During the Iranian revolution, many Iranian Jews joined the revolutionaries. In summer of 1979, 7000 Jews protested against the Shah in Ashura protests. Other estimate puts the Jewish participants in the protests as high as 12000
Tehran’s Jewish hospital, run by Dr. Sapir, was instrumental in helping the wounded revolutionaries. At the time most of the public hospitals would report the wounded revolutionaries to SAVAK but Dr. Sapir’s hospital was treating them without informing the SAVAK agents. Dr. Sapir hospital’s actions were so instrumental that Ayatollah Khomeini himself wrote a personal note thanking the hospital for its help after the revolution succeeded.
Tehran’s Jewish hospital
In late 1978, leaders of the Jewish community met with Ayatollah Khomeini in Paris and declared their support for the revolution.
The second meeting with Imam khuomeni was in the city of Qom. A group of Jews went to Qom and met with Ayatollah Khomeini. Imam Khomeini stressed that he differentiates between Zionism and Judaism and does not believe in common belief that all Jews are Zionists. Ettellaat newspaper next day titled that “We do not believe that all Jews are Zionists
In this meeting Imam Khomeini said: All three prophets were sent by God to guide mankind. All those heretical religions on earth never tended to the soul of mankind. But the three monotheistic religions do. They are the only religions to descend directly from heaven
The imam continued: In the holy Quran, Moses (salutations upon him) has been mentioned more than any other prophet. Prophet Moses was a mere shepherd when he stood up to the might of Pharaoh and destroyed him. Moses would have nothing to do with these pharaoh-like Zionists who run Israel. And our Jews, the descendants of Moses, have nothing to do with them either. We recognize our Jews as separate from those godless Zionists