Jewish hospital a fixture in Tehran

An odd story I came across today that both knocks down a stereotype I held and gives me just a bit more hope in the world.

Jewish hospital a fixture in Tehran.

I know I’m a little dense in the head, but if you had told me prior to me reading this article that there were Jews so openly (and safely) living in Iran, I’m not sure I would have believed it. (Would you have?)

Yet more proof — me thinks — that much of our knowledge from the media is far too generalized (and often wrong). And given that the hospital has been there for fifty years, it reminds me that no matter how loud and ugly the crazies may be, their power isn’t nearly as strong as they think.

UPDATE 5:41 p.m.: My friend Raj, who has a PhD and is about a million times smarter than me, made the following comment on facebook, which I thought was worth sharing: “Persia also known as Iran (British name) has had Jews from the times of the Old Testament. Iranians do not hate the Jews, they hate Zionism and the state of Israel. Rather the Koran directs Muslims to protect the people of “The Book.” Jews have left Persia after the formation of Israel to be in the promised land, not because of prosecution.”

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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