U.S. Groups to Celebrate Purim at Iran’s UN Mission


ahmadinejadSeveral Jewish groups in the U.S. have decided to celebrate the holiday of Purim differently this year, and have decided to hold a Megillah reading at the Iranian UN Mission in Manhattan, New York.

The event is sponsored by Americans for a Safe Israel, Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, Jewish Political Education Foundation, and ZSTREET, and its purpose is to “tell the world — and today’s Haman, Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — that we will not be silent as he threatens Israel with destruction and seeks ways to further destabilize the Mideast.”

Another reason for the comparison, besides the geography, is Ahmadinejad’s repeated calls to destroy Israel. Since he took office, Ahamdinejad has constantly threatened to eliminate Israel from the map, called the Holocaust an exaggeration, and has referred to Israel as a “filthy Zionist regime.”

The Iranians have also recently downgraded the status of the site known as the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai, the heroes of the Purim story who managed to overturn Haman’s decree and save the Jews. The site is no longer considered by Iranian authorities an official pilgrimage site, and Iran has even gone so far as to accuse Esther and Mordechai “for the massacre of 75 thousand Iranians, which the Jews celebrate at Purim.”

The Public Megillah Reading at the Iranian UN Mission will take place on Purim, Sunday, March 20 at noon local time at 633 Third Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own megillah, groggers (used to drown out the name of Haman whenever it is mentioned during the megillah reading), whistles, costumes, and posters.

{Read more: Arutz Shevah/Matzav.com}


  1. How stupid can you get?
    The Jews of Iran are in constant danger already. So American Jews living safe in the US are going to publicly insult the Iranian government in the US, and for what purpose? Simply to show chutzpah?

    This is an irresponsible publicity stunt. If you want to make a difference, call or write your Congressman or Senator in support of sanctions on Iran and support for Israel. These are legitimate ways of showing political support.

    Jeopardizing the safety of Jews in Iran is not.

  2. You think calling and writing our congressmen and senators matters anymore? They don’t care – they do as they please.
    This sends a message and lights a fire under them…. I love it!