Israel seeks cruise missiles while German Jews harrass Iranians
- Iran team face Jewish protest
Sunday June 11, 2006
Luke Harding in Berlin and Denis Campbell in Cologne
Ministers, Jewish campaigners and TV presenter to join demonstration
before kick-off today against 'fascist' policies
Iran's Football team will be met with a series of protests across
Germany during their World Cup campaign as anger mounts against the
country's viciously anti-semitic President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Senior politicians, Jewish groups and a prominent German TV host will
join a demonstration today in Nuremberg hours before Iran play their
opening match of the tournament against Mexico in the city. They are
furious that Ahmadinejad's deputy, Mohammad Aliabadi, has been allowed
into the country after the Iranian President called the Holocaust 'a
fairytale' and called for the destruction of Israel.
'Aliabadi has not distanced himself in any way from the statements
that his President has made,' said Sacha Stawski of pro-Israel group
Honestly Concerned, who are helping to organise today's rally. 'It's
highly unlikely he thinks any differently. Until he distances himself
from the regime we will protest against him.'
Aliabadi went to Friday's opening ceremony and first game in Munich
and is due to watch his countrymen in their opening fixture in Group D
in Nuremberg at 5pm.
A cross-party group of German politicians is due to speak at the
protest, including Gunter Beckstein, Bavaria's right-wing Interior
Minister, and Claudia Roth, the co-leader of Germany's Green Party.
The country's most famous Jewish TV personality, Michel Friedman, will
also attend. He has threatened to take legal action against
Ahmadinejad if he comes to Germany, where Holocaust denial is a
Hundreds of Jewish people are expected at today's event, with busloads
arriving from Berlin, Munich and other cities. Jewish leaders are
comparing the presence of the Iran team and Aliabadi at the World Cup
with the Berlin Olympics before the Second World War, when Adolf
Hitler sought to use the Games to promote Aryan supremacy and his own
'Aliabadi's presence means we could have a repeat of the 1936
Olympics, when they were hijacked by Hitler for his own political
purposes and presentation,' said Rene Pollak, chairman of the Zionist
Federation of Frankfurt. 'We should have denied him entry to the
country. Western leaders should know by now that appeasing fascist
regimes does not work.'
Opponents of the Tehran regime will also protest before Iran's matches
in Frankfurt against Portugal on Saturday and Angola in Leipzig four
The demonstrations were arranged after German neo-Nazis said they
intended to stage pro-Ahmadinejad welcoming parties in the three
cities to show solidarity with Tehran because of its outspoken attacks
on Jews and Israel. However, many of the events have been banned by
the police or the courts. In addition, the NPD, Germany's main
far-right party, has also called off several rallies, after deciding
not to risk tarnishing Germany's image during the World Cup.
On Friday police raided the NPD's Berlin offices and confiscated 3,000
'racist' World Cup guides, which target black players in Germany's
squad and warn of 'foreign infiltration'.
Ahmadinejad, who is a keen football fan, may yet come to Germany if
Iran confound predictions and reach the tournament's knockout stages.
The team's coach, Branko Ivankovic, has invited further controversy by
saying that his players would be 'honoured' to meet Ahmadinejad if he
attends one of their games. 'This is nothing out of the ordinary. It
would be like Jacques Chirac coming to watch France,' he said.
If Ahmadinejad does come, it will pose problems for German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and her government. As Iran's head of state, he would
have to be treated as a VIP, but his presence would spark protests on
a scale far larger than those already planned.
Charlotte Knobloch, the new president of Germany's Central Jewish
Council, said that, if Ahmadinejad came and repeated his remarks about
the Holocaust, he should not be given any diplomatic immunity but
instead be arrested.
Jews spoil World Cup match between Mexico and Iran
June 11, 2006
La Voz de Aztlan
Hundreds of Jews succeeded in earning the condemnation of
German, Iranian and Mexican soccer fans today at a World
Cup match between Mexico and Iran in Nuremberg, Germany.
The Jews gathered outside the stadium holding Israeli flags
and shouting profanities against Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. The vulgar pro-Israel Jews pushed and shoved
many of the fans entering the stadium. Thousands of Mexican
fans were completely shocked at the behavior of the Jewish
hooligans. Israel is not part of the World Cup competitions
Inside the stadium, the game went off without incident. In
a very competitive but respectful game, Mexico emerged
victorious with a 3-1 win. Iranian Vice President Mohammad
Aliabadi visited the Iranian team in Nuremberg on Saturday
but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad decided to watch
the game on television from Tehran due to threats made by the
Mexico is presently in 1st place in Group D of the World Cup
that includes Iran, Portugal and Angola. Portugal will play
Angola later today. Mexico will play Angola on June 16 and
Iran will play Portugal on June 17. Hopefully, German
authorities can stop the Jews in their efforts to spoil the
World Cup for the rest of the world.
Eyeing Iran, Israel seeks cruise missiles: sources:
23 May 2006
TEL AVIV - Israel has speeded up efforts to develop long-range cruise
missiles of a type that could be used should the Jewish state try to
strike at Iran's nuclear facilities, security sources said on Tuesday.
Israel sent warplanes to destroy Iraq's main atomic reactor at Osiraq
in 1981 and has not ruled out similar action to prevent its arch-foe
from getting the bomb should US-led diplomatic pressure on Teheran fail.
The greater ranges to Iran's nuclear facilities might make cruise
missiles more practical than planes, but the United States has
rebuffed past Israeli requests to buy them.
Cruise missiles are programmed to seek out and hit distant targets,
flying low to avoid radar. But only the United States and Russia are
known to have mastered all aspects of production.
"A top priority has been put on developing this technology, in light
of the Iran situation, as well as improving the Arrow," an Israeli
security source said, referring to the anti-missile defence system
designed by state-run Israel Aircraft Industries.
Jane's Defence Weekly said in 2004 that Israel Military Industries had
fielded the country's first cruise missile, but its range was only
around 300 km (190 miles).
There have also been media reports that goverment arms manufacturer
Rafael created at least a prototype cruise missile by attaching a jet
booster to its medium-range Popeye missile.
Israel asked Washington to sell it Tomahawk cruise missiles in 2000,
during peace talks with Syria. Israel argued that it would need
Tomahawks to make up for the loss of "strategic depth" were it to
return the occupied Golan Heights to Syria.
The request went unmet. Defence experts saw US reluctance to stir up
jitters among Israel's rivals in the Middle East.
"The United States would not want to export such a capable weapon at
such sensitive times," said Jane's analyst Robert Hewson, noting that
Tomahawks can carry nuclear warheads. Israel is believed to have the
region's only atomic arsenal.
Iran is high on the agenda for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on
his current first visit to Washington. An Olmert confidant predicted
that after a White House summit on Tuesday, Israel would renew its
request for Tomahawks.
Israel might also argue that Olmert's plan to give up parts of the
occupied West Bank, with or without a peace deal with the
Palestinians, would cost Israel strategic depth that would need to be
balanced with better weapons.
"It (Tomahawk) was requested in the past. I believe it will be
requested again, especially in light of the kind of threats Israel is
facing in the future," the Olmert confidant said.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country seeks nuclear
energy only, but has raised worries in the West by calling for the
Jewish state to be "wiped off the map".
Some Israeli missile specialists, however, voiced scepticism about the
usefulness of Tomahawks against Iranian nuclear facilities that are
much better fortified than Osiraq was.
Israeli defence analyst Alon Ben-David suggested the United States
might end up supplying the Tomahawks in order to scotch Israel's rival
cruise missile programme.
"If the Americans discover that Israel is close to a credible
cruise-missile capability, I expect they will be quick to curb it by
finally coming up with the Tomahawks," he said.
Tomahawks are guided by a coded global positioning system network
controlled by the Pentagon, meaning any Israeli launch would have to
be approved by Washington.
Ahmadinejad: Iran ready for nuclear talks
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said
Thursday Iran was ready to discuss "mutual concerns" over his
country's nuclear program, but he refused to first suspend uranium
His comments came a day after world powers backed off a demand that
Iran commit to a prolonged moratorium on uranium enrichment, asking
only for a suspension during talks on its nuclear program. Ahmadinejad
did not say whether he accepted the proposal, part of a package of
incentives in exchange for Iran suspending enrichment.
Last week, the United States agreed last week to join France, Britain
and Germany in talks with Iran. If the talks occur, it would be the
first major public negotiations between Washington and Tehran in more
than 25 years.
However, Ahmadinejad insisted that Iran would never give up its right
under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to produce nuclear fuel.
"On behalf of the Iranian nation, I'm announcing that the Iranian
nation will never hold negotiations about its definite rights with
anybody, but we are for talks about mutual concerns to resolve
misunderstandings in the international arena," Ahmadinejad told
thousands of people in Qazvin, west of the capital Tehran.
"Negotiations should be held in a fair atmosphere and on the basis of
equality," he said. "If they think they can threaten and hold a stick
over Iran's head and offer negotiations at the same time, they should
know the Iranian nation will definitely reject such an atmosphere."
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani has said the incentives
package included both "positive steps" and "ambiguities that need to
be cleared up." Tehran has said it will announce its position after
carefully studying the package.
"International monopolists have been defeated in the face of your
resistance and solidarity, and have been forced to acknowledge your
dignity and greatness," Ahmadinejad told the crowd, referring to the
U.S. and its allies.
The United States and other Western nations suspect Iran's nuclear
program is intended to produce weapons. Iran insists it is intended
only to produce power, arguing it needs enrichment technology to
produce fuel for atomic reactors that would generate electricity.
Iran begins fresh enrichment phase
VIENNA, June 8: Iran began a fresh phase of uranium enrichment this
week just as world powers presented it with incentives to halt nuclear
fuel work, according to a UN nuclear watchdog agency report.
The report, emailed to the 35 states on the International Atomic
Energy Agency's governing board ahead of a meeting starting on Monday,
also said Iran was pressing ahead with installing more cascades of
centrifuge enrichment machines.
Authored by IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei, the report said Iran
resumed feeding `UF6' uranium gas into its pilot 164-centrifuge
cascade in Natanz on Tuesday after a pause of several weeks to do test
runs of the machines without UF6.
Tuesday was the day European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana
visited Tehran to hand over a package of economic, technological and
security incentives for Iran to suspend work which could eventually
produce atomic bombs.
Tehran says the goal of its nuclear fuel programme is solely
electricity generation for its economy. The West suspects Iran, the
world's No. 4 oil producer, of creating a smokescreen for atomic
In April, Iran appeared to defeat a western bid to deny it enrichment
technology when, for the first time, it purified a small amount of
uranium at Natanz for use as power plant fuel.
A western intelligence source said hours before the IAEA report that
Iran had stopped feeding gas into its pilot cascade later in April
because of technical glitches, but then resolved them, allowing
enrichment work to resume on Tuesday.
"This underlines the fact that the temporary halt was technical in
nature. It's a continuation of Iranian policy to profit from all
worlds, dialogue to gain time while continuing to strive for an atomic
bomb," the source said.
Mr ElBaradei's report said Iran had also launched a new drive on
Tuesday to transform raw uranium ore into UF6 gas at its Isfahan
conversion plant. As of April, Iran has stockpiled 118 tons of UF6 at
GLITCHES OVERCOME: A senior UN official familiar with Mr ElBaradei's
report said a few of the 164 centrifuges in the Natanz cascade had
crashed since April, but Iranian scientists apparently isolated the
problem and kept the rest of the network running.
But he said the pause in enrichment could also have been prompted by a
wish `not to rock the boat' at a crunch time in Iran's standoff with
six world powers, who agreed last week to consider sanctions if Tehran
rebuffed the incentives package.
Iran has said it will seriously consider the overture but it has given
no sign of backing away from its insistence on an indigenous nuclear
Since the end of April, Iran had also been test-feeding UF6 gas into
two separated centrifuges, the report said. It was unclear whether
these were the embryos for two more cascades of 164 interconnected
centrifuges it is building at Natanz.Reuters
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