Iran, once home to a large Jewish community that has steadily dwindled to less than 8,500 people today, has experienced yet another painful reminder that they are not welcome. Their shul, The Hadash Synaguoge, located in Shiraz was vandalized. Two Sifrei Torah were found torn to shreds, siddurim were strewn in the bathroom, and lamps and windows were shattered.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations strongly condemned the vandalism noting they were “deeply concerned by the reports of the vandalism of the Hadash Synagogue in the Maleh neighborhood of Shiraz, in which several Torah scrolls were desecrated and many prayer books destroyed.”
“We call upon the authorities in Shiraz and the central government in Tehran to take all necessary steps to protect the community and bring the perpetrators to swift justice.”