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Iranian vigil

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2006-12-12

British Jews will be holding a special candle vigil outside the Iranian Embassy in London next week to highlight the plight of soldiers Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit who were abducted from inside Israel by Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists.

The evening vigil on Monday 18 December will take place from 5.45pm and takes place on the fourth night of Chanukah, the festival which symbolises freedom.

Iran is a known supporter of Hezbollah as well as other terrorist groups.

The event has been organised by The Board of Deputies which is expecting strong support from the Jewish community as well as other faith groups and politicians to take part.

"This is an opportune time for the Jewish community and indeed all the British public to stand in solidarity and to urge the Iranian government to act humanely and responsibly, to be a force for peace rather than the sponsors of conflict," said Board of Deputies chief executive Jon Benjamin.

The vigil comes as Iran hosts a conference seeking to denounce the Holocaust with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling the murder of six million Jews a "myth" and has said on a number of occasions for Israel to be "wiped off the map".