Iranians Clamor for Israel Asylum in Coronavirus Crisis

May 21, 2020

by: Itamar Eichner

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Coronavirus patients being treated in Tehran, Iran

Thursday, 21 May 2020 | Requests by Iranians for political asylum in Israel have increased considerably since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran has been hard hit by the virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 of its citizens.

The Foreign Ministry says it has been receiving thousands of requests for asylum on its Farsi digital platforms.

One man wrote that his family was politically active and two of his uncles had been put to death by the regime, while his father had spent eight years in prison.

“I too am often put in jail for political reasons and I would like to escape this slow death. Israel is my dream,” he added as he pleaded for help.

Others asked how they could actually enter Israel in order to request asylum, saying they were trying to escape the ayatollahs’ [honorary title bestowed on high-ranking Shiite Muslim clerics in Iran] regime.

Sharona Avginsaz, who runs the Farsi social media pages for the Foreign Ministry, said there has been a constant increase in requests from Iranians wishing to migrate to Israel across all its digital platforms.

“I had been answering each and every request personally but have not been able to keep up recently. We have no way of helping these people,” she said.

Posted on May 21, 2020

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on May 19, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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