[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:] Mard-e Mobarez
[Date:] 22 Dey 1337 [12 January 1959]
[Issue No.:] 202
From “Jewish Habib Semsar [broker]” to “Habibollah, the Carpenter” - to “Habib Khan Sabet” to “Sabet Pasal”
We have nothing to say about why such a poor, miserable person becomes rich in a short period of time, and if he acquires wealth through legitimate means, initiative and service to the people, it is a matter of pride. The farmer who develops the barren land, and the factory owner who synthesizes Iran’s raw material and offers it to the market and reduces the volume of imports, are commendable.
But the problem is that the provision of wealth in Iran is associated with fraud and encroachment on the rights of others. The emergence of these people affects society…
And [the biggest loss is the social one]. Anyone who realizes that a Jewish child who has become Baha’i and must be excommunicated by the society, who has become the greatest capitalist by garage brokering and carpentry internship within a few years through fraud and damage to economic affairs and by facilitating the flight of capital out of the country, will never think about developing the barren lands of Baluchistan and Khuzestan.…In the government of General Zahedi, a law was passed by the parliament as a way to attract foreign capital. The law stipulated that anyone who built a factory engaged in heavy industry, such as a steel plant and the like, would be exempt from customs duties. The first person who used this rule was the Jewish Habib Sabet or, [to use the famous sobriquet], “Sabet Pasal”, who [established] the Pepsi Cola plant, painted [tainted] the water of Tehran’s deep wells and sold each bottle for three or four rials. Our heavy industry turned into Pepsi Cola, and they said that they had allocated a sum of these revenues to propagate the religion of Baha [Baha’i Faith]…
And after this embarrassing test, came the story of television. The elders of the senate and the members of parliament sat together and said that the television station and its affiliates and related industries only belongs to Habib Sabet and whatever they import is exempted from the customs duties. None of them thought about why they would give this privilege to this person…
Basically, why should the capital’s television station be in the possession of a suspicious person, and how can it be known that he does not use this device as a means of Baha’i propaganda? The television station should be at the disposal of the propaganda office and not a person with these characteristics and circumstances ...
We should dedicate the television station to education and educate the illiterate, who make up the majority of the Iranian people. Considering the fact that moral poverty has never been so severe in Iran, the television set could have been useful to the society. But we gave this device and this opportunity to a corrupt Baha’i for free, and we gave him a privilege and allowed him to do whatever he wanted without paying import taxes, and he can sell it at any price he wants.