Jewish community wants explanation for alleged SIS anti-Semitism

THE SLOVAK Jewish community has appealed to Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda to take a "clear stand" on the recent allegations that the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) is anti-Semitic.

Last week, the Slovak daily SME reported that an opening sentence in one secret SIS report specifically stated that the head of the Israeli chamber of commerce, Miloš Žiak, and his wife were Jews.

Responding to the allegations, SIS said it never collected information on citizens based on their religious conviction but rather on their attitudes towards Slovak law. Dzurinda backed the SIS.

Pavol Rusko, head of the New Citizen's Alliance ruling party, said on November 2 that there were several groups who defended the interests of the Jewish community in Slovakia, adding that if SIS materials stated "that so and so is a Lutheran, it would not cause such a stir".

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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