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Iran eyes badges for Jews
National Post ^ | May 19, 2006 | Chris Wattie

Posted on 05/19/2006 2:55:11 AM PDT by Squawk 8888

Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.

"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."

Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical "standard Islamic garments."

The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.

Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.

"There's no reason to believe they won't pass this," said Rabbi Hier. "It will certainly pass unless there's some sort of international outcry over this."

Bernie Farber, the chief executive of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said he was "stunned" by the measure. "We thought this had gone the way of the dodo bird, but clearly in Iran everything old and bad is new again," he said. "It's state-sponsored religious discrimination."

Ali Behroozian, an Iranian exile living in Toronto, said the law could come into force as early as next year.

It would make religious minorities immediately identifiable and allow Muslims to avoid contact with non-Muslims.

Mr. Behroozian said it will make life even more difficult for Iran's small pockets of Jewish, Christian and other religious minorities -- the country is overwhelmingly Shi'ite Muslim. "They have all been persecuted for a while, but these new dress rules are going to make things worse for them," he said.

The new law was drafted two years ago, but was stuck in the Iranian parliament until recently when it was revived at the behest of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A spokesman for the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa refused to comment on the measures. "This is nothing to do with anything here," said a press secretary who identified himself as Mr. Gharmani.

"We are not here to answer such questions."

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has written to Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, protesting the Iranian law and calling on the international community to bring pressure on Iran to drop the measure.

"The world should not ignore this," said Rabbi Hier. "The world ignored Hitler for many years -- he was dismissed as a demagogue, they said he'd never come to power -- and we were all wrong."

Mr. Farber said Canada and other nations should take action to isolate Mr. Ahmadinejad in light of the new law, which he called "chilling," and his previous string of anti-Semitic statements.

"There are some very frightening parallels here," he said. "It's time to start considering how we're going to deal with this person."

Mr. Ahmadinejad has repeatedly described the Holocaust as a myth and earlier this year announced Iran would host a conference to re-examine the history of the Nazis' "Final Solution."

He has caused international outrage by publicly calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

Iran does not yet have nuclear weapons, but Tehran believed by Western nations to be developing its own nuclear military capability, in defiance of international protocols and peace treaties.

The United States, France and Israel accuse Iran of using a civilian nuclear program to secretly build a weapon. Iran denies this, saying its program is confined to generating electricity.


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1 posted on 05/19/2006 2:55:12 AM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: GMMAC; fanfan

(((.)))


2 posted on 05/19/2006 2:55:49 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Yay! It's Riding Season!)
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To: Squawk 8888
re :Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.

This needs to be broadcast over and over again, with the words never again.

Every Muslim should be asked is that what your Koran dictates.

3 posted on 05/19/2006 3:00:14 AM PDT by tonycavanagh (We got plenty of doomsayers where are the truth sayers)
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To: Squawk 8888

Very disturbing.


4 posted on 05/19/2006 3:01:24 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Squawk 8888
"It would make religious minorities immediately identifiable and allow Muslims to avoid contact with non-Muslims"

The u.n. of course will mildly squawk then pass out ribbons to one and all.

The world should isolate iran until this ends either in revolution or it collapses under its own ignorance.

5 posted on 05/19/2006 3:01:41 AM PDT by Kakaze (American: a Citizen of the United States of America........not just some resident of said continent)
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To: Squawk 8888

And so it begins...


6 posted on 05/19/2006 3:03:44 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: tonycavanagh
It sure does.

"Many times distinctive dress was specified to identify a dhimmi that he would be unable to either mix with a Muslim or even walk in a Muslim area of a city. Other rules specified such demeaning dress codes as not wearing shoes or sandals, not using certain colors, wearing stars on their clothing. Dhimmis were often prohibited from working in many occupations. Even rules were made as to how a dhimmi could ride a mule to distinguish him from a Muslim.

The non-observance of these rules would entail a severe beating. Often passing a Muslim on the wrong side would begin a beating that could leave a dhimmi mortally wounded. Since the dhimmis were denied the ability to testify against a Muslim, there was absolutely no recourse"
7 posted on 05/19/2006 3:05:34 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Squawk 8888

Will all muslims be required to wear a logo of askull and crossbones?


8 posted on 05/19/2006 3:05:34 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Squawk 8888
Supreme Guide

will decide

to sew a stripe

and reap the Whirlwind.

9 posted on 05/19/2006 3:06:00 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Kakaze
The UN, of course, is more concerned about America:

US 'must close Guantanamo camp'

10 posted on 05/19/2006 3:06:36 AM PDT by Zero Sum (Marxism is the opiate of the masses.)
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To: Salem

ping!


11 posted on 05/19/2006 3:08:02 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (My donation to the GOP went here instead: http://www.minutemanhq.com/hq/index.php)
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To: Squawk 8888

Wow! The Democrats must be in control over there!


12 posted on 05/19/2006 3:09:08 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: tonycavanagh

I doubt this will even make the MSM news. After it is only Jews and Christians that are being targeted.


13 posted on 05/19/2006 3:09:50 AM PDT by NavVet (O)
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To: Squawk 8888

Here it comes again !


14 posted on 05/19/2006 3:10:16 AM PDT by Tiberius109
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To: Squawk 8888

I listen sometimes to Michael Savage, for entertain purposes, but he's on the record as calling the Iranian president the reincarnation of Hitler.


15 posted on 05/19/2006 3:10:40 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Kozak

So, who came up with this first? Muslims or Hitler?


16 posted on 05/19/2006 3:11:40 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Squawk 8888

Club GITMO, your tropical retreat from the stress of Jihad.


17 posted on 05/19/2006 3:11:57 AM PDT by NavVet (O)
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To: coconutt2000

Muslims by about 1200 years.....


18 posted on 05/19/2006 3:12:28 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Squawk 8888

Forced religious garb is a hallmark of extremist ideology.


19 posted on 05/19/2006 3:13:16 AM PDT by tkathy (The "can do" party can fix anything. The "do-nothing" party always makes things worse.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Why is anyone surprised? What universe have they been living in?


20 posted on 05/19/2006 3:13:35 AM PDT by hershey
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