Released September 2, 2000
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Washington Post Covered for Israeli Spies

The Washington Post covered for several Iranian Jews tried in Iran on charges of spying for Israel, and distorted reports so as to demonize Iran and Muslims.

The Post editorial "Iran's Human Rights Disorder," July 1, 2000 stated that Iran "continues to display arbitrary brutality and a sweeping disregard for international norms.... The salient example at the moment continues to be the trial of 13 Jews in Shiraz on charges of spying for Israel. Verdicts for the 13 are expected today after a travesty of a trial, a closed proceeding punctuated by televised 'confessions.' The proceeding looked very much like an exercise in religious baiting of Iran's 3,000-year-old and historically quiet Jewish community."

The Post omitted mention of the four Muslims also charged. That would have contradicted the Post's accusation of "religious baiting" of the "quiet Jewish community."

The very same day that the Post editorial appeared, the Associated Press (Afshin Valinejad, "Three Jews Acquitted of Spying") reported: "Ten Iranian Jews were convicted of spying for Israel on Saturday and sentenced to prison terms of four to 13 years, while three others were acquitted,... two Muslim suspects were acquitted in the case, and another two Muslims received sentences similar to Jews."

Further undermining the Post's accusation against Iran, Israel later admitted that the Iranian Jews were indeed spies.

On August 9 the Jerusalem Post (Douglas Davis, "Israel admitted Iranian Jews were spies") reported: "Israel has privately admitted to Iran that the 10 Jews convicted of espionage by a court in Shiraz last month were spying for Israel."

Mr. Davis says: "The admission was reportedly made during secret meetings between Israeli and Iranian officials at a Cairo hotel on July 31 and August 1, in the presence of US Ambassador to Egypt Daniel Kurtzer and Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel."

Bill Vann, "US media, Ashcroft silent on conviction of right-wing terrorists in Texas," December 9, 2003

In his book, Ben Gurion's Scandals: How the Haganah & the Mossad Eliminated Jews, Giladi discusses the crimes committed by Zionists in their frenzy to import raw Jewish labor. Newly-vacated farmlands had to be plowed to provide food for the immigrants and the military ranks had to be filled with conscripts to defend the stolen lands. Mr. Giladi couldn't get his book published in Israel, and even in the U.S. he discovered he could do so only if he used his own money.--Dandelion Books, LLC; 2nd ed edition (April 28, 2003)

[I write this article for the same reason I wrote my book: to tell the American people, and especially American Jews, that Jews from Islamic lands did not emigrate willingly to Israel; that, to force them to leave, Jews killed Jews; and that, to buy time to confiscate ever more Arab lands, Jews on numerous occasions rejected genuine peace initiatives from their Arab neighbors. I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called "cruel Zionism." I write about it because I was part of it. . . .

About 125,000 Jews left Iraq for Israel in the late 1940s and into 1952, most because they had been lied to and put into a panic by what I came to learn were Zionist bombs.--Naeim Giladi, "The Jews of Iraq,", March 18, 2006]

Jim Lobe, "Iran the Target of Disinformation Campaign," Inter Press Service, May 23, 2006

"National Post apologizes for anti-Iran story," May 24, 2006

[About 25,000 Jews live in Iran and most are determined to remain no matter what the pressures - as proud of their Iranian culture as of their Jewish roots.--Frances Harrison, "Iran's proud but discreet Jews," BBC News, September 22, 2006

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