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Demjanjuk calls Munich trial ‘torture’

MUNICH — John Demjanjuk has addressed the court at his German war crimes trial for the first time, expressing anger over the proceedings.

In a statement read by his attorney in the Munich courtroom earlier this month, Demjanjuk, 90, called the trial “torture.”

Demjanjuk was officially charged in December 2009 as an accessory to the murder of 29,700 Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Poland in 1943. The trial is expected to conclude in the summer of 2010.

According to German news media, Demjanjuk said he had been “forcibly deported” from the U.S. in May 2009 to face a “false accusation of accomplice to murder” after “30 years of legal persecution in Israel, the United States and Poland.” He blamed Jewish groups, namely the World Jewish Congress and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, for leveling false charges against him.

Born in Ukraine, he immigrated to the U.S. after WWII and lived in suburban Cleveland. An earlier death sentence against him was overturned in Israel after the Supreme Court found reasonable doubt that he was a guard at the Treblinka death camp. Of the victims named in the case, most are Dutch or German. In Germany, a charge of accessory to murder may only be brought if the victims’ names are known.

China on board for Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON — During a summit in Washington on containing the threat of nuclear terrorism, Obama administration officials announced China will join efforts to sanction Iran. The announcements came after President Obama met with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

China, one of five veto-wielding members of the Security Council, was the final holdout. It’s not clear how strong sanctions approved by China would be; China remains one of Iran’s major trading partners, particularly in the energy sector.

The Obama administration has asked Congress to delay passage of punishing unilateral U.S. sanctions until it exhausted efforts to expand international sanctions.

Report: Anti-Semitism up

JERUSALEM — A new study says anti-Semitic incidents around the world more than doubled in 2009 over the previous year, posting the worst year since monitoring began two decades ago.

The total number of anti-Semitic incidents was 1,129 in 2009, compared to 559 in 2008, according to a report released this month by the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti- Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University.

The record number of incidents — cases that show clear anti-Semitic content and intention — included 566 incidents of vandalism of Jewish property, which constituted 49 percent of all incidents. Hundreds of incidents against Jewish people and property did not meet the criteria, according to the institute. Incidents also go unreported.

In Europe, Britain and France led with the number of incidents, according to the report. The study says there were 374 violent incidents against Jews recorded in Britain in 2009, compared to 112 in 2008. France saw 195 attacks in 2009 compared to 50 the previous year. Britain and France have the highest Jewish populations in Europe, as well as the largest Muslim populations.

In 2009, some 41 of the incidents were armed assaults directed at Jews because of their religion; 34 incidents were arson, according to the report.

The report was compiled and released in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress.

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