The members of the Jewish community in Shiraz, Iran, were shocked to discover on Sunday that their synagogue had been vandalized. Torah scrolls were torn apart and prayer books were dropped in the toilets, according to Yeshiva World News. Police are investigating the incident.
Synagogue in Tehran (archive) Photo Credit: EPA
A Jewish synagogue in the Iranian city of Shiraz was vandalized on Sunday. According to Yeshiva World News, two Torah scrolls were torn apart. In addition, prayer books were found in the bathrooms. The vandals threw many of them in the toilets. The news outlet added that police have launched an investigation into the incident.
It is estimated that there are currently less than 10,000 Jews living in Iran. Most of them live in the cities of Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz. In recent decades, Iran’s Jewish population has significantly declined. Most of the Jewish population left after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Jewish people have been living in Iran for over 3,000 years. Many Persian Jews now live in Israel or the US. There are large Persian Jewish communities in several American cities such as Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Brooklyn.