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Iran Starts Constructing Cultural Center For Jews

(RFE/RL) September 2, 2007 - Iran's official news agency IRNA says the country has started construction of a new cultural and sports center in Tehran for its Jewish minority.

Officials say the project will cost $3.2 million and is due to be finished by 2010.

Iran's Housing and Urban Development Minister, Mohammad Saidi-Kia, said that in Iran religious minorities have freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.

Iran's president, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, has called the Holocaust massacre of millions of Jews during World War II is a "myth" and said that Israel should be "wiped off the map."

(AFP, dpa)