The above picture shows Iranian President Mohammed Khatemi (Centre) receiving Chief Rabbi Yousef Hamdani Cohen of Iran and Jewish member of Parliament Maurice Mutamed. They were among a delegation of Jewish leaders visiting the Head of State.
Khatemi declared that Judaism is an officially recognised religion in Iran and that the 30,000 Jews living in the country represent the highest number in any Moslem State. He claimed that religion played no part in sentencing 10 Jews to various prison sentences as spies for Israel. These sentences are being appealed.
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