The architects of a brand new Iranian mosque are being charged with the crime of having sympathies for “secular Judaism” and stand accused of promoting a “Zionist plot.”
The recently constructed mosque in Tehran was created with an understated minimalist aesthetic to symbolize “early Islam’s modesty” according to its designers.
The new structure, the Vali-e-Asr mosque, left Islamic leaders fuming over its visual departure from the more traditional mosques around the world.
In their eyes, the only explanation for the difference is a result of “secular and Jewish influence.”
Iran has a history of openly endorsing paranoid conspiracies about Jews which includes accusations about plots to genocide “all of humanity” and the takeover of Iran by small pockets of local Jewish communities.
Iran’s total population is roughly 78 million with less than .01% of the people being Jewish, with around 9,000 total Jews living in Iran. That number is the largest Jewish community in the Middle East outside of Israel.
In 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly warned the U.S. about the treatment of Jewish people in Iran saying:
Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated – he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn’t exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.
A local news site, called Mashregh, has described the new house of worship as resembling a kippah, which is a skullcap or beanie. The architects will now be forced stand trial for the design’s “reason” and aiding the “Zionist plot,” according to Israel National News.
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