Bagdad (Oct. 19)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
A wave of excitement is agitating the Oriental Jewish communities, particularly in Persia and Mesopotamia, over the execution of a leading Persian Jew in Teheran several days ago.
The Jew, Chaim, was a former member of the Persian parliament and was one of a group who were accused by the Shah’s government of having been implicated in a plot to kill the Shah. Four other Persian Jews were arrested on the charge of conspiracy and it is feared death sentences will be pronounced upon them.
It is the general concensus of opinion that Chaim was innocent of the charge. An expression to this feeling was given in a cablegram addressed by the Zionist Organization of Bagdad to the Zionist Executive in London, asking for intervention with the British Foreign Office.
Chaim was a prominent leader of the Jewish community in Persia and played a conspicuous part in the political life of the country, always protesting to the Persia government against the persecution of Jews in Persia. Chaim was regarded by the Jews of Persia as their present day Mordecai. He was a member of the Zionist Organization of Persia.