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December 20, 2006
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Syria’s president reportedly sent Ehud Olmert a letter proposing peace talks. Al-Arabiya reported Tuesday that Bashar Assad recently used German intermediaries to pass the Israeli prime minister a letter in which he offered negotiations without preconditions. Syrian officials had no comment, while Olmert’s office denied that it had received a letter.

Jews in Britain are four times more likely to suffer hate crimes than are Muslims, according to police figures. The Association of Chief Police Officers requested the statistics for the first time in 2006 following reports of Muslims being attacked after the Sept. 11 and July 2005 terrorist attacks in the United States and London, respectively. However, the results show that only one in 1,700 Muslims, as compared to one in 400 Jews, is likely to be the victim of a hate crime.

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