In Iran, a Purim prank can land you in prison

By Josh Jackman, March 18, 2016
Esther tells the king about Haman's plot

Esther tells the king about Haman's plot

Two Jewish teenagers have been arrested after spray-painting “Death to Haman” on a building in Tehran ahead of Purim.

Police have not yet released the 17-year-old boys, despite being told it was a prank.

Shushan, where the Story of Esther took place, is traditionally understood to have been located where the city of Hamadan currently lies around 170 miles to the west of Tehran.

A national census in Iran in 2012 reported that there were just 8,756 Jews in a country of more than 77 million.

Last updated: 4:44pm, March 18 2016