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Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 21 O 6 ~ . photo courtesty of the Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism oo~nonstrators march against the war in lraq on March 22, 2003, in Paris. Swastikas were carried by some ~ ~e marchers, as were flags. Among signs are 'Sharon, Palestinian the visible Bush murderers,' and ~alem is Ours.' !r more By Philip Carme! to a nearby hospital and treated for down myself," Soussan said. "Then light injuries, they jumped on me andthrew me to (JTA)--France may have Politicians issued belated, if force- the ground and started kicking me." not to take part in the U.S.- ful, condemnations of the incident. According to the Paris-based Bureau but French Jews But French Jewish leaders are wor- for Vigilance Against anti-Semitism, someofthe riedaboutfurtherattacks-aswellas the march was characterized by a the possibility that attempts by Jew- number of anti-Semitic incidents, polls showing over 90 per- ish vigilantes to defend the commu- including insults hurled at Jewish Ofthepublicopposedto thewar, nity may devolve into street battles, passers-by and forms of Holocaust Earlieronthe dayofthe Hashomer imagery depicting Israel. anti-wardemon- Hatzair attacks, Steve Soussan had Estimated at around 100,000 that often have taken on a been walking around Place de La people, the demonstration was far ericanandanti-Israeli Nation with his fiancee when he no- from a minority affair. ticed a banner depicting the Israeli Apart from the regular sprinkling )lodedintovio- flag with a swastika at its center, offar-leftandpro-Palestiniangroups, month when pro-Pal- "I told them that six million Jews representativesfromsomeofFrance's died in the Holocaust and they had mainstream political parties were Youths outside the offices of no right to carry that banner. They present, includingformer Prime Min- Hatzair youth move- told me that the flag represented the .Theyouthsweretaken Zionist entity, so I tried to take it See "French" on page 18 9 mlSSl fly blatthew Gutman By Matthew E. Berger WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)--The mission of rebuilding Iraq after the war has fallen to a general who has visited Israel and is being portrayed in the Arab world as biased in favor of the Jewish state. The Bush administration has se- lected retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner to direct the Pentagon's Office of Re- construction and Humanitarian As- sistance for Post-War Iraq. He will coordinate the civil administration after Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is ousted, and will aid the transition to new leadership. A former assistant chief of staff in the Army, Garner, 64, traveled to Israel in 1998 with the Jewish Insti- tute for National Security Affairs. Two years later he signed on to an October 2000 letter that praised Is- raeli restraint in the face of Palestin- ian violence and urged the United States not to let its role as a peace facilitator hamper its responsibili- ties as a friend to Israel. "Friends don't leave friends on the battlefield," the statement read. The appointment of Garner has enraged some Arab leaders, who claim that putting a "pro-Israel" leader in charge of the reconstruction of Iraq will only feed accusations that the war is being fought for Israel's ben- efit. "People in the Arab world are com- pletely amazed by the Iraq policy, they don't get it, and the view that Israel is behind it all is one that is gaining strength," said Hussein Ibish, director of communications for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. The concern over Garner's rela- tionship with Israel highlights the politically sensitive nature of regime change in Iraq, a country that has threatened Israel for decades and launched 39 missiles at Israel during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. It also shows growing concern about the Bush administration's plans for the broader Middle East, specifically calls for democratization of the region. Ibish says bringing in an adminis- trator who some Arabs see as pro- DoD photo by R.D. Ward Retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner has been selected to a~'rect the Pentagon's Office of Reconstruc- tion and Humanitarian Assistance for Post-War Iraq. Israel hurts the chances for a suc- cessful regime change. Ibish said Garner's appointment is a sign that the Bush administration either does not understand Arab public opinion or does not care. "It's incredible that the adminis- tration would not be sensitive to what impression that would lend to other Arabs and Iraqis themselves about what sort of occupation this would be," he said. But Jewish leaders are rejecting the charge that visiting or support- ing Israel should disqualify Garner from any service in the Middle East. "If I were Jay Garner, I would be enormously offended that for visit- ing Israel for 10 days, I was disquali- fied from serving the American gov- ernment in some capacity in an Arab country," said Shoshana Bryen, di- rector of special projects for JINSA. She noted the large number of former military leaders that visit Israel each year. Bryen says Garner"has never failed to do anything I've asked of him," including signing letters and advis- ing JINSA on military matters. But, she added, Garner has not been ac- tive in JINSA since his 1998 trip, and See "Bush" on page 19 situation that some chil- town of Sdero the town as if they were :the rock- said a smiling Shiran 17, surrounded by a half- girls. "No one any attention to this place and we certainly would days before Finance Minis- told Israelis coffers empty. To combat woes, Netanyahu a new austerity plan that drastic. dssed, byabout Girl's School that attends in Sderot, a city from constant bar- chronic Yment and poverty. toting a faux designer was unfazed, like most photo by Brian Hendler/JTA An Israeli woman talking on a celi phone turns to look at a man begging in the street near the centralbus station in Jerusalem. Avraham explained that her fam- land taxes and increased budgets for ily - like most Sderot residents - infrastructure, social services and needs the added benefits allotted to education. residents of cities the government So important are the benefits in considers on the "front line." The benefits include lowered income and See "Economy" on page 19 ,d Jewish Family Services has re- cently been awarded a $10,000 grant for Older Adult Services from The Joseph G. Markoly Foundation. Joseph Markoly established this family foundation to provide medi- cal needs and programming for older adults in the community, a segment of the population often neglected. The Markoly Foundation has pro- vided several fire rescue units with portable defibulators as well as a defibulator at the airport. Sandra Warshow, director of Older Adult Services, has earmarked this grant to visit older adults at home, at their request, in order to offer assess- ment and case management services by a licensed clinical social worker. With this assessment, Sandra and her staff can make recommendations and assist clients in accessing area services that can support them at home. JOSEPH G. MARKOLY For information about programs available through Jewish Family Ser- vices Older Adult Services, contact Sandra Warshow at 407-644-7593.