U.S. Report

NEW YORK (JTA) — The cantor at New York's largest Reform synagogue was arrested on charges that he sexually abused a nephew in Pennsylvania. Howard Nevison, 61, of Congregation Emanu-El was arrested Wednesday at his New York apartment after officials in Pennsylvania issued a warrant for his arrest.

Police in Lower Merion, a suburb of Philadelphia, charged Nevison with participating in sexual attacks on the boy from 1993 to 1997 while the boy was 3 to 7 years old. Two other family members were previously convicted of molesting the boy.

Businessman creates Nazi dolls for sale

NEW YORK (JTA) — New dolls featuring Nazi leaders are sold out. Mike Fosella of suburban New York said he created 50 dolls of Hitler and Josef Mengele, the notorious concentration camp doctor, only for serious collectors and history buffs. The dolls cost $170 each.

Kenneth Jacobson of the Anti-Defamation League told the New York Daily News that Fosella "has the right to conduct business, but society can determine what is offensive." Fosella plans to continue the series with dolls of Heinrich Himmler and Joseph Goebbels.

N.Y. mayor rejects anti-PLO resolution

NEW YORK (JTA) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposed a city council resolution to close Palestinian offices in New York.

The resolution, which is still in committee, would declare the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization terrorist organizations, and close their offices in New York, including the Palestinian Mission to the United Nations.

"As the host city for the U.N., we have to even when it is painful and disgraceful and disgusting, any term you want to use — we have to be willing to let anybody that the U.N. wants to credit, or visit them, come here," Bloomberg said Tuesday, according to the New York Times.

ADL says video games are spreading hatred

NEW YORK (JTA) — Video games that promote hate are proliferating on the Internet. The games, aimed at teenagers, are racist versions of popular games, according to a new report issued by the Anti-Defamation League.

In one game, players are challenged to shoot "Jewish" rats racing between canisters of Zyklon-B and Jewish stars. In another, "Ethnic Cleansing," players shoot blacks and Hispanics before entering a subway "where the Jews are hiding."