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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Kayhan-e Havaei
[Date:] Wednesday, 27 Bahman 1372 – 16 February 1994
[Issue No.:] 1070
Strengthening of the Sect...
We are not talking about the level of malice or naivety hidden in the “petitions” of the court clergy, which is precisely in line with the promotion of an American Islam; we draw the reader’s attention to the memoirs of Marshal Fardoust about the role of [Mr.] Shapoor Reporter, the agent of the Zionist empire of the Rothschilds and the prominent Baha’is, such as Lieutenant General Abdol-Karim Ayadi and General Asadollah Saniee in the Pahlavi court. In any case, the above proposals were communicated to Hoveyda, and on 24 Bahman 1343 [13 February 1965] the public relations office of SAVAK reported to the head of Tehran’s SAVAK as follows:
“I respectfully wish to report that, at 9:00 a.m. on 22 Bahman 1343 [11 February 1965], I presented myself to the office of the prime minister, Mr. Hoveyda, in the execution of the orders of the commander-in-chief of SAVAK who asked me about the current situation of the clerics. I responded to His Excellency, ‘At present, the situation is satisfactory and completely calm in every way, but the opposition is not quiet inwardly and is engaged in spreading all kinds of poisons. For example, Your Excellency is being introduced to the people as being Baha’i. They claim that the late Hosein [?!] your father, Einolmolk, was a Baha’i missionary. They added that the Quran that Mr. Hoveyda placed in the grave of the late Mansour [the assassinated prime minister] was at the request of the Baha’is and it was contrary to the religion of Islam. Therefore, some clerics and preachers who are in agreement with the regime say they know that Mr. Hoveyda is not a Baha’i, but in order to neutralize the actions and statements of the opposition, it is very appropriate for the prime minister to do the following frequently:…
3- The television station, which is an important source of advertising and is run by a number of Baha’is, should be out of their control and run by the Ministry of Intelligence and non-Baha’i staff.
4- [The prime minister should] refrain from approaching Baha’is and employing them in the ministries. It seems that the appointment of Mr. Mobasher (the deputy of Sabet Pasal and the head of the television station) as director general to the Ministry of Culture was one of the mistakes of Mansour’s government. In addition, the opposition has been telling people that Baha’is are Zionists and that Israel is the only enemy of Islam in Iran.”