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WikiLeaks: Iran focus of Arab fears

December 2, 2010

The quarter of a million diplomatic cables published this week confirmed that, behind the scenes, there is a united front of the US, Israel and many Arab states against Iran's nuclear ambitions. They also reveal discord and different assessments within their ranks.

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WikiLeaks reveals 'dark horizon' for Venezuelan Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2010

Venezuela views its Jewish community as "foreign" rather than Venezuelan and wants to replicate Iran’s treatment of Jews, according to notes in a cable sent from the US embassy in Caracas and released by WikiLeaks.

The correspondence, sent following a meeting with members of the Confederation of Israelite Associations of Venezuela (CAIV), reveals that the community believes "the horizon is dark" for Jews in Venezuela and that antisemitism is "government-sponsored”.

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London's hub of Israel hate

By Martin Bright, December 2, 2010

The UK has become the centre of a systematic assault on Israel’s right to exist that unites Middle East resistance networks with allies on the liberal-left in Europe, according to a new report by an influential Israeli think tank.

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Interview: Daniel Mariaschin

By Simon Round, November 25, 2010

Jewish leaders do not come more much more influential than Daniel Mariaschin. As executive vice president of B'nai B'rith International and the director of the BBI Centre for Human Rights and Public Policy, the American has the ear of world leaders on matters of Jewish interest and much more.

B'nai B'rith has been accredited as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) by the United Nations since 1947 and as such plays a prominent role in campaigning and lobbying. So what does Mariaschin (pictured) plan to discuss with Foreign Office representatives - his next appointment after our interview?

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Hall of Infamy: Jalal Yahya-Zadeh

November 24, 2010

"The fact that an Iranian weightlifting veteran has competed against an Israeli during the worldwide competitions and has stood beside him during the distribution of medal is unjustifiable."

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Danny Ayalon: nuclear Iran could lead to another Hiroshima

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister has warned that Iran must be stopped from becoming a nuclear power in order to “prevent another Hiroshima."

Danny Ayalon, who is on a four-day official visit to Japan, made the comments after visiting the memorial for victims of the 1945 Hiroshima bomb.

An estimated 140,000 people were killed by the Hiroshima bomb, the first time that an atomic weapon was used.

Mr Ayalon wrote on his Facebook page: “If we want to prevent another Hiroshima the international community needs immediately to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

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Hall of Infamy: Hojatoleslam Jalil Mohebby

November 8, 2010

"The story of [Ashtiani] was blown up by the Americans, the British and the Zionists"

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Persian community join the US

November 4, 2010

Finchley Persian Sephardi Min-yan has formally joined Finchley Synagogue (Kinloss) as a satellite community, with full United Synagogue membership status and Kinloss congregant benefits. It is first formal arrangement between a United and Sephardi community.

The Persian minyan has operated from the Finchley Synagogue site for a number of years. As part of the recent Kinloss refurbishment, a new shul was constructed for the minyan.

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Israeli weightlifter triumphs over Iranian competitor

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2010
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Hot on the heels of Israel's victory over Iran in the chess world, an Israeli has emerged victorious in the World Masters Weightlifting Championship.

Sergio Britva came first in the competition, held in Poland, beating an Iranian hopeful by lifting four more kilograms.

Hossein Khodadadi, however, was not exactly graceful in defeat. Watch his response when Mr Britva tries to shake his hand.

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Israel wins (chess) war with Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, October 22, 2010

An Israeli chess player has set a new world record for playing the highest number of games at one time. The title was previously held by an Iranian player.

Grandmaster Alik Gershon, who emigrated to Israel from the Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union, took the title after playing 523 games simultaneously in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

Mr Gershon, 30, won most of those matches – losing just 11 and drawing 58 of them.

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