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PAGE 8A By Linda Gradstein The Media Line Palestinians may soon have a new weapon in their arsenal against Israel-- the International Criminal Court at the Hague. Pales- tinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki said' Palestinians may turn to the Court to stop Israeli construction on land Israel acquiredin 1967, especially on a controversial piece of land on the outskirts of eastern Jerusalem called E-1. "If Israel would like to go further by. implementing the E-1 plan and the other Tests on Sharon's brain show some improvement JERUSALEM (JTA) Tests on former Israeli Prime Minis- ter Ariel Sharon showed that he has significant brain activity, despite being presumed to be in a vegetative state. The tests conducted at Soro- ka University Medical Center to assess to what extent Shamn's brain responded to external stimuli showed significant brain activity, including when he saw photos of his family and heard his son's voice, the medi- cal center said in a statement issued Sunday. The tests were conducted late last week. "Information from the external world is being trans= ferred to the appropriate parts of Mr. Sharon's brain, however, the evidence does not as clearly indicate whether Mr. Sharon is consciously perceiving this information," according to professor Martin Monti of the departmentsofpsychologyand neurosurgeryatthe University of California Los Angeles. Monti recently developed new methods to assess the extent and quality of the brain processing of people in vegeta- tive stfites and is collaborating with Soroka. "The test was routine, but the results not entirely so," former Sharon aide Raanan Gissin told the French news HERITAGE FLORIOA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 Pale,:i,mtans ponder taking Israel to Ir00i00ernational Criminal Court The Palestinians' ability to appeal to the court comes after the United Nations General Assembly upgraded "Palestine" to a nonmember observer state in November. In retaliation, Israel an- nounced a series of punitive measures, including dusting off plans to build in E-l, a corridor of land between eastern Jerusalem and the large Jewish community of Ma'ale Adumim. Palestinians say building there would make a con- tiguous Palestinian state al- most impossible and impede movement from Ramallah in the north to Bethlehem in the south. The international community has also sharply criticized the planned Israeli construction. The International Crimi- nal Court prosecutes charges of genocide, war crimes and other human rights viola- tions. "Palestine" would first have to apply to join the court and then, if accepted, charge Israel. The ICC has already ruled that the barrier that Israel is building in and around the West Bank, which Israel calls a "security barrier" and Palestinians call a "wall" is" illegal. The Court ruled that Israel confiscated Palestinian property to build the barrier and that it impedes freedom of movement. The ICC deci- sion is not binding and Israel has continued building. "Even if the decision on the wall or E-1 'is not applied it sets an important prec- edent," Saleh Abd al-Jawad, a Palestinian historian at Birzeit University, told The Media Line. "I think jt is a good idea, even if it is a dream that anything will change." Malki spoke after the U.N. Security Council held a special session on Israeli construction in the West Bank--the first discussion since the PalestinianU.N. related plans around Jeru- salem then yes, we will be going to the ICC," he said re- ferring to the International Criminal Court. "We have no other choice. It depends on the Israeli decision." Israeli officials quickly responded. "Israel continues to pro- pose the immediate resump- tion of direct peace talks with no preconditions whatsoev- er," government spokesman Mark Regev told The Media Line. "If the Palestinians choose the path of unilateral provocative steps they will be acting to undermine any chance of moving forward." upgrade. The name plate for the Palestinian delegation read "State of Palestine," a moniker attacked by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice. "Any reference to the State of Palestine in the United Nations...do not reflect ac- quiescence that Palestine is "a state," she said. There have been almost no negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority for several years. But some analysts say that now that President Obama is beginning a second term, he may push for a renewal of talks. Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Silvio Berlusconi agencyAFP last Friday. "There was some kind opositive indication." Sharon, 84, has been in a vegetative state since 2006, when he suffered a severe stroke. Italian PM Berlusconi defends some of Mussolini's policies ROME (JTA)--Former Ital- ian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi condemned fascist Italy's anti-Semitic laws but said dictator Benito Mussolini's regime also had carried out positive policies. "The fact of the racial laws was the worst fault of a leader, Mussolini, who in many other ways did well," Berlusconi said in informal remarks to the media at the inauguration of a Holocaust memorial in Mi- lan on Sunday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The memorial dedicated at Milan's train station is atTrack 2L from which 700 Milan Jews were deported to Nazi camps. The inauguration ceremo- ny, attended by Prime Minister Mario Monti and other senior state, civic and religious lead- ers, was one of scores of events that took place this week in Strip and the Egypt's Sinai peninsula. The tenth was a man shot to death by a youth in the mixed Jewish-Arab town of Ramie. Four of the victims belonged to the security forces and six were civilians. The report also said Shin Bet foiled 100 terror- ist attacks, which the agency defined as "major." Survey finds mixed views in France on Jews, Israel (JTA)---A new survey on how The United Nations in 2005 - designated Jan. 27, the 1945 date of Auschwitz's liberation, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Obama taps chief of staff with strong ties to Jewish community WASHINGTON (JTA)-- President Obama named as his new chief of staff a security of- ficial, Denis McDonough, who has strong ties to the Jewish organizational community. Bar Mitzvah Ethan Louis Shear, son of Jana and Evan Shear of Heathrow, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Ethan is in the gifted program in the seventh grade at Markham Woods Middle School, where he is involved in student government, the Math Counts team and the Duke University TIP program. His hobbies and interests include baseball, golf, football, snow skiing, playing Xbox and socializing with friends. He also is a member of the Red Raiders traveling baseball team and the Lake Mary Little League. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Ethan's sister, Ha@n; his brother, Jared; grandmother, Sheila Shear of Tampa; grandparents, Nancy and Dick Katz of Long- wood; great-grandmother, Harriet Katz, of Longwood; and family and friends from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and New York. Ethan is the grandson of the late Harry Shear of Tampa. The cartoon published Sun- day, which was International Holocaust Memorial Day, carries the caption "Israeli Elections ... Will Cementing Peace Continue?" In a statement, the Euro- pean Jewish Congress called the cartoon "sickening" and "offensive," and said the paper and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe should apologize. U.K. students aiming for 6.6 million burnt matchsticks Italy to mark the Holocaust memorial day. Political figures and Jewish leaders slammed Berlusconi's remarks. Berlusconi, who is running for prime minister in general elections this month, said Mus- solini had chosen to ally Italy withNazi Germany for policy reasons that were separate from the persecution of the Jews. He said it was difficult today to put oneself in the shoes of decision-makers of. that time. Mussolini's government, Berlusconi said, "fearing that the German power would win, certainly preferred to be allied with Hitler's Germany rather than oppose it." Italy, he said, "did not have the same responsibility" as Germany for the Holocaust, but "there was a connivance that at the beginning was not totally conscious." Berlusconi's remarks drew immediate condemnation from political figures and Jew- ish leaders. Rnzo Gattegna, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, said his statements "appear not only superficial and in- appropriate, but where they suggest that Italy decided to persecute and exterminate its Jews to please a powerful ally, are devoid of a moral sense and historical basis." No terrorist fatalities in West Bank in 2012 (JTA)--Israel's 2012 report on terrorist activity lists no Israeli fatalities in the West Bank or Jerusalem for the first time in four decades. The report, released Jan. 24 by Israel's domestic intel- ligence agency, Shin Bet, says 1973 was the last year no such casualties were recorded. Attacks inside Israelclaimed the lives of 10 Israelis in 2012, a 55 percent drop in the number of fatalities compared to the previous year, according to news accounts of the Shin Bet report. Of those 10, ninewere killed by rocket fire from the Gaza French people perceive Jews revealed viewpoints widely seen as anti-Semitic alongside pro-Jewish sentiments. The survey, conducted last month, showed 39 percent of the 1,000 respondents agreed with the statement that "Jews possess too much power in business." Another 21 percent disagreed; 40 percentsaidthey were neutral. Forty-seven percent of re- Spondents said French Jews were more loyal to Israel than to France, while 15 percent disagreed. Asked about their senti- ments regardifig French Jews, 43 percent said they had a "positive" view and 53 percent said they were neutral. Only 4 percent said they had negative views of Jews. The poll was commissioned by the World Zionist Orga- nization and published by the group on Jan. 24. It was conducted online Jan. 13 by Market Watch via a platform developed by the IPSOS poll- ing firm. On Israel, 20 percent of the respondents said they had a "favorable" view of the Jewish state, 61 percent said they were neutral and 19 percent said they had a negative opinion of Israel. Obama" Resistance to Holo- caust inspires policy today WASHINGTON (JTA)-- President Obama in a state- ment marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day said the spirit of Holocaust resistance must inspire policy today. "While this is a time for mourning and reflection, it is also the time for action," Obama said in the statement released Sunday. "On this day, we recall the courage, spirit and de- termination of those who heroically resisted the Nazis, exemplifying the very best of humanity," he said. "And like these courageous individuals, we must commit ourselves to resisting hate and persecution in all its forms." McDonough, until now the for Holocaust memorial deputy to National Security-tsataschool Adviser Tom Donilon, handled in England are working to col- much of the National Security lect 6.6 million burnt match- Council's Israel-related traffic sticks to remember the Jewish and has strong ties with Jew- victims of the Holocaust. ish groups. He addressed the The students at Chilton Washington Institute for Near Trinity School in Bridgwater East Policy just weeks before: had collected 66,000 match- the lastpresident[al'e}ecfi.  sticks as of last Friday prior McDonough takes over to their target completion from Jacob Lew, an Orthodox date of Jan. 27, International Jew who has in his various HolocaustRemembranceDay. capacities has been the senior "Doing something like this staffmember taking calls from is so powerful and emotional," Jewish community leaders, head of religious studies Tess Obama has nominated Lew HursttoldtheBridgwaterMer- to become treasury secretary, cury. "Each burnt matchstick Rome's Lazio soccer team represents one person's life sanctioned over anti-Semitic who was killed." fans The students hope to dis- ROME (JTA)--European play the matchsticks in a soccer authorities sanctioned glass monument outside the Rome's Lazio team for the anti- school's new building, which it Semitic behavior of militant has occupied since November. fans with a suspended one- A 3-D mockup of the 6.6 rail- game stadium ban. .- lion matchstick sculpture is The disciplinary commis- beingproducedbytheschool's sion of the Union of European science department. Football Associations ruled Dutch workers brave thin that Lazio 'ould play its next ice to remove swastika European Cup match before THE HAGUE (JTA)--Work- its fans, the Italian media ersinaDutchtownbravedthin reported last weekend, but at ice to remove Nazi symbols the first sign of racist or anti- etched into the surface of a Semitic chanting or other be- frozen lake. havior, Lazio would be barred Sanitation workers in the froni one round of European town of Hellevoetsluis first League games, attempted to walk to the area During the Nov. 22 league" where the Nazi salutation match with London's Tot- "SiegHeil!'andswastikawere tenham Hotspur, Lazio fans carved into the ice, according chanted "Juden Tottenham" to a Jan. 23 report in the AD/ and unfurled a large banner Rotterdams Dagblad, a local reading "Free Palestine." The daily. night before the match, Hot- The workers quickly left spur fans were beaten up at a the ice when it began to crack downtowncafe.Lazioisknown under their weight. Another for its militant, far-righthard- failed attempt followed, in- corefans, whileTottenhamhas volving a long coarse brush many'Jewish supporters who lowered to the etchings from a sometimes call themselves the nearby bridge. The fire brigade "Yid army." was called but could offer no Anti-Israel cartoon in Lon- assistance. don's Sunday Times callej. Eventually the lfghtest 'blood libel' worker on the municipal (JTA)--London's Sunday cleaning team ventured onto Times published an editorial the ice attached to a rope cartoon showing Israeli Prime held by his colleagues on the MinisterBenjaminNetanyahu bank. He removed the entire building a wall on the bodies symbol and slogan except for of Palestiniansandusingtheir the exclamation mark, the blood as cement, paper reported.