Iranian Extremists Threaten to Destroy Tomb of Queen Esther in Western Iran
A group of Islamists staged a rally at the tomb of Biblical Queen Esther, one of the most revered sites for Jews in Iran, and threatened to destroy it if Israel damages the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. (World Jewish Congress)
Iranian extremists this week threatened to destroy the Tomb of Queen Esther in Hamandan.
Banafsheh Zand Bonazzi reported:
On Sunday, December 12th, the Iranian firebrand basij militia demonstrated in the city of Hamadan, and threatened to destroy the tomb of Queen Esther which is located in the city of Hamadan or Ekbatana, if Israel damages the al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem. The western world sat by as the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamian, after murdering hundreds of thousands, if not millions in Afghanistan. Now these backward savages are threatening to do the very same.
Several construction and archeological projects on the Temple Mount have led Muslims to charge that Israel is purposely putting the al-Aqsa Mosque in danger.
Up to 25,000 Jews live in Iran. Pilgrims regularly visit the Esther shrine.
Esther is the heroine of the Purim story, where she convinces her husband, King Ahashverosh (in Persian he is known as Ardeshir’eh-deraaz-dast), to allow the Jews to defend themselves and live throughout the Persian Empire.