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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 15, 2013 Weekend roundup of world briefs from JTA Wikipedia Gabrielle Giffords, 2010 App to track Obama's Israel visit -- JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's Prime Minister's Office launched an app to follow Presi- dent Obama's visit in real time. The app, which is available though IsraersApple s[ore, will assist journalists covering the visitandallow Israelisto receive real-time updates, including video streaming. Itwilibe avail- able shortly for Android. Now available in Hebrew and English, the app soon will be available in Arabic, Ynet reported. The app was announced Sunday at a preparatory meet- ing ahead of Obama's.visit to Israel later this month. Rep- resentatives from the Prime Minister's Office, the presi- dent's residence, the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the Israel Police, the Jerusalem Municipality, Ben-Gurion In- ternational AirPort and other agencies attended the meeting. National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror said it was "very important" that the visit be marked by three Points: "One, that it go smoothly from start to finish. It is important for us that the Prime Minister and the President have fruitful and productive talks--this is the basis for the continuation of work over the next four years. It is important to us that the President and all those who watch the visit see the beautiful Land of Israel as much as pos- sible given the short schedule. "Cooperation between all -elementsIamong all the Is- raelis, and between us and the Americans---isalsovital for the success of the visit." Meanwhile, the U.S. Em- bassy in Israel announced a competition for 20 seats at Obama's speech in Israel. Hope- rials must like the embassy's Facebook page and in the com- ments section explain why they should be invited. The Post had 400 likes on Sunday within six hours of the announcement. The speech is scheduled to take place at Jerusalem's In- ternational Convention Center. HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance .Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 gresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Giffords, who survived a shooting that killed six people, was recognized for the "po- litical, personal, and physical courage she has demonstrated in her fearless public advocacy for policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence." The award is presented each year by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Caroline Kennedy, JFK's daughter, will present Giffordswith the award on May 5. Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, launched a gun control initia- tive following the shootings in December at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 first-graders and seven adults were killed by a lone gtmman. "Instead of retreating fol- lowing the tragic shooting that ended her Congressional career, she has recommitted herself to fighting for a more peaceful society free from hate and violence. She is a true Profile in Courage," Caroline Kennedy said in a statement. Giffords was shot in the head in a Tucson, Ariz., parking lot in January 2011 during a constituents' event, also by a lone gunman. Among those killed was a 9-year-old girl. The first Jewish woman elected to statewide office in Arizona, Giffords stepped down from her congressional seat and continues to recover from the shooting. Paris suburb honors Palestinian killer of Israeli minister (JTA)--A suburb of Paris made the killer of Israeli minis- ter Rehavarn Ze'evi an honorary resident. Bezons awarded the title last month to Majdi AI-Rimawi, ac- cording to the March edition of its official newsletter, Bezons Infos. The motion to recognize Rimawi passed unanimously at aspecialcouncilvoteofthemu- nicipality, which is northwest of Paris and nearly eight miles- from the city's center. "He is imprisoned for more than 10 years in an Israeli prison. His crime? Defending his city and its inhabitants, calling for the application of international law for the establishment of Palestine in the 1967 borders as recognized by the United Nations and Jerusalem as its capital. For this he was sentenced in 2002 [sic] to life in prison... More than 80 years!" proclaims the newsletter article. The article does not mention the 2008 conviction of Rimawi, a member of the terrorist orga- nization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, for the murder of Ze'evi in Jerusalem in 2001. Rimawiwas one of four shooters who waited for Ze'evi, Israel's minister of tourism, outside a hotel in Jerusalem. Appeals court to reconsider Jerusalem passport case WASHINGTON (JTA)A U.S. appeals court will hear arguments again on whether Americans born in Jerusalem can have "Israel" listed as their birthplace in their passports. Nathan Lewin, the lawyer who last year won a Supreme Court decision requiring lower courts to resolve the issue, this weeksaidthat new hearingswill begin on March 19 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; An array of Jewish groups Swarm of 1 million locusts hits Israel JERUSALEM (JTA)--A swarm of 1 million locusts crossed into Israel from Egypt. The locusts on March 5 re- mained concentrated in areas of southern Israelnearthe border, but sightings were rePorted throughout the country, in- cluding Tel Aviv and the Carmel region of northern Israel. Residents of the Ramat Ha- Negev Regional Council, where the first locusts were seen on March 4, have sealed their homes against the thousands of locusts in their area, according to reports. Aerial and ground pesticides were sprayed late March 5 and the morning of March 6. No more swarms crossed the border due to a shift in wind direction. A black cloud of more than 30 million locusts--some es- timates ranged as high as 120 million--swarmed over parts of Egypt beginning March 2, causing millions of dollars worth of damage, according to EgyptianAgricultural Minister Salah Abad Aimoman. The locust attack hit some three weeks before the start of Passover, which recalls a destructive plague of locusts that the Bible says was sent by God to free the Jewish slaves. Giffords to receive JFK Profile in Courage Award (JTA)--FormerArizona con- Dudu Greenspan/FLASH90 A close-up of one of the hundreds of thousands of locusts that invaded Southern Israel on March 5. ] ' "7',.: :. .... : ::-..-- . . : : -,. .:: . t ..:  :- .: ::, ,! ." " ..:= Dudu Greenspan/FLASH90 Hundreds of thousands of locusts fly March 5 over Ramat Negev in Southern Israel. had joined Lewin in pressing Israel and to protect Jewish A July 18 tweet on Ibrahim's the courts to allow a hearing customs, including circumci- feed, first reported by the in the case ofMenachem Zivot- sion and ritual slaughter. Weekly Standard, notes the ofsky, whose family for years Speaking March 7 before a suicide bombing in Bulgaria has sought to force the State crowd of 300 at an event orga- that day that killed five Israeli Department to name Israel as nized byBritain's main Jewish touristsandabusdriver:"Anex- hisbirthplace, citinga20021aw, umbrella group, the leader of plosiononatrucktransporting President George W. Bush the British opposition, who is IsraelisattheairportofBurgas, signed the law, but refused .to Jewish, warned of the need to Bulgaria, on the Black Sea," it implement it, citing execrative be"ever-vigilant" against anti- says. "Oh Wowwww this eases prerogative in foreign Policy. Semitism, theJewishChronicle offthedaytodayverynicevery President Obama has contin- rePorted, nice news." ued that practice. Asked whether he would Israel, U.S. and Greece Last year's 8-1 Supreme worktoensurereligiousslaugh- launch joint naval exercise Courtdecisionoverruledlower tcr and circumcision prac- (JTA)iIsraeli, Greek and court decisions that main- tices could continue in Britain, American vessels began a tained that the judicial branch Miliband said, 'es, these are two-weekMediterraneannaval does not have authority to important traditions. The exercise, the Israeli army said. determine foreign policy, kosher issue has recently been An Israel Defense Forces Bulgarian parliament ex- brought to my attention. Ways statement said the operation, presses 'regret' at Holo- of life must be preserved." named "Noble Dina," was a caust-era deportations Samira Ibrahim acknowl- scheduled annual exercise (JTA)--Bulgaria's parlia- edges 'anti-Zionist' tweet for its navy and is part of the ment for the first time ex- WASHINGTON (JTA)--An security cooperation between pressed regret for the deporta- Egyptian humgn rights activ- the Israeli navy and foreign tion of 11,000 Jews to their ist refused to hpologize for naval forces. deaths during the Holocaust. anti-Jewish tweets that led the The joint maneuver, from The resolution last Friday Obamaadministrationtodelay March 7 to 21, will involve by Bulgaria's parliament was honoring her with an award, helicopters, ships, and search- issued ahead of the 70th anni- "I refused to apologize to the and-rescue boats fromthe three versary of the start of deporta- ZionistlobbyinAmericaonthe nations. tions from areas controlled by previous statements hostile to "The participating forces Bulgaria, which was an ally of Zionism under pressure from will exercise their cooperation Nazi Germany during World the American government, on search and rescue, quic.k War II. so the prize was withdrawn," reaction to naval emergencies, The text read: "Beyond dis- SamiralbrahimtweetedMarch medicalevacuation, navigation pute,11,343 Jewswere deported 7. and weapons systems," accord- from northern Greece and the Victoria Nuland, the State ing to the statement. Kingdom of Yugoslavia. We Department spokeswoman, For several years, Israe'l denounce this criminalact, un- had said earlier in the day that and the U.S. carried out naval dertakenbyHitler'scommand, Ibrahim was on her way back maneuvers with Turkey, but " and express our regret for the to Egypt and would not par- in September 2011 Ankara fact that the local Bulgarian ticipate in a State Department expelled Israel's ambassador administration had not been ceremony March 8 honoring and suspended military coop- in a position to stop this act." nine other recipients of the eration with the Jewish state. The text also lauded Bul- InternationalWomen of Cour- Once-warm Israel-Turkey ties garian authorities for having age Award. reached a low point in May "refusedthedeportationofover U.S. Secretary of State John 2010 after Israeli commandos 48,000 Jews, Bulgarian citi- Kerry and first lady Michelle raided a Turkish ship in the zens, to the death camps"--a Obama will preside at the Mediterranean trying to evade historical event that is asource ceremony. Israel's blockade of the Gaza of pride to many Bulgarians. Ibrahimhadinitiallyclaimed Strip, killing nine Turks on British Labor leader herTwitteraccountwashacked boardaftertheboardingtroops Miliband pledges to oppose and that she did not write were attacked. Israel boycott the tweets in question. The Israel's relations with Greece (JTA) Ed Miliband, the State Department said it was in the meantime have been leaderofBritain'sLabourParty, conducting "forensics" to warmingwithth'etwocountries pledged to oppose boycotts of determine ifthatwas the case. joiningfornavalandairexercises.