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PAGE 8A Iran to fire long-range missiles during Gulf drill (JTA)--Iran will fire long-range missiles during a naval drill in the Gulf, a semi-official Iranian news agency reported. This show of force comes in the wake of an Iranian threat on Dec. 27 to close shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz if Iran becomes the targets of an oil em- bargo over its nuclear ambi- tions. The drill is scheduled to take place on Saturday. Iranian long-range mis- sile systems include the Shahab-3, a weapon that could reach Israel. Last Saturday Iran began a 10-day naval drill in the Gulf. Iranian media has said that this exercise is differ- ent from previous ones in terms of"the vastness of the area of action and the mili- tary equipment and tactics that are being employed." Palestinian conjoined twins separated at Hadas- sah hospital JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Sur- geons at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem separated conjoined twins in utero. The babies shared a placenta and major blood vessels. Their lives were in danger in the womb of their 25-year-old mother, from a Palestinian village, who was in her 20th week of pregnancy. The babies' blood sup- ply was separated using HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 6, 20i2 Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Wikimedia Commons It. Gen.Benny Gantz says "price tag" attacks are 'crimi- nal and thuggish." a lasei device inserted in the womb. Israeli, Palestinian nego- tiators set for meeting in Jordan JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- raeli and Pa-lestinian peace negotiators were to hold a "face-to-face meeting for the first time in more than a year. The meeting, scheduled for Dec. 3 in Amman, Jor- dan, was to be held under the auspices of the Mideast Quartet. The sides last met in person in September 2010. The Prime Minister's Of- rice in Israel issued a state- ment late Sunday saying that attorney Yitzhak Mol- cho, Prime Minister Benja- min Netanyahu's personal envoy to the negotiations with the Palestinians, was to leave for the Jordanian capital on Tuesday in order to attend a meeting of the Quartet. Chief Palestinian nego- tiator Saeb Erekat report- edly told journalists Mon- day that there will be no progress in the talks unless Israel agrees to halt con- struction in settlements in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, and agree to the 1967 lines as the border of a Palestinian state. Israel has called for negotiations to resume without precon- ditions. The Quartet has set a Jan. 26 deadline for the resump- tion of direct negotiations. Leaders of Hamas in Gaza called on the Palestinian Authority to cancel the meeting, Reuters reported. Egypt's Muslim Brother- hood says it won't recog- -nize Israel JERUSALEM (JTA)-- The Muslim Brotherhood, which is leading in the national elections in Egypt, said it will not recognize Israel. The party's deputy head, Rashad Bayoumi, stold the AI-Hayat Arabic newspaper that the Muslim Brother- hood also would work to cancel the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. "No Muslim Brotherhood members will engage in any contact or normalization with Israel," he reportedly said in the interview with the London-based paper published Sunday. Females sit in the front to protest gender-segregated buses JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Dozens of female demon- strators in Israel sat near the driver at the front of gender-segregated buses to protest the separation of men and women. The protesters rode buses Sunday evening leaving from Jerusalem and Ramat Gan through the haredi Or- thodox community of Bnei Brak and through Beit Sh- emesh,where a Modern Or- thodox girls school on the cusp of a haredi Orthodox neighborhood has thrust the issue of the exclusion of women in the public sphere into the spotlight. Be Free Israel, which according to its website is a nonpartisan movement working on behalf of Israel B'nai Mitzvah Rebecca Sylvie Klafter, daughter of Dr. Markand Shari Klafter of Orlando, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 14,2012 at Congregation Ohev Sha- lom in Maitland. Rebecca is in the sev- enth grade at Glenridge Middle School where she is in the International Baccalaureate program. She is a level 7 gymnast at Orlando Metro and is a member of Kadima. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Rebecca's sis- ter, Naomi; her grandparents, Judith and Alvin Stein of Pittsburgh, and Phyllis Klafter of Clermont; and friends and family from Pittsburgh, New York, New Jersey, South Florida and Georgia. The late Gerald Klafter of Clermont was her grandfather. We you... Of Florida and Polnci,a,n,a as a Jewish and democratic state, organized the protest of the mehadrin, or sex- segregated, bus lines. Men also participated in the protest. Israel's Supreme Court ruled that voluntary sex segregation is permissible on public bus routes. AI-Qaeda-affiliated militant killed in Israeli airstrike (JTA)--An Israeli air- strike against a group attempting to fire rockets into Israel killed a leader of the aI-Qaeda-affiliated Army of Islam. Muaman Abu-daf, a com- mander of the Army of Islam, was killed in the overnight Friday strike, the Israel Defense Forces reported. According to the IDF, Abu-daf had been involved recently in a thwarted terrorist strike on the Egypt-Israel border. Five others were injured in the strike, The Jerusalem Post reported, citing the Palestinian news outlet Al Resalah. Gantz: 'Price tag' attacks look like terrorism (JTA)--Israel's military chief of staff said that set- tler attacks on Palestinians and the army have "charac- teristics of terrorism." Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, addressing high school students last Friday, said the "price tag" attacks extremist settlers have inflicted on Palestin- ians and on the army are "criminal and thuggish and have characteristics of terrorism," according to reports on Israel Radio and on Y-Net. The attacks have in- cluded vandalism of army bases and physical attacks on Palestinians and their property. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the phenomenon, but has resisted calls to character- ize it as terrorism. The extremists who carry out the attacks name them "price tag" because they are meant to exact retribution for Palestinian attacks. Israel files complaint with U.N. over Gaza phospho- rus JERUSALEM (JTA)--The head of a regional council in southern Israel filed a complaint with the United Nations after mortar shells fired from Gaza were found to contain the banned sub- stance white phosphorous. Two mortars that landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, with a popula- tion of 13,000, contained white phosphorous, which is banned by international law for use in populated areas. Phosphorus can cause severe burns and other injuries. It reportedly was the fourth time that white phosphorus has been found on mortars fired from Gaza on Israel. U.S. releases $40 million to PA WASHINGTON (JTA)-- The United States trans- ferred $40 million in for- eign assistance to the Palestinians. The Associated Press reported Dec. 29 that congressional lawmakers released the funds, which amount to 20 percent of the $187 million in foreign assistance from fiscal year 2011 that was held up by Congress in response to the Palestinians' actions at the United Nations. The assistance that the U.S. released is for humani- tarian and economic pur- poses and not for security assistance. The release of the 2011 funds comes after an om- nibus 2012 appropriations package passed by Con- gress earlier this month included restrictions that would limit any assistance to the Palestinians if they continued with their efforts to achieve member status at the United Nations. During yesterday's State Department brief- ing, spokesperson Victoria Nuland emphasized that it was not in the interest of the United States to withhold assistance to the Palestinians. "We don't think it's in U.S. national interest to keep this money frozen. So from that perspective, .we're gratified that 40 million has now been re- leased," Nuland said. Gadhafi's daughter hires Israeli lawye.r JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Israeli lawyer hired by the daughter of Moam- mar Gadhafi has asked the International Crimi- nal Court to investigate the circumstances of the Libyan ruler's death. Nick Kaufman, an inter- national lawyer in Jerusa- lem and a former senior prosecutor at the" interna- tional court, last month petitioned International Criminal Court prosecutor Jose Luis Moreno Ocampo to look into Gadhafi's death. Gadhafi's daughter Aisha fled Libya in August, before her father reportedly was tortured and killed after being uncovered by opposi- tion rebel forces. "The images of this savagery were broadcast throughout the world, causing my Client se- vere emotional distress," Kaufman wrote in the request. Aisha Gadhafi is living in Algeria and has not been charged with any crimes. Israel's 'War Singer' Yaffa Yarkoni dies JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Is- raeli singer Yaffa Yarkoni, who entertained Israeli troops for decades begin- ning in 1948, has died. Yarkoni, who late in life criticized the Israeli Defense Forces for its treatment of the Palestin- ians, died Sunday at the age of 86. She reportedly had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for many years. Yarkoni was called Is- rael's "War Singer" for her performances for Israeli troops, beginning with the War for Independence, when she was drafted into the army and joined a mili- tary band. She recorded hundreds of songs during her long career. Yarkoni was awarded the Israel Prize for her con- tributions to Hebrew music. H00ra Fam00 Compan0000 Voluntary recall issued for some kosher shredded cheeses (JTA)--The World Cheese Company, producer of Haolam and Miller's kosher cheese products, issued a voluntary recall of some shredded cheese packaged in a Wisconsin plant. It is the first time in 110 years that the company has issued a recall, according to a statement on the com- pany's website. The recall comes after a packaging facility in Wisconsin that handles the shredding and packag- ing, and not production, of some Miller's shredded products also packaged a different company's cheese that was found to contain the deadly bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Miller's products packaged in the same plant all tested negative for the bacteria. The recalled chees- es are all 8-ounce and 16-ounce bags of Miller's shredded cheese (pizza, mozzarella, cheddar, fancy, muenster), with an ex- piration of June 5, 2012 through Sept. 4, 2012; all 32-ounce bags of Miller's shredded mozzarella with an expiration date of Feb. 6, 2012 through May 7, 2012; all 5-pound bags of Miller's shredded mozza- rella, cheddar, mue.nster and Monterey Jack with a package date of Sept. 8, 2011 through Dec. 7, 2011. Israeli tourist arrested in Chile forest fire JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli tourist in Chile was arrested and charged with starting a forest fire that has swept through a popu- lar national park. Rotem Singer, 23, of Nes Tziona was arrested Saturday and charged with starting the fire at the Tor- res del Paine national park. Singer was released onbail but was ordered to remain in the region for the next three months as the case is investigated. Some 27,000 acres 0fthe park have burned in the last six days, More than 560 firefighters and military persohnel from Chile and Argentina have been work- ing to bring the fire under control, but the blaze has continued to rage. Fox apologizes for poll asking if Jews killed Jesus (JTA)---The Latin Ameri- can division of Fox apolo- gized for a poll that asked whether Jews killed Jesus. Posted on the Fox Span- ish-language Facebook page, the poll asked, "Who do you think is responsible for the death of Christ?" It provided three choices for the answer: Jewish People, Pontius Pilate and High Priests. The polll which was promoting a National Geo- graphic Channel Christ- mas special, was removed following the apology, ac- cording to reports citing The Associated Press. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Buenos Aires reportedly slammed the poll .and pointed out that in 1965, the Vatican an- nulled the idea that Jews killed Jesus.