country breakdown of current com-
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Center Presses Pope
Rome/JTA — The Simon Wiesenthal
Center wants Pope John Paul II to
declare suicide bombing a crime
A senior delegation from the center,
which is launching an international
campaign aimed at a declaration
against bombings, made its appeal
during a private Vatican audience
with the pope. The pope did not -
The delegation also bestowed the
center's 2003 humanitarian award on
the pope, in recognition and gratitude
for his friendship with the Jewish peo-
Arrest In Turkey
Istanbul/JTA — Turkey arrested a
man believed to have given the orders
in one of the Turkish synagogue
The suspect, whose name was not
released, is believed to be behind the
attack on the Beth Israel synagogue,
one of two deadly attacks on Nov. 15.
He was charged with treason, which is
punishable by life in prison.
Teheren/JTA — The families of 11
missing Iranian Jews are publicizing
their plight and asking the United
Nations to help.
The Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Organizations
and the Iranian American Jewish
Federation submitted a letter to the
U.N. secretary-general, asking him to
help discover the missing Jews' condi-
tion and whereabouts.
The Jews were arrested in the last
nine years after trying illegally to leave
Iran, which has strict emigration laws
for Jews. Until now, their families pre-
ferred backroom dealings.
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice
chairman of the Conference of
Presidents, said they decided to go
public because "there's been no move-
ment all these years, so they really
have nothing to lose."
Cairo/JTA — An Arabic translation
of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is
on display in Alexandria, Egypt.
The book on display in the
Alexandria Library, recently renovated
by UNESCO, is the first Arabic trans-
lation of the Protocols. The anti-
Semitic forgery purports to be a text
of how Jews want to rule the world. It
reportedly is displayed next to a
London/JTA — A London synagogue
had its windows broken in what
police are describing as a hate crime.
The Orthodox Edgware Synagogue
was attacked with bricks after congre-
gants left at the end of Shabbat.
It is the second time this year the
shul has been targeted.
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London/JTA — Britain's prime minis-
ter condemned anti-Semitism and
called on Muslim leaders to do the
"We have just got to make it
absolutely clear there will be no toler-
ation" of attacks on synagogues, Tony
Blair said in his monthly news confer-
"We are proud in this country to
have a strong Jewish community, as
well as a strong Muslim community,
and I am quite sure that certainly all
the Muslim leaders I speak to con-
demn these attacks fiercely and
believe that they represent absolutely
nothing to do with the true spirit of
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