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Iranian President Wishes Jews “a Blessed Rosh Hashanah”, But Actions are More Important than Words

Hassan Rouhani

From The Guardian:

Iranian president tweets Rosh Hashanah blessing to Jews

Hassan Rouhani’s message to mark start of Jewish new year unexpected in Israel, which has identified Iran as security threat

Amid a global exchange of greetings and good wishes to mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, which began at sunset on Wednesday, there was one from a particularly surprising quarter.

Iran‘s president, Hassan Rouhani, tweeted: “As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah.” A picture of an Iranian Jew praying at a synagogue in Tehran accompanied the tweet.

According to a 2012 census, there are fewer than 9,000 Jews among Iran’s population of about 75 million.

The message from Rouhani was unexpected in Israel, which has identified Iran as a huge threat to its security. It says the regime is developing a nuclear weapons programme that could be used to annihilate the Jewish state.

Rouhani, who was elected in June, has pledged to tone down the “hate rhetoric” used by his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…

[Read the rest of the article here.]

Although such a greeting is a good sign, it’s just that: a sign.  Only time will tell if the sign actually leads to real change in the condition of religious minorities inside Iran.  After all, Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama sent Ramadan and Eid greetings to the Muslim community as a routine matter, even while they engaged in atrocious campaigns of war and terror in the Muslim world.  Greetings of peace are only substantial if they are met with actions of peace.  Actions are far more important than words.  In places like Iran, where religious minorities (including Jews and Baha’is) are discriminated against, we are in desperate need for more than just platitudes.

Nonetheless, (1) the greeting is a good sign, and (2) we’re sure glad the loon Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is gone.

Note: It should also be pointed out that it was likely a campaign aide, not Hassan Rouhani himself, who tweeted this out.

Danios was the Brass Crescent Award Honorary Mention for Best Writer in 2010 and the Brass Crescent Award Winner for Best Writer in 2011.

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  • Mohammed

    Actually this is going back to the Sunni Shia divide. The Sunni’s don’t want Makkah and Medinah to fall to the Shia and the Shia want the Salafi’s out of the holy places.

    The arabs regimes just need the protection of the US to survive, hence it seems like the same side as Israel.

    A lot of Sunni/Salafi ulema has said harsh words regarding zionism and remember you cannot get Visas to Saudi if you’ve travelled to Israel (On a side note, how does Israeli arabs travel to Makkah and Medinah for Hajj/umrah?).

  • I heard a story on NPR about how Rouhani is using social media to try to rehabilitate Iran’s image. Evidently someone responded to this tweet with something like “The New Year would be better if Iran would stop its Holocaust denial.” To which Rouhani (or whoever does his tweeting for him) replied “Iran has never denied it and the man who did is gone. Happy New Year.” Interesting.

  • RD Sultan

    Are not Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar united with Israel to contain Iran?

  • RD Sultan

    It seems to me that at the moment it’s Israeli’s and Arabs vs Persians.

  • Jekyll

    Or/and end Israeli ass kissing, and non-stop domestic violence against women…

  • SarahAB

    I believe that if a Jewish Iranian converts s/he acquires inheritance privileges which have a negative effect on the rest of the family.

  • Mohammed

    The great zionist dream!! Persian and Israelis vs Arab muslims!!

    Ummah must unite but its hard to see this when killings are happening from both sides.

  • JD

    Well when gay people in every state can marry as they want and have right to then we can talk about iran

  • 1DrM

    Nope, I will NOT accept 911 fairy tales from the usual suspects. Don’t like it? Keep walking.

  • Yausari

    The real conspiracy for 911 is the motivation. The mainstream media keeps avoiding that topic.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Please don’t tempt me to get into an argument with you over “911 truth.” The “counter jihad” bigots are certainly wrong about why 911 happened, but it wasn’t an inside job by the US government.

  • Tighe McCandless

    I’d imagine that Franky is referring to Arabs, since they are stereotypically predisposed to hating Jews. His own racism likely stems from the long conflict that Iranians and Arabs have had since Islam’s early days (possibly prior, but I’m not familiar with Zoroastrian Iran’s dalliances with empire in the region). It just so happens that the Shia/Sunni split exacerbates things even if issues were present before Iran’s steady conversion in the 1700s.

    He is, of course, still a tool regardless.

  • Yausari

    The older days sunni muslims were more tolerable to jews than christians. In fact they seek refuge to the ottoman empire from christian countries. on the oldest day muslims and jews were actually living together side by side. I don’t know how old you’re talking about but any older, shia doesn’t exist.

  • Guess

    Who’s the “common racist enemy hell bent on eradicating them” ?

  • Jekyll

    As usual the friendship will come to end when homosexuals are mentioned, or women’s issue, or Israel’ right to exist, etc, etc…

  • Heinz Catsup

    Jews face discrimination in Iran? You sure about that Danios? I thought it was only Baha’is…

  • 1DrM

    Nope. That was your own government.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    You know you’re not making a lot of sense right now, right? Is it on purpose?

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Actually we know a lot about Iran.

    What’s your point? Bahais aren’t discriminated against in Iran?

  • Franky Bear

    Danois, you guys on “Loonwatch” know absolutely squat about Iran and Iranians…That is very clear.

    How about mentionng Nancy-boy Pelosi’s spawn, and her asinine response to Rouhani on Twitter?

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Israel for quite some time considered Iran its natural M.E. ally. Shimon Peres wanted to bring Iran back into the US alliance for years.

  • Mohammed

    Sunni muslims are also discriminated against in Iran.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    It’s funny that even when Iran and Israel said harsh things to each other they were on quite friendly terms

    When Iran and Israel were friendly

  • CriticalDragon1177


    This is a good sign. Hopefully it will reduce tensions in the region.

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