Friday, May 19, 2006

Iran Jews will be forced to wear yellow ribbons

***Update: 27 May. This story has been retracted by several newspapers, though the jouralist author of the item and various Jewish groups are standing firm behind it. Iran certainly did pass a "uniform dress code" law banning Western style clothing, mandating drab robes and black-grey colors for all, and this kind of thing certainly is within the ideological impulse governing Iran today. Details with additional weblinks given at the Hot Air Blog:

For those who still don't quite see what is going on in the Islamic world, perhaps this report helps make the picture a little clearer. All the Nazi ingredients are present: Fanatical leaders, Jew-hatred spewed from every news outlet daily, Western democracies scapegoated and attacked, minorities forced to wear identification badges, dramatic buildup of weaponry well beyond defensive needs, doing the "seig heil"... All within a nation whose name means "Aryan" (Iran). Actually, this is a very old Muslim practice, to require non-Muslims (being sons of dogs, pigs and monkeys) to wear distinctive clothing so that they could more easily be forced to walk in the gutter, and to bow down to superior Muslims in public. The amazing thing is that there might be any Jews remaining in Iran! But there are in fact around 25,000, plus plenty more of Bahis, Zoroastrians and Christians around to wear their particular ribbons. What this means is, of course, that anyone can spit in your face, shove you into the mud, steal your money and possessions, grab and rape your wife and daughter, or beat you to a pulp in the street, and nobody will do anything about it, even or especially the police. And if you dare to defend yourself, the cops will come and haul you off to finish the job. You become, the public emotional wastebasket for the entire society, and your days are numbered. JD.,7340,L-3252830,00.html

Exiles: Iran Jews to wear yellow ribbons
Iranian expatriates reveal that ‘National Uniform Law’ authorized by Iranian parliament includes clause obligating Iranian Jews to wear yellow ribbon; Christians, other minority members to wear colored ribbons as well. ‘If law passes non-Muslims’ lives will become intolerable
Yitzhak Benhorin
WASHINGTON – Iranian expatriates said Friday that the "National Uniform Law" authorized by the Iranian parliament a few days ago, which is aimed at getting “Western” style clothing off the streets and advancing more traditional “Islamic” attire, also includes a clause obligating Iranian Jews to wear a yellow ribbon.
Members of the country’s Christian minority will be forces to wear a red ribbon, while those practicing the ancient Persian religion will be obligated to place a blue ribbon on their clothes.
The new law is expected to go into effect within the next few months after it is authorized by Iran's supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Ali Behroozian, an Iranian currently residing in Toronto, said that should the law pass the lives of Iranians belonging to the non-Muslim minorities will become intolerable. 
"They have all been persecuted for a while, but these new dress rules are going to make things worse for them," he said.
'Iranian regime has completely lost its mind'

Read the rest at the given weblink.

Update from YnetNews says Iran totally disavows that any terms involving special clothing markers for minorities was ever part of the legislation in question:

“The dress code program being discussed in parliament has no relation to religious minorities. These reports are a flat out lie,” says Iranian lawmaker Imad Efrog, who proposed the “National Uniform Law.”,7340,L-3252934,00.html
Iran denies it, but here's a report from the Jerusalem Post:

"Iran is already far beyond yellow badges

Some are unpersuaded. The Simon Wiesenthal Center's Rabbi Marvin Hier, for instance, is adamant "that the national uniform law was passed and that certain colors were selected for Jews and other minorities." But Teheran is adamant and scandalized. The reports of such Nazi-echoed branding "are slanderous accusations… a smear campaign," according to an outraged Iranian government spokesman.

Of larger interest is, that at different times in Islamic history, Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims were required to wear distinctive clothing and badges identifying them as non-Muslim. And they were required to get off the sidewalks, bow to Muslims, and mistreated as a consequence.
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