Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Iranian Jewish Legislator Protests Anti-Semitism
The only Jew in Iran's 290-seat parliament has complained about anti-Semitism on the state-controlled television. Moris Motamed said recent television programs spread hatred towards Jews and encouraged Jews to emigrate.

There are about 25,000 Jews among Iran's 67 million residents. The programs "showed Jews as bad people and not to be trusted," Motamed told legislators. He also recalled a remark by the former Ayatollah Khomeini who called on Iranians to distinguish between Jews and Zionists.
Iran's constitution requires giving a seat in its parliament to a Jew and an Armenian.