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article imageIran increases jail penalty for travel to Israel

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 15, 2011 in World
Tehran - The Iranian parliament has passed an amendment to the 1972 Passport Law that will increase the penalty imposed on any Iranian visiting Israel. Prison sentences will now be from two to five years.
An amendment to the Iranian Passport Law was passed by Iran's parliament on Monday and will initiate stiffer prison sentences for citizens that flout the travel ban to Israel. Prior to Monday Iranians could be subject to jail sentences that were generally between one to three months for breaching the travel ban. The new amendment will now increase the prison term to between two to five years, Naharnet reported.
According to [i]En Trend the legal change refers to Israel as "occupied Palestine." In addition to longer prison sentences, Iranian nationals who travel to Israel will also be banned from holding a passport for a term of three to five years. Exemptions to the travel ban will still be considered by Iran's foreign ministry.
In spite of the anti-Israel rhetoric that Iran is famously known for, the country actually hosts the largest Jewish population of any Muslim country. Roger Cohen, writing in the New York Times posed the interesting question "It’s important to decide what’s more significant: the annihilationist anti-Israel ranting, the Holocaust denial and other Iranian provocations — or the fact of a Jewish community living, working and worshipping in relative tranquillity."
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