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Jew admits staging threatening calls

paris (jta) | The head of Likud France admitted staging anti-Semitic phone calls to himself.

Alex Moise received a two-month suspended sentence and a $1,000 fine from a Paris court for giving a false statement and for wasting the court’s time.

Moise filed a complaint in January claiming he had received anti-Semitic phone calls and threats but later admitted that he himself had made the calls.

Describing Moise as a “friend and a serious worker for the community,” Sammy Ghozlan, president of the Bureau For Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, said he is “shocked that a community leader would do something like this in the current climate.”

Fake bomber jailed in France

paris (jta) | A man who placed fake bombs near Jewish targets in the Paris region was sentenced to two months in jail.

A court in Paris on Friday, May 15, found Julien Sudrie, 18, guilty of placing a false bomb on the grounds of a synagogue in Villers-le-Bel, north of the capital, earlier this month.

He was also found guilty of placing another device outside the home of a member of the same Jewish community.

Explaining the relatively light sentence, which also includes a 12-month suspended sentence, the court noted that Sudrie had been undergoing psychiatric treatment and was not suspected of being motivated by anti-Semitism.

Nissim-Nachum Sultan, rabbi of the synagogue, had appealed to the court to show “the greatest clemency possible” in sentencing Sudrie, noting that Sudrie had shown remorse for his actions. The rabbi said he was satisfied with the verdict.

Wax Hitler finds a home in Berlin

berlin (jta) | A controversial wax figure of Hitler, which provoked an uproar in Germany, went back on display on Berlin.

Less than two months after public ire forced exhibition manager Inna Vollstaedt to close her small, private museum when her landlord evicted her over the Hitler wax figure, Vollstaedt reopened the exhibition around the corner in a new space.

“People who actually come to see the exhibition find it interesting,” said Vollstaedt, who was born in Russia and survived the Nazi siege of Leningrad.

Wax Hitlers are on display in other countries, but protesters in Germany said Vollstaedt was in violation of Germany’s anti-fascist laws, the report said.