to the Editor - The Jewish Week - Published 03/03/2006
In recent weeks,
Iran has gone against the United Nations and has moved to develop
nuclear weapons (Iran Jabs Wests Most Sensitive Nerve,
Feb. 17). As governments in the West prepare to deal with Iran, a
question must be asked: If the U.S. or Israel makes a pre-emptive
strike to destroy Iranian nuclear reactors, what will be the fate
of the 30,000 Jews that live in Iran?
of a pre-emptive salvo against Iran would set the Muslim world ablaze.
Jews living in Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and other countries would
become targets of angry Muslim crowds that have been indoctrinated
since birth to blindly hate the Jews.
I am seeing calls for the Persian Jews to leave. The Jews have been
in Iran (Persia) for thousands of years, long before Islam existed.
Persian Jewish history is proud, and while many call for them to leave,
it is not easy to leave a place a people have called home for thousands
the State Department should be monitoring the situation very carefully
for any changes or developing needs. All peace-loving countries must
be immediately ready to open their doors to the Jews of Iran (and
other Islamic countries) if situations deteriorate.
New York, N.Y.