Thursday, June 01, 2006

What does this remind you of?

Iran may force badges on Jews, Christians
TEHRAN, May 19 (UPI) -- Iran's parliament passed a new law this week that would force the country's Jews, Christians and other religious minorities to wear color-coded ID badges.
Iranian expatriates confirmed reports the Iranian parliament, or majlis, has approved a law that would require non-Muslims to adhere to a dress code which mandates they wear "standard Islamic garments," according to Canada's National Post.
The roughly 25,000 Jews living in the Islamic Republic would have to attach a yellow strip of cloth to their clothing, Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would wear blue ones.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader and highest authority, must approve the law for it to take effect.
"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, head of the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."
The Weisenthal Center has written to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to call on the international community to pressure Iran into abandoning the measure.
"There's no reason to believe they won't pass this," Hier told the Post. "It will certainly pass unless there's some sort of international outcry over this."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejan has publicly called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." The West believes Tehran is secretly and illegally using its nuclear energy program to develop a weapon, a claim Iran denies.
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Tomas Dennis said...
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Tomas Dennis said...

These statements have been updated to reflect a different point of view.

doubleknot said...

It will always be with us - predjudice against a certain part of society - it just comes out stronger now and then in history. It saddens me to think this is going on. At least this time our eyes are open and we are aware of what is happening but will anyone listen.

somershade said...

Thanks for the info.
and thanks for the birthday wish. Love you!
kiss kiss to the girls.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Happy Birthday Kitten, and I hope you get lots & lots of presents.
Those little homemade cards from the kids are the best. Those were always my favorites and still are.

Ciardra said...

alipurr, dear, umm, that story has been debunked. sorry.

donna y said...

I just finished reading "Night" by Elie Wiesel and totally see that the hatred of the Holocaust is still evident today in so many places. It's so sad that prejudice is still so evident in many parts of the world and that so many are willing to turn a blind eye to it!

Alipurr said...

I got this article from a news agency called United Press International, there is a link at the top of the article. This is a description of UPI from their website: "Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide. UPI is a global operation headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Beirut, Hong Kong, London, Santiago, Seoul and Tokyo." I did not research this to see if it were true, but even if it wasn't, just the thought that this could happen again is a wake-up call. I was not surprised at all when I read the article that something like this was happening in our world today. There are all types of "ethnic cleansing" that are going on in our world right now. I think all human beings should be free from this kind of treatment.