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Iranian Case Highlights Persecution of Christians

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17 Jul 2019
Iranian Case Highlights Persecution of Christians
The website Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported recently that a young Christian woman in Iran had been arrested for improperly wearing her hijab by the police officers she had attempted to seek help from after being assaulted on a bus by a Moslem woman. Analysts have noted an uptick in such incidents across Iran as the Islamic regime which rules the country has encouraged ordinary citizens to confront other ordinary citizens who do not appear to be obeying the strict dress codes and other Islamic customs which the regime demands.

In related news, British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation who was arrested and imprisoned by the regime in 2016 as she attempted to board a plane to the UK following a visit with her family, was reportedly transferred this week from prison to a psychiatric hospital.

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Iranian Minister Visits Syria to Threaten Israel
Reports emerged on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad hosted Special Assistant of the Speaker of Iran's Shura Council for Political Affairs Hussein Amir Abdullahian in Damascus on Tuesday. Abdullahian was quoted by the press as telling his host that "the occupying regime of Israel as a destabilizer cancer and the root cause of insecurity and instability in the region. The Zionists do not have a future in the region." Also on Tuesday, it was reported that the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah has redeployed some of its forces in Syria to the Lebanese border area, concentrating Hezbollah’s combat power in close proximity to the Golan Heights.

In related news, the IDF wrapped up a training exercise on Tuesday meant to simulate a war with the Islamist terror militia Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Hamas ran its own war games last week.

Turkey Ejected from F-35 Program
The decision by Turkey to buy and deploy the Russian-built S-400 air defense system has led to US President Donald Trump reluctantly agreeing to discontinue Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program, with Trump telling reporters on Tuesday that because of the Obama Administration’s refusal to sell Turkey the Patriot air-defense system “we have a situation where Turkey is very good with us, very good, and we are now telling Turkey that because you have really been forced to buy another missile system, we’re not going to sell you the F-35 fighter jets. It’s a very tough situation that they’re in, and it’s a very tough situation that we’ve been placed in, the United States.”

“With all of that being said, we’re working through it, but it’s not really fair,” Trump added. “Because they bought a Russian system, we’re not allowed to sell them billions of aircraft. It’s not a fair situation.”

PA Demands investigation of Security Prisoners Death
The Palestinian Authority is demanding an international investigation into the death of 31-year old Nassar Taqatqa, a security prisoner who was found dead in his cell in Nitzan Prison on Tuesday morning. The Prison Service said that Taqatqa, who was arrested in June and is suspected of being affiliated with the Islamist terror militia Hamas, underwent a medical examination at a hospital in Afula recently and that the check up had not revealed any impending medical problems.

Reports Shows HIV Increase in Israel
The Israeli Ministry of Health’s Department of Tuberculosis and AIDS published its report for 2018 this week showing, among other things, that there was an increase last year in the number of Israelis carrying the HIV virus, from 115 to 142. The report did not include statistics on tourists or residents of the Palestinian Authority administered areas diagnosed with HIV.

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