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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 1 JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs for Tuesday, January 13, 2004. Turkey backs group's program Turkey will support a worldwide campaign by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to classify suicide bombing as a "crime against humanity." The assurance was given Monday by legislator Egemen Bagis at a meeting in Ankara attended by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and senior officials of the Wiesenthal Center. Gul and Bagis, who also serves as foreign policy adviser to Prime Minis- ter Recip Tayyip Erdogan, said the recent bombings of synagogues and British institutions in Istanbul repre- sented a new phase in international terrorism. U.S. agencies: Liberty attack a mistake. An examination of recently declassified U.S. intelli- gence documents reinforces Israel's claims that its 1967 attack on a U.S. ship was a mistake. National Security Agency historian David Hatch said intercepts of a conver- sation between Israel's Air Force command and two helicopter pilots "suggest strongly that the Israeli attack- ers did not know they were aiming deadly fire at a vessel belonging to the United States," though they fall short of absolute proof. State Department historian Harriet Schwar examined inquiries by the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and presidential adviser Clark Clifford after the war. These all "concluded the attack was not made in malice," Schwar said. Schwar and Hatch spoke Monday at a State Department conference on the Six-Day War. The attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, at the height of the war, killed 34 U.S. sailors. Dialing for peace Americans can dial a 900 number to talk to Israelis and Palestinians about life during the intifada. Hello Peace, a program of the Parents Circle, a forum for tolerance and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, will expand its service to America beginning Tuesday. Since the service began in Israel in October 2002, more than 600,000 callers have used the dollar-per-minute, En- glish-language line to talk about their pain, anger and hope. "There can't be a successful peace agreement without integral reconciliation between the two nations, so any dialogue we can promote between Palestinians and Israelis helps," said Robi Damelin, a Parents Circle activ- ist whose son was killed by a Palestinian sniper in March 2003. Hello Peace can be accessed by dialing 1-900-AT- PEACE. cting Jews " NewYork, N.Y.--The"Road Adolf Hitler has a head of state European anti-Semitism in Map," a head of state's anti- delivered a speech so full of After aspateofanti-Semitic inAtlanta. Semitic speech tolslamic na- anti-Semitic rhetoric. World incidents in France, includ- The United States tions, Mel Gibson's upcoming leaders were slow to condemn ingthearsonofaJewishschool immune to acts film "The Passion of Christ," Mahathir's statements, outside Paris, President Semitismas terrorism, and threats to .Terrorism Jacques Chirac promised a firebombin church/stateseparation, were DuringSabbathmorningser- crackdown on anti-Semitism, Holocaust Museum among the issues most affect- viceson November 15,apair of whiletheChiefRabbiofFrance Haute ing the Jewish community in car bomb explosions blewapart sadly advised Jews not to wear tors discovered 2003, according to the Anti- two of Istar[bul's largest syna- Timmy McVeigh" Defamation League's annual gogues, killing26,andinjuring missioned poll on European painted in the rubble, list. more than 300 Jews and non- anti-Semitism was withheld defacing of a "This year we were faced Jews.Al Qaedaclaimed respon- for several months after its incident with the hatefql words of the sibility for the attacks. In the completion for fear that it then-PrimeMinisterofMalay- faceofsuchanti-Semitismand would anger Muslim commu- Jewish communiti~ sia, Mahathir Mohamad, the terrorism the Turkish Jewish nities. Another E.U. public around the country. Sabbath morning bombings communityremainedsteadfast opinionpoll foundthat59per- Mel Gibson's of two major synagogues in and received support from the cent of Europeans, when pro- sion of Christ" Istanbul, the firebombingofa Turkish government and Jew- vided with a list of 15 coun- Mel Gibson's Jewish schoolinParis, andthe ish communities around the tries and asked which were movie sparked arson ofa Holocaust museum world, threats to world peace, be- when he said he was in Indiana," said Abraham H. Arab anti-Semitism lieved Israel is the greatest tell "the truth" Foxman, ADL national direc- Official government news- threat to world peace. 12 hoursofJesus' life.~ torandauthorofNeverAgain? papersandTVstationsinmany The Organization for Secu- script reviewed by a The Threat of the New Anti- Arab and Muslim nations con- rity and Cooperation in Eu- Jewish and Catholic Semitism. "With anti- tinued their daily vitriolic at- rope announced it was plan- and the viewing Semitism radiating out of the tacks against Jews, depicting ning to hold a conference on of the MiddleEasternmedi/~andwith IsraelisasNazisandspreading anti-Semitism in Berlin in itco the possibility that Mel conspiracy theories that Jews April 2004 as a follow up to its charging Jews with Gibson's "The Passion of control the world. Duringthe conferenceinViennalastJune. Historicalb Christ"couldreignitethetwo- Muslim Holy Month of *Extremistleadersarrested thousand year old charge of Ramadan, the Lebanon based ThearrestsofMattHaleandJewish violence. deicide, the threat of the new satellite television networkAl Eric Robert Rudolph were Iraq anti-Semitism continues to Manar, the official station of major milestones in the fight On March 20 grow." theterroristgroupHezbollah, against hate groups and do- tion forces launcheda The issues: broadcast a Syrian-produced mestic terrorism. Hale, the Iraq to bring down Malaysian prime minister series based on the anti- leader and self-proclaimed Hussein's regime says Jews control the world Semitic forgery the Protocols "PontifexMaximus'oftherac- the war on terrorism. In his speech to the Organi- of the Elders of Zion. "Ash- istandanti-SemiticCreativity gimefellquicklyandl zation of the Islamic Confer- Shatat'("TheDiaspora"),pur- Movement (formerly the Hussein was ence, then-Prime Minister of porting to chronicle the his- World Church ofthe Creator), cember. Some of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad tory of the early days of Zion- waschargedwithsolicitingthe posed to charged that Jews have taken ism while relying on vicious murder of a federal judge and put the onus for it over control of the world. He anti-Semitic stereotypical de- obstruction of justice,singling out the said, "today the Jews rulethis pictionsofJews, includingthe Rudolphwasarrestedafterfive vatives in the world by proxy; they get oth- bloodlibelandtheritualmur- years as a fugitive, in connec- with Jewish names, ers to fightand die for them," der of non-Jews, was viewed tion with a series of deadly members of CongresS and called for a holy war bymillionsofMuslimsaround bombing attacks, including against the Jews. Not since the world, the 1996 Olympic Park bomb- See "ADL" on mmunity Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans I 10% Discount on . Ii Iiservlces and merchandise Ii I I on any new I I Pre-need contracts. I I 11 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director travelers denied" By Joe Berkofsky NEW YORK, N.Y. (JTA)-- As ayoung, newly married pro- fessional with a baby daugh- ter, Adam Segal decided to take out a life insurance policy. A senior associate at the Washington public-relations firm of Rabinowitz Media and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, Segal, 26, figured his youth and good health made him a routine candidate. In October he applied for life insurance from Fidelity Investments. In the process, he was asked if he had recently traveled abroad or planned to do so. Segal wrote that he and his wife had visited Israel on their honeymoon at the end of 2002. In early November, a Fidel- ity senior manager notified Segal that his application had been denied "due to past travel to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv." It turns out Fidelity will not insure anyone who recently has visited a country where the U.S. State Department has a t~avel advisory, or who plans to do so soon, spokesman Vincent Laporchio told JTA. Fidelity isn't alone: Some other leading insurance pro- viders also refuse to sell life insurance to anyone traveling to Israel orany of the 28 areas on the State Department's ad- visory list, which includes Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, the Pal- estinian territories, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Fidelity's rejection stunned Segal, who called the policy on Israel "outrageous." "It sends a sharp political message to any American Jew interested in having short- or photo by E.B: Solomont/JTA Anram Segal, a public rela. tions professional and lec- lurer, was rejected by a life insurance company due to his recent honeymoon trip to Israel, which is under a State Department travel advisory. long-term financial security for their spouses or children that if they've visited Israel, don't apply." Indeed, officials of several U.S. Jewish organizations said they had heard recently of American Jews being denied life insurance if they plan to visit Israel in the near future. The Jewish Council for Pub- lic Affairs, the umbrella orga- nization of local Jewish com- munity relations councils, has received reports from about a dozen JCRCs over the past year aSout insurance rejections, according to Ethan Felson, JCPA's assistant executive di- rector. This isn't the first time Is- rael travel has hampered the ability to secure life insurance. In 1996, following criticism from several members of Con- gress and New York s islators, surance Company on policies for peoplel quently visit Israel there for extended Today, Felson Jewish officials say object to insurers life insurance policies t U.S.-designated hot but they do object that deny policies applicants' past trips. "As much as we the situation of travel, world scene," said Foxman, national the Anti-Defamation However, Foxman find the case out of bounds." He "What if I took my for a bar mitzvah to Based on that they sure me? That is so tible to abuse." Fidelity's fended the policy in Fidelity will not insurance policy to who has visited a the State De list in the past will the one who places in the next two: "Life insurance ing is an assessment 0 and iifest~ review, travel in the years can be an possible future travel. Other insurers less restrictive See