Jewish help for Bam
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2003-12-30
Earthquake in Bam
Iran's Jewish community both inside the country and outside are raising funds and essentials to help people in Bam following the recent earthquake in the city in which up to 50,000 are feared dead.
In the US, the Iranian-American Jewish Federation of New York has started an appeal to raise funds as well as asking people to donate essentials including clothes and medical supplies.
Iran is home to around 25,000 Jews and synagogues in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan and Yazd have been mobilised to help bring relief to the people of Bam.
But while the country is welcoming support from Jewish people, Iran has stated that it will not accept any help directly from Israel.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran accepts all kinds of humanitarian aid from all countries and international organisations with the exception of the Zionist regime," said Jahanbakhsh Khanjani, a spokesman for Iran's Interior Ministry.