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February 06, 2014

Report: Iranian President Donates $400,000 to Jewish Hospital

by VOA News

Iranian news agencies report that President Hassan Rouhani has donated $400,000 to a Jewish hospital in Tehran.

Rouhani was quoted as saying his government will pay more attention to Iran's minorities.

The Dr. Sapir charity hospital was founded by and is operated by Jews, but treats all patients and has a large Muslim staff.

At least 25,000 Jews live in Iran.  It is the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside Israel.

President Rouhani's promise to attend to the needs of Iranian Jews is a sharp contrast to his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who denied the Holocaust and called for Israel's destruction.