Karmel MelamedBy Karmel Melamed

Times of Israel

April 26, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to see the Academy award-winning film “ARGO” and was impressed to see the producers of the film had correctly depicted the horrifying sense of terror and imminent death individuals living in post-revolutionary Iran experienced at the hands of the Iranian regime’s thugs. The scenes in the film showing “enemies” of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime hanging dead from construction cranes in the middle of the streets of Tehran or an individual being randomly shot by the regime’s revolutionary guards were indeed commonplace in the late 1970s and early 1980s in Iran.

Yet the heart-pounding terror shown in “ARGO” was just a small glimpse into the longstanding pain and suffering created by Iran’s radical Islamic regime towards average Iranians—especially Jews and other religious minorities living in Iran during the last 30 plus years. While “ARGO” is an entertaining film based on true facts that occurred in Iran at the start of the revolution, many of us Iranian Jews living in the U.S. and elsewhere relive this nightmare on a daily basis when we recall what suffering our community has endured at the hands of the current Islamic regime’s leadership.


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