TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010
Jerusalem – The Middle East Newsline has confirmed that Germany continues to be the source of advanced components for Iran’s missile program.

The Berlin government has determined that Iranian front companies were purchasing dual-use equipment and components for its ballistic missile programs. They said the items were often sent to third countries, particularly the United Arab Emirates, before they arrived in Iran.

“There is a large Iranian expatriate community in Germany and they have access to Western technology and equipment,” an official said.

In April 2010, Germany launched prosecution of two Iranian nationals on charges of illegally exporting equipment to Iran. The two Iranians — identified only as Mohsen A. and Behzad S. — have been accused of exporting a vacuum sintering furnace.

Sintering was identified as a method for making objects from powder and could be used for armor or missile casing. Officials said the exports to Iran took place in July 2007 and were worth $1.14 million.

Mohsen was identified as a 52-year-old Iranian who headed an unidentified Iranian company since the 1990s. Behzad, who has not been arrested, was said to be a 49-year-old engineer with Iranian and German citizenship. The two were charged in a Duesseldorf court on March 24.

In 2004, officials said, the two defendants were ordered to procure a vacuum sintering furnace. They said Mohsen, arrested in October 2009,hired Behzad to purchase the equipment, which arrived in 2008 but was never fully installed.

The unidentified German manufacturer was said to have withdrawn from the contract when executives learned that the furnace was procured for Iran’s missile program. Officials said the furnace was not believed to have been used.

Berlin has been cooperating with European, American and Israeli intelligence agencies to block German dual-use exports to Iran. Teheran has succeeded in procuring a range of components from Germany for both Iran’s missile and nuclear programs.

“The Iranians have established a network that could take dual-use components to several destinations until they reach Iran,” an Israeli official mentioned.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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