Jerusalem - Mysterious Disappearance Of Iranian Jews Seeking Refuge In Israel Comes To A Tragic Conclusion
Jerusalem - A nearly two-decade-old search for three Jews trying to escape from Iran en route to Israel has come to a tragic end, Ynet News reports (http://bit.ly/1I5l6Ax).
Israel’s Mossad agency has announced that brothers Cyrus and Abrahim Karamani and Nurallah Ravizada were all captured and killed after leaving Tehran in February 1997. The three men were supposed to meet a smuggler at the Pakastani border, but never made it, and no sign of them was ever discovered.
Just three years before their attempted escape, eight Iranian Jews traveling in three groups also tried to leave the country for Israel and went missing. After unrelenting complaints by the missing men’s relatives that the Israeli government was not doing enough to find out what happened, the eight individuals were finally confirmed dead in March 2014 by Mossad.
A representative for the families, Yehuda Kasif, said, “After 18 and a-half years of intensive, persistent searching, the mystery of the missing Iranians has been solved and the tragic ending has arrived. Last year, before Passover, it was announced that the eight Jews who disappeared in 1994 on their way to Israel were murdered by their smugglers or by border guards. Now we have been told that the fates of the three Jews who left their homes in February 1997, brothers Abrahim and Cyrus Karamani and Nurallah Ravizada, was no better and that they too were murdered on their way to Israel. There is nothing to add to everything that has been said during the long years of searching.”
Though Mossad shared the sad fate of the men with their families, their relatives have requested to officially be informed by Israel’s prime minister and president.
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