A law punishing Iranians for trips to Israel has now been made much more severe by the Iranian parliament.  Conviction of the crime of travelling to Israel will now hold a jail sentence up to 5 years, 20 times longer than the previous maximum term of 3 months.

The original ban, which was imposed by western-friendly Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, was intensified on Monday when the parliament passed an amendment to the law.  The legislation comes as talks of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities intensifies.

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Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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