Israel, US Stop Jewish Families from Moving to Iran as Asylum Seekers

Members of a Lev Tahor family try to reach Iran. (Photo: Video Grab)

Israeli authorities have stopped dozens of Jewish families of the Lev Tahor ultra-Orthodox group from fleeing to Iran where they had applied for asylum, Israeli media reported.

“Israel and the US are working to prevent members of an extremist ultra-Orthodox sect from moving to Iran, amid fears they could be used as a bargaining chip by Tehran,” the Times of Israel newspaper reported, noting that the group; which is anti-Zionist, applied for political asylum in 2018.

The paper said documents presented at a US federal court in 2019 showed that leaders of the Hasidic community requested asylum in Iran and swore allegiance to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

According to the Ynet News site, concerns were building that hundreds of members of the group, mainly based in Guatemala, could be trying to move to Iran after dozens of families were spotted at the airport in Guatemala, apparently on their way to the Kurdistan-Iran border.

The report said their relatives contacted the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Justice Department and asked them to urgently contact their Guatemalan counterparts to prevent the families from leaving.

According to reports, the Guatemalan authorities detained a number of the group’s members who hold American citizenship.

(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)

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1 Comment

  1. WTF… Is it suddenly a crime to quit the apartheid state. It sounds like a load of cap to say they could be used as “bargaining chips” What they really fear is the public relations coup that Jews fleeing Israel poses.

    A Jerish homeland not, but a Zionit theft. It will be interesting to see where this amazing saga ends up. Stay tuned to see the U.S. thwart honest Jews from escaping the Zionist klepto entity…!!!!!#!

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