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Tehran - Jewish Hospital Receiving $400K Donation From Iranian PresidentIn At The Heart Of Tehran Continues To Thrive

Published on: February 10, 2014 12:30 PM
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FILE - Iranian Jewish MP Siamak Morsadegh takes part in a protest outside the United Nations headquarters in Tehran against the Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip on December 30, 2008. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIFILE - Iranian Jewish MP Siamak Morsadegh takes part in a protest outside the United Nations headquarters in Tehran against the Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip on December 30, 2008. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI

Tehran - As much of a staple today as it was half a century ago, the Jewish-run Dr. Sapir Hospital and Charity Center in the heart of Tehran recently received a $400,000 donation from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani—-surprising some, but not hospital director, Dr. Ciamak Morsadegh, who said, “We Jews are a part of Iran’s history.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES (http://bit.ly/1eNHov8) reports that Morsadegh, who has remained at the hospital even after his wife packed up and left for the U.S., said his allegiance to the institution is simple—-because Iran is his “home.”

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“I speak English, I pray in Hebrew, but I think in Persian. I am Iranian. Iranian-Jewish,” Morsadegh said, adding that he was not surprised in the least at the generous gift from Rouhani.

“What is important is that Mr. Rouhani makes big news out of supporting us. He is showing that we, as a religious minority, are part of this country, too.” Morsadegh said.

The hospital, which is located adjacent to the Imam Resa Seminary School on Mostafa Khomeini Street and has a patient base which averages about 96% Muslim, keeps the same “good atmosphere” it always has, according to managing director Khoddad Asnashahri, who is a Muslim.

“Here all people can come,” Asnashahri said. “No matter what religion, color, or race.”



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 Feb 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM Bukharian Says:

meanwhile abroad they are supplying ammunition and arms trade to militants and radicals in Gaza and Syria.

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 Feb 10, 2014 at 02:24 PM anonymous23 Says:

The russian communists used support and maintain shuls in Russia, North Korea still has show n tell tours in around pyongyang this mullah regime that chased hudreds of thousands of jews to Israel, LA and great neck still does show n tell like north korea and the communists.

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