USA. An American congressman-democrat is worried by the fact that in his future trial some of the jury will be Jews. James Traficant is charged for criminal offences. At the preliminary hearing Traficant said that the Jewish jury would not be able to consider the case objectively, as long as they would surely remember his support of Ivan Demyanik, a former Nazi death camp security guard. The congressman also several times expressed his support to Palestinians and disapproval of Israeli policy.
The USA Supreme Court refused to change the "big jury".
Iran. A Jew, convicted for espionage for Israel, was released from prison. He spent three years there. Faramarts Kashi is the second freed Jew out of 10 convicted in 2000. The rest are meanwhile still behind bars. Israeli authorities regard this as demonstration of anti-Semitism.
The released told about the way Jews are treated in Iranian prisons. It turned out that besides the terrible conditions of living, Jews are also forbidden to pray and read books about Jewish tradition.
Canada. The Supreme Court pronounced a judgment in the case of Ernst Zundel, who openly denied the fact of the Holocaust on his web-site. The trial lasted for six years.
Representatives of the Canadian Jewish Congress consider this a big victory. Ed Morgan, Professor of Law and Head of the Ontario Jewish Congress Department, said that the court's decision would have a strong resonance in the world. "Besides, - he said, - the court's decision will be a good lesson for those, who inflame interethnic hatred in Canada and all around the world. It does not matter in which way the person calls up for violence - through the Internet or shouting in the street".
France. A synagogue in Paris outskirts was bombarded with stones and inflammable bombs. As police reported, nobody suffered but the building was damaged. The President of France Jacque Cheraque condemned the recent incidents and expressed hope that the criminals would be soon punished.
The synagogue attack happened shortly after the arson of a Jewish school in the south-east suburb of Paris, when one of the schools classes took fire.
Sweden. A 25 year old Swedish neo-Nazi Fredrik Sundberg, who published an anti-Semitic brochure, was sentenced to six months of prison for breaking the law on inflaming interethnic hatred. The court considered that the brochure "Jewish Question" contained racist agitation.