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  • E.u. Chooses Swede to Head Palestinian Elections’ Monitors

    The 15 foreign ministers of the European Union this week chose former Swedish justice and trade minister Carl Lidbom to head a team of international observers to monitor the upcoming Palestinian elections. Israel and the Palestinian Authority asked the European Union in May to coordinate the team of 600 observers that will monitor Palestinian elections…. More ▸

  • Cemetery Desecrated in Sweden

    An ancient Jewish cemetery in Sweden was vandalized last week by unknown perpetrators, according to local police. In the cemetery in the town of Karlskrona, two tombstones were overturned and 15 others were daubed with swastikas. During the last couple of weeks, synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in England, Germany and Romania have been defaced. “This… More ▸

  • Court in Denmark Approves Extradition of Neo-nazi Lauck

    A Danish court has backed a German request to extradite American neo-Nazi Gary Lauck. A district court ruled Tuesday that Lauck’s written and verbal attacks on Jews violated Danish anti-racism laws, allowing for the extradition. If the extradition occurs, Lauck will face charges of smuggling banned hate literature into Germany for two decades. Lauck, 41,… More ▸

  • Swedish Leader Leaves Israel Early

    Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Mona Sahlin cut short a visit to Israel, after the Foreign Ministry denied her permission to meet with Palestinian officials at Orient House in eastern Jerusalem. Sahlin said prior to her departure Monday that she would return to Israel at a time when she would be able to choose “Whom I… More ▸

  • Norway, Unifil Protest Killing of Norwegian Officer by Israelis

    The government of Norway and United Nations officials have strongly protested the killing by an Israeli tank patrol of a Norwegian officer serving with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon. The incident occurred Sunday night in the Israeli-controlled border security zone of southern Lebanon. Members of an Israel Defense Force unit mistook a UNIFIL patrol… More ▸

  • Peres Denies Report He Met with PLO Official in Sweden

    Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has denied a media report that he met with a high-level Palestine Liberation Organization official in Stockholm last week. The report, which appeared in the newspaper Yediot Achronot, claimed the meeting took place, but did not identify with whom. Peres said Tuesday that he had not met with any PLO officials… More ▸

  • Jewish Graves Vandalized in Finnish Town of Turku

    In an anti-Semitic attack unusual for Finland, vandals have overturned and smashed gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in the western town of Turku, the World Jewish Congress reported this week. About 125 headstones were toppled and some broken, according to a report from the Finnish news agency. Only the left side of the cemetery was… More ▸

  • Swedish Jewish Cemetery Vandalized

    A Jewish cemetery near Stockholm, Sweden, was desecrated Sunday. Some 124 headstones were overturned by the unknown vandals, according to Salomon Berlinger, the head of the community. It was the second such desecration in Sweden since last November. Berlinger said this latest desecration is believed linked to the recent distribution of anti-Semitic pamphlets in 15… More ▸

  • Attorney General Joins Event Recalling Danish Help for Jews

    In a year commemorating the 50th anniversary of many grim events relating to the Nazi Holocaust, Jews gathered here last week to celebrate one bright spot of 1943: the rescue of the Jews of Denmark. The Danish people, unlike so many others in Europe, protected their Jewish citizens from Nazi death camps, hiding Jews in… More ▸

  • Norwegian Decries European Racism

    Norway is seeking to focus broad European attention on a rising wave of neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism throughout the continent. “We must get to the root of these problems,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Thorvald Stoltenberg said in an address to the Danish Parliament. He said Oslo will seek to place the issue high on the agenda of… More ▸