Israeli Foreign Minister Urges World to Cry for Release of Iranian Jews

Published July 2nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy called on the world Sunday to "cry justice" for 10 Iranian Jews sentenced to jail terms of up to 13 years for spying for the Jewish state. 

"After this iniquitous judgment against our Iranian brothers, we call on the leaders of the whole world to join Israel and cry justice for these innocents," Levy said at a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart, Jaswant Singh. 

"This is also a test for the Iranian leadership, which must decide whether to follow the shadowy path of regimes which, in the past, had used the Jews as scapegoats in internal quarrels," he said. 

He called on "those in Iran who favor progress and have not lost all sense of justice to act.  

"This trial, which is in fact a plot, is also a test for the world and its conscience," Levy said. 

Saturday's judgment, in which two Muslims were also convicted and three Jews and two Muslims acquitted, drew protests from a number of western countries as well as Israel. 

Iran, which rejected the protests as interference in its internal affairs, says it smashed a spy ring dating back more than 20 years - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP) 

 

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