Iran accuses arrested Baha'is of Isra...

Iran accuses arrested Baha'is of Israel links: report

There are 2 comments on the Reuters story from Aug 4, 2008, titled Iran accuses arrested Baha'is of Israel links: report. In it, Reuters reports that:

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Seven detained Baha'i believers have confessed to setting up an illegal organization in Iran that took orders from Israel and others to undermine the Islamic system, an Iranian newspaper reported on Sunday.

The report in Resalat daily comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and Israel over Tehran's disputed nuclear plans. Israel accuses Iran of seeking atomic bombs and has not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails. Iran denies the charge.

The Resalat report appeared to refer to a group of Baha'is, most of whom were detained in May, but it did not spell this out. Judiciary officials had no immediate comment.

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Ervin Eros

West Monroe, LA

#1 Aug 4, 2008
Iran was the birth place of the Bahai faith not Israel, And the purpose of the Bahai faith in the west is?
The mission of the American Bahá'ís is, no doubt, to eventually establish the truth of Islam in the West.”

Santa Clara, CA

#2 Sep 30, 2008
Seven detained Baha'i believers have confessed to setting up an illegal organization in Iran that took orders from Israel and others to undermine the Islamic system.
Since the Bahai community has no legal rights in Iran (their institutions have been outlawed) any organization or activity they undertake is by definition illegal. Not long ago when Baha'i students were denied higher education, the Bahai's set up BIHE (Bahai Institute of Higher Education) an underground university system. It was discovered and crushed by the Iranian government. This is the sort of subversive activity the article refers to.

And of course these seven arrested Baha'is take "orders" from Israel. The world center of the Bahai Faith is on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel and they are under the direct authority of that center. But it has nothing to do with the Israeli government or Zionism as the charge suggests. In fact, the Baha'i institutions in Israel are no more free to function as they would in a normal community than they are in Iran, though the reason for this is different. The Israeli government does not allow non-Jewish organizations to function within Israel as they might elsewhere.

Do these Baha'is work to undermine the Islamic system? Only to the degree that if a significant portion of the Iranian population were to become Baha'is they would cease to be under the direct authority of the Islamic clergy in matters of spirit. In civil matters they would still be bound to obey their government's dictates.

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