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DATE=7/1/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=ISRAEL / IRAN REACT (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-263974 BYLINE=ROSS DUNN DATELINE=JERUSALEM CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Israel has condemned Iran for convicting 10 Iranian Jews of spying for the Jewish State. Ross Dunn reports from Jerusalem that the Israeli government says its citizens will not rest until their fellow Jews in Iran are set free. TEXT: The Israeli Foreign Ministry says it is shocked by an Iranian Court's decision to sentence 10 Jews to prison terms ranging from four to 13 years after they were convicted of taking part in a spy ring. The Foreign Ministry broke with protocol and issued a statement on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath -- normally a strict day of rest in Israel for government authorities. The statement describes the sentences as harsh and says the Iranian Jews committed no wrongdoing. The statement adds that the sentences issued by a court in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz will deprive these innocent Jews of their freedom for many years. The Israeli Foreign Ministry statement says: "Iran cannot be accepted as a member of the international community as long as Jewish prisoners are rotting away in prison when they have done no wrong. Israel will not rest until all the prisoners are released." The decision of the Iranian court is the climax of an 18-month long espionage case, which outraged Israel and Jewish communities around the world. Many Jewish leaders had feared the Iranian Jews would not receive a fair trial and would face execution under Iran's system of Islamic law. Lawyers for the convicted Jews in Iran say they are confident the prison terms will be reduced following an appeal. (SIGNED) NEB/RD/DW/JP 01-Jul-2000 11:27 AM EDT (01-Jul-2000 1527 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .