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

Tue, Oct 15, 2013 - Page 10

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)