World Report

MOSCOW (JTA) — A rabidly anti-Semitic newspaper has urged Russian voters to support the Communist candidate in June presidential elections, saying he will solve the "Zionist question."

The weekly newspaper Kolokol, or The Bell, recently said it support ed Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov because he would advance the nationalist cause.

Recent polls indicate Zyuganov could beat President Boris Yeltsin in the June 16 vote.

Published in Volgograd, a city of 1 million located 900 miles south of Moscow, Kolokol has been publishing anti-Semitic propaganda for four years.

Each issue is stuffed with anti-Semitic slogans such as: "Let's Blow the Rotten Zionist Scum's Brains Out" or "Let's Throw Masonic Infection Out [of Russia]."

Vladlen Paikin, leader of the Volgograd Jewish community of about 5,000, said the publication is sold openly throughout the city.

Israel inks research pact with Europe

BRUSSELS (JTA) — Israel has become the first non-European country to be associated with the European Union's non-nuclear research program.

Israel's ambassador to the European Union, Efraim Halevy, signed a scientific and technological accord with E.U. officials last week.

It is part of a broader accord signed in November in Brussels by Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and the union's 15 member states.

Under the terms of the agreement, Israeli scientists will participate in 16 research programs now financed by the European Union.

Anti-Semitic attacks rising Down Under

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents rose 5 percent in 1995 over the previous year, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry has found.

There were 239 incidents involving violence, vandalism and harassment reported during 1995 to the community's umbrella organization. Hate mail and abuse on the Internet accounted for half that total.

The total was more than 30 percent higher than the average number of incidents reported during the previous five years. The council began to record anti-Semitic incidents in 1990.

Among some of the incidents reported during 1995 were vandalism of cemeteries; graffiti on synagogues; harassment of congregants on their way to and from synagogues; and threatening telephone calls.