Representatives of the international Symon Visental Center called European countries to a more active struggle against extremism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia. Rabbi Eybrakham Cooper, Center Deputy Chairman, stressed the necessity of society consolidation for this struggle. "At that, I mean political liberty, not adoption of new laws", - added Cooper and said that "the topic of right extremism should not disappear from the agenda in any society". Deputy Chairman of the Symon Visental Center informed that with the help of his organization the USA has already prepared 10 thousand policemen. They were specially trained for active opposition to right extremism.
France. Hooligans, anti-Semites drew yellow stars of David on the windows of a toyshop, the owner of which is a Jew. The stars were also painted on the windows of a kosher butcher's shop in Paris. The stars that appeared in the Eiffel Tower district remind stars, used by the Nazi in the 1930s for marking shops and other firms belonging to Jews.
The press secretary of "Bnei-Brit" called vandalism in the toyshop more frightful than at the butcher's. Unlike the kosher shop, the toy shop did not have any Jewish signs.
Czechia. The Prague Court of Appeal approved the verdict brought against Mikhal Zhitko - a Czech publisher, who sold more than 90.000 copies of Hitler's "Mein Kampf". In December 2000 he was put on probation for three years and fined for $50 thousand for publishing Hitler's manifest without proper commentaries. In the court Zhitko said he wasn't able to pay the fine. However, the court counted up that he raised more than $150 thousand from selling the books. Thus, the appeal was declined.
Slovakia. The republic authority adopted a plan for prevention of all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other displays of intolerance. As one of the project's authors Pal Chaki, Deputy Prime Minister for National Minorities Affairs, said, the plan includes about 50 specific measures on rising tolerance of the Slovak society to non-Slovak citizens.
Pal Chaki said that experts of the American FBI will assist Slovakia in the struggle against racism and xenophobia. They will teach Slovak policemen special acting methods in extreme situations. Realization of the plan will be financed from the state budget and by costs of the European Committee.
Germany. Vandals outraged the memorial in the former Nazi death camp "Voybelin". They left pig heads in its walls as a visiting card of their nationalist organization.
Police found the same objects in two nearest regions of the South German Meklenburg-Vorpomern land, in a Jewish cemetery in Boysenberg, and on a memorial in Raben-Stenfeld. Vandals drew Nazi symbols on the cemetery's gate and covered tomb stones with Nazi signs. In Raben-Stenfeld a pig head was found on a memorial, erected in 1973. It commemorates 30 thousand prisoners executed in the "Zaxenhausen" death camp near Berlin. Police announced a reward for help in the investigation and finding the criminals. Vandals destroyed the bas-relief in the Voybelin memorial. The bas-relief showed prisoners of the death camp. They also drew an enormous red swastika sign and wrote two words "Jud" (Jew) and "Luege" (lie) on the nearby stone.
Voybelin was one of the last concentration camps created by the Nazi before the end of the war.
Director of the complex Edeltraut Shur, a Voybelin survivor, told the journalists that, to her mind, it was very unlikely that the 72-year old Jo Jastram, the memorial's creator, would renew it.
Lev Fikhtenholtz, Jewish.ru