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Iran’s Jewish community slams riots, warns of polarization

Iranians mourn in front of the coffins of people killed in a terrorist attack, during their funeral in the city of Izeh in Iran’s Khuzestan province, on November 18, 2022. (File photo by AFP)

The Tehran Jewish Committee has condemned weeks of riots in Iran triggered by the death of a young Iranian woman in police custody in September.

In a statement, the committee, an umbrella group of Jewish organizations working on behalf of the Jews in Iran, voiced its support for Iran and the Islamic establishment in the face of the disturbances. 

The committee said it has always followed the guidelines set by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and has been at the forefront of the fight against those who wish to disrupt order and security in the country.

It said the recent "unfortunate" events have hurt the feelings of all Iranians. "Enemies of the [Islamic] establishment have national unity in the crosshairs with an illusion of creating insecurity in the Islamic Republic."

The committee called on all Iranian citizens to refrain from polarizing the country and instead communicate with authorities in a peaceful atmosphere about certain shortcomings, which, it said, would undoubtedly benefit all.

The committee hoped Iran would witness unity, peace, security and happiness in the near future.

Last week, a top Iranian Sunni cleric, representing another religious minority in Iran, called for calm in the face of enemy plots to destabilize the country, saying fomenting chaos and damaging people’s property are in clear contradiction to fighting for freedom and democracy.

Mamousta Fayeq-Rostami, the Friday prayer leader of the Kurdish city of Sanandaj, said Islam opposes any form of bloodshed, and the killings and acts of sabotage seen during the nationwide riots are not acceptable according to the teachings of the divine religion.

Riots broke out in Iran after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in hospital on September 16, three days after she collapsed in a police station. An investigation attributed Amini’s death to her medical condition, dismissing allegations that she was beaten by police forces.

In the past two months, and using the protests as a cover, rioters, and thugs — many of whom were later found to have links with foreign parties — have been on a rampage, engaging in savage attacks on security officers, vandalism, desecration of sanctities, and false-flag killings of civilians to incriminate the Iranian police.

The riots also set the scene for terrorist attacks across the country.

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