Three members of Iran’s small Jewish community have been arrested as part of a crackdown on ongoing anti-regime protests, community leaders said.
A source based outside Iran told the Times of Israel that two of the arrests were in Tehran and one in Shiraz.
Sources said one person arrested in Tehran had already been released, and there were hopes that the other two detainees would be released soon.
If there was a reason given for the arrest, it was not clear.
Protests have spread across Iran since the death of Martha Amini, who was detained by the so-called “morality police” in Tehran in September.
Authorities responded with a crackdown that said at least 458 people, including more than 60 children, had been killed, according to an Oslo-based Iranian human rights group.
Thousands were arrested, including prominent actors and football players.
Last month, Tehran’s Jewish community condemned protests sparked by the death of Amini, who was detained on suspicion of violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code.
In the letter, the Tehran Central Jewish Commission said it supported the Iranian regime in the deadly crackdown on protesters.
“This is a condemnation of the recent turmoil in the country which has not only caused several casualties in our country but also caused a lot of economic loss to the country,” the letter said.
“The community declares that it has always followed the position of the Supreme Leader,” it added.
“The community is declaring that enemies of the system are targeting the unity of the people and creating unrest. It hurts the hearts of those who are loyal to the Islamic system.
“The community asks all members of our dear nation to avoid polarizing the nation and discuss things. I hope to see you,” he added.
In September, during the first few weeks of protests, the committee issued a letter warning members to avoid synagogues during riots.
Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, there were about 100,000 Jews in Iran. By 2016, the number fell below 10,000, according to the Iranian census.
Prominent figures in Iran’s Jewish community have intermittently issued anti-Israel statements consistent with the regime’s agenda.
The Iranian Jewish community has voiced concerns that Jews could be physically attacked by the US killing of Iran’s top Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander General Qassem Soleimani in 2020. We have taken other precautions over the last year to protect our members. by some Muslim neighbors.
Iran has openly pledged to destroy Israel and financially supports terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas that are committed to this end.
Institutions contributed to this report.