On May 22nd, Iran celebrated the International Quds Day and its parliament passed several laws aimed at Israel.
One of these bills was to make illegal any cooperation and “spying” for Israel is forbidden.
According to al-Monitor, “Iran’s parliament has passed a law criminalizing any prearranged contact with Israelis. The punishment, depending on the background of the defendant and the prerogative of the judge, could include anywhere from six months to two years in prison, 31 to 74 lashes or 20-80 million tomans (about $1,200-$4,800) in fines. There are also other less severe forms of punishment at the judge’s disposal that include depriving the guilty party of benefits such as housing, state pensions and state education for a period of six months to five years.”
Iranian media such as Fars News Agency weren’t as specific about the punishments and the sort, so it comes down to speculation whether this is fact or not.
However, in a somewhat questionable move, Iranian lawmakers banned all business with Israel, as well as using any Israeli technology – software or hardware.
“Based on the first article of the bill, all Iranian bodies are required to use the country’s regional and international capacities to confront the Zionist regime’s measures, specially its warmongering and terrorist moves, siege (of Gaza), settlement construction, displacing the Palestinian people and occupation of countries’ lands, including Golan,” Rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told Fars.
Naqavi Hosseini said that following the approval, “any cooperation or spying for the Zionist regime is equal to enmity towards God and corruption on earth and activities of the Israeli software platforms in Iran and using its hardware and software products is forbidden.”
The new bill also bans transferring the goods produced by the Israeli companies via the Iranian territories as well as participation of the Israeli nationals and firms in the exhibitions held inside Iran.
Another decision undertaken to commemorate the International Quds Day was that Iran would establish a virtual embassy in Palestine.
“The foreign ministry is required to make necessary arrangements to form the Islamic Republic of Iran’s virtual embassy or consulate (in Palestine) and submit the results for approval to the cabinet,” one of the paragraphs of the bill to ‘confront Israel’s hostile acts against the peace and security’ said.
“The foreign ministry is required to adopt necessary measures (to this end) in consultations with other countries,” it added.
The law was adopted unanimously by all legislators present, Fars reported. There was no clarification as to how its provisions would be implemented.
Iran has marked al-Quds Day since the start of its 1979 Islamic Revolution by the late ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Iran says the day is an occasion to express support for the Palestinians.
As described by Fars, “the International Quds Day is an annual event opposing Israel’s occupation of Beitul-Muqaddas. Anti-Zionist rallies and demonstrations are held on the last Friday of Ramadan in Muslim and Arab countries around the world, specially in Iran, as well as a large number of non-Muslim states.”
The decision to ban the use of any Israeli technology, and if the report by al-Monitor is factual, the laws may be rather excessive, but time will show how these will actually be enforced.
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