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Club Owner Guilty of Anti-Semitism

September 05, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A Munich club owner was convicted of incitement to hate and anti-Semitism for canceling a pro-Israel fund-raiser that involved the granddaughter of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He was fined and sentenced to six months' probation.

The trial of Rudolf Fischer, 52, followed his refusal to allow the gathering for 400 guests at his club in March 2001. The event was a fund-raiser for Keren Hayesod, a quasi-governmental Israeli organization that raises money to promote Jewish immigration to Israel and other Israeli causes.

Claus Peter Zistl, an attorney for the group, testified Monday that Fischer told one of its members that he had canceled the event because "he wanted nothing to do" with Jews and would sooner host a far-right political rally.

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