In a disturbing turn of events, Iran’s Prosecutor General Qorban-Ali Dorri-Najafabadi was quote on state TV declaring that Baha’is have “irrefutable” links with Israel.

“There is irrefutable evidence that adherents of the Bahai sect are in close contact with the enemies of the Iranian nation and have strong links to the Zionist regime,” Dorri-Najafabadi explained on Sunday.

The top Iranian judiciary official accused the group of gathering intelligence on Iran and involvement in espionage activities against the Islamic Republic.

“Bahai organizations are illegal and their connections to Israel and their enmity toward Islam and the Islamic system are absolutely certain and their threat against the national security is a proven fact,” added the Iranian cleric.

In a just judicial system, allegations of Baha’is collaborating with Israel would not hold. The strongest “evidence” given to support the allegation is the presence of the Baha’i World Center in Israel. However, explaining the presence doesn’t require elaborate plots and conspiracies, as the reason for that is quite simple: authorities had exiled Baha’u'llah – the Faith’s founder -to Akka, a city that was uner Ottoman rule at the time.

Recognizing the false grounds on which the accusations are based, Sheikh Salim Abdul Jaleel – the under-secretary for religious advocacy at the Ministry of Religious Endowments in Egypt – stated the following:

There is no proof available that incriminates the Baha’is of Egypt with supporting Zionism. But I generally say that the existence of any sect that follows a faith that isn’t divinely inspired serves our enemies. But to state the the Baha’i Faith serves Zionism or that it’s related to it or that its movements are dictated by Zionism or that it is linked to it – these are all accusations that lack evidence, and it’s being repeated by the Intelligence agencies, and not Islamic scholars.

It’s natual for us as humans to fear and be suspicious of those who are different, and it’s natural for us to be resistant to calls for change. But what distinguishes us as humans is our intellect and reason.