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article imageSeven Ancient Synagogues In Tehran Destroyed, Largest In Beirut May Be Next

By Johnny Simpson     Apr 16, 2008 in World
"These buildings, which were part of our cultural, artistic and architectural heritage were burnt to the ground," said Ahmad Mohit Tabatabaii, the director of the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) office in Tehran.
From Adnkronos International:
Tehran, 15 April (AKI) - Seven ancient synagogues in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have been destroyed by local authorities.
The synagogues were in the Oudlajan suburb of Tehran, where many Iranian Jews used to live.
"With the excuse of renovating this ancient quarter, they are erasing a part of our history," said Tabatabaii.
Residents in the Oudlajan suburb have also petitioned the mayor of Tehran to suspend the demolitions.
Also, in Beirut, Magen Avraham, the largest synagogue in the city, is also slated for demolition. It is not clear whether the synagogue belongs to the Jewish community or private owners.
Lebanese sources involved in preserving Jewish tradition in the country published pictures last month of the desolate synagogue, Magen Avraham, and surrounding buildings.
Iran is home to 25,000 Jews. It is believed that same number fled after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
By contrast, most Jews fled Beirut during the 1980s, and the few that do live there keep their identities secret for fear of persecution.
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