The execution in Iran of a prominent Jewish businessman has raised fears for the safety of other members of the large Jewish Community living there.
SV: passengers arriving at Tel Aviv airport and welcomed by friends and relatives. (2 shots)
SV PAN TO CU: Mr Ben Porot speaking at his Tel Aviv home.
POROT: "If they want to continue (indistinct) what they are doing now, the hanging, the arresting, now there are about sixty or eighty Jews arrested in custody. What this would mean if they continue was very dangerous. We are talking about sixty, sixty-five thousand Jews there."
GODER: "Is there anything Israel as a nation can do?"
POROT: "Well, the only thing it can do, can ask to restrain the influence upon the regime in Persia, and Arabs voice before the world opinion, and not only Israel but Jewish organisations in the United States. And I believe Jewish Organisations in the United States have something to say about the Jewry in Persia, have something to say to the regime in Persia. I think France has something to say to the regime in Iran, because there is some relationship between Persia, between Khomeini and France, before it comes too late."
GODER:"Can you say at this point to what extent the government here is involved on questions of Iran?"
POROT: "Well I can't say it's welcome because we don't have any relationship with Persia. But there are means that will have to be used to make the influence upon Iran. What scares me is not the regime itself, not Khomeini, and his committee is Persia, not them, but it scares me that the mob, if they will have the intention that the regime means to do something against the Jews, they will do it by themselves without control."
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin has condemned the execution of Mr Elghanian.Speaking in the Knesset he urged the world not to remain silent following what he called "the executions of this murderous regime".
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Background: The execution in Iran of a prominent Jewish businessman has raised fears for the safety of other members of the large Jewish Community living there. Mr Habib Elghanian was executed on Wednesday (9May) on charges of "spying for Israel" and "aiding in the massacre of the Palestinian people". It was the first execution of a non-Moslem since the Islamic government's revolutionary take-over of Iran in February. The country's Jewish community had previously been we treated by the new authorities.
SYNOPSIS: These people arriving at Ben Gurion airport were among the many Jews who have left Iran since the February revolution. Their evacuation was arranged by former Knesset member, Mr Mordecai Ben Porot, who is now concerned for the Jews remaining in Iran.