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Jewish MP Rejects Western Media Claims about Religious Discrimination in Iran

TEHRAN, Sep. 30, 2013,(FNA)- Siamak Marreh Sedq, who represents the Jewish community at the Iranian Parliament, lashed out at the western media for their false reports on the lack of religious freedom in Iran, stressing that the country is one of the freest in the world.
"For religious freedom, Iran is one of the freest countries," said Marreh Sedq who was one of the members of the Iranian delegation in the 68th UN General Assembly session in New York.

Marreh Sedq further rejected the claim that Iran is enemy of the Jews, CNN reported.

He regretted that many western media reflect news far from realities on Iran.

There is a big difference between being Jew and being supporter of Israel and Zionism, the Jewish Iranian parliamentarian noted.

In July 2012, Marreh Sedq lauded religious freedom in Iran, and said Islamic Republic officials have always supported the rights of the Jewish community and other minorities in the Muslim state.

"From the viewpoint of religious freedoms, Iran is one of the best and freest world countries for the followers of divine religions and the followers of monotheistic faiths see no restriction or limitation in practicing their religions," Marreh Sedq told FNA.

Referring to the full freedom of the followers of religious minorities and their equal rights with the Muslims, he said that in Iran, for instance, religious minorities can continue their academic studies to the highest level, they enjoy complete freedom and they have completely equal civil rights similar to the Muslims.

"I have never seen any racist action in Iran, because the Iranian peoples culture of tolerance and coexistence is so strong that there remains no possibility for racism," Marreh Sedq reiterated.



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