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    Iran team face Jewish protest Sunday June 11, 2006 Luke Harding in Berlin and Denis Campbell in Cologne
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      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
      criminal offence.

      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
      days later.

      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
      Website: http://www.aztlan.net

      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
      Khaleej Times

      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.

      Washington talks

      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
      fuel-enrichment programme.

      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.¬óReuters



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