PARIS (May. 22)
A number of Iranian Jews have been arrested over the past week and others have been called in to the Teheran police headquarters on various trumped up investigations, according to Iranian residents in Paris. Certain Iranian sources in Paris say that according to mail received from their families and friends still in Teheran, more than 100 Jews are currently in prison on a variety of charges, mainly for alleged illegal economic activities or for spreading “Zionist propaganda.”
These sources say that many Jews are moving out of their homes and staying with Moslem friends to avoid interrogation and possible arrest. Others are waiting for visas to leave the country.
Two Jews, the Danielpour brothers, were last month sentenced to death by an Islamic tribunal but were finally pardoned after various international organizations intervened on their behalf.
A French weekly “V.S.D.,” reports, on the other hand, that a large number of Iranian Jews “have returned to their former homes” over the last few weeks. The French paper, quoting Western diplomatic circles in Teheran, says that most of these Jews are arriving from Israel where they had fled to after the Islamic revolution. According to V.S.D., they seem to be bringing with them the funds they had sent abroad at the time.