Hot on the heals of running a competition to find the ‘best’ Holocaust denial cartoon, Iran has now moved to ensure anyone born in Israel is banned from ever entering the country.
Iranian lawmakers are calling for a ban after a reporter from Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper visited the Islamic State earlier this month using her American passport.
While anyone with an Israeli passport is banned from entering Iran, reporter Orly Azouly, who serves as the Israeli newspaper’s correspondent in Washington, DC, obtained a visa from the Iranian Foreign Ministry and traveled to Iran as part of a delegation organized by the New York Times.
Azouly wrote several reports on her visit to Tehran, including on a synagogue in Isfahan and the Tomb of Queen Esther in Hamedan. Her trip sparked outrage in Iran, with a special parliamentary commission launched to investigate her visit and many accusing her of espionage.
While the investigation determined that Azoulay was not a spy, Mohammad Saleh Jokar, an Iranian lawmaker who was on the parliamentary commission, said that “we are asking for a ban on Israeli-born people from entering Iran in order to prevent such cases.”
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