Jun 10, 1999
The RCA and Orthodox Union in a joint commission asked the government of Iran to release 13 Iranian Jews arrested on the eve of Passover. Both as a fulfillment of the precept of Pidyon Shevuyim; redemption of captives - a precept which is of primary import in Judaism and as an extension of human rights initiatives, we ask for these peoples release. The accused individuals have never had any connection with espionage or the intelligence community and should be granted their civil rights. We ask that all initiatives possible be taken on a diplomatic front by the U.N., The United States, The European Union, Israel and all people of good faith to effect their release. We call upon clergy of all faiths, particularly on those with influence in the Moslem world to reunite these individuals in peace and safety with their families.