Iranian state television is producing a 22-episode series about the friendship between an Iranian boy and a Jewish girl studying in France after the German invasion in 1940. In an article headlined "Iran Series Depicts Holocaust Truths," Daily Variety quoted Hassan Fathi, director of the series titled Zero Degree, as saying: "According to historical documents through the period of the birth of fascism in Europe and the Nazi policy of destroying lives of Jewish people, Iranian people have played an important role in saving the lives of hundreds of Jews from this Nazi hell. ... This issue is one of the most important and basic subjects of this series and indicates that Iranians, typically, believe in the right of racial equality for all people." Variety observed that the director's remarks appear to be at odds with those of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, who has called for the destruction of Israel. Iran has the largest population of Jews in the Middle East outside of Israel, and Iranian Jews who have emigrated to Israel have been quoted in the Israeli press as complaining that they face greater discrimination in their new country than they did in their old.




07/06/2007