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Jews lobby for Iran sanctions

By Hilary Krieger, September 18, 2009

American Jewish organisations are intensifying their calls for the US Congress to enact strict sanctions on Iran, as Tehran continues to make progress on its nuclear programme.

Their activism comes amidst signs that the US might be getting more serious about sanctions. But they might find that the hardest opposition comes from Europeans, whose companies will be hurt by the measures.

Congress proposed sanctions legislation in the spring but did not attempt to enact it in order to give the new US administration time to see if diplomacy could work.

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Group lobbies against Ahmadinejad hotel stay

September 10, 2009

A high-profile advocacy group is campaigning to stop a top New York hotel from hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) was founded by diplomats Dennis Ross and Richard Holbrooke, both of whom serve in the Obama administration, and its president is Mark Wallace, a former US ambassador to the UN.

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Ahmadinejad and his terror-suspect minister

By Meir Javedanfar, August 27, 2009

The nomination of General Ahmad Vahidi as Iranian Defence Minister has shocked the international community.

General Vahidi is wanted by Interpol for his alleged role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in Argentina.

Many see his nomination as yet another sign that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is still intent on antagonising the West, and Israel especially.

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Three arrested in Iran for 'devil worship'

By Jessica Elgot, July 30, 2009

An Iranian news agency has claimed that police in the north west Iranian province of Ardabil arrested three people, including a Jewish woman, for devil worship.

The Fars news agency, a governmental news body, said: “Two men and a Jewish woman, who were promoting the cult of Satan worship among the youth of Parsabad town, have been arrested,”

It also claimed more than 100 items, including jewellery made from human skulls, have been seized from the arrested people.

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Oil boss plans Iran investment

By Shelly Paz, July 9, 2009

Dr Alexander Machkevitch, one of the world’s richest businessmen and president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, has a business plan — for Iran.

Once the current regime is replaced and sanctions are lifted, he wants to invest in the country’s oil industry, as Iran loses capital by not refining its own oil.

“I discussed the plan with a group of Iranian businessmen who are quite tired of the situation in the country but it will be possible only with political support,” Mr Machkevitch said. “I am very optimistic.”

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Kaufman: Israel’s Gaza ‘oppression’ is like Iran

June 26, 2009

Sir Gerald Kaufman gave a scathing description of the actions of the State of Israel, comparing its “oppression” of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank with apartheid South Africa and the current Iranian regime.

Speaking at a Watford Friends of Salfeet meeting last night, the MP for Manchester Gorton described Iran as a “loathsome regime” but unlike Israel “at least it keeps its totalitarian theocracy to within its own borders”.

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Bibi bows to US as settlers removed

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 27, 2009

London became the venue this week for discussions between the Israeli and American leaderships over a new co-ordinated policy towards Iran and the Palestinians.

A team headed by Intelligence Services Minister Dan Meridor has been meeting a White House team to discuss President Barack Obama’s plans to talk to Iran about its nuclear programme.

The Israelis hope to receive a definite time limit to American talks.

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Max Block helped Iranian Jewish family gain UK asylum

By Keren David, May 21, 2009

Seventy-five years after arriving in England as a refugee from Nazi Germany, Max Block has helped an Iranian Jewish family gain asylum in the UK.

The Sinaei family have been helped by the entire Liverpool Jewish community as they struggled to survive without state aid when their application for asylum was turned down.

They fled Iran after their land was seized, their home demolished and a grandmother’s funeral was disrupted, with security guards destroying the coffin and kicking the corpse.

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Israel’s unlikely ally versus Iran: the Arabs

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2009

Israel has identified unlikely allies in its emerging diplomatic dispute with the new administration in Washington over Iran’s nuclear programme — the Arab states.

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Miliband's Iran warning

By Leon Symons, April 30, 2009

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has warned that Iran has “one chance” to draw back from the brink of a potential nuclear confrontation.

Speaking at the Lord Mayor’s banquet at Mansion House last week, Mr Miliband made it clear that the potential threat of Iran attaining a nuclear capability still represented the single greatest threat to world peace.

He also called on Europe and the Arab world to give much greater support to the Middle East peace initiative launched by President Obama.

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