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Jews in east Ukraine worried after anti-Semitic tract

Members of the Jewish community in the pro-Russian protest hub of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were left shaken by the distribution of tracts demanding the registration of Jews. Concerns were evident, despite scepticism from Jewish leaders in the region and a US group fighting anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League, that the pamphlets handed out in front of the synagogue on Tuesday were anything more than calculated "provocation" by unknown parties.

Kerry condemns anti-Semitic leaflet in eastern Ukraine

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities. Though purported authors of the flier described it as a crude attempt to discredit them, Kerry said: "Notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews ... or suffer the consequences.

Order for Jews in east Ukraine to register just 'provocation'

Pamphlets ordering Jews in east Ukraine's main city to register sparked a fierce storm of indignation on Thursday, with strident condemnation from Western officials and dire fears of a Nazi-style pogrom -- but were sceptically dismissed by the local chief rabbi as nothing more than "provocation". "What happened of course smells of a provocation. As to who is behind it -- that is an open question," rabbi Pinkhas Vyshedski said in comments published on the website of the Donetsk Jewish community.

Hungary remembers Holocaust amid boycotts, protests

Hungary began 70th anniversary commemorations of the Holocaust on Wednesday amid boycotts and protests by Jewish groups which accuse the government of whitewashing the country's role in the mass deportations of Jews in 1944. Marking the day when Hungarian Jews were first placed in ghettoes in 1944, ceremonies were held around the country as part of "Holocaust 2014", a programme of events organised by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.

Suspected Greek neo-Nazis get life for murdering Pakistani

Two suspected members of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn were sentenced Tuesday to life in prison over the fatal stabbing of a Pakistani immigrant last year, a judicial source said. However, the Athens court judging the case threw out the prosecution's argument that the murder of 27-year-old Shehzad Luqman in January 2013 was racially motivated.

Suspected Greek neo-Nazis get life for murdering Pakistani

Two suspected members of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn received life sentences on Tuesday over the fatal stabbing of a Pakistani immigrant last year, a judicial source said. However, the Athens court judging the case threw out the prosecution's argument that the murder of 27-year-old Shehzad Luqman in January 2013 was racially motivated.

German court rejects Holocaust-denying bishop's appeal

A German court said Friday it had rejected an appeal by a British bishop convicted in a high-profile case of denying key facts about the Holocaust. After five earlier rounds of court proceedings, the ruling by the regional appeal court in Nuremberg means a fine handed down to Bishop Richard Williamson in 2013 now stands. "The revision of the verdict yielded no legal errors to the detriment of the defendant," a court statement said.

Greek PM's aide quits over purported Golden Dawn video

ATHENS (Reuters) - A senior aide to Greece's prime minister resigned on Wednesday after the far-right Golden Dawn party said a video showed him suggesting the government had tried to press judges to jail its members. Government Secretary General Takis Baltakos did not refer directly to the comments he was reported to have made in the video, but said he was stepping down because of the furor caused by the video released online and shown on television.

Greek PM aide quits after casting doubt on neo-Nazi probe

A close aide of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras resigned on Wednesday following a secretly taped discussion puportedly showing him casting doubt on an ongoing probe into neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Panagiotis Baltakos, general secretary of Samaras's cabinet, was filmed apparently having a discussion with Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris, one of the many senior party cadres facing criminal charges. A voice resembling that of Kassidiaris can be heard on the video posted on Greek news sites and seen by AFP.

Sweden jails neo-nazis for attack on anti-racism march

Three Swedish neo-nazis were handed prison sentences on Wednesday for attacking a peaceful anti-racism demonstration in a Stockholm suburb last December, a district court said. Demonstrators including families with small children said they were attacked with bottles, stones, pepper spray and fire crackers while protesting against an uptick in swastika graffiti and nazi propaganda in the area. "The incident in Kaerrtorp on December 15, 2013 has been deemed a case of violent rioting," Soedertoern district court said in a statement.
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