Shorts: World

Thousands march for murdered Jew

paris (ap) | Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Paris on Sunday, Feb. 26 to protest racism and anti-Semitism after the torture and killing of Ilan Halimi, a Paris Jew.

Police said some 33,000 people marched, while organizers said anywhere from 80,000 to 200,000 people took part.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Halimi’s attackers were primarily motivated by greed. “But they believed, and I quote, ‘That Jews have money,'” he said. “That’s called anti-Semitism.”

From cell, Irving denies Holocaust

vienna, austria (jta) | Convicted Holocaust denier David Irving reiterated that Hitler did not have a systematic plan to exterminate Europe’s Jews.

Speaking from his prison cell in Austria, Irving told the BBC that “Adolf Hitler’s own involvement” in the Holocaust “has a big question mark behind it.”

Irving also said he now believes some Jews were gassed during World War II, but he does not believe that many people were gassed at Auschwitz, where he contends there were only two small gas chambers.

London mayor appeals suspension

london (jta) | London’s mayor appealed a suspension he received for comparing a Jewish journalist to a Nazi.

Ken Livingstone’s month long suspension was scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 1, but the suspension is on hold until the British High Court rules on the matter.

The possible suspension comes after Livingstone asked a critical Jewish reporter from London’s Evening Standard if he was a “German war criminal” and accused him of acting “like a concentration camp guard.”

Israeli group awarded peace prize

tokyo (jta) | The Niwano Peace Foundation, a Japanese peace organization, announced last week that it will award its 23rd annual peace prize to Rabbis for Human Rights of Israel.

The group will be given a medal and the equivalent of $169,000 in a May 11 ceremony. Founded in 1988, Rabbis for Human Rights is a pluralistic group of some 90 rabbis.

The prize committee called the group a “unique voice of compassion, care for the other, love and justice that is at the heart of Judaism and indeed of all other religions.”