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13"2 ........... ******MIXED ADC 320 TO: SMALL TOWN PAPERS 172T0 F 5026 CAL|FORN1A AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Ma rle e Ma tlin h ea dlin es Choices 2009 Lyn Payne More than one thousand pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered Saturday, Jan. 10 at Lake Eola to protest Israel's retaliatory war with Hamas in Gaza. Many chanted, "One two three four, occupation no more" and "Five six seven eight, Israel is a terror state," and held signs equating Israel with Naziism. Pro-Palestinian outnumber pro-Israel advocates at Lake Eola By Lyn Payne Associate Editor The signs on the Palestinian side of East Robinson Street were a bright sea of color, many handmade Relations) and other local Muslim groups were among the sponsors. Printed signs from the national anti-Zionist group ANSWER were also scattered through the crowd. A group of middle-aged protestors, years of deadly rockets and mortars lobbed into southern Israel from Gaza. Though Israel maintains it takes extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties and blames Hamas for endangering the lives of and held by children and young people. They read-"|sael: guilty of war crimes." "The real terrorist: Israel." "Stop U.S. aid to Israel." "Free Palestine: Support the Right of Return." "This is not self-defense. This is ethnic cleansing." "How many more children have to die?" One sign showed a drawing of a Star of David, an equal sign, and a swastika. Several of the demonstrators told the Heritage that the local office of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's largest women's commu- nity campaign dinner will be held on Tuesday evening, Feb. 24 in the Ballroom at Church Street. This year, Choices 2009 presents Marlee Matlin, AcademyAward-win- ning actress, author and producer as the featured guest speaker. "Choices has always provided an uplifting and inspirational evening for women of all ages and Marlee Marlin has led a truly inspirational life," say event organizers. At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Oscar for best actress, and one of only four actors to receive that honor for a film debut. Marlin has starred in countless film and TV productions, including "Children of a Lesser God," "The Practice," "West Wing," and she was recently a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." Marlin currently serves on the boards of numerous charitable or- ganizations including VSAArts, The Children Affected by Aids Foundation and other charities that primarily benefit children. She has combined her charity work with commercial ventures and has appeared in nu- merous commercials and public who appeared non-Arab, held a ban- its"human shields,': the most recent service announcements on behalf of ner reading "Peace Takes Cotfge," estimatesshowhundredsofPlen .:ate'sponsors such as Target, and one of them rocked the stuffed ian civilians, including omen and cloth form of a baby covered in red children, killed. paint splotches. While the pro-Palestinian group The crowd, estimated by Orlando chanted"Onetwothreefour, occupa- police at about 1,200, was gathered tion no more!" and "Five six seven on the edge of Lake Eola Park in eight, Israel is a terror state," across downtown Orlando Saturday after- the street about 50 pro-Israel coun- noon to protest Israel's war with ter-protestors held up Israeli flags Gaza. Israel's military action began and blue-and-white banners and Dec. 27 after Gaza's Hamas rulers broke a six-month truce, and after Eola on page 18A Sprint and Toys R Us, each designed to raise awareness about the im- portance of donating to charitable organizations. Matlin has supported the Jewish Hundreds rally for Israel, hoping 'this will be the last war' Marlee Matlin Federations of North America by participating in the Live Gener- ously branding effort of federation campaigns. She will speak to the Choices 2009 attendees on "Ris- ing Above Challenges and Living Generously." It's a topic that is im- portant to Matlin and important to women of all generations in Central Florida as well. "Make plans now to spend the vening at Choices 2009," say organizers. "Bring your mothers, sisters, daughters, granddaughters and friends. Every woman will Matlin on page 18A Gaza war to have fallout for Egypt, Iran Lyn Payne "I promise you, my little girl, that this will be the last war," sang Rabbi David Kay (l) and Cantor Allan Robuck at the Jewish community's rally in solidarity with Israel on Monday, Jan. 5. By Lyn Payne Associate Editor "We shouldn't be here," Rabbi Rick Sherwin of Congregation Beth Am opened the "Solidarity With Israel" Brian Hendler A large explosion rocks the northern Gaza Strip during an Israeli Air Force attack against the Palestinian town of Beit Hanoun in Gaza City on Jan. 9. anti-Israel rallies taking place on the streets of Florida and around the world, Sherwin said Israel's lo- cal advocates needed to be in front of TV cameras, in parking lots and should even "break the law--go ()n I-4." "You want to stop us?" he said as if addressing Hamas supporters. "Fine. You stop." Rabbi Aaron Rubinger of Ohev Shalom emphasized that Israel's entry into war in Gaza was "not caused by Hamas firing rockets into Israel on Dec. 19" when Hamas broke the six-month truce. "Ever since Israel evacuated Gaza [in 2005], the missiles started immediately." And "for the last eight years, Israel has sought every possible remedy other than war to stop these terror attacks, but to no avail. Israel has to respond to protect its citizens." Though Rubinger had heard that anti-Israel demonstrators might protest outside the synagogue that night, he never saw any. Police pres- ence was strong, and on the advice of the Anti-Defamation League, there were no flyers or signs displayed outside. Bob Petree, vice chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Or- lando, said that inherent in Judaism is the "value of human life" and that By Leslie Susser JERUSALEM (JTA)--With Israel's war in Gaza in its third week, it's clear the outcome could have far-reaching regional implications. If the operation against Hamas is rally last Monday night. "We should successful, Israel will have struck a be out in the streets" demonstrating blow against the region's radical anti- in favor of Israel in its war with the Western, Iran-led axis. But scores Hamas terror group in Gaza. of angry demonstrations across the The crowd of about 750--mostly Middle East point to an inherent Jewish but including perhaps 100 paradox in its use of force in Gaza: Christian supporters of Israel-- The harder Israel hits the radicals, swelled the sanctuary and social the more the region is radicalized. II]!l!UIJH!!!!!qil o co00,,.to00o, s00,om in Orlando, in what Sherwin de- longstanding tensions between scribed as "a safe Jewish context." radical Shi'ite Iran and moderate 6 5 Butwithrecentlargeandvociferous Rally on page 19A Sunni-led Egypt. Meanwhile, Tur- Ga2a on page 18A key, viewed by Israel as a strategic partner, has adopted a surprisingly tough anti-Israel stance. One of the key open questions is whether Iran will try to open a sec- ond front against Israel through its Hezbollah proxy in Lebanon. Surely the main regional player in any new cease-fire arrangement will be Egypt. The major spoiler may be Iran. The exacerbation of the moder- ate-radical divide also could have a profound effect on Arab-Israeli peacemaking by giving extremists a virtual veto over Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Syrian peace efforts.