(Tehran) The Canadian paper National Post reported today that a new law has been passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews, Christians, and other religious minorities to wear colored badges to identify them as non-Muslims.
The paper quoted Iranian expatriates living in Canada who said that that the Iranian parliament - the Islamic Majlis - passed a law this week that also set a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear nearly identical "standard Islamic garments" instead of Western-style clothing.
According to the report, Iranian Jews would be required to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth. The report also suggests that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad personally pushed to get the bill, which has been stalled for two years, passed by Parliament.
Independent reporter Meir Javdanfar, who was born and raised in Tehran, says the report is untrue.
"It's absolutely factually incorrect," he said. "Nowhere in the law is there any talk of Jews and Christians having to wear different colours. I've checked it with sources both inside Iran and outside."
Javdanfar said that the idea itself is absurd.
"The Iranian people would never stand for it," he said. "The Iranian government wouldn't be stupid enough to do it."
If this report is true, there seems to be a significant disconnect between Iran's theocratic rulers and world opinion. The idea that religious minorities would be singled out and stigmatized has obvious parallels to Nazi Germany.
However, if the report is not factual, this suggests the possibility of a concentrated disinformation campaign against the Republic of Iran.