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Freed hiker Josh Fattal is Jewish, has Israeli family

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The Israeli family of one of the American hikers who was freed after 781 days in captivity in Iran has expressed relief at his release.

Josh Fattal, who turned 29 while in an Iranian jail, was back home in Philadelphia this week for the first time in more than two years.

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Iran campaigners launch social media support mission

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

Filmmakers who made a documentary last year examining Iran's nuclear ambitions are asking members of the public to join a new online campaign highlighting the oppressive nature of the Iranian regime.

The Faces4Freedom campaign has been launched to protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presence at this week's UN session.

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American hikers freed by Iran

By Jessica Elgot, September 21, 2011

Two American hikers, imprisoned in Iran as “American spies” for more than two years, have landed in Oman after being released.

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were greeted by their families, who described it as “the best day of our lives”.

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Iran's making a bomb, all else is a lie

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 15, 2011

Distracted by the Arab Spring and the latest Palestinian theatrics, the West has paid little attention to Iran in recent months.

But revolutions or not, Iran's nuclear clock continues to tick and the hour of reckoning may now be near.

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Israeli shipping company removed from US sanctions list

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

An Israeli shipping company has been taken off a list of businesses sanctioned by the US government for trading with Iran.

Zim Integrated Shipping Services is owned by the family of the late tycoons Sammy and Yuli Ofer, who died in June and September respectively.

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WikiLeaks exposes rabbi's Iran talks

By Jenni Frazer, September 8, 2011

A London rabbi spoke this week of his deep regret that his secret negotiations with the Iranian regime had been published by WikiLeaks.

For the past 16 years, Rabbi Herschel Gluck of Stoke Newington has been involved in back-channel shuttle diplomacy with a variety of governments on a plethora of subjects, not always on specifically Jewish issues.

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Iran denies aiding Syria crackdown

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

Claims that Iran is arming and training Syrian forces in support of President Assad's crackdown on the anti-government uprising have been denied by Tehran.

Iran has signalled it is making steps towards a U-turn in its support of Assad after softening its tone and apparently indicating a degree of backing for the protesters.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's initial support for Presiden

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Ahmadinejad: Zionist regime 'hotbed for germs'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

The Iranian president has declared that Israel is a "hotbed for cancerous cells".

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked International Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) with a speech at Tehran University, in which he said there would be no room for Israel in the Middle East after a Palestinian state was established

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Hall of Infamy: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (part 2)

August 25, 2011

"Iran believes that whoever is for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime (Israel) as symbol of suppression and discrimination.

"Iran follows this issue with determination and decisiveness and will never ever withdraw from this standpoint and policy."

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Jewish groups urge release of Baha'i academics in Iran

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2011

Iran's detention of 11 Baha'i academics has been condemned by the Board of Deputies and Union of Jewish Students.

British Jews have repeatedly raised concerns about the treatment of Iran's Baha'i community. More than 100 are being held in Iranian prisons, including seven of the community's most senior leaders, some having been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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