World Report

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli "bread police" are fining Tel Aviv restaurants that serve bread during the Passover holiday.

One legislator said a law enacted in 1993 is being misapplied because it deals only with shops displaying bread products in their windows, not with those serving such products to customers.

But an official with the fervently religious Shas Party, which controls the ministry responsible for enforcement, disagreed, saying "This law exists to safeguard the Jewish character of the state, and we intend to enforce it."

Court orders Nazi to appear at hearing

SYDNEY (JTA) — An Australian court ordered an alleged Nazi war criminal to attend his extradition hearing next month, despite his ill health.

Konrad Kalejs' lawyer had told the court his client was suffering from health problems, including prostate cancer and dementia.

Latvia has asked for the extradition of Kalejs, who allegedly was involved in the deaths of up to 30,000 Jews during World War II.

Meanwhile, outside the Latvian Embassy in Tel Aviv, a new organization made up of Russian emigres to Israel protested against recent events in the Baltic nation honoring Latvian members of the Nazi SS.

Some 25 members of For Our Land last week called on Israel to break ties with what they call the "pro-Nazi regime in Latvia."