Shorts: World

Study: Anti-Semitism cuts across France

paris (ap) | Anti-Semitic acts in France are committed by a variety of citizens, not just the extreme right or children of North African immigrants, a newspaper quoted a report on anti-Semitism and racism as saying Tuesday, Oct. 19.

The report concludes that anti-Semitic acts have been committed in France by people whose common trait is being on the margins of society because of such things as social failures or loss of a sense of identity, the daily Le Figaro said.

The 50-page report was ordered by Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin.

Vatican, Jews blast spitting incident

vatican city (ap) | A joint Jewish-Vatican commission condemned acts of vandalism and disrespect for religious people in Jerusalem, citing the recent assault on an Armenian archbishop by a Jewish seminary student.

“Jerusalem has a sacred character for all the children of Abraham,” said the statement issued during a meeting of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.