France. A new novel for teenagers depicts the image of a young Arab terrorist as a model to follow. The "Palestine's dream" novel evoked a protest of the Simon Vizental center. The center representatives inform a 15-year-old author Randa Gazi lives with her family in Italy. She writes of Palestinian teens fighting against "murderous Jews" who annihilate Palestinian kids and old people, destroy saint mosques and rape Arab women. The main hero dreams of killing hundreds of Jews committing terrorist acts and, subsequently, blows himself together with five Israelis. The book appeared on the eve of New Year sales and is rather cheap. It was rapidly sold out in central bookstores of Paris. Meanwhile, the National council of France adopted in first reading the bill toughening the punishment for anti-Semitic and racist appearances. A deputy Pierre Leluzh offered the bill.
USA. Pennsylvanian police investigates the case on stealing a Menorah from Jewish organization's campus. A nine-feet Menorah disappeared on Hanukkah's eighth night in Allen Gait town. It was the main religious symbol of Jewish campus numbering 4 thousand people.
Canada. "Concordia Students' Union" of Montreal University has suspended the "Gilel's" activity at the university. The council explains that "Gilel" supports the program under which youngsters leave to Israel and become soldiers of Israeli army.
Hungary. Representatives of Hungarian police have apologized for their letting skinheads hinder lighting the sixth candle of Hanukkah. Skinheads from Hungarian "Revolutionary movement" have blocked a small square where the Hanukkah candle was to be lit. The police did not interfere, having let skinheads hinder the lighting of the candle. "We want to calmly and in time celebrate our holidays, as Christians celebrate their Christmas", - said Petr Torday, the President of Hungarian Jewish communities' Federation.
Policemen have apologized they let the demonstration coincide in time and place with candle lighting.
Thailand. An announcement: "Citizens of Israel are not invited here as they bring troubles" appeared on the door of one hotel, - informs Israeli Russian-speaking TV-channel "Israel+". Israeli tourists say the hotel personnel have an extremely negative attitude to them. "After this announcement appeared the attitude to us turned to be hostile", - stated one of the tourists.
A representative of Israeli Ministry of Tourism in Thailand Dov Kalman mentioned his department would do its utmost for this announcement to be removed. "Regretfully, we know this problem exists, and not only in Thailand. Israelis are non-grata persons in many world places. But they are indeed welcome in Thailand."