World Report

LONDON (JTA) — British Holocaust denier David Irving failed to have a bankruptcy order against him overturned.

Irving was declared bankrupt by the High Court last month after he failed to pay Penguin Books some $213,000. Irving was ordered to pay the publisher part of its legal costs after he lost a lawsuit in 2000 against scholar Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher, Penguin. In her book, Lipstadt accused Irving of being a Holocaust denier. Irving was ordered at the time to pay Lipstadt's legal costs, estimated at nearly $3 million. The ruling ruined him financially.

On Tuesday, a judge in the bankruptcy case ruled "there is nothing to suggest that anything improper has arisen" that would enable Irving to avoid his legal liability.

Al Qaida takes credit for blast in Tunisia

LONDON (JTA) — An Al Qaida official said one of its terror cells was responsible for a truck explosion in April at a Tunisian synagogue.

The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported that Abdel Azeem Muhajir, described by the paper as a "senior military leader" of Al Qaida, made the claim when he was interviewed in the Pakistani mountains near the border with Afghanistan.

Israeli, German and U.S. officials have recently said there are indications that the attack in Tunisia was linked to Al Qaida. Nineteen people, including 14 German tourists, were killed after a truck rammed a wall protecting the Ghriba Synagogue on the Tunisian island of Jerba on April 11.

British security fears terrorists coming

LONDON (JTA) — British security sources reportedly are worried that Islamic suicide bombers soon may strike in Britain. According to the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, this assessment was reinforced several months ago after Scotland Yard officials visited Israel and Sri Lanka to study how those countries deal with suicide attacks.

"Suicide attacks are regarded today in Britain and among other security services in Europe as a general threat," a source knowledgeable about British security forces told the newspaper.

The report also said pro-Palestinian activists in Britain have received logistic and financial support from left-wing organizations, as well as encouragement from some Labor Party legislators, including George Galloway, who is married to a Palestinian.