Israel Grants Asylum to Iranian Journalist Facing Death Penalty
I was in danger and Israel saved me. I loved Israel since my youth and never accepted the regime’s anti-Israel slogans
Israel Interior Minister Aryeh Deri just before the weekend granted political asylum to Neda Amin, an Iranian journalist facing the death penalty for the crime of writing a column for an Israeli media website.
Amin had previously been staying in Turkey while penning her views for the Times of Israel. But she was recently informed by Ankara that she'd have to return to Iran.
Back in her home country, Amin was facing the death penalty for cooperating with Israel.
Deri said the decision to grant her asylum was a no-brainer.
"This is a journalist whose life is in real danger, only because of writing columns on an Israeli news website. In these clear humanitarian circumstances, I authorize her entry without hesitation," announced the interior minister.
After landing in Israel over the weekend, Amin gushed her appreciation.
"I was in danger and the State of Israel saved me. I want to stay here for now, but I will honor any decision of the authorities," she told reporters.
Amin further explained that she'd been instilled with an affinity for Israel by her father.
"My father didn't really believe in Islam, so he also learned about Judaism," she said. "My roots are somewhat connected to Judaism. I loved Israel since my youth; I never accepted all the regime’s anti-Israel slogans. I always dreamed that I will somehow get to Israel."