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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 14, JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs for Monday, March 10, 2003. Israei-U.S. cooperation 'unparalleled' The U.S. ambassador to Israel denied media reports that Israel would not receive advance warning of a U.S. military strike against Iraq. Daniel Kurtzer said Monday the reports were "without foundation" and described cooperation between the two countries as "unbelievably good" and "unparalleled." He made the comments at the start of a meeting with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, after some Israeli defense officials were criticized for their statements about the Iraqi crisis, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Shalom agreed that only the prime minister, foreign minister and defense minis- ter would be authorized to comment, Israel Radio re- ported. Groups to protest extra Israel aid Several groups are asking people to urge U.S. law- makers on Wednesday to reject $12 billion in extra aid to Israel. The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupa- tion, a group led by some Jewish doves, joined the "Washington Wednesday" campaign to protest $4 bil- lion in military aid and $8 billion in loan guarantees that the Bush administration may approve for Israel later this year. The aid would come in addition to the nearly $2.7 billion Israel receives each year from the United States. Israeli troops redeploy in Gaza Israeli troop movements in northern Gaza are a rede- ployment, not a withdrawal, security officials said. The officials made the statement Monday following earlier reports of a withdrawal. The army took up positions in the area last Friday to prevent Palestinians from firing rock- ets at the Israeli town of Sderot. Despite the troop presence in Gaza, four rockets struck Sderot on Sunday, but there were no reported injuries. Hamas taking control of Gaza? Israeli officials told the Cabinet that the Palestinian Authority has enough manpower to control Hamas in Gaza, but that Yasser Ararat is blocking the move. As a result, Hamas is threatening to take control over Gaza and present a ruling alternative to the Palestinian Au- thority, according to the Israeli daily Ha'aretz. Some observers believe Hamas already has more followers in Gaza than Arafat's Fatah Party. Animals, Shoah victims compared by By Joe Berkofsky NEW YORK (JTA)--An emaciated death camp survi- vor stares blankly alongside a gaunt steer. "During the seven years be- tween 1938 and 1945, 12 mil- lion people perished in the Holocaust," the image de- clares. "The same number of animals is killed every 4 hours for food in the U.S. alone." The poster forms the heart of a new national campaign launched last week by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that compares the Holocaust and the meat in- dustry - and that is ruffling Jewish feathers. Dubbed "Holocaust on Your Plate," PETA's campaign and The same number of animals is killed EVERY 4 HOURS for food in the U.S. alone. An image from PETA 's (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) "Holocaust on yoVl its companion Web site, Plate" campaign. masskill]rlg. :om, insists the Many of his mother's cous- delivers a eulogy for a mouse, Nazi murderofJews, gays and ins, aunts and uncles are be- in which he says that"in rela- gypsies mirrors "the modern- lieved to have been killed in tion to" animals, "all people day Holocaust" that is the in- Buchenwald and Dachau, are Nazis: For the animals it is dustrialized slaughter ofani- Prescott said, adding that his an eternal Treblinka." That reals for food. mother's sense of social jus- phrase, "Eternal Treblinka," JustastheNazisforcedJews tice led him to become a veg- became the title of a book on to live in cramped, filthy con- etarian, and then vegan, the subject by Holocaust edu- ditions, tore children from PETA cites several Jewish catorCharlesPatterson,whose parentsand murdered people figures asspiritualforefathers Web site links to the PETA in"assembly-linefashion,"fac- for its campaign, including campaign. tory farms cram animals into Nobel Prize-winning author PETA's tactics are raising tiny, waste-filledspaces, treat- Isaac Bashevis Singer and the the hackles of several Jewish ing cows, chicken and lambs vegetarian Torah scholar, groups and splitting the Jew- as meat-, egg- and milk-pro- Rabbi Shraga Feivel ishanimal-rightscommunity. ducing machines, PETA says. Mendelovitz. Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder "It's a direct parallel," said Singer was a staunch veg- and dean of the Simon Matt Prescott, PETA's youth etarian whose fictional char- Wiesenthal Center in Los An- outreach coordinator, actersdrewanalogiesbetween geles, called the Holocaust One of the campaign's cre- Nazism and man's treatment comparison "ridiculous." "No ators, Prescott, 21, said thatas of animals in books such as responsible Jewish leaderwill a Jew whose relatives died in "Enemies, A Love Story." In have anything against a cam- the Holocaust he finds the "TheLetterWriter"from"The paign that seeks to limit the analogy neither"offthewalr' Seance and Other Stories," abuseandtortureofanimals," nor "radical," but entirely apt. Singer's character Herman Hier said. "But putting on a Web site the images of thef" death camps, and compari ] it to chickens cooped up in a pen, it denigrates the memorY of the Holocaust." The Anti" Defamation League's natio director, Abraham Foxma , called the campaign likeni ] animal abuse to Nazism "out'| rageous" and "abhorrent.'[ "Rather than deepen our re| vulsion against what the Na#[ " did to the Jews, the proj~[ will undermine the strug#!| to understand the HolocaLust"[ and to find ways to make sure[ such catastrophes never hag[ pen again," he said. i| Ironically, the PETA project| first came to the ADL's atteP'| tion when the animal-righP[ activists sought ADL approval [ for their effort, i See "PETA" on page 15 Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans rimm ~mmmlmlllilml Ili~ I 10% Discount on . Ii Iiservlces and merchandise Ii on any new I I Pre-need contracts. I I 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD Marilyn J. Glenn, LFD, James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director al By Matthew E. Berger WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)--The Bush administra- tion says overthrowing Saddam Hussein will clear a path to renewed American engagement in Israeli-Pales- tinian peacemaking. But many in Washington are skeptical that the administration's attention will shift to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once an anticipated war on Iraq is over. Under pressure to outline his vision for a post-war Iraq, President Bush told the Ameri- can Enterprise Institute on Feb. 26 that the overthrow of the Iraqi president would promote Israeli-Palestinian peace by rid- ding Palestinian terrorists of a major source of funding. "Without this outside sup- port for terrorism, Palestin- ians who are working for re- form and long for democracy will be in a better position to choose new leaders," Bush said. "True leaders who strive for peace; true leaders who faithfully serve the people. A Palestinian state must be a reformed and peaceful state that abandons forever the use of terror." Bush called on Is- rael to work toward a peace agreement and - "as progress is made toward peace" - to end all settlement activity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Bush also called on Arab states to oppose terrorism and "state clearly they will live in peace with Israel." In a land- mark speech last June, Bush called on Palestinians to re- place Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat with leaders not compromised by an photo by An Israeli Arab boy plays with stones as U.S. batteries are deployed near his home last week i near Tel Aviv. The batteries, supplied and operated by U.S. troops, are~ back.up system to the Israeli Arrow missile killer meant't fa protect the densely populated center from the potential thr#t of Iraqi Scud missiles. terrorism, and said Palestin- ians would need to curb vio- lence against Israel before they could achieve statehood. While that speech remains the cornerstone of White House policy on the Middle East, critics argue that Bush has not fleshed it out, repeat- edly stalling the presentati# of the "road map" toward IV raeli-Palestinian peace that being prepared by the dipl matic "Quartet" of the Unite" States, United Nations, Etff(r pean Union and Russia. See "Peace" on page 15