharp rise in Jew-hatred in Iran

One of the most shocking examples of Jew-hatred to come out of Egypt in recent weeks has been a famous Egyptian actor hitting a TV presenter because he thought she was a Jew.

Antisemitism is on the rise – in Iran the authorities are actively promoting Jew-hatred. In Egypt, the authorities are doing nothing to control it. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2012 Annual Report found:

Where the small remnant of a once sizeable Jewish community now consists of fewer than 100 people, “in 2011, material vilifying Jews with both historical and new anti-Semitic stereotypes continued to appear regularly in the state-controlled and semi-official media. This material includes anti-Semitic cartoons…comparisons of Israeli leaders to Hitler and the Nazis, and Holocaust denial literature. Egyptian authorities have not taken adequate steps to combat anti-Semitism in the media, despite official claims that they have advised journalists to avoid anti-Semitism.”

  • “Human rights groups cite persistent, virulent anti-Semitism in the education system, which increasingly is under the influence of Islamist extremists, a development the Egyptian government has not adequately addressed.
  • Iran:
    “Official policies promoting anti-Semitism have risen sharply in Iran, and members of the Jewish community have been targeted on the basis of real or perceived ties to Israel. President Ahmadinejad and other top political and clerical leaders have made public remarks during the reporting period actively denying the Holocaust and calling for the elimination of the State of Israel.”

  • “Numerous programs broadcast on state-run television advanced anti-Semitic messages, a prominent newspaper held a Holocaust denial editorial cartoon contest, and the Iranian government sponsored a Holocaust denial conference. Official government discrimination against Jews continues to be pervasive, fostering a threatening atmosphere for the approximately 25,000-30,000-member Jewish community.”
  • Click on link to see report in full


    • A report recently noted that Iranian tallies of their own Jewish population are likely massively overstated and there may be, at most, fewer than 9,000 Jews left in Iran.


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