Baha'ism and Arab-Israeli War
In the Arab-Israeli war, the Baha'is have always advocated the usurper Israel and advertised against the Muslims. The Zionist and Israeli's need for mass
Translator: Davood Salehan
In the Arab-Israeli war, the Baha'is have always advocated the usurper Israel and advertised against the Muslims. The Zionist and Israeli's need for mass media information and resources in Islamic countries has caused the Baha'is to help them, because if the Arabs succeeded, Baha'ism's interests were in danger.
In the year 1379 AH (1960 AD), an Iranian participant spoke at the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Jerusalem of the Baha'i intelligence role for Israel. The Arab countries did not take the issue seriously. Due to the lack of knowledge of Muslims about the situation of Zionism in Islamic Arab countries - due to the weakness of their intelligence organizations - they did not pay much attention to it, while for experts of the political-religious issues of Iran it was clear that until the friendship and relations plan of Abbas Effendi with Zionism, there was no Jewish-Baha'i in Iran.
After the emergence of this commitment and its continuity at the time of Shoghi Effendi - especially after the formation of the state of Israel - in the Baha'i circles of Iran, many Jews called themselves Baha'i Jews; even Israel, as the heart of world – which is a common term for the interests of both groups - became known for the Baha'is and Zionist Jews. This term was a suggestion by Shoghi Effendi.
The Baha'is' serious effort to obtain political information and documents for interests of Zionism and Israel led the Arab League community to take side. And the issue of Baha'ism was included in the agenda of the Arab Bureau Prohibition against Israel affiliated to the Arab League. The office had mission to identify all the companies and industrial and economic complexes of America and Europe which had joint interests with Israel, which served in its favor and against Arabs, and give name of them to the Arab states for sanctions on trade and economic cooperation. Reuters reported on January 10, 1975 in Damascus:
Mohammad Mahjub ( Supreme Commissar in Arabs' Banning Offices against Israel) said: he will examine sanction offices against the Baha'i faction in the next month. Mohammad Mahjoub has named the Baha'i group as a pro-Israel movement and Zionism.
The same topic was transmitted by the Middle East News Agency on January 10, 1975, quoting by Mohammad Mahjub and others.
On February 23rd, Israeli sanctuary officers will gather at the Cairo conference to review the issue of the Baha'i religious group that has Zionist goals and activities in Arab-Islamic countries.
On February 23, 1975, a conference was held in Cairo on the Israeli sanctions, and on February 25, its important findings and decisions were published in the world press.
The Beirut Almoharar Newspaper on February 25, 1975 announced the decision of sanctions conference quoted by Mohammad Mahjoub and other well-known observers on the relationship between the Baha'i and the Zionist circles and Israel.
The Arab Sanction Bureau against Israel also stipulated that Arab governments should strictly prevent the Baha'i movement and their constituencies, as it became clear to conference members that Zionism had been hidden behind them - even the Iranian Baha'is had been so insolent that collected huge sums of money for assistance to usurpers Israel. The collected money was about 120 million tomans, which was apparently sent to the Haifa National Security Administration, but the main purpose was to help the Israeli army. A considerable amount of this money was paid by Habib Sabet.
According to SAVAK officers (9/9/46 :(
It has been heard that a while ago the Baha'is of Iran have contributed a huge sum - several million dollars - to Israel. It is believed that the Baha'is' help is carried out through Mr Ghafouri (the political representative of Israel in Iran) and by Habib al-Qaniyan, who had direct contact with Habib Sabet – who was formerly Jewish and from Kashān because apparently the capital of the circle and funds collected by the Baha'is are in a box in hands of Habib Sabet and he gave the money to Rabh; however, the collected amount is currently unclear.
In the following, we refer to the role of Iran's representatives in Palestine. Mirza Habibullah Khan Al-Reza or Abdul Malik was elected as Iran's representative in Palestine by Iranian foreign ministry officials. Of course, this choice does not mean that before that date, Iran had no representation in Palestine. It is apparent from the available political documents that prior to 1298, Mimiosso Squinch, was the head of the honorary party of Iran in Palestine, Haifa. Squinch governed the affairs of this region with the special attention of the Iranian Consulate in Egypt. Regardless of him, Anis Haieri and Tofiq Afifi were as Iran's honorary consulate and both been in charge of Iran's affairs in two cities of Yafa and Acre, and they were in the same position until 1314 (1935). This year, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran's report dated 17/9/1349, the end of his service was officially sent to the British High Commission in Palestine,
Mirza Habibullah, who was from Shiraz and was the son of Mirza Reza Ghanad, was a well-known Baha'i and fascinated by Abbas Effendi. He was afraid of the anger of Muslim people due to his closeness with Abbas Effendi, and he was worried about staying in Iran. So he went to Acre and became servant of Abbas Effendi's rule. Because of his fanaticism in this sect, he was grateful for the affection of Effendi. Abbas Effendi made Habibullah Khan, son of Mirza Reza Ghannad educate and at his own expense, he sent him to Europe for two years to study. He became fluent in English and French, and then he came to Tehran. After the Constitutional Revolution in 1939 he moved to Haifa. He writes in his report:
A few days ago, Haifa was threatened by the Iranians living in the Baha'is land that because the British government was delaying the identification of the Haifa Peninsula ... and the Bahá'í affairs, in any case, about traveling to and from other countries is hurt, please take a few days trip.
Habibullah Khan traveled to Haifa apparently without Haiti's permission, and then he traveled to Jerusalem, and negotiated with British officials without credentials. Interestingly, not only he did not face the opposition of the British authorities, but he was welcomed.
Unfortunately, the State Department also did not react to the political turmoil resulting from the third Esfand coup (in March), and this also added to the courage of Ein al-Mulk, so that he officially proposed the supervision of Palestine affairs.
Habibullah Khan in one of his reports while accusing the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Egypt considers the violation of the rights and dignity of the Iranian government as follows:
I used to say that there was a difference between the Baha'is after the death of Abdu'l-Bahá about Baha'u'llah and his successor. As a result of the incident, the telegraph and telephone conversations by the Baha'i communities throughout the world were sent to the British government and his foreign ministry and the commissar and they say that their theme is that key must be achieved by Shoghi Effendi ... Now, you can consider that the lack of a competent officer of compassion in Palestine has been the source of the violation of the rights and dignity of the Iranian government; this has meant that the Bahá'ís have been resorting to the British government at all points, while if we had an officer, everyone should have resorted to the Iranian government. In any case, this is the state of affairs of those pages, and I do not know that the Minister [of Iran] in Egypt, on what consideration could not prevent these things... In his time, if the affairs of that place had been delegated to him, as at Levant, I have kept the rights and dignity of the state, I have done the same in there...
According to this document, one of the motives of Mirza Habibullah Khan, who later used Hoveyda name for himself, was to deal with Baha'i affairs in Palestine. His motivation is divided into two parts according to the existing documents:
A) An attempt for continuous connect with the Baha'i Center in Palestine and closeness to the leaders of this sect. This effort has been revealed by a group of Iranians and with an outspoken message in the same years that reveals decision of Hoveyda:
To the High Council of Ministers, Respected and Lawyers of the National Assembly! Mr. Habibullah Khan does not have time to resolve bondmen's issues. For his day and night is busy propagation of the Baha'i Faith, and his relationship is with Haifa in contrast to being in relation with capital of Iran.
B) Making financial gain is another reason for Ein al-Mulk Hoveyda to give such a proposal. Perhaps there are few people among the members of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Qajar period, who are accused of extortion and abuse of Iranian citizens residing in his mission. Hoveyda's profitable actions quickly triggered important issues in Iran's foreign relations with the Middle East region, so that the authorities of every country in which they live in clearly expressed dissatisfaction with his behavior.
Iran's foreign ministry officials who hoped to put an end to the problems of the Iranian people with the transfer of Palestinian affairs to Habibullah Khan Hoveyda, as well as to determine their foreign policy principles in the face of the Palestinian crisis, not only failed to reach the first goal, but faced a new difficulty in achieving the second objective.
although Hoveyda reminded Tehran's authorities the danger of Zionism's influence and its growth in the region repeatedly, this action of him was not due to the benevolence and national interests of Iran, but they were because of the covert conquest of the Baha'is and Zionists in the occupation of the Palestinian Authority. The Ministry of foreign affairs of Iran, which had a formal political representation before the departure of Hoveyda to Palestine, at least he had official political representative in three major cities- and due to his actions not only the offices of Yafa, Acre and Haifa were closed, but also annexed the Palestinian affairs to Levant and Iranian people of Palestine have had good cooperation with Zionist supporters.