Iranians living in the UK have described deep divisions in the community since the escalation of the conflict in the Middle East.
The deadly attack by Hamas in Israel on 7 October and the subsequent bombardment of Gaza have led to tense conversations among British Iranians, they say.
“On the face of it, really clearly you can find two camps,” said Negin Shiraghaei, an activist and founder of the Azadi Network.
“One is the pro-Israel camp … but then on the other side there are lots of Iranians who’ve been part of the women, life, freedom [movement] and feel much closer to the cause of the Palestinians, so it’s completely divided.”
Shiraghaei added: “Talking about these issues [is] quite difficult with a divided society. That divide we see in the general public in the UK, it exists in the Iranian community as well, maybe 10 times [more].”
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