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July 18, 2005
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Israel released a Muslim leader jailed for funding Palestinian charities linked to terrorism. Sheikh Raed Salah, founder of the Islamic Movement in Israel and former mayor of Umm el-Fahm, went free Sunday after serving two-thirds of a three-and-a-half year sentence on terrorism charges.

Several biblical sites in Israel were placed on UNESCO’s list of world heritage assets. Under a decision made at a conference of the United Nations Environmental, Scientific and Cultural Organization this week, four Israeli towns along an ancient incense route — Halutza, Mamsheet, Ovdat and Shivta — were granted protected status. Also included were three hillocks in Israel that conceal relics from biblical settlements.

An office of Chilean National Television was attacked by a local neo-Nazi group, which left behind swastikas, anti-Semitic scrawls and death threats. The July 14 nighttime attack in Valparaiso, the nation’s second largest city, followed a televised investigation that evening into increasing anti-Semitic and neo Nazi attacks in the country. The program gave details of a surge in neo-Nazi hate crimes in Chile directed at Jews, black, gays, drug addicts, punks and others deemed “different,” including men with earrings.

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