Iran's Parliament Speaker Gholamali Haddad Adel added voice Wednesday to a Jewish deputy's criticism of the state broadcasting for airing serials which he said were insulting the ancient diaspora in Iran, IRNA reported from Tehran.
"Insulting Jews and attributing untrue materials to them in TV serials over the past 12 years have not only hurt the feelings of the Jews, but they have, one can say with conviction, led to the migration of a considerable percentage of them," Jewish MP Maurice Mo'tamed told the parliament session.
Haddad Adel lent his weight to him, saying, "I noticed the same thing when the serials were being broadcast and I believe you are right.
"I will notify the IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) to respect the rights of religious minorities in its programs." Iran is said to be housing the largest Jewish community in the Middle East outside Israel, with the diaspora currently numbering around 25,000 in the country.
Mo'tamed, in his remarks, adverted to the founder of the Islamic Revolution late Imam Khomeini's support for the Jewish community in Iran.
"We distinguish between the Jewish community and the Zionists; the Jewish community and other communities which live in Iran belong to this nation and Islam treats them in the same manner which it treats others," the MP quoted Imam Khomeini as saying once.
Tehran does not recognize the state of Israel, maintaining its 'moral and political support' for freedom-seeking movements in the occupied territories.
Some of the Iranian Jews have migrated to Israel to assume top posts, including Moshe Katsav who is the president of Israel.
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