SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — A Jewish-born mayor of a suburb near here has been censured by his own council after the release of a letter from 1992 in which he said he "wouldn't work for Jewish clients."
Mayor Neville Gruzman, who is a member of the Church of England, was booed and heckled at a recent meeting of the Woollahra Council, which represents an area where a number of Jews reside and several synagogues exist.
The council decided after a long and bitter debate to give Gruzman one week "to show cause why he should not resign."
Gruzman denied being a racist, but said he had suffered "aggravation" dealing with Jews, who he said had "different ways of practicing" business.
The only Jewish council member, Julian Leeser, said Gruzman made another anti-Jewish remark in an interview with a national television journalist.
Muslims march against Israel, U.S.
AMSTERDAM (JTA) — About 1,000 fundamentalist Muslims from across the Netherlands demonstrated against the United States and Israel in the Hague last week, at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The crowd also protested Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's peace policies.
The Hague houses the seat of Dutch government, the Dutch Supreme Court and the International Court of Justice.
German police arrest suspected neo-Nazis
BONN (JTA) — A raid by German police led to the arrest of more than 20 people thought to be neo-Nazis in an outlawed group.
The raid Friday of last week took place in the German states of Brandenburg, located in the east, and North Rhine-Westphalia, located in the west.
The 22 suspects, whose ages range from 15 to 56, were suspected of belonging to the Recklinghausen Comrades, a segment of the Free German Workers' Party.
More than 150 police took part in the crackdown, which involved the search of 20 apartments as well as a publisher's office. The police discovered weapons, Nazi flags and propaganda publications.
The Free German Workers' Party, also known as the FAP, had glorified the Third Reich.
Party leaders called for the overthrow of the government and the execution of anyone who opposed them. Members also had viewed Rudolf Hess, one of Adolf Hitler's henchmen, as their role model.