Iranian Jews 'not forced to stay'
Published 24/09/2010 | 05:00
Dr Ivor Shorts (Letters, September 22) writes that Iranian Jews remain there because they are "forced to stay" by the Islamic regime.
The US State Department paints a different picture in its 2009 International Religious Freedom Report for Iran, which states: "Jewish citizens were free to travel out of the country but were subject to the general restriction against travel by the country's citizens to Israel. This restriction, however, was not enforced."
In a similar vein, the BBC reported in 2006: "Gone are the early days of the Iranian revolution when Jews -- and many Muslims -- found it hard to get passports to travel abroad."