A Jewish wedding in Iran
Iran has apparently passed a new law whereby an Iranian Jew who visits Israel and returns to Iran may be sentenced to five years’ in jail.
The French-Jewish publication Information Juive (November 2012) quotes a report in Israel Hayom, in which Mr Pinchasi, a new arrival in Israel, mentions the new law.
Jews usually travel to Israel via Turkey. There are still direct phone links between Iran and Israel, but Jews suspecttheir calls are tapped.
Mr Pinchasi says that Jews are free to practise their religion in Iran, even if they do not walk the streets wearing a kippa.
There are believed to be some 180, 000 Jews of Persian origin living in Israel. According to official census figures, there are fewer than 9, 000 Jews still in Iran, but Iranian Jews in Israel and the US still talk of 25, 000.
The interview with Mr Pinchasi took place before the murder last monthof a Jewish woman in Isfahan.