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November 2, 2005
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A Canadian lawyer faces disciplinary action after alleging that there was a Jewish conspiracy against his client. Guy Bertrand admitted Monday that he violated the Quebec Bar Association’s ethics code when he suggested that Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, who is Jewish, appointed a Jewish judge to the Canadian Supreme Court to make sure that Bertrand’s client, Leon Mugesera, would be deported to Rwanda. Judge Rosalie Abella’s husband, Irving, a former head of the Canadian Jewish Congress, has been lobbying for Mugesera’s deportation, and Abella has recused herself from considering the case. The Supreme Court judges considering the case called Bertrand unprofessional and said his comments were anti-Semitic.

Italy wants to refer Iran’s nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council because it poses a “grave danger” to Israel. Gianfranco Fini, the Italian foreign minister now visiting Israel, said Tuesday that a nuclear Iran would pose a “grave danger not only to Israel but to the international community and from here our position is that the Security Council must deal with this as soon as possible.”

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