Great Britain. Representatives of Jews and Muslims - British police officers have jointly participated in the held in London ceremony of laying wreaths to the monument to victims of September 11 acts of terror. At the solemn event a police Rabbi Alan Planmy, representing the Jewish police association, and Mohammad Makhruf from the Association of Muslim policemen pronounced prayers on the dead. The police department has declared the ceremony of laying wreaths "reflects worthy coexistence of representatives of two great religions who support each other in fulfilling their duty".
Italy. Prince Victor Emmanuel, son of the last Italy's King Umberto II, has asked forgiveness from the Jewish people for "racial laws" the Italian state adopted in 1938.
Prior to this a Vice-Prime Minister of Italy and chairman of the post-fascist party "National Alliance" Jean Franco Fini came out with the same repentance. Fini even had to renounce his idol Mussolini having called him not the greatest politician of the past century.
The present head of Savoy's house was exiled from Italy together with king's family in 1946. Recently the Italian parliament has decided on allowing the son of Umberto II to return home.
USA. A 30-second ad reel in support of Israel has come on TV in Washington. It emphasizes Israel's commitment to democratic values telling nothing about country's opposing terror.
The American Jewish committee has organized the event with the help of private sponsors. Subject's selection was prompted by the poll conducted by the AEC. Americans, according to the experts, are more sympathetic with Israelis when they understand they share similar life values and not the burden of struggle against terror.
Since September 17 the pro-Israeli reel is shown in New York. CNN and the Fox company plan to include it into their newsreels.
Turkey. A Turkish diplomat Netsdet Kent who had saved hundreds of Jews during WWII died in Istanbul aged 90.
As a diplomat in Marseilles (France), Kent submitted Turkish identity cards to dozens of French Jews to save them from gas chambers and incinerators.
When SS soldiers refused to release 70 Jews with Turkish passports from the train to Auschwitz Kent got on the train himself. An hour later he and Jews were set free.
In 2001 Netsdet Kent was awarded the highest Turkey's medal for merits and the Israeli medal for saving Jews during the Holocaust.