Candle lighting to symbolize 'struggle against terror'
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Menorah protest in Washington
U.S. Jews to protest recent statements by Iranian president by lighting menorah opposite Iran's Washington offices

A group of American Jews plan to light a four-foot-high menorah Tuesday evening opposite Iran's Washington offices in response to recent threats by the Iranian president.


A group called the Jewish Community Relations Council says it chose the third day of Chanukah to symbolize the "ongoing struggle against terror and tyranny."


Group spokesman Ron Halber says the vigil will be interfaith and is designed to draw attention to statements by the Iranian leadership.


Iran's arch-conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently said Israel should be moved to Europe and that the Jewish state should be wiped off the map.


He has described the Holocaust as a "myth."


European leaders - among others - condemned Ahmadinejad’s remarks, releasing a statement saying "the comments are wholly unacceptable and have no place in civilized political debate.” 


EU leaders warned Tehran they were reviewing their diplomatic options for possible sanctions against Iran, adding that “given provocative political moves by Iran since May,” the EU would “continue to calibrate the EU’s approach in light of Iranian declarations and actions.” 


First published: 12.27.05, 22:57
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