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Iranian president tweets Rosh Hashanah blessing to Jews
伊朗總統用推特祝賀猶太新年

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani answers journalists’ questions during a press conference upon his arrival at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport in Iran on Sept. 28.
伊朗總統哈山‧羅哈尼九月二十八日在抵達伊朗德黑蘭梅赫拉巴德國際機場時,在一場記者會上回答記者的問題。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Amid a global exchange of greetings and good wishes to mark Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish new year — there was one from a particularly surprising quarter.

Iranian 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 program 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.

(Liberty Times)

在全球對猶太新年表示問候與祝福之際,從一個尤其令人意想不到的地方也傳來了一句祝福。

伊朗總統哈山‧羅哈尼在推特上寫道:「當太陽正要在#德黑蘭這裡落下之際,我祝福所有猶太人,特別是伊朗的猶太人,都度過一個快樂的猶太新年。」推文旁還附上一張伊朗猶太人在德黑蘭猶太教堂祈禱的照片。

根據一項二0一二年所進行的人口普查顯示,在伊朗全國約七千五百萬人口當中,猶太人只有不到九千人。

羅哈尼的祝福讓以色列大感意外,因為以色列一直把伊朗視為國家安全最大威脅。以色列宣稱伊朗政權正發展可能用來摧毀以色列的核武計畫。

今年六月當選總統的羅哈尼曾矢言,要減緩前總統馬穆德‧阿瑪迪尼賈所使用的「仇恨言論」。

(自由時報/翻譯:俞智敏)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. quarter n.

地方;地區;某地居民 (di4 fang1; di4 qu1; mou3 di4 ju1 min2)

例: My brother and I have not spoken in years, so I expect no help from that quarter.

(我跟哥哥已經多年沒有往來,所以我並不期待他那邊會給我任何協助。)

2. annihilate v.

殲滅 (jian1 mie4)

例: The weapon could annihilate the whole town.

(該武器可以殲滅整個城市。)

3. tone down v. phr.

緩和;減輕 (huan3 he2; jian3 qing1)

例: People will be more likely to listen to you if you tone down your language a little.

(假如你措詞稍微和緩一點,大家會比較樂意聽你說話。)


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