According to the reports, Jews were to wear yellow cloth strips, called zonnar, while Christians were to wear red and Zoroastrians blue. The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Iranian expatriates living in Canada had confirmed the order had been passed, although it still had to be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect.Buuuut...
The denial from the Iranian embassy has all the credibility of a sheep fart in a windstorm, given the behavior of their government of late. However other people are also questioning it.
Several experts are casting doubt on reports that Iran had passed a law requiring the country's Jews and other religious minorities to wear coloured badges identifying them as non-Muslims.
The Iranian embassy in Otttawa also denied the Iranian government had passed such a law.
Thus we have some legitimate confusion as to the actual existence of a label-the-Jews law, and whether or not it will be passed. Seems to be hard to tell, because the Iranian government does not publish their deliberations on-line. And again, if they did would we believe them?
Sam Kermanian, of the U.S.-based Iranian-American Jewish Federation, said in an interview from Los Angeles that he had contacted members of the Jewish community in Iran -- including the lone Jewish member of the Iranian parliament.
They denied any such measure was in place.
Mr. Kermanian said the subject of "what to do with religious minorities" came up during debates leading up to the passing of the dress code law.
"It is possible that some ideas might have been thrown around," he said.
"But to the best of my knowledge the final version of the law does not demand any identifying marks by the religious minority groups."
Ali Reza Nourizadeh, an Iranian commentator on political affairs in London, suggested that the requirements for badges or insignia for religious minorities was part of a "secondary motion" introduced in parliament, addressing the changes specific to the attire of people of various religious backgrounds.
Mr. Nourizadeh said that motion was very minor and was far from being passed into law.
That account could not be confirmed.
The original link at the National Post has been pulled. It would be nice if a national newspaper could fact check their stories a little closer, but we are becoming used to reading bullroar there so this is just another snafu. Typical.
Lefties naturally are rubbing their little hands with glee. The poo is flying fast and furious on the web sites.
However, granting for the sake of argument that this is yet another MSM snafu, and the Iranians are not going to label the Jews this week, I see no denial that they are going to pass a national dress code law. Say that again, national dress code. As in you show up wearing Levis, you get fined or possible beat up, jailed and then fined. Or possibly just shot in the street like a mad dog.
Its hard to say, because in a dictatorship life or death sometimes get decided on the spur of the moment. If Abdul Al Whatsit the Morals Inspector had a bad falafel at lunch he may be a little cranky and just cap the first chick he sees whose ankles are showing under her burkha. He can do that kind of thing, because the local mullah said so.
For that matter,remember that there is really nothing stopping the government from passing the label-the-Jews law another day. That's the point. Its a friggin' fascist dictatorship, the citizens do what they are told or get friggin' shot.
But Chimpy Bushitler my friends, he is a Fascist®! Yea verily, it is so.