San Francisco

March 2, 2007

A 22-year-old man was arrested in New Jersey for assaulting 78-year-old Eli Wiesel, the Nobel laureate, during a conference in San Francisco. Eric Hunt is charged with attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, elder abuse, stalking, battery and the commission of a hate crime. A posting claiming to be from the arrested man to an anti-Semitic website said the intention was to persuade the Boston University professor to say his Holocaust memoir was a work of fiction. Dr Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, was not seriously hurt.

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