Day: March 15, 2008

Cross of Shame

A Serb group plans to build a huge, illuminated cross on a hill from which Serb artillery shelled Sarajevo during the 1992-96 Bosnia war, AP reports:

On Wednesday, the Sarajevo Association of War Victims criticized the plan to build the cross, calling it shameful to build the memorial in a location from which the Serb artillery pounded the city, killing thousands of people. The association issued a statement calling the planned monument a “provocation for the citizens of Sarajevo.”

“It is an illegal, immoral and shameful act, especially because it will be erected in memory of Serb soldiers who kept the city under siege, committing crimes for which their commanders have received long prison sentences at The Hague Tribunal,” the group said.

The association said it will urge Bosnia’s international administrator, Slovak diplomat Miroslav Lajcak, to bar the cross on the ground that it could threaten the country’s peace.

Sarajevo’s mayor, Semiha Borovac, said the monument would enrage people in Sarajevo.

“This is not contributing to reconciliation. It is not in the tradition of Sarajevo to build such monuments. We build churches. … But this I cannot support,” she said in an interview.

Anti-Semitism on the Rise

CNN, on a new report from the U.S. State Department:

Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history, it is a current event,” the report says.

The report — called Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism and given to Congress on Thursday — is dedicated to the memory of the late U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, a survivor of the Holocaust, the extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II.

The report details physical acts of anti-Semitism, such as attacks, property damage, and cemetery desecration. It also lists manifestations such as conspiracy theories concerning Jews, Holocaust denial, anti-Zionism and the demonization of Israel.

“Over much of the past decade, U.S. embassies worldwide have noted an increase in anti-Semitic incidents, such as attacks on Jewish people, property, community institutions, and religious facilities,” the report says.