[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:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Saturday, 22 Ordibehesht 1358 [12 May 1979]

[Issue No.:] 15851

 

Further to Execution of Elghanian,

Zionists Are Activated

Further to the shedding of tears by the terrorist Zionist, Begin, the prime minister of Israel, for the execution of Elghanian, the Iranian billionaire, and the moaning of the World Jewish Congress and international Jewish agencies affiliated with Zionism … Mordechai Gazit, the Israeli ambassador to France, called Elghanian, “a respected man”. 

He said that the execution of Elghanian shocked [them] terribly.  These elegies became contagious and the American Baha’i Assembly, in its 10-million dollar temple on the shores of Lake Michigan, expressed their deep concern for the safety of their Baha’i brothers in Iran.  

This Assembly said that it was deeply concerned about the possible destruction of the Baha’i religious sites and the massacre [of its followers] in Iran.

This is not the first time that Jews and Baha’is have become companions in using the same imaginary excuse to be concerned about.

Dirges performed by the Jewish communities do not scare anybody in Iran, and no decision will be overturned because the Islamic government of Iran stressed emphatically that Jews and other minorities are safe [in Iran] …