Iranian journalist, granted refuge in Israel, lands in Tel Aviv

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri, who approved the asylum, noted that Amin was facing a real threat to her life exclusively for writing columns for an Israeli news site.

Neda Amin, an Iranian journalist who was granted political asylum in Israel Sunday, landed in the country on Thursday after disappearing for a few days.

In Iran, she would have faced certain imprisonment, torture and the death penalty for her association with Israel. She reportedly was accused of being a spy for Israel. She said Israel was the only country willing to grant her asylum without delay on humanitarian grounds.

Amin said Turkish authorities recently told her she would be deported to Iran, and she feared that her writing in an Israeli media outlet jeopardized her safety there. "Thank you", she said, over and over, embracing Horovitz.

Neda Amin. who has written blogs in Persian for the Israeli daily, Times of Israel, was approved entry by Israel's interior minister in response to a request by the Jerusalem Journalists Association and the National Journalists Association who claimed her life was in danger for her journalistic work.

Iran is a bitter enemy of Israel.

The UN previously designated her a refugee in 2015.

Horovitz says he felt an obligation to Amin and that he persuaded Israeli authorities to help bring her to Israel.

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