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Mullahs in Tehran treat all minorities, ethnic and religious, as second class citizens

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Iran Human Rights (IHR) has extensively reported on the execution of women, juveniles, ethnic minorities such as Kurds, and foreign citizens by the Islamic regime. (Photo: iranhr.net)

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In recent days, there have been a series of Qassam rocket attacks and riots have erupted in the City of Jerusalem, where religious Jews have been physically assaulted by Arabs. 

According to Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah incitement stands behind the Jerusalem riots: “Abbas’ Fatah Movement further promoted the antisemitic nature of the riots ‎by posting a video with scenes of Arabs kicking a Jew on the ground, Arabs ‎assaulting an ultra-Orthodox Jew, and other scenes of riots and fires in the ‎streets. A narrator introduces the video with the words ‘There is an uprising ‎and intifada in Jerusalem.’” 

Certain anti-Israel activists in Canada would blame these incidents of violence on the so-called Nakba, an Arabic term meaning ‘The Catastrophe’, which anti-Israel activists claims represents the reality of Israel’s very existence for the Palestinian people.

However, these activists have virtually nothing to say about the plight of minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is much more of a catastrophe than anything that the Palestinians actually experience, as their catastrophe is mainly self-inflicted due to their continued refusal to make peace with Israel and to grant citizenship rights to the descendants of Palestinian refugees living throughout the Arab world.   

In contrast, Sirwan Mansouri, a Kurdish journalist based in the Middle East, highlighted how the Nakba experienced by Iran’s minorities was anything but self-inflicted:

“The mullahs in Iran has been keeping them in poverty for forty decades, not providing them with proper facilities and investment and other basic necessities merely because the Kurds, Arabs, Baloch and Azerbaijanis are not Persian and live in the border regions of the country. As a result, the rate of unemployment in these regions are high, thus forcing the Kurds to work as kolbars and the Baloch to work as sookhtbar, which causes many of them to lose their lives in this way.” 

“The Arabs of Ahwaz who lay on oil resources are deprived of its benefits,” Mansouri added.  “The Baloch who are the main owners of strategic ports like Chabahar are living in absolute poverty and got no drinking water. Many of them fall victims to crocodiles, while going to rivers to provide clean drinking water to their families. All of this happens while the Chabahar port was given to the Chinese and the benefits of this port are going to enrich the pockets of various officials.” 

“The minorities in Iran are deprived of political, religious, and social freedom and even have no freedom in their personal lives,” he explained. “The IRGC does all kinds of crimes in these regions. When the people protest, they shoot them, imprison them or execute them.”

While the Palestinian leadership routinely incites violence and rejects the concept of making peace with Israel, Sirwani noted that the minorities of Iran are peaceful people that did nothing to deserve this treatment.

“The government deals with these people violently for they have a different faith. Most of them are Sunni, while the government is Shia. As a result, half of the people executed in Iran are Kurds. The minorities have no freedom to maintain their religious tradition. Azerbaijanis have it a bit better for most of them are Shia. Nevertheless, they still are deprived of the right to study in their mother tongue.”  

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According to Turkey-based Iranian journalist and sociopolitical researcher Kaveh Taheri, the mullahs in Tehran treat all of the minorities as second class citizens and the non-Muslim religious minorities have it just as bad as the ethnic minorities do: “The Islamist regime arrests, tortures and jails not only Sunnis but also Bahais and Christian converts.” 

In fact, it is a criminal offense to practice the Bahai faith in Iran and also to convert into Christianity.  

The reality is, Bahais in Iran are actually living in apartheid-like conditions. 

They are barred from attending universities and pursuing higher levels of education. Bahais attending secondary schools are frequently persecuted and slandered by administrators, who constantly threaten them with expulsion. Jobs and business licenses are frequently denied to members of the Bahai faith, and their marriages and divorces are not recognized as legitimate by the Iranian government. Their holy sites are systematically desecrated as part of Iran’s cultural genocide against this particular faith. They are even punished severely if they make Muslim friends or graze their cows in the same field as a Muslim. 

Considering this, why is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights silent about the Nakba experienced by Iran’s minorities?  Why is there no international uproar in the West about their plight? Surely, to create an exhibit on the Palestinian self-inflicted Nakba but not this real Nakba represents a travesty of justice.  

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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