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8 Iranian Jews murdered on their way to Israel

By Mason White 12:14 PM March 21, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
A group of Iranian Jews who were making their way to Israel, were murdered, Israel Police said.

On Thursday, the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, declared dead eight Iranian Jews who disappeared while trying to leave Iran in the 1990s, saying that they had evidence that they were killed.

The men were among members who the U.S. State Department declared persecuted due to anti-Semitism.

The families of the eight had pressured Israel to search for information about their whereabouts as part of their last prisoner exchanges with the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran. Iran is deeply hostile to the Jewish state, which prevents any direct consultation.

In a statement, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Mossad had investigated and received from a reliable source the information that these Jews were captured and killed while escaping Iran.

The widows will now be allowed to marry after their husbands were declared dead.