Claims that racist gang carved initials of rightwing Swiss party into pregnant lawyer start to unravel
The SVP won 29% of the vote in the last election and is known for its anti-immigration stance.
During the 2007 election, its poster showed white sheep kicking a black sheep out of Switzerland. It caused international outrage.
A spokesman for the party, Oskar Freysinger, condemned the alleged attack and denied any involvement. "If that really was someone from our party, we wouldn't hesitate for a second. That person would be immediately kicked out," he said.
LONDON (AP) — The number of anti-Semitic attacks on British Jews rose sharply after the start of the conflict in Gaza, a Jewish charity said Friday.
The London-based Community Security Trust, which monitors anti-Semitism and works to safeguard the Jewish community in Britain, said 250 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in the four weeks after Dec. 27, when Israel launched attacks on Gaza to stop Hamas rocket attacks.
That compares to 40 incidents from the same period the year before.
Dave Rich, a spokesman for the trust, said Jews in Britain are unfairly seen as local representatives of Israel — a view that fuels some of the anti-Semitic attacks.
"This is racism," he said. "And like all forms of racism, it is unacceptable."
The trust said crimes included assaults, damage to Jewish property, threats, hate mail, verbal abuse and anti-Semitic graffiti.魚拓
Hate crime charges filed in attack on cab driver
By LEVI PULKKINEN
P-I REPORTER February 11, 2009
Hate crime charges were filed Wednesday against a Seattle man accused of berating a taxi driver for his Indian heritage.
According to police, Adam J. Whitney, 23, hailed a Yellow Cab taxi from the University District to Fremont early Sunday morning. When the driver delivered him to 4235 Freemont Ave. N., Whitney ran from the car without paying his $10 fare.
Confronted by the cab driver, Whitney pushed the driver to the ground and punched him twice in the head, according to police. Though several other men on the block offered to pay the fare, Whitney demanded they not do so and began yelling racial epithets at the driver.
"You (expletive) Punjabi, this is America," Whitney said, according to police reports. "Get out of here."
Police say the driver then took shelter in his cab, only to have Whitney begin throwing items at the vehicle and begin kicking the windows. He then fled to a nearby apartment building, where Seattle police arrested him.
"Hate crime is such a loaded term," Leary said. "There are things that were inappropriate that he's going to have to answer for ... but this isn't a situation where someone's attacking someone because of his race."