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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 PAGE 13A Knesset foreign affairs chief: Ex-settler leader will not be Israel's en- voy to Brazil JERUSALEM (JTA)--For- mer settler leader Dani Dayan will not become Israel's ambassador to Brazil, a top Israeli government official reportedly said. "We needn't delude our- selves; Dani Dayan will not be the ambassador to Brazil. We condemn Brazil's behavior," Tzachi Hanegbi, chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said Sunday during a committee discussion on Brazil's refusal to accept Dayan's Credentials, the Times of Israel reported. Hanegbi reportedly said Dayan should receive an equally important position elsewhere. Brazil has not accepted the appointment, made in September, and has indicated it is unhappy with the choice. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that if Brazil does not approve Dayan as its ambassador, Israel will not offer another diplomat. Netanyahu's apparent deci- sion to stand by Dayan comes after various reports that Is- rael would withdraw Dayan's name and instead give him the Israeli consulate general position in Los Angeles or New York. Netanyahu tapped the former head of the settlers' Yesha Council four months ago to serve as envoy to Latin America's largest nation. The Brazilian government re~a~ihed silent on the choice to signal an official rejec- tion of Dayan's credentials because of his settler past. A n~tive of Argentina, Dayan, 59, currently lives in the West Bank settlement of Maale Shomron. A group of 40 retired Brazilian diplomats signed a statement against the ap- pointment of Dayan, com- plaining that Israel had by- passed protocol because there was no prior communication with the Brazilian Foreign Ministry or any presenta- tion of his credentials for an agreement. Nearly 4,000 Brazilian Jews and non-Jews signed an online petition in late December in defense of the appointment. Brazil is home to a 120,000-member Jewish community, the second largest in Latin America, at nearly half the size of Argen- tina's. Some 500 Brazilian Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015. Many in the Brazilian Jewish community say the government of President Dilma Rousseff and her pre- decessor, Luiz Ignacio Lula, has fomented an anti-Israel environment. Palestinian hunger striker rejects Israeli of- fer of May 1 release JERUSALEM (JTA)--A Palestinian journalist on the 75th day of a hunger strike has rejected Israel's offer to release him by May 1. Muhammad al-Qiq, 33, said he will not accept an offer unless it ends his detention immediately and allows him to be treated in a Palestin- ian hospital, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported Sunday. Qiq, who lost his ability to speak due to the strike and only communicates in writ- ing, said he will continue the strike until "martyrdom or freedom," according to Maan. He is protesting being held by Israel in administrative detention since Nov. 24. The offer comes days after Israel's Supreme Court sus- pended Qiq's detention due to his failing health from the hunger strike. Under the Supreme Court order, Qiq would not be allowed to leave the hospital without permis- sion and his family would be allowed to visit. The order did not cancel, just suspended, his detention. Ut~der administrative de- tention, a prisoner can be held for six months without being charged or tried. The order can be renewed indefinitely. On Saturday, Maan quoted a doctor at HaEmek Medical Center in Afula as saying Qiq was in danger of imminent death. "Each minute marks seri- ous threat to his life because it is probable that his inner organs will stop operating at any moment, leading to im- mediate death," the doctor said, according to Maan. Doctors at the hospital have refused to force-feed Qiq, despite a law passed in July that allows hospital to do so. Qiq has been jailed by Israel before, including a month in 2003 and 13 months in 2004, the French news agency AFP reported. In 2008, he was sentenced to 16 months on charges linked to his activities on the student council at the West Bank's Birzeit Univer- sity, according to AFP. Prayer books, Torah scrolls destroyed in sus- pected Palestinian arson attack JERUSALEM (JTA)--Pales- tinian arsonists are suspected of burning Jewish prayer books and Torah scrolls in a West Bank outpost's syna- gogue, police said. The attack occurred Friday in Givat Sorek, in the Etzion bloc, established on a hill over- looking the site where three Jewish teens were kidnapped from a bus stop and murdered in the summer of 2014. The synagogue was named for the three teens: Gilad Shaar, Naf- tall Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach. A trail of evidence led to a nearby Palestinian village, West Bank police determined, according to reports. Police later confirmed the attack was arson. The books and Torahs were placed in a pile in the tent that serves as the synagogue and center for youth activities and set alight. Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu, speaking at the start of Sunday's Cabinet meeting, called forwidespread condemnation of the attack. "I expect from everyone in the country and around the world who rightly con- demn every desecration of a mosque or writing of graffiti on mosques, including the burning of mosques, I expect them to come out with the same cry against, and con- demnation of, this abhorrent act," Netanyahu said. "We are in a harsh struggle between those who--like us--seek coexistence and peace, and those who seek war and bloodshed." Sheik Mohammed Kaiyuan Abu All, the chairman of the council of Muslim religious leaders in Israel, condemned the attack in a conversation Sunday with Israel's chief Ashkenazic rabbi, David Lau, Israel National News reported. The news website quoted the sheik as saying, "In my name, and on behalf of all imams, we condemn this act and hope another disaster like this doesn't happen again in any holy place." Israeli soldier, Jewish grandmother stabbed in separate attacks JERUSALEM (JTA)--An Israeli soldier and a Jewish grandmother were stabbing victims in separate attacks in southern Israel. On Sunday, a 20-year-old soldier was lightly injured in a stabbing near the central bus station in Ashkelon, allegedly by a Sudanese national. The suspected stabber was shot by another soldier at the scene who used the victim's weapon and died hours later at the city's Barzilai Medical Center, where the victim was also treated. Police said the attack ap- peared to be nationalistically motivated. The bus station was filled with soldiers returning from weekend leaves. A day earlier, a 65-year-old grandmother was lightly wounded in a suspected terror attack while shopping with her family at a market in the Bedouin city of Rahat. The stabber was not caught. Police said they did not know if the assailant was a local Bedouin or a Palestinian from the West Bank who was working in the city. Muslim Waqf opposes expanded egalitarian prayer area at Western Wall JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Waqf, the Islamic trust that oversees the Temple Mount, says it opposes an expanded egalitarian prayer area at the Western Wall. The Waqf has filed a com- plaint with the Israel Police and will consider other steps, The Associated Press reported Sunday, citing Omar Kiswani, director of the A1-Aqsa mosque compound. The Muslim body lays claim to the antiquities at the holy site and says the expansion disturbs the status quo there. On Jan. 31, Israel's Cabinet approved an agreement to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall. Jordan reportedly also is protesting the plan, saying it will damage the ruins of the Umayyad Palace at the site where the expanded section is to be built, south of the Western Wall and next to the Temple Mount. The Waqf claims the area also should be under its ju- risdiction. Meanwhile, a plan to install surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount announced in October by the United States in order to deter violence at the site has been delayed due to disagreement between Israel and Jordan, Haaretz reported. Among the areas of dis- agreement "are where the cameras will broadcast, whether Israel can edit the transmissions or control the broadcasts, and where the cameras will be stationed, according to Haaretz. Israeli officials fear there could be more tension and violence on the Temple Mount if cameras are not installed by Passover. Netanyahu eyeing mea- sures to punish lawmak- ers for inappropriate behavior (JTA)--Days after three~ Arab-Israeli lawmakers met with the families of Palestin- ians who killed or attempted to kill Israelis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he would propose legisla- tion that would punish Knes- set membersfor inappropriate behavior. "I would like to examine new and reinforced legislative changes to ensure that anyone who acts in this direction will not serve in the Israeli Knesset. I think this is an im- portant statement as to what kind of society we want," Ne- tanyahu said Sunday, adding that he and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein would submit a complaint to the Knesset Ethics Committee over the incident. Netanyahu also said Sun- day that he asked Israel's attorney general to consider taking legal action against the three lawmakers--Jamal Zahalka, Hanin Zoabi and Basel Ghattas of the Joint Arab List. "I believe that most citizens of Israel feel that these MKs do not represent them," he said. Netanyahu added: "I try to imagine what would happen in the British Parliament or the U.S. Congress if MPs or members of Congress would stand at silent attention for murderers of British or Ameri- can citizens. I think that there would be a very major outcry, and rightly so." The three Arab-Israeli Knesset members met ThUrs- day with the families of three Palestinian attackers whose bodies have not yet been returned to their families, a punitive measure used by Israel They reportedly ob- served a moment of silence in memory of the dead terrorists. Palestinian Media. Watch brought the visits to public attention. Israel returns bodies of terrorists who killed soldier in Jerusalem (JTA)--Israel handed over to the Palestinian Authority three bodies of terrorists who died in a Jerusalem shootout, in which they killed one soldier. The bodies of Ahmed Abu al-Ghub, Ahmed Zakarna and Mohammed Kamil from the Jenin area of the West Bank were given to Palestinian Authority officers last Friday afternoon, Ynet reported. The three men, all child- hood friends aged 20-21, arrived armed with knives and an automatic machine gun to the Old City in eastern Jerusalem on Feb. 3. When one of them stabbed a Border Police officer, the stabber was shot dead by Hadar Cohen, a 19-year-old woman who had joined the. police force as part of her mandatory army service two months ago. One of the terrorists shot Cohen dead before being gunned down by other soldiers, along with his two friends. The terrorists were all on the list of Palestinians who are denied access to Israel because they are deemed security risks. Army officials told the NRG news website that they believe the three men entered Israel illegally and are work- ing with the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, to retrace their steps. Cohen was buried Feb. 4 at the Yahud Military Cemetery near Tel Aviv, where Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh called her "a hero, whose actions prevented a much larger tragedy." Israeli actress, 46, sues fashion boss who re- placed her with younger model (JTA)--An Israeli fashion store's decision to fire Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, 46, as its house model and replace her with a 25-year-old sparked a national debate on women's rights in that industry. Zurer, a Tel Aviv-born ac- tress who had prominent roles in Steven Spielberg's 2005 film "Munich" and "the 2013 Superman franchise "Man of Steel," sued the Golbary chain of discount fashion stores last month for wrongful dismissal after working for 11 years as their house model, the Globes daily reported last week. The lawsuit for $118,000 in damages alleges 'the owners told Zurer that her looks had deteriorated and then fired her for a different reason-- namely that she had missed a photo shoot because of a minor operation she had to undergo last year. Then they replaced her with Esti Gins- burg, a 25-year-old model once featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. The lawsuit against Gol- bary prompted an outcry in media and social networks, with some users setting up Facebook pages calling on women to boycott the Golbary chain, whicl~ has 85 stores. It also elicited an angry reaction from Shelly Yachimovich, the previous ~chair of Israel's Labor Party. Yachimovich called Zurer "breathtakingly beautiful" and added that the actress attained her current status through talent. "That someone should con- sider her not beautiful enough pours gasoline on the fire" that is low self-esteem among many women because of the fashion industry's perpetua- tion of unattainable beauty standards, Yachimovichwrote on Facebook. Zurer's "looks haven't re- ally deteriorated. Simply, for 54-year-old Moshe Golbary, her time was up--her age was beyond his ability to fathom it," Yachimovich wrote, add- ing that Golbary used to own a firm that specialized in organizing horse pageants. "Women are not horses," wrote Yachimovich. Palestinian killed in rioting as Israel hands out West Bank demoli- tion notices (JTA)--A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli troops during rioting in Hebron that started as demolition notices were handed out to seven West Bank households that belonged to terrorists. The fatality, a male teen- ager, was shot Friday, accord- ingto the Maan news agency. The orders ofdemolition--a controversial measure whose application against terrorists' families is under frequent ju- dicial review in Israel--were handed out Thursday to the family of Ihab Maswada from Hebron, who murdered Genadi Kaufman in a stabbing attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in December. Additionally, troops gave notices to the Qalandiya family of Issa Assaf and Anan Abu Habsah, who killed Rabbi Reuben Birmajer in a stabbing attack at the Jaffa Gate in Je- rusalem that month; the Belt Amra home of Abdullah Dais, who murdered Dafna Meir on Jan. 17, and the Nablus homes of Bassam .Saih, Ragheb Ah- mad Muhammad Aliwi and Zir Ziad Jamal Amar--all members of a cell responsible for the murders of Eitam and Naama Henkin in October. Also Thursday, Israeli troops and Border Police arrested eight Palestinians suspected of terrorism in over- night raids in the West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces said Friday. Separately, the High Court of Justice on Thursday sus- pended demolition orders for the West Bank homes of two Palestinians who allegedly killed five Israelis in twin at- tacks on Nov. 19. The court issued the tempo- rary injunctions in response to petitions by the families of the suspected terrorists, Israel Radio reported Friday. One of the homes belonged to Raed Masalmeh, 36, of Hebron, who admitted stab- bing to death Reuven Aviram, 51, and 32-year-old Aharon Yesiav, and wounding a third person in an attack on Jewish worshipers at the Panorama building in south Tel Aviv. He was indicted for murder in Tel Aviv District Court. Canada lifting some Iran sanctions TORONTO (JTA)--Cana- da's new Liberal government announced it is lifting some economic sanctions against Iran. Stephane Dion, Canada's minister of foreign affairs, announced last Friday that Ottawa will be ending a num- ber of sanctions against Iran, including a ban on financial services and imports and exports. In a statement, the govern- ment said all applications for export permits would be considered on a case-by-case basis. "We'll engage with Iran step-by-step, (with) open eyes, because we still have a lot of concerns about the role of Iran in the region," Dion said in Ottawa. Dion added that Canada is considering restoring dip- lomatic contacts with Iran, which were severed by the previous Conservative gov- ernment in 2012. He said Canada was wrong to cut ties with Iran. "We should have been part of it, to engage Iran, with sanctions, butwith diplomacy at the same time," the foreign minister told reporters. Dion said he was aware of Iran's "very questionable" human rights record and the threat it poses to Israel. In response, David Cape, chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, urged the government "to maintain caution and vigilance." JTA on page 15A