The State of Persian Jews in Iran

By: Lily McGrail

April 19, 2021

Virtual Spring 2021 REWA Student Symposium

The past few decades have witnessed a dramatic deterioration in the relationship between Iran and Israel. These political tensions have made life in Iran increasingly uncomfortable for the thousands of Persian Jews who call Iran their home. Jewish communities in Iran suffer from limitations on their civil rights and have reported feeling more in danger in their own hometowns. This project will explore how Persian Jews view their relationship with Israel, and how Jewish communities practice their religion in Iran despite several efforts by the government to stunt the religion. It will also examine how the actions of the Iranian government square with teachings of religious freedom in Islam.


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