|Israel Condemns Verdict on Jewish Prisoners in Iran|
(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
The Government of Israel wishes to express its profound shock and concern following the harsh sentences passed on some of the Jewish prisoners, who are innocent of any wrongdoing. These harsh verdicts will deprive innocent people of their freedom for many years. The eighteen months of imprisonment which the Iranian Jews have suffered constitutes a grave injustice and a gross violation of human rights, contravening the very essence of natural justice upheld by all civilized nations and accepted principles of international law. We call upon the international community to continue working together with Israel, and to do their utmost to bring about the prompt release of the prisoners. Iran cannot be accepted as a member of the international community as long as Jewish prisoners are rotting away in prison, when they have done no wrong. Israel will not rest until all the prisoners are released.