Israel grants entry for Iranian journalist facing death penalty
JACK GUEZ (AFP)
An Iranian journalist facing the death penalty in her home country for her journalistic work will be granted entry to Israel, Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri confirmed Sunday.
The journalist, Nada Amin, fled Iran to Turkey three years ago. But Turkey has announced that she would be deported back to Iran in the coming days where she would most likely be arrested immediately upon arrival.
"There is a real danger to her life,” Deri said according to Israeli media. “I confirmed her entry without hesitation.”
The minister responded to a request by the Jerusalem Journalists Association and the National Journalists Association to approve entry for Amin, who has written columns in Persian for the Israeli daily, Times of Israel.
"Amin is expected to be arrested immediately upon arrival in Iran and is in danger of execution because of her journalistic work,” said her brother in a letter to Minister Deri.
"This is a journalist who poses a real danger to her life, only because of writing columns on an Israeli news website,” said Deri, according to Israel’s Ynet News.
Israel and Iran are bitter longstanding rivals. Earlier this week, two Iranian soccer players were condemned for playing on a Greek team against Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv.
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