World Report

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — B'nai B'rith's Argentine chapter has granted its 1995 Human Rights Prize to relatives and friends of those killed and wounded in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish communal headquarters here.

The group of relatives and friends, which calls itself "Memoria Activa," is headed by Rabbi Sergio Bergman and Enrique Burminsky, president of the Argentine Association of Jewish Professionals.

In a ceremony Monday night at the Argentine House of Representatives, Mario Kopec, president of the B'nai B'rith chapter here, said human rights "are important to us because as Jews we learned not to be indifferent, not to remain neutral."

Burminsky said the group he heads "expresses the fury and indignation of all who were touched by the AMIA tragedy," referring to the Argentine Jewish Mutual Aid Association.

Memoria Activa gathers every Monday morning in front of the Argentine Supreme Court building, asking that the unsolved July 1994 bombing — which left 86 dead and at least 300 wounded — be investigated.

After a shofar was blown for a minute in memory of those killed in the terrorist attack, Bergman said, "The horn is blown to call the angel of justice." But, Bergman said, "he has not come yet."

47% of Italians find term `Jew' offensive

ROME (JTA) — Nearly half of those questioned here in a poll said they would consider it an insult to be called a Jew, and nearly 12 percent said they thought of Jews as "unpleasant."

The survey, whose results were reported in the media Saturday, was commissioned by the Italian Federation of Psychologists on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the synagogue in the northern Italian town of Casale.

Titled "Those Who Are Different," the survey was carried out during the past six months. Some 1,050 Italians between the ages of 14 and 60 were questioned.

The survey showed that 53 percent of the respondents said they would be offended if called a Negro, 47 percent said they would be offended if called a Jew and 44 percent would be offended if called gay.

Fully 39 percent regarded the label "handicapped" an insult, the poll found.

According to survey results, some 11.7 percent of respondents considered Jews to be "unpleasant."

Respondents found dark-skinned immigrants (24.5 percent), Gypsies (18.2 percent) and homosexuals (13.3 percent) to be more unpleasant than Jews.

In the same survey, more than 75 percent of the respondents said they did not consider themselves racist.