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[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Kayhan Newspaper

[Date:] 1 Mehr 1396 [23 September 2017]

 

Executives [of the Construction Party] Recruitment By Zionist Baha’i Network (Special News)

At the same time as some American and European officials were expressing concern for Baha’ism in Iran, Faezeh Hashemi visited one of the leaders of the Zionist party, [recently] released from prison.

This is the second time that Faezeh Hashemi, a member of the Executives [of the Construction Party], has visited [one of the] Baha’i sect’s leaders and posed for pictures with women without a veil.

She had previously admitted in interviews with the Bahar and [Le] Figaro Newspapers that she had befriended some members of the Baha’i sect and the Monafeghin Organization in prison. Of course, she admitted that her father always forbade her from these connections, [and that] she had evaded her father’s observation.

According to Mashregh News, Seyyed Mehdi Tabatabaei, a cleric and supporter of Hashemi Rafsanjani, in response to Faezeh Hashemi’s action, had said, “I also heard the story of Mrs. Faezeh Hashemi’s visit and I did not believe it. This was difficult for me to digest, and I wondered how a person who knows the Baha’i background and is the daughter of a Quranic scholar and commentator, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is herself a fighter for the revolution and sympathetic to the regime, could do so, even if she is a friend or if this was a simple visit.

At the same time, the media quoted Hashemi as saying, following the news of his daughter’s meeting with several members of the perverse Baha’i sect, that Faezeh had made a bad mistake and must correct it.

But it was after these remarks that Mr. Hashemi’s daughter stated in an interview with Euronews that her action was not only not wrong and she did not even regret it, but that the regime has oppressed the Baha’is.

It should be noted that the Baha’i network was one of the pillars of the Pahlavi regime and a vice regency of Britain and Israel; they controlled the economic, security, military, political and diplomatic centres in that coup regime.

It should be noted that some of the detainees who [behaved disrespectfully] on the Day of Ashura in the sedition of 1388 [2009] were members of the Baha’i and Monafeghin organization. Faezeh Hashemi was also one of the detainees of this vicarious [proxy] riot.