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Iran / Khomeini and Arafat / Jews In Iran #58017

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 15, 1979
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(Studio) Reports of Iranian interfighting in Tabriz detailed; Iranians' refusal to comment noted. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) report that Yasir Arafat will soon go to Tehran to meet with Ayatollah Khomeini stated; other reports that Khomeini has promised to turn over Israeli embassy to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) mentioned. Question of Jewish life in Iran under Khomeini reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Tehran, Iran) History of Jewish life in Persia, particularly that in Iran under Shah, outlined. Forced closings of Jewish business in protest of Shah's regime noted. Jews' concerns about future under Khomeini, who has said Israel and Zionism are enemies of Islamic state, discussed. [DAVID - says Jews were minority and were blamed in historic government changes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.] Incrd. attendance at Jewish Council for Cultural and Social Affairs reported Jewish view of Iranian revolution, include some participation in marches and support of Khomeini, and their concerns about having to explain difference in being Jewish and being Israeli. [EDWARD - says being Jewish and being Israeli are not same thing.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank

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