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Iranian Law: Non Muslims Must Wear Colored Badges


First Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned whether the Holocaust ever happened. Now the Iranian government is working toward reliving it.

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."

The Iranian Embassy in Iran is refusing to address the situation:

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."

Many in the blogosphere have demanded that the world deal with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but so far many governments won't make any serious efforts. China and Russia refuse to do anything that will disrupt their free flow of oil. Will they care now?

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."

If not now, when? What ever happened to "never again"?

Update: IsraPundit reports this story may not be true. Let's hope that's the case.


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Comments (33)

Would you believe, never ag... (Below threshold)

Would you believe, never again [unless it means I have to actually do something about it]?

Sorry about that, Chief!

Most shocking part of the s... (Below threshold)

Most shocking part of the story- there are 25,000 jews living in Iran.

No matter how shocking, out... (Below threshold)

No matter how shocking, outrageous or evil the Iranian Islamofascist behave, it's all the fault of BushNeoConsJews as far as the left is concerned.
If the Iranian's nuke Israel and Israel strikes back it will be Israel's fault as far as they are concerned.

Did you know Hitler got thi... (Below threshold)

Did you know Hitler got this idea originally from Omar ibn al-Khattab, the second Caliph and Mohammad's most trusted disciple? After a four month siege of Jerusalem in 638 AD, the christian and jewish population finally capitulated to the Arabs and handed over control of the city to Omar.

In exchange for their lives and religious identity, the jews and christians agreed to an archaine set of segregation laws, commonly known as the "Pact of Omar." One of the provisions was that they had to wear a yellow sash in public known as the zunar. Later in the 9th century, it was changed to a yellow star of david, and a yellow cross.

Some believe that Hitler's friend, the grand mufti Al-Husseini of Jerusalem in the 1930's gave him the idea. Also, don't you remember how the Taliban used to do this to hindus in Afghanistan? I'm suprised the current rule in Iran didn't come into effect earlier!

Again, we are already fight... (Below threshold)

Again, we are already fighting WWIII! Most people just don't realize it! Learn from it, or re-live it!

I'd invoke the 48 hour rule... (Below threshold)

I'd invoke the 48 hour rule.

I'm very skeptical of the MSM, but if this is factual, why isn't at least one or two media (CNN, Fox, Reuters, A/P, etc.) outlets reporting it?

Wait and see, if true this should pick up major steam in the news. So far, nothing.

You know the Nazi's had pie... (Below threshold)

You know the Nazi's had pieces of flair, that they made the Jews wear.

Sorry couldn't resist.

As I said, give it 48 hours... (Below threshold)

As I said, give it 48 hours...

Iran report of Holocaust-style badges questioned

Which never again?... (Below threshold)
Brian the Adequate:

Which never again?

Armenia? Holocaust? Cambodia? Biafra? Rwanda? Kosovo part 1(Serbs cleanse Albanians)? Kosovo part 2 (Albanians cleanse Serbs), Zimbabwe (never again due in 1-3 years), Dafur? (never again after next year).

Some times I depress myself......

the most shocking part of t... (Below threshold)

the most shocking part of this story is that you actually believed it

Which color badge do you we... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:

Which color badge do you wear, belzebub?

You don't want your Muslim masters to not recognize your dhimmi status. Otherwise, they may treat you like the rest of us kafirs.

Move along. Nothing to see ... (Below threshold)
Bill Metzger:

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Instead of lashing out at Iran, you haters need to see this bold initiative as the peace striving piece of legislation it actually is. All Iran is doing is trying to foster religious and ethnic pride amongst their vulnerable, vital minorities. Mahmoud is merely saying "It's ok to be a Jew or christian. No need to hide your beliefs. I tolerate you." Unlike certain totalitarian regimes where any religious identification is severely punished.

No wonder you guys are known as 'wingnuts'.

Bill - no wonder you're kno... (Below threshold)

Bill - no wonder you're known as moonbats, or the looney left. It's obvious what they're doing in Iran - but you have your head stuck so far up your ass you can't see it. Denial isn't a river in Egypt. Same as Chamberlin, et. al. before WWII with Hitler.

lakestate - you need to hav... (Below threshold)

lakestate - you need to have your sarcasm detector checked - I think Bill was attempting humor. Still, ...you have your head stuck so far up your ass..." is a thoughtful contribution to a story as serious as this. Quick question - how's the view up there?

United Press International has picked up the story - here

Hmmmm.Ok. How man... (Below threshold)


Ok. How many parodies are there in this discussion?

Funny Lee - I see you "up t... (Below threshold)

Funny Lee - I see you "up there..." I just don't find the subject matter very funny. If I took Bill's post out of context, I'm sorry, but Ahmadineejad and Iran's Parliament's ruling is something we should take very seriously. Sorry I can't find the humor in it.

I'm very skeptical of th... (Below threshold)

I'm very skeptical of the MSM, but if this is factual, why isn't at least one or two media (CNN, Fox, Reuters, A/P, etc.) outlets reporting it?

The article I linked is from the National Post of Canada. Seems to me that qualifies as "major media."

Well, in Canada, anyway...

UPI is merely repeating the... (Below threshold)

UPI is merely repeating the Canada Post article.

My bullshit detector is on this one. Not that I don't believe the Iranians would do it, but I want to see another major media source confirm before I jump on board.

As to why there are still 25,000 Jews in Iran: They're not permitted to leave. From the Jewish Virtual Library:

Jews who apply for a passport to travel abroad must do so in a special bureau and are immediately put under surveillance. The government does not generally allow all members of a family to travel abroad at the same time to prevent Jewish emigration. Again, the Jews live under the status of dhimmi, with the restrictions im posed on religious minorities. Jewish leaders fear government reprisals if they draw attention to official mistreatment of their community.

Don't you think they'd leave if they could?

60,000 left during the Islamic revolution of 1979, leaving behind much of their wealth and property. Of course, there is no talk of reparations for Jews, as is usual in the flight of Jews from the Muslim world. Many of Israel's leading politicians are Iranian, and speak fluent Farsi.

Doesn't make a damned bit of difference to the anti-Semites leading the nation.

McGehee,Here is th... (Below threshold)


Here is the otherside of the story (see my link above):

"Iran report of Holocaust-style badges questioned
2006-05-19 12:01:29

The National Post is sending shockwaves across the country this morning with a report that Iran's Parliament has passed a law requiring mandatory Holocaust style badges to identify Jews and Christians.
But independent reporter Meir Javedanfar, an Israeli Middle East expert who was born and raised in Tehran, says the report is false.
"It's absolutely factually incorrect," he told The New 940 Montreal.
"Nowhere in the law is there any talk of Jews and Christians having to wear different colours. I've checked it with sources both inside Iran and outside."
"The Iranian people would never stand for it. The Iranian government wouldn't be stupid enough to do it."
Political commentator and 940 Montreal host Beryl Waysman says the report is true, that the law was passed two years ago.
"Jews should wear yellow strips, Christians red strips, because according to the Iranian mullahs, if a Mulsim shakes hands with a non-Muslim he becomes unclean."

The National Post cites Iranian expatriots living in Canada as its primary source on the story."

The 940 news article only s... (Below threshold)

The 940 news article only sites one source

You people are willing to b... (Below threshold)

You people are willing to believe anything...

Good work Kim!

Didn't the Taliban make non... (Below threshold)

Didn't the Taliban make non-moslems wear an ID badge or ribbon?

As far as verification goes... (Below threshold)

As far as verification goes:

"Missed it by THAT much!"

According to David Frum:</... (Below threshold)

According to David Frum:

"The first world leader to require Jews to wear distinctive badges (a yellow belt and a yellow conical "dunce" cap) was Haroun al-Rashid, the Abbasid caliph, who ruled in Baghdad in the era of Charlemagne, the late 700s and early 800s."

Log on the new http://www.magmareport.net

Another telling point is th... (Below threshold)

Another telling point is the Iranian refusal to let the Jews emigrate. Perhaps they are being held hostage to restrain the Israeli's.

The article is fake:<... (Below threshold)

The article is fake:


quote/IRAN'S only Jewish MP strongly denied reports in a Canadian newspaper overnight that Iran may force non-Muslims to wear coloured badges in public so they can be identified.

"This report is a complete fabrication and is totally false," Maurice Motammed said in Tehran. "It is a lie, and the people who invented it wanted to make political gain" by doing so./quote

Well when the Iranian gover... (Below threshold)

Well when the Iranian government people were caught red-handed, the deniels will start to fly.

Hmm. Iran's "only Jewish MP... (Below threshold)

Hmm. Iran's "only Jewish MP"? As in, their "token" Jew?

You guys were quick off the... (Below threshold)

You guys were quick off the mark spreading the latest "look they really are evil!" slur. I guarantee this drivel will be quoted on right wing blogs as fact for the next 5 years.


KimYou are all too... (Below threshold)


You are all too ready to jump in w/ any right-wing propaganda designed to lie this country into another pre-emptive war. It reflects what is the fatal flaw of people who are more than willing to march others off to war; armchair generals w/ flawed views ofcurrent events ready to go to war for jingoistic ideals.

Many of the bloggers here appear to have missed the significance of the Iranian "dress law" and its insertion into the media. This is a neo-con planted story designed to inflame public attitude against Iran by attempting to raise the ghost of the Holocaust. In many ways it mirrors the false stories about Iraq & the alleged WMD that did not exist.

While the right-wing blogs may have quickly recanted this story, they have done nothing to examine its origin or the motives of the people responsible.

Amir Taheri of Benador Associates, fed this lying story to the National Post in Canada and other right-wing publications . Benador Associates offers a series of neo-con speakers such as Perle, Ledeen, Gaffney, Woolsey, Richard Pipes-father of Daniel,Krauthammer etc. These are the bottom-feeding scum who used their access to Bush/Cheney Co. to flood this country w/ Iraqi WMD propaganda to facilitate this country's march to war.

Benador Associates was founded by Eleana Benador, formerly director of Daniel Pipes' Middle East Forum, a neo-con war-mongering group driven to facilitate the implementation of policies of the PNAC group.

Now, this Iranian "dress law" story,was inserted into the media on Friday & picked up by the New York Sun & the Jerusalem Post & a spokesman from the Simon Wiesenthal Center w/ the expectation that it would make the Sunday talk circuit and gain currency.

When one examines the background of many of these individuals, it becomes quite clear that this lying propaganda was designed to further inflame this nation into a march for a pre-emptive attack on Iran.

With the allegations that Iran is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons, that Iran wants to eradicate Israel and now the alleged institution of Iranian law that appears to recreate the early days of Nazi Germany, one can see that these neo-con war mongerers are working to drive this nation into a pre-emptive attack on Iran.

Rather than the simplistic linkage of this story to "Rathergate," where are the right-wing bloggers when it comes to exposing this pack of neo-con fascist war-mongerers, many of whom like Perle, Woolsey, Gaffney, Ledeen et al have had carte blanche at the Bush war councils?

It seems obvious, that an Administration that allows this fascist scum like these individuals into the inner circle is irresponsible at beat and criminal at worst.

Where is the Right-Wing outrage for being maneuvered ever closer to a disastrous war in the Middle East? Where is the outrage that slime like Perle, Ledeen, Gaffney and others have access to the Bush Administration in policy formulation?

The source is a couple of f... (Below threshold)

The source is a couple of former Iranians. Would you be one of those Conspiracy theory nuts, I hear about? Why would anyone make up a story to start a war when Iran has already given us plenty of reason to take them out by refusing to comply with UN demands, not to mention supporting the terrorist who we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is absolutely no reason to make things up, when the truth if already convincing enough reason to go to war.

This story is false. The w... (Below threshold)

This story is false. The worst part about it is that it may now undermine the efforts of REAL human rights activists who are trying to bring awareness about human rights violations in Iran.
The reason an Ex-Patriate who advocates violent regime change in Iran might lie? Because we're not at war YET. He feels the need to speed things along.
Don't worry all you right-wingnuts, we'll be in another war soon. Don't matter to me. I'm not in the military and neither are my friends.

do you really believe that ... (Below threshold)

do you really believe that rubbish?






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