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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 14, 2003 *'-- I PETA HANDI-MAN & PAINTER Continued from page 2 "It's chutzpah enough to com- pare" the Holocaust and the meat industry, Foxman said, "but to go to the Jewish community is double chutzpah!" Prescott ad- mitted that the ADL's response "Wasn't what we were expect- ing,-though he added that PETA still would seek support from other Jewish groups. Such efforts may prove even more difficult, after the top law- Yer for the U.S. Holocaust Me- morial Museum fired offa cease and desist order to PETA last Weekallegingthe groupobtained the Holocaust images used in the campaign from the museum Under false pretenses. Aspokesman for the museum, Arthur Berger, said Prescott re- quested the photos and signed .an agreement to use museum mklges while using a personal email account and failing to dis- close he represented PETA or mentioning animal rights. The museum demanded that PETA stop "this reprehensible . isuse of Holocaust materials ethe campaign as of Monday, rger said. Peace But Prescott denied that he PETA's use of the period "is sidering what's behind it." If misled the museum, insisting really sucking away all that his- Americans reduced their beef the show is consistentwith the tory." By drawing the parallel, consumptionbyjust 10percent, museum'smissionandwillcon- PETA"reduces the meaning of he claimed, it would free up tinue, the Holocaust to physicalpain," enough grain now used to feed Prescott said he told a mu- she added, livestock to feed the 20 million seum official whose name he Kalechofsky wrote a paper peopleeveryyearwhodieofstar- could not recall that his project on animal rights and the Holo- vation. concerned animal rights, caust in which she drew a dis- Despite his initial hopes for though "I don't recall exactly tinction between the motiva- thecampaign, Schwartz changed every e- mail I sent." Other Jew- tions of hunters and Nazis. his mindaftersensing the"rage" ish groups took issue with TheNazis"didn'tjustwantto from some Jewish groups and PETA's use of Jewish sources, extinguish Jewish flesh; they even colleagues. One Web site, Rabbi Avi Shafran, a spokes- wanted to extinguish Jewish MyJewishLearning.com, gave man for the fervently Orthodox civilization," she said. the debate prominent play. Agudath Israel of America, said Prescottreplied:"Soifpeople Schwartz went so far as to Mendelovitz swore off meat as hadeaten the fleshofJews killed urge PETA to issue a "clear and an act of self-deprivation fol- in the Holocaust, would that unambiguous" apology for the lowing the horrors of the Holo- have made it acceptable?" Rich- "deep pain" its Holocaust cam- caust and not because he op- ard Schwartz, author of"Juda- paign has caused. posed eating meat. ism and Vegetarianism," long He also wants PETA to meet PETA's campaign, mean- has opposed the use of Holo- with Jewish groups, who he while, has grown into a meaty caust imagery in animal-rights hopeswiiladdanimalrightsand issue in the Jewish vegetarian causes, but hoped that PETA's vegetarianismtotheirownagen- community, dramatic tactics would focus das. Roberta Kalechofsky, who attention on animal rights. But PETA remains adamant foundedJewsforAnimalRights IfPETA'scomparisonofdeath that the "similarities,' between and has written several books camps to factory farms muses the Holocaust and factory farm- on Jewish vegetarianism, criti- people from their"indifference" ingareworthexploring, Prescott cized PETA's use of the Holo- to the environmental impact of said. caust, the meat industry, he said, %vhy "We're trying to widen the The Holocaust "is the end not look at the questions it circleofcompassion, andsome- result of a very complicated, raises?" Schwartz said a routine timesaperson hastobe shocked theological, historical, evolu- supermarkettripevokedforhim before they can begin to accept tionary process thatwent on for "the banality of evil" in which their own role in an act ofinjus- 1,700 years," she said, but people buy meat %vithout con- tice," he said. Continued from page 2 the 2004 election approaches, notes, theadministrationhasn't "This administration is go- had an envoy on the ground in StateDepartmentsourcessay ing to have a full plate," the region foralmostayear. Week's speech was part of Makovsky said. Jon Alterman, director of e White House s efforts to Therefore, the administra- Middle East programs at the COurt the international corn- tion is likely to expend the po- Center for Strategic and Inter- munity to support a U.S.-led litical capital needed for too- national Studies, says the keyis on Iraq. The speech also mentum on Israeli-Palestinian that neither Israelis nor Pales- Was intended as recognition of peacemaking only if it sees a tinians are willing to change Positive Palestiniansteps-such light at the end of the tunnel, their local political environ- as &afat's pledge to appoint a That, Makovsky argues, is mentsto make.them more con- Prime minister and new finan- dependentoncooperationfrom ducive to peace. . ialcontrols recently instituted the Arab world to push for new Alterman says it's unlikely !9 the Palestinian A'uthority. Palestinian leadership and to the United States will make a twasn'tlip service, a State pressurethePalestinianAuthor- bold move on the Israeli-Pales- : rtmentofficialsaid.''We've ity to take reforms seriously, tinian front unless there is a .en seeing progress on the "This isn't Bill Clinton, who change in Palestinian leader- l tinian side, some indica- will want to run off to a sum- ship - or unless Israel and the taon that maybe the ideals are mit," he said. "Before inserting White House change their view rtingto take hold.""The Pal- the prestige of his office, Bush that such a change in leader- tinian issue is likely to be a will want to see signs that he ship is essential for progress. alongwithotherthings," cansucceed.'ButBush'sprom- Given those parameters, !dMalcolm Hoenlein, execu- ises of increased engagement Altermansaidlastweek'sspeech "vevice chairman of the Con- after a war mean that the White was intended mostly to appease f erence of Presidents of Major House will have to do some- an international audience. ~,a~.ericanJewishOrganizations. thing, Makovskysaid.Ifthetime "When you talk to a foreign i OPefully, the willisn't ripe for a major effort, the audience, you get a lot of exas- rightfornewinitiatives.C nditi ns"But White House may suffice with peration,"hesaid."Alotoffolks in Washington think it throwing some money at the in the international commu- may be unlikely that Bush can problemintheformofincre,)sed nity are incensed that we see aChieve his goals in the Middle aid-oritmayconveneaninter- Iraqastheprimethreattopeace F- st' national conference- steps that and stability in the Middle East, Analysts argue that Bush's aren't likely to produce real while they see the Israeli-Pales- tnments downplayed the progress, tinian conflict as the threat to of time and influenceHowever, Steven Spiegel, a peaceandstabilityintheMiddle will be needed to bring professor of political science at East." Bush, whohopestobuild to Iraq and make UCLA, says it's disingenuous to international support for a new ,to ;placetheIsraeli-palestiniancon- U.N. resolution authorizing a U.S. military presence flictasonlyoneofseveralpriori- military action against lraq, is after a war. ties for the Middle East, because believed tobe usingtalkoflong- ,note, U.S. troops solving the conflict is central to term progress on the Israeli- where NATO achieving the administration's Palestinian front to get more in 1999. other goals in the region, countriesonboardforanattack aseniorfel- The missing element is not on Iraq. Arab support, he says, because . There is some legitimacy to East Policy, says the"themainstreamArabsarelook- Bush's claims, Alterman said: li- Palestinian conflict ing desperately, theywant" the Many in the administration be- be No. 5 on the Bush Israeli-Palestinianviolence"off lieveSaddam'soverthrowwould foreign policy thetelevisionscreens.'Instead, show U.S. resolve to combat list after an Iraq war. theproblemistheUnitedStates, weaponsproliferationandrogue whichhasnotfollowedthrough regimes. That could make it the war on terror- on its declared goals, he says. easier for pro-democracy lead- itheproliferation "The president has had an ers to emerge in the Middle extremely good declaratory East. s ially from North Korea- policy," said Spiegel, a scholar lfthatdoeshappen, thewhite hheelping with the Israel Policy House could play a dramatic spread democracy pro-peace Middle East. Forum. ,"The problem is the role. But there is much skepti- y.hat's n"" . ,t even counting do- actions have been anemic at cism that the situation will un- Concerns such as a weak best, and he really hasn't deliv- fold as the White House hopes. aOmy and the requisite fo- ered on the promises of the Some wonder if the White Un Bush's own campaign as speeches." For example, he House has a clear understand- ing of the probable political dy- namics in the region after an Iraq war and the obstacles that will face the administration. What is not being questioned, for the most part, is the inten- sity of Bush's belief in the re- quirements he has outlined for progress on the Israeli-Pales- tinian front. "The read is that he really believes it, andyou are underes- timating him if you think he's not committed to his goals," one Jewish official said. 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