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Iranian President Hassan Rohani Wishes Jews A Happy New Year

Source: RFE/RL 

Update: Rohani Rosh Hashanah Tweet Denied - Iran's Fars news agency quoted Mohammad Reza Sadeq as saying Rohani does not have a Twitter account. The account is believed to be maintained by supporters.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has wished all Jews, "especially Iranian Jews," a happy Jewish new year, or Rosh Hashanah, in a message on his English-language Twitter feed late on September 4.

Symbols of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year: Shofar, apples, honey in glass honey dish, pomegranates, wine, silver kiddush cup (by Gilabrand)

Rohani came to office last month, replacing Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who was known for his anti-Semitic remarks and for describing the Holocaust as a "myth."

Earlier on September 4, Rohani had urged Iran's conservative clerics in the Assembly of Experts to change their "narrow-minded" approach to society in a world that has become interconnected through satellite television and the Internet.

It was also announced on the same day that Rohani would travel to New York later this month to address the annual UN General Assembly.

Rohani has said Iran is ready to allay Western concerns and that the controversy over its nuclear program could be solved quickly.

With reporting by dpa

Copyright (c) 2013 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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