Arrest of Jews in Iran

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
8 June 1999

Last night Radio Teheran broadcast a report according to which 13 Jews were arrested in Iran on the charge of espionage.

Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon declared today that no one of the arrested men was involved in espionage, and no one of them has, or has had in the past, any connection with any Israeli intelligence agency.

Israel is worried about these arrests which have occurred only because they are Jewish. Israel is deeply concerned about their fate and demands their immediate release.