Holy Jewish Site of Esther and Mordechai Set Ablaze in Iran
The Tomb of Mordechai and Esther, located in the Iranian city of Hamadan, was reportedly set on fire overnight Thursday, according to a Friday tweet by National Director of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Jonathan Greenblatt.
"Disturbing reports from Iran that the tomb of Esther & Mordechai, a holy Jewish site, was set afire overnight. We hope that the authorities bring the perpetrators of this antisemitic act to justice & commit to protecting the holy sites of all religious minorities in Iran,” he wrote.
Prior to the arson of the tomb, one Twitter user named Mohammad Mahdi Akhyar threatened to destroy the holy site on May 14 in response to a tweet by Israel's Foreign Affairs' Farsi Twitter page.
It is unclear if the arson is connected to Israel's Independence Day.
US Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr strongly condemned the attack on the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai and said, "Iran's regime is the world's chief state sponsor of antisemitism."