Tehranís Jews told to shun synagogues

TEHRANíS Jewish leaders took the extraordinary step of warning the cityís tiny Jewish community to keep out of synagogues as the High Holy Days approached.

This was because of the deadly protests unfolding against Iranís clerical regime.

The eruption of nationwide demonstrations followed the death in police custody of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman detained for allegedly failing to adhere to hijab (headscarf) rules.

Countless Iranians believe she died as a result of having been beaten. And protesters say that if they donít act now, they could fall victim to the same fate.

It is the most serious challenge Iranís leadership has faced in modern times.

Jews were urged in a letter from the Tehran Jewish Committee: ďDo not visit synagogues in Tehran due to the dangerous situation.Ē

The letter cited a need to protect life amid the ďcurrent circumstancesĒ.

It was signed by committee head Homayoun Sameyah Najaf Abadi, who serves as a representative of the Jewish community in Iranís parliament.

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