[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Farman

[Date:] Thursday, 7 Day 1357 [28 December 1978]

[Issue No:] 2

New Series

 

Dismissal of Bahá’í [Employees’] From Government Offices

It is written:

…It is possible that there will be some changes in the criteria of employment, whereby government employees in Iran must either be Muslim or adherent of a religion such as Judaism, Christianity, or Zoroastrianism, inasmuch as such condition exists in the Employment Act.

Unfortunately, however, this [provision] not only was not enforced during the government of Hoveida, but also religious minorities were permitted to [openly] declare their religions.  The vice president of the National Iranian Airline (HOMA), Dr. Azizi, was commissioned by the managing director of the said airline—now expired to hell—to hire new staff for HOMA from among the Baha’is, and to assign them to sensitive positions.

Members of this sect, who have a particular animosity towards Muslims, were perpetrators of all sorts of abuses. If one reviews the list published by the prosecutor of Tehran, it is clear that more than half were Baha’is, among them Hojabr Yazdani, master exploiter, and Parviz Sabeti, the security authority who committed all those atrocities and who took advantage of the mayhem during the early days of recent events to flee to Israel. Those who have recently returned from that country have identified the afore-named taking sanctuary in Haifa, repenting and seeking forgiveness for his sins.