«Israel saved my life,» he said during a press conference in the newspaper Times of Israel Iranian journalist ned amine, which is Thursday, August 10, flew to Israel after she was granted refugee status.
32-year-old Iranian journalist and blogger fled Iran in 2014 in Turkey. Before fleeing, and after him in their articles, she criticized the Iranian regime and described the suffering of his compatriots. In recent years, blogging in Farsi on the website of the Israeli newspaper Times of Israel.
According to Neda, Iran is the one who collaborates with Israel, could face the death penalty. The journalist also said that because of her cooperation with the Israeli newspaper, part of relatives and friends turned away from her, the communication with them broke.
To the question about why she decided to write for the Israeli media, Amin said: «I love Israel. My father’s mother was Jewish. I have never supported the slogans of the Iranian regime against Israel and always wanted to write in Hebrew».
Recently, Turkey announced that it intends to expel a journalist home. If it happened in Iran, ned would have waited for the arrest, torture and most likely death.
The Association of journalists of Israel addressed to the head of the interior Ministry with a petition for asylum for Neda Amin. The petition noted that the journalist is being persecuted for his professional activities. In particular, for cooperation with an Israeli publication.
On 6 August the interior Minister Aryeh Deri was ordered to provide Neda Amin asylum. In a statement, the interior Ministry said: «we are Talking about the journalist’s life is threatened by a real danger just because she writes for the Israeli news site. For these humanitarian reasons, she was allowed to enter Israel».
In the Jerusalem office of the Times of Israel Neda Amin said: «In Israel I’m happy. This is my country. Here I feel safe.» A citizen of Iran spoke to the Israeli reporters in broken English, but admitted that it is with great pleasure that teaches Hebrew.
Ned also said that, when it faced the threat of deportation to Iran, she asked for help to many countries. But none of the countries does not hurry with the consideration of her claim for asylum. «The only country to respond instantly, was Israel,» she said.
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