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Tuesday
Mar012011

Tourist Does Nazi Salute for Fun, German Police Arrest Him for Real

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- A Quebec man found himself in police custody during a visit to Germany last weekend, moments after he thought it would be fun to pose giving the “Heil Hitler” Nazi salute. 

The Montreal Gazette reports the 30-year-old man was standing on the steps of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, when he asked his girlfriend to photograph him with his right arm raised in the Nazi salute. 

The report says Berlin police swooped down on the man within seconds, placed him in handcuffs and seized the camera’s memory card.  The man was later released on bail. 

No formal charges have been filed. 

It's against the law in Germany to display symbols or gestures related to the former Nazi regime.

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Monday
Dec202010

US Tourist Murdered in Israel; Survivor Claims Arab Attackers

Photo Courtesy - Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Getty Images(MATA, Israel) -- The friend of an American tourist who was stabbed to death in Israel over the weekend said it was clear their attackers -- allegedly two Arab men -- undoubtedly meant to murder the pair as they were hiking.

"It all happened so fast.  They came out and attacked us," Kaye Susan Wilson told Israeli media as she recovered in an Israeli hospital after reportedly suffering 12 stab wounds Saturday while hiking in a forest near Jerusalem.  "It was clear they came to kill."

While Wilson said she was able to survive by playing dead, her friend, American Kristine Luken, 44, did not.  Luken's body was found Sunday with multiple stab wounds.  Her hands were tied behind her back.

Israeli police said they believe Wilson's account of the attack but are looking into all possibilities.

Wilson, described by Israeli media as an immigrant to Israel from the U.K., was wearing a necklace with the Star of David on it during the attack.  At one point, she said one of the attackers ripped the symbol off her neck and then stabbed her with what looked like a bread knife where it had been hanging.

"I saw that the stab had not penetrated my heart and I played dead.  While I lay there I could hear my friend dying.  Her breath sounded like bubbles," Wilson told Israeli newspaper Haaretz.  "I waited two minutes, we lay in the corridor.  Our hands tied behind our backs and something was covering my mouth.  It was terribly hard for me to get up but I managed to go.  I saw that we were in a bush area and I did not know then that they had fled.  I felt myself getting tired, all I wanted to do was sleep but I knew I could not."

Eventually, Wilson said she was able to stumble to a parking lot where she was spotted by passersby who called police.

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Sunday
Dec192010

American Tourist Found Dead In Israel

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MATA, Israel) -- Police in Israel have launched a homicide investigation after the body of an American woman was found there early Sunday morning. She was stabbed to death, her hands bound.

Christine Logan, 46, was one of two women attacked in the same area.  Her friend survived and told police of the ordeal.  Kaye Susan Wilson told police she and Logan were attacked in a forest near Mata, outside Jerusalem, within the Green Line.  Wilson was narrowly able to escape from the pair's attackers and was taken to a trauma unit where she is expected to recover from her injuries.  Wilson told authorities she was stabbed by two Arab men.

Volunteers and police, as well as security forces, searched Saturday night for Logan before finding her body Sunday, several hundred meters from the road.

The Jerusalem Post says authorities are trying to determine whether the attacks were some kind of "nationalistic" incident or motivated by something else.

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