Action Recommendations
Arrest of 13 Iranian Jews
(updated July 1, 2000)

Given the extremely sensitive nature of this situation it is important that concerned Americans direct their activities in an appropriate and productive manner. We recommend the following:

Sign the Online Petition Urging the Release of the 10 Jews still imprisoned in Iran.

Prayer Services/Public Vigils: Vigils and prayer services on behalf of the imprisoned Jews, with the recitation of Psalms should be organized. Sermons should focus on the mitzvah of (the redemption of captives). Recommended Psalms are 130, 120 and 20. It is particularly appropriate to organize interfaith services on behalf of the 13.

Letter Writing: Over the past seventeen months the international community has been actively interceding with the Government of Iran to free the 13 imprisoned Jews. Currently, efforts on underway to urge the Government of Iran to reverse the sentences against the 10 Jews convicted.  If you wish to write letters they should be directed to those countries and leaders that have diplomatic and economic relations with Iran. These include the United Nations, the Vatican, member nations of the European Union, particular, Germany, France, Great Britain and Italy, Muslim and Arab nations, the Russian Federation and Japan. In your letters, you should make the following points:

  • Thank them for their continued involvement on this important moral, religious and human rights issues
  • Ask them to continue to raise their great concern over the situation in all encounters Iranian government officials, diplomats and businesspeople.
  • The international community must continue to view this trial as a signal of Iran’s failure to qualify to join the community of nations. As the post-trial process proceeds, we urge that the international community continue its vigilance in calling for justice for the defendants and the safety and well being of the 27,000 Jews still living in Iran.
  • The process has contravened international judicial norms. There was no evidence that the 13 spied for Israel. The so-called “confessions” on which the verdict is based were full of contradictions and inconsistencies. Court officials regularly used the media to manipulate public opinion outside the courtroom, particularly in the highly suspect broadcast of two defendants “confessing” to espionage. The trial was closed to all observers, including the defendants’ families, Jewish community leadership, foreign diplomats and representatives of human rights groups.
  • The Iranian authorities must release the 10 Jews in prison and allow them to be reunited with their families.


His Excellency Francois V. Bujon
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
fax: (202) 944-6166


His Excellency Juergen Chrobog
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
4645 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
fax: (202) 298-4249


His Excellency Ferdinand Salleo
Embassy of Italy
1601 Fuller Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
fax: (202) 483-2187


His Excellency Kunihiko Saito
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
fax: (202) 328-2187


His Excellency 
Yury Viktorovich Ushakov
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
fax: (202) 298-5735

United Kingdom:

His Excellency Sir Christopher Meyer
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
fax: (202) 588-7870

The U.N

His Excellency Kofi Anan
United Nations Secretariat
New York, NY 10017
fax: (212) 963-4879

The Vatican: 

His Excellency The Most Reverend Gabriele Montalvo
Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See
3339 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 337-4036

His Excellency The Most Reverend Archbishop Renato R. Martino
Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
20 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021
fax: (212) 370-9622

Letters of Support to the Iranian Jewish Community: Letters of support can be directed to the Iranian Jewish community in the United States.

Iranian American Jewish Federation
1317 N. Crescent Heights Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
tel:   (323) 656-3150 
fax:: (323) 654-1791

Also Online:

ADL Press Release - July 1, 2000
ADL Outraged at Harsh Sentences Imposed on Iranian Jews. Maintains Trial Was a "Farce"

ADL Press Release - May 19, 2000
ADL Says World Bank Loan to Iran is Bad Business While Trial of 13 Jews on Trumped Up Charges Proceeds

ADL Press Release - May 3, 2000
ADL Calls Trial of Iranian Jews Farcical

ADL Press Release - March 17, 2000
ADL Disappointed with U.S. Decision to Lift Sanctions Against Iran

ADL Opinion - June 11, 1999
Iran Jews Held on Trumped Up Charges Must Be Freed.

ADL Press Release -June 11, 1999
Rev. Jesse Jackson Meets with Iranian Jewish Families Pledges to Intercede on Behalf of Imprisoned Jews

ADL Press Release - June 8, 1999
ADL Outraged at Espionage Charges Against Iranian Jews; Calls for Their Immediate Release

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Updated July 1,  2000

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