World Report

PARIS (JTA) — The European Union added a Jewish extremist group to its list of terrorist organizations.

One Israeli official told the Jerusalem Post that the inclusion on the list of Kahane Chai, named after the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, was a surprise, and might have been an attempt at "balance."

The European Union also added several Palestinian groups to its list this week, including the Al-Aksa Brigade, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestine Liberation Front and the U.S.-based Holy Land Foundation, which allegedly funneled money to Hamas.

Following the move, the 15 E.U. member states must freeze the assets of the groups on the list. Diplomats said the move is symbolic, because none of the groups is thought to have significant assets in Europe.

Russian woman gets courage award

MOSCOW (JTA) — A Russian woman who was injured when she tried to remove a boobytrapped, anti-Semitic sign received an award. President Vladimir Putin awarded the Russian Order of Courage last Friday to Tatyana Sapunova, 28, who suffered burns and eye injuries last month when a bomb exploded as she tried to remove the sign next to a highway near Moscow.

Sapunova, who is being treated for her wounds in Israel, was given the award "for courage and selflessness in fulfilling her civic duty." Since the incident, several copycat signs with dummy explosives have been found on Russian roads.