Iran: Queen Esther and Mordechai tomb desecrated in arson attack

The tomb of Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, the most important Jewish site in Iran which houses the remains of the biblical figures, has been set ablaze this weekend in the Hamdan Province.

‘Disturbing reports from Iran that the tomb of Esther and Mordechai, a holy Jewish site, was set afire overnight,’ ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted.

‘We hope that the authorities bring the perpetrators of this antisemitic act to justice and commit to protecting the holy sites of all religious minorities in Iran,’ he added.

The attack was confirmed by Iran’s official IRNA news agency, which initially said that the site was “largely unharmed,” but then removed the report from its webpage.

The agency also said the arsonist had been identified after being spotted by security cameras.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned the attack and Iran’s response to it, saying that Muslims protected Jewish holy sites for ages “but all that has changed under the Ayatollahs and the terrorist movements they have spawned.”