• Iranian Badge Story

    From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Sunday, May 21, 2006 01:59:42
    The article I posted about the Iranian law intended to make
    religious minorities wear distinctive coloured badges may
    be a fiction cooked up by a public relations firm to condition
    people for an invasion of Iran.

    E.g. Ynet News says the report is false:

    Iran: Yellow badge report false

    Iranian lawmakers hurried to disavow a report that the Muslim country
    would enforce a dress code requiring Jews to where a yellow armband;
    Iranian Jewish MP: The report damaged Jewish image in Iran.

    Iranian officials adamantly denied on Saturday reports claiming that
    the Muslim state was passing a law that would require minority members
    to identify themselves with various colored armbands u and,
    reminiscent of the Holocaust, Jews would be forced to wear yellow


    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3252934,00.html ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    The report possibly originated from Amir Taheri, of Benador Associates: http://www.benadorassociates.com/

    Benador Associates is a public relations firm based in New York and
    Washington, specialized in the areas of media applied to politics,
    conflict resolution, the dialogue of civilisations, foreign policy,
    national security, anti-terrorism, defense of human rights and freedom
    of religion, among others.

    We are also the only public relations firm in the United States that
    doubles as international speakers' bureau for the experts we
    represent. We have close contacts with the media, printed, audio and audiovisual, on a national and international level. Our activities
    expand worldwide.


    by Amir Taheri
    Benador Associates

    May 20, 2006

    This article was published today in the New York Post.

    FASHION VICTIMS: The dress code would ban Western fashions popular
    among young Iranian women, already forced to cover their hair.

    May 20, 2006 -- WHILE Iran's economy appears to be heading for
    recession, one sector may have some reason for optimism. That sector
    is the garment industry and the reason for its optimism is a law
    passed by the Islamic Majlis (parliament) on Monday.


    It also envisages separate dress codes for religious minorities,
    Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, who will have to adopt distinct
    color schemes to make them identifiable in public. The new codes would
    enable Muslims to instantly recognize non-Muslims so that they can
    avoid shaking hands with them by mistake, and thus becoming najis"




    Cheers, Steve..

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