STORY FALSE: Iran Eyes Badges for Jews, Christians? STORY FALSE.
Posted on May 19, 2006
Editor’s note: The newspaper that originally ran this report has now retracted it and printed an apology.
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The Iranian parliament passed a law this week that would require all the country’s Jews and Christians to wear colored badges to identify them as non-Muslims. “This is reminiscent of the Holocaust,” said a prominent Jewish rabbi in Los Angeles.
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.
AP / Amy Sancetta
A cloth star worn by Jews during World War II under the Nazis. The Iranian parliament reportedly has passed a law that would make all non-Muslims wear insignia identifying them as such.