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Iran Unveils A Memorial Honoring Jewish Heroes


Iran unveils a memorial honoring Jewish heroes

In this Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 photo, an Iranian Jewish man holds a Torah scroll at the Molla Agha Baba Synagogue, in the city of Yazd 420 miles (676 kilometers) south of capital Tehran, Iran. (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

Earlier this week, authorities in Tehran unveiled a monument to slain Iranian Jewish soldiers who died during the country’s long and bitter war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988. Death tolls for the hideous conflict differ, but casualty counts usually reach more than 1 million for both countries.

A public ceremony marked the memorial’s opening on Monday, with speeches that took place at a dais flanked by the Iranian flag and a menorah. Banners showed the images of fallen soldiers, hailed as “martyrs” in Farsi and Hebrew inscriptions.

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  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    “If you saw an article about how Robert Spencer gave a nice tip to a Muslim cab driver, wouldn’t you think you were reading propaganda?”

    I would wonder why Pam Geller allowed him to carry his own wallet.

  • The greenmantle

    My point that I was trying to make was that the state of Isreal is a political entity not a religious one . Therefore it is not antisemitic to critize its actions as long as this is done in a political context. I believe in the seperation of church mosque and synagog vs the state 🙂

    Sir David

  • Jekyll

    Stuff him with haggis

  • Jekyll

    They have gay people in Iran…

  • The greenmantle

    So we are in argeement that Isreal is not a Jewish state nor a theocracy but a secular political entity .Therefore why should religious agrument founded on the Bible / Torah etc apply .?

    Sir David

  • el turco

    This is like asking why the Jordanian or Egyptian governments permit alcohol sales. The answer is that these are secular governments not founded under the banner of Islam.

    Similarly, Israel was founded by secular zionists who had contempt for the religious traditions of Israel. A man like Bibi uses religion when useful for political purposes (as I imagine many Muslim politicians do) but I can’t speak to what he really believes.

    Ancient Israel is actually where the West got the idea of divided government as the Torah system of government (our constitution) is a three part checks and balance system between the Monarchy, the Temple and Priestly tribe, and the Rabbinic assembly. As none of those three exist at the moment religious Jews consider ourselves as remaining in exile even as we sit in Jerusalem.

    When you hear of anti-Zionist ultra-religious Jews, this is their problem with Zionism. Not that it makes a nation for Jews, but that it makes a secular nation for Jews before the coming of the Messiah, world peace, universal love and brotherhood, etc…

  • The greenmantle

    So by your thought the Jews have not had a king for about 2300 years then. There I was thinking there was some History I had not come across before
    So why is Isreal not a kingdom then ? Why a faux democracy ? Lets have a one person one vote over all of Palestine 🙂
    King Bibi the First here we come
    ( I admit to pulling your leg over that ) A british style constitutional monarchy . Second chamber House of lords style with religious leaders in from all sides .

    Sir David

  • el turco

    The story of Israel and Kings begins in the Book of Judges with the offer to Gideon, however it originates with legal limitations on kingly power in the Five Books of Moses. Continues through the Book of Samuel with the Prophet Samuel anointing Shaul and then David. David’s children fight over kingship at the beginning of the Book of Kings and the rest of the Book of Kings is a record of Jewish Kings in the divided Northern and Southern Kingdoms until the Babylonian Exile. The recent Holiday of Hannukah is about the reestablishment of a Jewish King and a functioning Temple in Israel after a period of Seleucid Greek domination… The books of the Prophets describe the struggles of Jeremiah with Hizkiyah, Isiaiah with Menashe, Elijah and Elisha with Ahab, etc….

    For Jews, recentness is not an issue. We are not permitted to wage war on or dominate lands other than what is currently called Israel and Palestine (some exceptions for self-defense) and the previous 2,000 years in which none of the three main institutions of Jewish Life (Temple, King, Rabbinic Assembly) have been functioning is considered our exile. Since there can be no Jewish King outside of Israel and there has been no Jewish autonomy in that region, there has been no Jewish King in the previous 2,000 years. However, the role of Messiah for the Jews (unlike the Christian understanding) is a redeeming King who is the “Son of David”.

    Any Jewish leader outside of Israel, whether it was the Exilarch of Babylon or the tribal leaders of Yemen, was not a divinely appointed position but a necessary one for communal survival.

  • The greenmantle

    If I am wrong then I am always glad to be corrected 🙂
    But I am a little confused . Jews recognise there own kings ? Since when ? er who and where ? I am not aware of any Jewish kings for some time . Apart from Eythopia and parts of Arabia pre Islam and even that is not recent by any stretch of the imagination .

    Sir David

  • el turco

    “I think the point is that Jews follow a religion ( and long may they be free to do so ) not that jew is a nationality . ;-)”

    This is simply not the way Jews have ever understood ourselves and a simple reading of our Tanakh will show that we have always viewed ourselves as a national group with borders, kings, a “parliament”, sub-tribal divisions, etc… The concept of “religion” is one of those things that really defines Christo-Islamic Civilizations but is difficult to put onto “Judaism” (a term whose Hebrew equivalent did not exist until 1000 years ago).

    Also undercutting your point is that Jews are not completely free to follow our religion in Iran, as Jewish schools are limited in their use of Hebrew texts, only permitted to have Muslim principals, and forced to open on our Sabbath.

    In the current MidEast atmosphere Iran’s tolerance is commendable! But the Jews of Iran have overwhelmingly voted with their feet.

    Perhaps a better tribute to Iranian Jewish soldiers than a plaque would be to allow Persian Jews to educate their children according to our Sages interpretation of our Holy Texts rather than what a Mullah believes “Judaism” is. Of course, the Iranian regime is run by politicians after all, and as our own politics shows us grandiose public gestures are always cheaper than real reform and introspection.

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