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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) Iran and Israel appear to be locked in an assassination contest. Israeli leaders blamed Iran for two assassination attempts late Sunday and early Mon- daymin Tbilisi, Georgia, and in New Delhi, India. Thebomb in Tbilisi was disabled before it could be activated, and the attack in India wounded the wife of an Israeli diplomat and her driver. The attacks follow a num- ber of reported attempts on Israeli and Jewish targets, most recently in Azerbaijan and Thailand. They also fol- low a series of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists and military figures associat- ed with Iran most recently on Jan. 11. Iran has blamed Israel for being behind those attacks. In keeping with Israeli policy on such issues, Israeli officials have declined to comment. Experts warn that the at- tacks could get worse. "It's clear we're already in a situation of escalation, but what's still not clear is how far that's going to go," said Michael Adler. an expert on After New Delhi att;00ck, fears that Iran-lsrael attacks could escalate Iran at the Woodrow Wilson Center. IfIran manages to kill Israe- lis, it could invite an escalated response from Israel. "We don't need a war of words to descend into a war of assassinations to descend into something much big- ger," said Joel Rubin. director of government affairs at the Ploughshares Fund, which supports projects aimed at advancing peace. After the bombing in India on last Monday and the foiled attack in Georgia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu fingered Iran. "Iran is behind these at- tacks; it is the largest exporter of terrorism in the world." he said. "The government of Israel and the security services will continue to act together with local security forces against such acts of terrorism. We will continue to take strong and systematic. yet patient, action against the international terrorism that originates in Iran." On Tuesday, an Iranian national was injured by bombs that exploded in a Bangkok house he shared with two other non-Thais. Unnamed Israeli officials said the bombs were being prepared for a largescale attack against an Israeli target. "The attempted attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies are continuing to perpetrate terrorism," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement from Singa- pore. "The recent attacks are yet another example of this." Iran's ambassador to New Delhi, Mehdi Nabizadeh, rejected Netanyahu's accusa- tions about the Indian and Georgian attempts, calling them "untrue and sheer lies. like previous times," Reuters reported. Nabizadeh also condemned the attack. But on Feb. 3. Iranian Su- preme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country is prepared to assist those who would "confront" Israel and the United States. "From now on. in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help," he said in a rare Friday sermon. "We have no fear expressing this." The attacks in Georgia and New Delhi took place the day after the fourth anniversary of the car bombing in Syria that killed Imad Mughniyeh. the operations chief for Hezbol- lah, Iran's Lebanon proxy. At the time, Hezbollah leaders said they would avenge the killing at a time and place of their choosing. That was widely seen at the time as a signal that Hezbollah was ending its unofficial morato- rium on attacking Israelis and Jews outside the Middle East that had been in place since the mid-1990s. In 1994, an Iranian-spon- sored bombing thought to have been carried out by Hezbollah operatives leveled the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, killifig 85 people and injuring more than 300.Abombingattackon thatcity's Israeli Embassy two years earlier had left 29 dead. For its part, Israel has not acknowledged responsibility for the attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists. But a num- ber of unnamed American officials have told media out- lets that they believe Israel is behind the killings. Patrick Clawson, an Iran analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Israel's posture in the region stems from the existen- tial threat that Israeli leaders believe is posed by Iran's sus- pected nuclear weapons pro- gram. Recent reports suggest that Israeli leaders think that time is running out to halt -the programbefore Iran has passed a point of no return on the way to a nuclear weapon. "Israel's attitude would be diplomats are expendable because of national survival," Clawson said. - In the New Delhi attack, Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of a diplomat stationed with the Israeli Defense Ministry mis- sion in India, was the injured woman, Ynet reported. On Tuesday, she was in stable condition following surgery to remove shrapnel and reportedly woke for the first time. The bomb report- edly was attached to the car by someone on a motorcycle and detonated remotely while she was riding. Some reports say that Koren realized what hap- pened and began exiting the car before the explosion. She was taken to the hospital by rickshaw, Ynet reported. She could soon return to Israel, according to reports. The Associated Press re- ported that the shrapnel was removed from her spine and By Alan D. Abbey JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Eulogizer highlights the life accomplishments of famous and not-so-famous Jews who have passed away recently. Jeffrey Zaslow, 53, journalist and author, in car crash Jeffrey Zaslo who was a reporter and columnist at the Orlando Sentinel before moving on to The Wall Street Journal and becoming an author of books about how people navigate the transitions and stages of their lives, died Feb. 10 at 53 in a car accident on a snowy road in northern Michigan. Zaslow was on his way home from speaking about his newest book. "The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters," about the clientele of a bridal store. Zaslow became abest-selling author in the last few years with books such as "The Girls from Ames." about 10 women who have been friends for de- cades, and "The Last Lecture." which he co-wrote with Randy Pausch. Zaslowpresentedalec- ture with that title at Carnegie Mellon University after Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only a few months to live. An article and avideo of the lecture created an international sensation, which led to a best-selling book. The Wall Street Journal said Zaslow had"a rare gift for writ- mg about love. loss. and other life passages with humor and empathy." Zaslow. The New York Times said, "was drawn to stories about people seeking meaning in their lives, often in the face of mortality.'" Rabbi Gunther Plaut, 99, Reform movement leader Rabbi Gunther Plaut.amajor figure in Reform Judaism. died in Toronto at age 99. Plaut. a for- mer president of the Canadian Jewish Congress who wrote widely on human rights, often PAGE 13A that she has partial paralysis in her legs. After the attack, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz called a meeting to assess the situation of Is- rael's foreign missions. India's foreign minister reportedly called his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, and said his country would work to capture the attackers. He also said his country will provide additional security for the embassy. In a call with Indian report- ers following Monday's attack, Paul Hirschson, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, commended the Indian and Georgian governments for working with Israel to follow up on such attempts and prevent them in the future. He also suggested that Israel's responses to such attacks would not be confined to prevention. "I don't thinkwe're going to say we're going to twiddle our thumbs happily at attempts on Israelis anywhere," he said Monday in a conference call organized by The Israel Project. JTA Israel correspondent Marcy Oster contributed to this report. The Eulogizer: Journalist, filnzn00,00ker, artist was quoted by media around the world on issues pertaining to Reform Judaism. He published a volume of commentary on the Torah and haftarah that has become the standard text used by the Reform movement; it took 17 years to write. In later years he turned tofiction, publishing two novels and a cgllection of short stories. Plaut. a native of Germany who fled the Nazis in 1935 and came to the United States, held pulpits in Chicago and St. Paul, Minn., before moving to To- ronto's Holy Blossom Temple, where he was spiritual leader from 1961 to 197Z He became the temple's senior scholar in residence in 1978. Zalman King, filmmaker and ex-actor Zalman King, a commercial "soft-core" filmmaker called variously an "erotic cinema maestro" and a "brilliant and noble soul," died Feb. 3 ateither 69 or 70 (reports differed). King wrote, directed or produced commercial but overtly erotic films such as "9 1/2 Weeks," "Wild Orchid" and "Delta of Venus," and cable TV films and series in- cluding "Red Shoe Diaries," "Chromiumblue.com" and "Body Language." His workwas lauded by websites devoted to B movies and cult films, while his mainstream reputationwas somewhat less exalted. A 2006 book "Soft in the Middle: The Contemporary Softcore Feature in Its Con- texts." said that King was "synonymous with a n upscale form of sexploitation that is addressed to women." and the Chicago Sun-Times described "Red Shoe Diaries" as "a tour through the sweaty terrain of yuppie sexuality" and a "com- mercial male fantasy." The AV Club. a tongue-in- cheek film website, wrote that "The name Zalman King came to be regarded as a mark of quality among connoisseurs of a certain breed of steamy, slow-motion cinema, and so it was that he always came back to that which he did best." King began his Hollywood career as an actor on TV shows such as "Gunsmoke." "Daniel Boone." "The Munsters." "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and "Adam-12," among others. He played an idealistic young lawyer on the ABC series "The Young Lawyers"; The New York Times called him then the first overtly Jewish leading man in an American television series. Roman Halter, 84, artistand Shoah survivor Roman Halter, who turned his experiences during the Holocaust as a slave laborer. death camp survivor and death march escapee into searing art, died in London on Jan. 30 at 85. Karea Pollock, chief ex- ecutive of England's Holocaust Educational Trust, said that Halter "was a man who survived unimaginable experiences and who will be remembered by all of us at HET for his great intellect, talent, dignity and, above all, his warmth. He will be hugely missed." Dr. James Smith, chief ex- ecutive of the Aegis Trust and chairman of The Holocaust Centre, said that Halter "was not only a remarkable intel- lect and a great supporter of The Holocaust Centre and the Aegis Trust; he was also a very dear personal and family friend. A true gentleman, his calm demeanor belied the unimaginable atrocities that he experienced and witnessed. We will all miss his inspira- tional presence and his quiet authority." In the years after his career as an architect. Halter created paintings and stained glass works that drew significant at- tention. He designed the gates of Yad Vashem. Israel's Holo- caust memorial and museum. Some of his work was featured atBritain's leadingTate Gallery in 2006. Bill Mardo, 89, sportsWriter who pushed for integrating baseball Bill Mardo. a longtime sportswriter for The Daily Worker and one of the leading voices for integrating baseball in the 1940s. died Jan. 20 at 89. Mardo's efforts, along with other Jewish colleagues at the newspaper, wrote columns and articles over a course of years that many have credited with creating the moral case for openingMajor League Baseball to African Americans. In the new book "Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball," Temple University's Rebecca Alpert wrote that Mardo initi- ated the campaign to convince Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey to in- tegrate the team: After Jackie Robinson be- came Major League Baseball's first black player, he and Mardo became friends. Mardo was born William Bloom in Manhattan and grew up in foster families in Brook- lyn. His interest in left-wing politicsbeganwhen he readThe Daily Worker as a teenager and then joined the Communist Party. He changed his name to Mardo as a tribute to his sisters Marion and Doris.Mardojoined The Daily Worker in 1942. Jack Zarrow, 86, Oklahoma oil exec and philanthropist Jack Zarrow, a Tulsa, Okla., oil and gas supply company CEO and philanthropist whose foundation supported educa- tion, mental health and Jewish charities, died Feb. 2 at 86. Zarrow was on the boards of the University of Tulsa and Gilcrease Museum. The foun- dation established professor- ships at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Oklahomaandthe University of Texas, and donates to Jewish causes in the United States and Israel. including the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and the Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Care Center. "Jack was a quiet, unas- suming guy who for all his success was very receptive and approachable and who always honored his roots," said David Bernstein, past executive direc- tor of the Tulsa Jewish federa- tion. "The Jewish community takes a lot of pride in the fact thatJackwas an active member and represented us so well to the total community" Ayelet Galena, 2, plight moved thousands Ayelet Galena. the 2-year- old who suffered from a rare bone disease and whose plight became known to thousands through blog posts and com- munity activities in New York and elsewhere, died Jan. 31. Galenas parents, Seth and Hindy Poupko Galena; worked through their own emotions and raisedfundsandawareness about Ayelet's illness on a biog. Gabrielle Birkner of the Forward wrote: "Many Of the thousands of those mourning Ayelet today knew her only through the Tumblr blogwhere her parents chronicled, with remarkable compassion, elo- quence and humor, the tod- dler's courageous fight. "As the months passed, and Ayelet's condition grew worse, the images provided an unflinching look at the little girl's reality: There were myriad tubes and machines connected to Ayelet's swollen body and bald head (which was always lovingly covered with a floral hat or headband)." Write to the Eulogizer at eulogizer@jta.org.