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Hamed Saber/flickr.com The Iranian nuclear facility at Natanz, 2006. President Barack Obama announced last month that the U.S. and its allies had evidence of a second and previously unacknowledged Iranian nuclear plant at Qom. Obama to Iran: Inspections at Natanz, intensified calls in The Sept. 29 ruling came within 2 weeks the United States and Europe after a British attorney filed WASHINGTON (JTA)-- for punishing sanctions on a lawsuit on behalf of the President Obama wants Iran Iran. Iran revealed the exis- families, who were victims to allow"unfettered" access to tence of the Qom reactor just of Israel's military offensive theQomnuclearfacilitywithin as Western powers were about in Gaza, against Barak on two weeks if negotiations are to confront itwith intelligence suspicion of committing war to continue, showing such a plant was in crimes. Obama spoke Oct. 1 from place. Israel'sdefenseministerisin the White House after negotia- In another agreement, the Britain, where the lawsuit for torsinGenevaannouncedthat major powers at the meet- an international arrest war- Iran will allow U.N. nuclear ing--theUnitedStates, China, rant was filed Sept. 29. inspectors to visit its second Russia, Germany, France and Barak, in the country to uranium enrichment plant. Britain--agreed to allow Iran speak at the British Labor The concession, announced to export low-grade uranium Party's annual conference at Oct. 1 after a meeting in Ge- for further enrichment, and an event for the Labor Friends nevabetween representatives thentoreimportitformedical of Israel lobby, was due to from Iran and major world purposes, meet Prime Minister Gordon powers, paved the way for ObamasuggestedthatIran BrownonthatdayandForeign a second meeting aimed at must release all its low-grade Secretary David Miliband the ending the Islamic Republic's uranium in order to build next day. isolation in exchange for proof confidence. The suit was filed in rela- that it does not have a nuclear "We support Iran's right tion to war crimes committed weapons program, to peaceful nuclear power," during Israel's Gaza military TheEUrepresentativeatthe he said. "Taking the step of offensive last winter, which meeting, Javier Solana, said transferring its low enriched Barakoversawasdefensemin- the sides had yet to set a date uranium to a third country ister. The suit was filed under for the inspection by officials would be a step towards build- the 1988 Criminal JusticeAct, of the International Atomic ing confidence that Iran's which gives courts inEngland Energy Agency, but it would program is in fact peaceful." and Wales universal jurisdic- be soon. In a first, top Iranian and tion in war crimes cases. Obama said it must happen U.S. officials met bilaterally The accusations are based within two weeks, during the meeting: William in part on the Goidstone corn- "Since Iran has now agreed Burns, the top Middle East mission's report to the United to cooperate fully and imme- affairs official at the U.S. State Nations, which accused Israel diately with the International Department, met in private of war crimes and possible Atomic Energy Agency, it with Saeed Jalili, the top Ira- crimes against humanity. must grant unfettered access nian negotiator. Attorney Michel Massiah, to IAEA inspectors within two Separately, Manouchehr who filed the suit, told Al- weeks,"theU.S.presidentsaid Mottaki, the Iranian foreign Jazeera Sept. 29 that, "There in a statement. "I've been in minister, visited Washing- are allegations of war crimes, closetouchwiththeheadofthe ton--the first such visit since there are families seeking IAEA, MohammedE1Baradei, 1998. Mottaki was visiting redress and because these whowillbetravelingtoTehran staffers at the Iranian inter- families are seeking redress, in the days ahead. He has my est section at the Pakistani they have asked the advice of full support, and the Iranian Embassy. Iran and the United lawyers in Palestine who have government must grant the States do not have diplomatic asked the advice of lawyers in IAEA full access to the site relations, the United Kingdom." in Qom." Lawsuit filed against Barak Though Israeli government Obama said the talks were in Britain legal sources recommended "constructive." NEW YORK (JTA)--A Brit-he leave Britain immediately, Iran's revelation two weeks ish court deferred a request by Barak decided not to change ago of a uranium enrichment several Palestinian families to hisschedule, accordingtoYnet. plant at Qom, in addition to issueanarrestwarrantagainst Israeli leaders congratulate its known enrichment center Ehud Barak. Merkel on victory TheHolocaustMemorialRe- appliedtoexpandingandupdat- Holocaust Center's proposal source and Education Center, ing the organization's website, earned a perfect score. United like nearly all nonprofit orga- "The state Division of Cul- Arts funding is used to pay for nizations, has been impacted turalAffairsisonlyfundingnew exhibits, speakers and films. by changes in the economy, and expanding programs this Other recent grants include Fortunately for the Center, it year," Kancher reported. "We Darden Restaurants Founda- recently received several sig- are using this opportunity to tion, Disney Helping Kids nificant grants that will help expand our Internet presence. Shine Foundation, Kiwanis make up for some of the de- We will be able to offer videos Club International, Wachovia creased income, of teacher training programs Bank Foundation, Florida Task The Centergotwordrecently andsurvivor testimony online, Force on Holocaust Education, thatitwasawarded$17,400from andtheredesignwiUmakeour and the Ernest and Matilda thestate'sCultureBuildsFlorida Web site easier to update and Lefkowitz Philanthropic Fund. grant program. Executive Di- more user-friendly." Theyalsoreceivespecialfunding rector Pam Kancher reported There was also good news from the Florida Division ofF i- that the Center's proposal was from the grant panel of United nancialServicestopublicizethe ranked 33rd out of 277 appli- Arts of Central Florida. For Center'sresearchandeducation cants, and the money will be the fourth straight year the on Holocaust-era insurance. BERLIN (JTA)--Israeli lead- andclaimedtheNo.2position, monument to all the victims ers congratulated German The Green Party received 10.7 of Babi Yar. Chancellor Angela Merkel on percent of the vote, while the Both events culminated in her re-election but her likely Left Party, with 11.9 percent, memorial prayers led by Bleich foreign minister was causing sawitselfasoneofthewinners, at the menorah, and by Rabbi reservations. Ukrainian Jews mark Babi Aleksandr Dukhovny, spiritual Free Democratic Party Yar leader ofthe Ukrainian Reform leaderGuidoWesterwelle, who KIEV, Ukraine (JTA)-- Jewishmovementatthemonu- would replace Frank-Walter Ukrainian Jews held two cer- ment to all victims ofBabi Yar. Steinmeier of the ousted emonies in Kiev to remember Iliya Levitas, head of the Social Democratic Party, is the Jewish victims of the Babi Jewish Council ofUkraine, told a worrisome factor for some Yar massacre. JTA that the meeting at the given his party's reputation The Sept. 27 dueling cer- monument to all the victims for criticizing Germany's pro- emonies, according to some of Babi Yar was an attempt to Israel policies, observers, illustrate the lack of split the Jewish community. In national elections Sept. unity within the Jewish com- "Traditionally the [entire] 27, Merkel's Christian Demo- munityofKievandUkraineon Jewish community marks craticPartyretaineditsleading the eve of upcoming presiden- Holocaust Memorial Day on positionwith33.8percentofthe tial elections, this day," he said. vote.Talksfortheappointment Members of the Kiev Jew- The ceremonies memo- of new ministers andadoption ish community, rabbis and rialized more than 33,700 of a coalition platform were to diplomats attended the main Ukrainian Jews killed over begin this week. ceremony near the menorah- two days in September 1941, Merkel's previous coalition shaped Holocaust memorial when occupying Nazi troops partner, the Social Democrats, erected in 1991 at the site of forced local Jews into a ravine won 23 percent--its worst the Babi Yar massacre. More atBabiYarandthenshotthem showing since World War II. than 100,000 Jews were killed to death. The Nazis also mur- This enabled Merkel to forge there by Nazi gunmen and dered thousands of Red Army a new coalition with her local collaborators, prisoners of war, members of preferred partner, the Free Among the participantsthe Ukrainian national resis- Democrats. were Zina Kalay-Kleitman, tance movement, gypsies and Stephan Kramer, secretary Israel'sambassadortoUkraine; mentallydisabledpeoplethere. general of the Central Coun- Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a On the morning of Sept. cil of Jews in Germany, told chief rabbi of Ukraine; and 29, Ukrainian PresidentViktor reporters that he would have Evgeniy Chervonenko, first Yuschenko, Vice Premier Ivan preferred to see the former deputy mayor of Kiev and Vasyunyk and other officials coalition stay in power, but a Jewish leader in Ukraine. laid flowers at the monument addedthattheCentralCouncil StudentsofJewishschoolsalso to all the victims of Babi Yar. has good relations with all the participated. Later in the day, diplomats, democratic parties. ChervonenkoannouncedatHolocaustsurvivorsandother In the 2002 national elec- the ceremony that Kiev Mayor Ukrainian Jews, as well as tion, a leader of the Free Leonid Chernovetzky had representatives of ethnic and Democrats--the late Juergen vetoed a plan to build a hotel religious groups, commemo- Moelleman--used anti-Israel at the Babi Yar site. rated the killings. propaganda that many also At the same time, the Jew- Inthe evening, Prime Minis- viewed as anti-Semitic. The ish Forum of Ukraine, the terYulia moshenko, deputy tactic failed miserably, but it Anti-Fascist Committee and chairman of the Ukrainian took too long for Westerwelle the Association of Former Parliament Nikolay Tomenko, to condemn it, some said at Prisoners of Concentration and parliament and Cabinet the time. Camps and Ghettos joined ministers also laid flowers at Westerwelle's party gar- withleft-wingpoliticalparties nered 14.6 percent of the vote for a ceremony nearby at a News on page 23A Celebrating Jewish heritage The Heritage at Lake Forest in Sanford provides its Jewish residents a connection with their heritage. In coordination with the Jewish Pavilion, it provides monthly Shabbat dinners. Residents also celebrated Rosh Hashanah with the youth group from Congregation Ohev Shalom. Heritage at Lake Forest resident Shirley Makron and daughter Laurie Feenburg honor Shabbat. Heritage at Lake Forest resident Bea Bierman and Bari Sholk from Congregation Ohev Shalom enjoy apples, honey, bagels and lox at a Rosh Hashanah celebration.