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May 5, 2004
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Jewish groups in Australia protested a publicly funded work of art in Melbourne that criticizes Israel. Featured in a department store window, the work features a Star of David painted on a wall with text that reads: “Since the creation of Israel in 1948, 200,000 Palestinians have been killed, 5,000,000 refugees have been created, 21,000 square kilometers of land has been annexed, 385 towns and villages have been destroyed, 200,000 settlements have been built, 300 billion military dollars have been spent, 100+ (weapons of mass destruction) have been manufactured, 65 U.N. resolutions have been ignored.”

An E.U. diplomat regarded as hostile to Israel could become the next president of the union’s legislative body. The E.U.’s external affairs commissioner, Chris Patten, refused to rule out the possibility that he could become head of the European Commission later this year when its current president, Romano Prodi, returns to head Italy’s center-left opposition.

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