Maurice Motamed

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Maurice Motamed or Morris Motamed (Persian: موریس معتمد‎; born 1945)[1] was elected in 2000 and again in 2004 as a Jewish member of the Iranian Parliament (preceded by Manuchehr Eliasi and succeeded by Siamak Moreh Sedgh),[1] representing the Jewish community which has by Iran's constitution retained a reserved seat since the Persian Constitution of 1906.


In Parliament, he has been active in defending Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians against discrimination. He also played a prominent role in the efforts to alleviate the sentences against some members of the Jewish community for alleged spying or illegally trying to flee the country. He also served as a member of the Parliament's Energy Committee.

In various media, Motamed has regularly expressed his support for the official positions of the Iranian government on international affairs in order to stress the national loyalty of Iranian Jews for the country, including support for Iran nuclear program (he is member of Majlis energy commission).

With regard to Holocaust denial comments made by Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Motamed has expressed significant concerns, noting that "Denial of such a great historical tragedy that is connected to the Jewish community can only be considered an insult to all the world's Jewish communities." He also criticised Iranian television for broadcasting antisemitic programmes. He also added that, "The Iranian Jews have been present in this country for a long time, for some 2,700 [years]. During these 2,700 years they have always been in full understanding with the society, they've lived in friendship and brotherhood, so therefore I don't think that bringing up such an issue could damage the Jewish community in Iran."[2]

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  1. ^ a b "The Victory of the Reformists in Iran Does Not Mean Increased Aliyah". Global Jewish Agenda. Jewish Agency for Israel. 1 (8). 2000-02-24. Archived from the original on 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2008-10-31.

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