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Seven detained Baha’i believers have confessed to setting up an illegal organization in Iran that took orders from Israel

Posted in Original Research with tags on August 11, 2008 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

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Iran Arrests 7 Israeli Spies 16:37 | 2008-08-03TEHRAN (FNA)- Seven detained Baha’i believers have confessed to setting up an illegal organization in Iran that took orders from Israel and others to undermine the Islamic system, an Iranian paper reported on Saturday the 2nd of August 2008.

The report in Resalat daily comes amid Israel’s heightened threats against Iran. Israel, believed to be the only Middle-East country with nuclear weapons, and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
The Resalat report appeared to refer to a group of Baha’is, most of whom were detained in May, but it did not spell this out. Judiciary officials had no immediate comment.

“Seven Baha’i individuals have set up an illegal organization with connections to a number of countries including Israel and they have received orders from them to undertake measures against the Islamic system,” Resalat reported.

Resalat quoted an official in charge of security affairs of Tehran’s revolutionary court, named as Mr. Haddad, as saying that the seven latest arrests had made confessions. Revolutionary courts handle matters of national security.

“This fact led to the arrest of seven individuals. They have all confessed to the formation of an illegal organization, including (having ties) with Israel,” Resalat added.

Iran said in May it had detained six members of the Baha’i faith on security-related charges.

The seven arrestees were members of The Baha’i International Community, operating under a governing council which is based in Israel.


Iran: Baha’is confessed to taking orders from Israel Tue., August 05, 2008
By Haaretz Correspondent and Reuters , By Yoav SternSeven Baha’i believers detained by the Iranian authorities have confessed to setting up an illegal organization in Iran that took orders from Israel and others for the purpose of undermining the Islamic system, an Iranian newspaper reported yesterday.

The seven will apparently be charged with illegal acts against the Islamic regime in Iran and of taking orders from Israel and other countries.

The heads of the world Baha’i community yesterday rejected the Iranian accusations as “ridiculous.”

Douglas Moore, director of the Baha’i public information office, at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, told Haaretz yesterday that the Iranian claim was an excuse to harm the heads of the Baha’i community. Moore said the Baha’i International Community categorically rejected the charges and viewed them as religious persecution. He said it was very easy to accuse them of spying for Israel because hatred of Israel is so great in Iran.

Moore told Israel Radio: “We see this as another trumped-up charge against the Baha’is in order for the government to go through the motions of setting them up on charges and convicting them on charges.”

The initial report, in the Iranian newspaper Resalat, appeared to refer to a group of Baha’is, most of whom were detained in May, but it did not spell this out. Judicial officials in Iran had no immediate comment.

Resalat quoted an official in charge of security affairs for Tehran’s revolutionary court, named only as Mr. Haddad, as saying that the seven latest arrested individuals had confessed. “They have all confessed to the formation of an illegal organisation, including [having ties] with Israel,” the paper added. The seven are expected to stand trial before a revolutionary court, which could sentence them to death. Revolutionary courts handle matters of national security.

Baha’is say hundreds of their faith have been jailed and executed since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, a charge that is denied by the Iranian government.

For many years, the Iranian regime has allowed the Baha’i community to tend to its needs by way of a council of seven to eight members. The Baha’i International Community had said those detained were members of the committee. It said the group of six were detained in May and a seventh member was detained in March.

The families of the detainees do not know where they are being held. About six weeks ago, the detainees were each permitted to make a minute-long phone call to their families, but since then there has been no contact with them.

The Baha’i International Community represents the faith worldwide, operating under a governing council that has its base in Israel. Baha’is say the faith has 5 million adherents worldwide, including an estimated 300,000 or more in Iran.

Baha’is regard their faith’s 19th-century founder, Baha’ullah (1817-1892), as the latest in a line of prophets including Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed. Islam views Baha’is as heretics because they defy the Islamic principle that Mohammed was the last of the prophets.

Baha’ullah was exiled from Persia to Acre by the Ottoman Turks because of the religious status he had attained in Persia. He is buried near the house where he lived, north of Acre.

The disseminator of the faith, known as the Bab, is buried in Haifa.

To avoid religious persecution, the Baha’is conduct no religious or political activity in Israel. They have a presence in almost every country in the world, and suffer persecution from the regimes of other Islamic countries too, such as Egypt.


Last update – 18:13 03/08/2008
Int’l Baha’i community denies those held by Iran linked with Israel
By Reuters
Tags: Baha’i, Iran, arrests, IsraelSeven detained Baha’i believers have confessed to setting up an illegal organization in Iran that took orders from Israel and others to undermine the Islamic system, an Iranian newspaper reported on Sunday.

The report in the Resalat daily appeared to refer to a group of Baha’is, most of whom were detained in May, but it did not spell this out. Judiciary officials had no immediate comment.

The international Baha’i community denied the charges.

Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations, denied the charge in a statement issued in New York.

“Suggestions of collusion with the state of Israel are categorically false and misleading. The Iranian authorities are playing on the fact that the Baha’i world administrative centre is located in northern Israel,” she said.

The revelation comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and Israel over Tehran’s disputed nuclear plans. Israel has accused Iran of seeking atomic bombs and has not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails. Iran has denied the charge.

“Seven Baha’i individuals have set up an illegal organization with connections to a number of countries including Israel and they have received orders from them to undertake measures against the Islamic system,” Resalat reported.

Resalat quoted an official in charge of security affairs of Tehran’s revolutionary court, named only as Mr Haddad, as saying that the seven latest arrests had confessed. Revolutionary courts handle matters of national security.

“This fact led to the arrest of seven individuals. They have all confessed to the formation of an illegal organization, including (having ties) with Israel,” Resalat added.

Iran said in May it had detained six members of the Baha’i faith on security-related charges.

The Baha’i International Community had said they were members of a committee that tends to the needs of Baha’is in Iran. It said the group of six were detained in May and a seventh member was detained in March.

The Baha’i International Community represents the faith worldwide, operating under a governing council which is based in Israel, according to its website http://www.bahai.org.

Baha’is say hundreds of their faith have been jailed and executed since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution. The government denies it has detained or executed people for their religion.

Baha’is regard their faith’s 19th-century founder as the latest in a line of prophets including Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Jesus and Mohammad. Iran’s Shi’ite religious establishment considers the faith a heretical offshoot of Islam.

The Baha’i faith originated in Iran 150 years ago and Baha’is say the faith has 5 million adherents worldwide, including an estimated 300,000 or more in Iran.

Seven detained Baha’i believers have confessed to setting up an illegal organization in Iran that took orders from Israel

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Is Abu Mazen Bahai?

Posted in Original Research with tags , on August 5, 2008 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)

Abbas assailed for purportedly belonging to Bahai Faith – Jerusalem Post – 24/05/03
Thousands of leaflets were distributed after the Friday prayers on the Temple Mount accusing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) of being a follower of the Bahai Faith, the youngest of the world’s independent religions.
U.S. told us to ignore Israeli map reservations – Haaretz – 28/05/03
Former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit, who said in a newspaper interview that Abbas belongs to the Bahai faith. Shavit explained at length in the interview that a Bahai cannot become a Palestinian leader. That false rumor has been lately disseminated by people with ill-will toward Abbas. I sued a Jordanian newspaper for publishing it. Regrettably, the person I sued passed away before the court ruled unequivocally that the report was false. I am a believing Muslim, son of a family of believers, and committed to the religion’s commandments.”

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Abbas assailed for purportedly belonging to Bahai Faith
Jerusalem Post – 24/05/03
Thousands of leaflets were distributed after the Friday prayers on the Temple Mount accusing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) of being a follower of the Bahai Faith, the youngest of the world’s independent religions. The Bahai Faith is another sect descending from Islam, but most Muslims don’t regard it authentically Islamic. Its founder, Bahaullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahais as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. Rumors about Abbas’s affiliation with the Bahai Faith have been circulating among Palestinians for many years. His critics have used these rumors to portray the new prime minister as a member of a cult who does not recognize Islam as his sole religion. This image is in sharp contrast to that earned by PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, who is keen on maintaining the figure of a devout Muslim.
The rumors resurfaced two months ago when Abbas’s name was first mentioned as a top candidate for the premiership. Some Palestinians have hinted that Arafat and his inner circle are behind the rumors, which have never been denied by Abbas himself. The leaflets distributed on Friday carried no signature and it wasn’t clear who stood behind them. Some worshippers told The Jerusalem Post that the leaflets were handed out by at least a dozen of young bearded Muslim activists.
The fliers accused Abbas of belonging to the Bahai Faith, “a breakaway sect established by the British colony with the aim of distorting the image of Islam.” They also accused Abbas of seeking to “uproot the Islamic trend and martyrdom” and of relinquishing the Muslim right to all of Palestine. “The appointment of Mahmoud Abbas as Prime Minister is part of a Zionist plan so he would continue making concessions to the Jews,” the leaflets said. “They want him to negotiate on the remaining 20 percent of Palestine after he voluntarily gave up 80 percent of the blessed Palestinian land when he signed the Oslo Accords.” This is the first time that such leaflets are distributed on the Temple Mount. Similar leaflets have appeared in the streets of Ramallah and Gaza City, but none mentioned the alleged Bahai connection, focusing instead on the widespread belief that Abbas was appointed by the US and Israel in order to serve the latter’s security interests. In an apparent attempt to ward off the rumors, Abbas earlier this year performed the haj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. The main headquarters of the Bahai are in Haifa. Today there are probably between three and four million Bahais scattered throughout the world, and the largest community can be found in India. The Bahais constitute the largest religious minority in Iran, where they have been persecuted harshly. Bahai doctrines are radically egalitarian, teaching the complete equality of men and women and the unity of all humanity. Followers of this faith consider themselves to be working towards a world government where extremes of poverty and wealth, along with all forms of persecution, will be eliminated.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) with Hamass
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) with Hamass

Abbas assailed for purportedly belonging to Bahai Faith

U.S. told us to ignore Israeli map reservations
Haaretz – 28/05/03
The question about whether he denied the Holocaust in his Ph.D. angers Abbas. “I wrote in detail about the Holocaust and said I did not want to discuss numbers. I quoted an argument between historians in which various numbers of casualties were mentioned. One wrote there were 12 million victims and another wrote there were 800,000. I have no desire to argue with the figures. The Holocaust was a terrible, unforgiveable crime against the Jewish nation, a crime against humanity that cannot be accepted by humankind. The Holocaust was a terrible thing and nobody can claim I denied it.” He does not forget to ask that I write he is still awaiting an apology by former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit, who said in a newspaper interview that Abbas belongs to the Bahai faith. Shavit explained at length in the interview that a Bahai cannot become a Palestinian leader. That false rumor has been lately disseminated by people with ill-will toward Abbas. He is angry at The Jerusalem Post for prominently reporting that posters claiming he is Bahai are appearing in Arab countries. “This is not the first time that people spread that malicious rumor. I sued a Jordanian newspaper for publishing it. Regrettably, the person I sued passed away before the court ruled unequivocally that the report was false. I am a believing Muslim, son of a family of believers, and committed to the religion’s commandments.”
U.S. told us to ignore Israeli map reservations

Abbas is Baha’i, pamphlet claims
Jewish News Weekly – May 30/05/03
JERUSALEM — Thousands of leaflets were distributed after Friday prayers on the Temple Mount, accusing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas of being a follower of the Baha’i faith, the youngest of the world’s independent religions. The Baha’i faith is a monotheistic religion that began in the Muslim world in the 1860s, but most Muslims don’t regard it as authentically Islamic. Rumors about Abbas’ affiliation with the Baha’i faith have been circulating among Palestinians for many years. His critics have used these rumors to portray him as a member of a cult who does not recognize Islam as his sole religion.
Abbas is Baha’i, pamphlet claims

Bush likes Dahlan, believes Abbas, has `a problem with Sharon’
Haaretz – 10/06/03
A researcher looking at the roots of the change that took place in the spring of 2003 in the Israel-Palestine-U.S. power balance will no doubt give pause to examine the interview with former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit in Yedioth Ahronoth in the winter of 2001. He promised, “If we get rid of Arafat there won’t be anyone who will fill his shoes as a door-opener to the leaders of the world, and the Palestinian issue will drop off the international agenda.” Shavit, a friend of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, “revealed” that the shoes of the door-opener are closed to the moderate Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) “because of his Bahai background,” with the former top intelligence boss of Israel explaining, “The chances a Bahai will be leader of the Palestinians are about the same that a Samaritan will be president of Israel.” If Sharon bought that nonsense, then the decision “to get rid of” Arafat may have been meant to torpedo the Palestinian issue, but in effect was the first step to putting it back on the international – meaning American – agenda. The name “Abbas” might be coincidentally the same as the last name of one of the founders of the Bahai faith, but Abbas is Muslim and the coincidence didn’t prevent Abbas from becoming the Palestinian prime minister. Not only did the doors of the White House, which had been closed to Yasser Arafat, open to Abbas, President George W. Bush spent 40 of his precious minutes with Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad. And instead of Mahmoud going to the mountain – Washington – the leader of the free world came to the Middle East to hold a three-way summit with Abbas and Sharon.
Bush likes Dahlan, believes Abbas, has `a problem with Sharon’

Special dispatch
MEMRI – 30/12/04
On the elections in the Palestinian Authority, [Osama Ben Laden] said, “The land is under occupation, the constitution of the land is a Jahili [pre-Islamic constitution] made by man … and the candidate Mahmoud Abbas is a Bahai who was brought in … under the Oslo Accords.”
Special dispatch

Re: Feelings on Abbas
Posted by Rehmat – 18/12/06
According to the secularist Palestinian writer, Abd al-Qadir Yasin, quoted by the Egyptian newspaper ‘Al Usbu’( January 12, 2001) – Mahmoud Abbas came from an Iranian Bahai family which had emigrated to Palestine in the British Mandate period. His family surname used to be Mirza, which seems to have been quietly dropped as they tried to assimilate into mainstream. Born in the North Palestinian town of Safad, he was a young boy, 13, when the district was occupied by European Jew settlers and, like many other native Palestinians, the Abbas family too had to escape the terror of occupation. In the worlds of terror-lord, Yigal Allon (d. 1980), who then commanded the Zionist Palmach brigade – foreign minister between 1974 and 77 – they ‘did everything to encourage them to flee’. Abbas family ended up in Syria where Abbas took a law degree from the University of Damascus.
Re: Feelings on Abbas

The Road Map: A Fresh Conspiracy Targeting the Intifadah
Missionislam.com – date unknown
It is important to study Abu Mazen’s background to understand the size and gravity of the conspiracy he was entrusted with against the Muslim people of Palestine. Abu Mazen’s real name is Mahmoud Abbas Mirza. He is a follower of the Bahai religion, a branch of Zionism, which originated in the first half of the nineteenth century to tackle Islam from within. Mirza Ali Mohammed Shirazi created Bahaism. He was executed in 1266 Hijra due to such blasphemous beliefs as incarnation, and his claim that the ‘divine being’ have materialised in his own body. All Muslim sects unanimously agree that Bahaism is a religion separate to Islam serving the Zionist cause. Its followers are not Muslim.
The Road Map: A Fresh Conspiracy Targeting the Intifadah

Is Abu Mazen Bahai?