(February 3, 2003) Los Angeles- Yesterday afternoon, sources within Iran informed IJPAC that the remaining Jews in Shiraz were given a "vacation" from their imprisonment on the occasion of the "Ten Days of Fajr." The ten days of Fajr is the period of time between the arrival of late Imam Khomeini to Iran and the day that the revolution succeeded.
The information provided to IJPAC was corroborated this morning by stories in two government-controlled newspapers based in Iran including Emrooz newspaper.
IJPAC President Pooya Dayanim released the following statement: " It is obvious that the release of the Jews has occurred to bolster the Islamic Republic's human rights record in advance of the meeting of Iranian Foreign Minister Kharrazi with British Prime Minister Blair and before an important three day visit by the EU Commissioner of External Affairs to Iran."
Mr. Dayanim added, however, " We hope and pray that the information we have received is true. Whatever the reasons for the release are, we hope that the vacation of the five Jews becomes a permanent one and that they do not have to return to prison. The Islamic Regime must close the book on this dark chapter in its history."
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