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Why is there LGBT silence on Iran?

32LGBT flag outside the Knesset in Jerusalem. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Gay men are being killed in Iran.

At least 146 of them since 1979.

Consider just two of them – Abdullah Ghavami Chahzanjiru and Salman Ghanbari Chahzanjiri.

They were hanged in southern Iran on August 6, 2014, possibly for the “crime” of consensual sodomy. Their deaths were part of a wave of executions in Iran, with more than 400 in the first half of 2014 alone, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights.

Under Iranian law, which is derived from Shariah law, punishments for gays range from lashings to executions.

Article 109 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code states: “In case of sodomy, both the active and the passive persons will be condemned to its punishment.” Article 110: “Punishment for sodomy is killing; the Sharia judge decides on how to carry out the killing.” Even kissing or standing naked under one roof are considered crimes and subject to punishment of up to 99 lashes. Article 134: “If two women not related by consanguinity stand naked under one cover without necessity, they will be punished to less than [one] hundred (100) lashes.”

Everyone (or everyone who has been paying attention) knows that the current Iranian regime poses a threat to the United States, the Middle East and Israel. In his recent book Palestine, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei boasts of his plants to destroy Israel, using such terms as “annihilation,” “fading out” and “effacement.”

Everyone knows that Iran and its proxies have spread anti-Jewish terrorism across the world – most notably, the attack on the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, which occurred on July 18, 1994, killing 85 people and wounding hundreds.

Iran is the single largest sponsor of terrorism in the world.

Moreover, Iran has executed Iranian Jews: • Habib Elghanian, an Iranian Jewish businessman and leader, executed in 1979.

• Nourollah Rabizadeh and brothers Cyrus and Avraham Ghahremani, killed in February 1997 while attempting to flee to Israel via Pakistan.

• Adiva Mirza Soleyman Kalimia, an Israeli-born woman, and her husband Varjan Petrosian (an Armenian Christian), hanged at Evin Prison on March 14, 2011.

• Daniel Magrufta, 24, who was dating the daughter of a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, executed in 2013.

That’s six Jews (and one Armenian) murdered by the Iranian regime.


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