Iranian cleric and Tehran University professor Valiollah Naghipourfar said that “most sorcerers are Jews” in a recent segment on Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
In the broadcast, Naghipourfar speaks at length about Jinns, evil mythical creatures in Islamic mythology also prevalent in Iranian culture and considered to be employed at times by sorcerers in order to torment human beings in various ways.
In that context, Naghipourfar states that “the Jew is very practiced in sorcery. Indeed, most sorcerers are Jews.”
An editorial by IranWire criticized the broadcast, stating, “That such base prejudice and folk anti-Semitism could be peddled on state television is especially painful given Iran’s long history of religious tolerance among sects. Jewish Iranians arguably have fared better in Iran, and felt themselves more Iranian, than the region’s Arab Jews, who have largely abandoned their home countries and emigrated to Israel or the West.”