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ISRAELI WOMAN CONVICTED OF RACISM

An Israeli court today found a Jewish woman guilty of racism for putting up posters depicting Islam's Prophet Mohammad as a pig in an action that provoked Arab riots and incensed the Muslim world.

A slightly tearful Tatyana Suskin, 26, said she had no regrets despite being convicted of committing a racist act, harming religious sensitivities, supporting a terrorist group and endangering life by stoning an Arab car.

Ms. Suskin, a Russian immigrant and supporter of the outlawed anti-Arab group Kach, put up the posters across 20 storefronts on the Palestinian-ruled side of the volatile West Bank city of Hebron last June.

Pigs are considered unclean by both Judaism and Islam. The posters ignited violence in Hebron and elsewhere. In Egypt, a man charged with killing nine German tourists on a bus in September said he was avenging the posters.

Judge Zvi Segel said in announcing the verdict that freedom of expression did not give Ms. Suskin the right to do what she did.

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