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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 29, 2008 PAGE 17A Kosovo of employment are dim.What of the ewish community in he does have is a beautiful, Belgrade," he said. From page 16A 19th-century, three-story Zhalta said he applied for home, albeit one he cannot permission to immigrate to He shows off a 20-year-old afford to maintain. Israel in 2000, but has not yet picture of his mother talking For some of Prizren's Jews, received permission from the to Simon Peres in Ashdod, aliyah is complicated by more Jewish Agency for Israel. He Israel, where she moved after than employment worries, suspects his mother's Jewish World War II while her chil- Ulvi Zhalta, 59, looks de- identity is the source of the dren opted to build a socialist state in the heart of Europe. But they always knew about their Jewish roots. Religion, however, was far from their lives. Demiri is from a generation of Jews who fondly recall life inYugoslavia, of which Kosovo was a part. A former textile factory director, Demiri has been mostly out of Work for the last two decades, and his prospects cades older than his cousin Demiri. 62, due to such health problems as heart disease and an eye clouded by blindness. Like nearly all Jews who stayed in Prizren after World War II, Zhalta's mother mar- ried a non-Jew, in her case an ethnic Albanian. '.'She was buried in aMuslim cemetery. There are no Jew- ish cemeteries here, but she was registered as a member delay. 'In response to queries on Zhalta's case. an Israeli repre- sentative of the JewishAgency said the details of individual applications are private. "Everyone in my family wants to go to Israel." Zhalta said as the lights went off in his cousin's living room during one of the daily power outages that have gone on for so long in Kosovo that few can remem- ber life without them. Sharkansky From page 4A What is the answer of Fatah? The Palestinian prime minister says thatprogress in peace talks will create"apositive dynamic," generating support in Gaza for the Fatah government." In other words, Israel should bring about renewed Fatah control of Gaza by making concessions that Fatah wants in the peace talks. This sounds like pie in the sky, as well as a continuation of the Palestin- ian mantra: Why should we solve our own problems, when someone else is responsible for them. and must solve them for us? Even if a miracle happens and Hamas concedes Gaza to Fatah by recognizing that Israel really is peace-loving, this seems unlikely to help the residentsofSderot.When Fatah was in control of Gaza, with perhaps 30.000 individuals in its security forces there, it was unable or unwilling to stop the rockets. If God helps those who help themselves, the Palestinians are in trouble. Their often- proclaimed misery produces no end of free food and sym- pathetic lip service. It will take more on their part to achieve a state. Ira Sharkansky is professor emeritus, Department of Politi- cal Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Balance From page5A cultural desire to maintain an open, vital, supportive atmosphere that represents the very purpose of our places of worship and com- munity cohesion. All who are vested with the responsibilities for the over- sight of Jewish institutions. regardless if they are paid professionals or volunteer lay people, need the tools and support forcoordinating plans and activities for deal- ing with emerging threats on multiple levels. Security preparedness and awareness is clinically prudent, devoid of emotion and fear. We recommend that you visit the SCN Web site at to learn more about what your com- munity and institutions can do to mitigate security vulnerabilities and institute a culture of preparedness and awareness. Paul Goldenberg is the na- tional director of the Secure Community Network. 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