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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 4, 20~ JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs for Tuesday, April 1, 2003. Fund-raising group enters Russia The main group that raises money for Israel in coun- tries outside the United States is now operating in Russia. The move means that Keren Hayesod is now functioning in the targest Eastern European country. "We see today the former Soviet Union as any other country in the world," said Gadi Dror, executive adviser to Keren Hayesod's chairman. "So we made a strategic decision to start working this year in the FSU." Keren Hayesod also plans to start campaigns in Ukraine and Moldova, and to begin activities in other former Soviet republics within the next five years, Dror said. House leader praises Israel Israel is a"bright and shining star of the 20th century," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told an audience of hundreds at the Religious Action Center's Consultation on Con- science conference. At the end of a speech Monday mostly criticizing the Bush administration's budget proposals, the House Minority leader also said Israel and America share a "common heritage" and both countries were "built by pioneers and replenished by immigrants." Pelosi criticized statements that have been made linking Jewish interests to the war in Iraq. Pelosi noted that"the Jewish community is divided on this issue, just like America, and any suggestion to the contrary has no place in the public discourse." Mofaz: Syrian remarks 'very grave' Israeli Defense Minister Shaui Mofaz said Israel and the United States view as '~ery grave" recent statements by Syrian President Bashar Assad supporting Iraq and dismissing the possibility of peace with Israel. Mofaz made his comments Tuesday during a visit to an Israeli army induction base. Syria will never be able to make peace with Israel, Assad told a Lebanese newspaper, "because it is treacherous by nature." Assad also said he is worried about a possible U.S. invasion of his country. Suspected terrorists' homes demolished Israeli troops demolished the homes of Palestinians linked to terrorist attacks. In a village near Tulkarm, troops on Monday night demolished the home of the suicide bomber who carried out Sunday's suicide bomb- ing in Netanya. Near Ramallah, the army destroyed the house of a woman whose sons were active in a terrorist organization. By Matthew E. Berger WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)--As the Palestinians move forward with the confir- mation of a new prime minis- ter, many are looking to the White House to see when President Bush will unveil the "road map" toward Israeli-Pal- estinian peace. They may be waiting a while. Administration officials and analysts say that Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's choice for prime minister, will need to show that he has sig- nificant authority before Bush takes the next step. "He needs to appoint his cabinet, get them approved by the legislative council and then he can say 'dayenu' and take the road map," said Stephen Cohen, national scholar for the Israel Policy Forum. One State Department offi- cial said Abbas will need to show "he has real authority and is truly independent from forces who practice violence and terror." And the question remains as to whetherthe road map presented to the parties will be up for negotiations or will be considered a final draft. Bush caught many off guard earlier this month when, just days before the war against Iraq began, he announced that the road map would be sub- mitted to the parties after a prime minister with "real au- thority" was confirmed. While Jewish leaders were concerned with the timing of the announcement, and the perceived motive of aiding era- 9 battled British Prime Minister monitor progress on the con- the road map and that will be Tony Blair, they were pleased ditions of the road map. CIA the road map," Boucher said that the controversial road Director George Tenet ere- last week."We'llexpectcona" map would still be open to ated a cease-fire plan in 2001 ments,we'llexpectdiscussion negotiation, according to that was not implemented, of how to implement it." But Bush. and it is believed that the CIA others have said there will be The Israelis have been con- will play a role in the road more time for consultation. cerned that the road map re- map. However, it's unclear That also was suggested to quires Israel to make conces- how deep that role will be, Jewish leaders who met with sionswithout a full cessation given the CIA's expanded port- National Security Adviser of violence, and places too folio of work in combating Condoleezza Rice after Bush much emphasis on the role of terrorism, made his road map speech. the diplomatic"Quartet" - the But many believe Bush's "We've always looked upon United States, United Nations, won't present the road map European Union and Russia- untilaftersignificantprogress ment and not ironclad," that drafted the road map. has been made on his main State Department For that reason, they had objective in the Middle East, "We hope they will not be requested-andreceived-sev- regime change in Iraq. renegotiating it in its en eraldelaysofthereleaseofthe EdwardAbington, aformer tirety. Cohen says the road road map, first until after consul general to Jerusalem map text has become"much Israel's January elections and who now serves as a political refried beans.""It's a text that thenuntiIPrimeMinsterAriel consultant to the Palestinian has been around for a long Sharon had formed a new gov- Authority, says there is much time, digested, chewedupanCl ernment, skepticism in the Arab world spit out," he said. "They are Even now that Bush has ex- about Bush's commitment to not going to refry it again pressed his interest in expe- the road map. before it is put on the plate." diting the road map, manycon- "They're not stupid," Cohensaid it's not tinue to believe it will not be Abington said. "They see that for the sides to agree placed at the top of the the road map announcement the plan's parameters before administration's agenda, was made to help Tony Blair." moving forward with it. IJn~ Officially, the State Depart- The Palestinians believe that like the tight timetables ment says release of the docu- when it is released the road the Oslo accords - which fevJ mentwill not need to wait for map should be a final text, people in the Bush adminis" the war's end. with discussion focused only tration want to replicate - the "He wants to release it on implementation, vagueness of the road map soon," one State Department "They think the Israeli ob- would mean that thetwosideS official said of the president, jective is to so condition the would have to agree before "once the new Palestinian road map that it never goes moving from one stage to the prime minister is confirmed anywhere," Abington said. next. and it appears we have moved Some in the State Depart- The advantage of the on the path to creating a new ment agree, if spokesman Ri- map is that it g, dynamic in the Palestinian chard Boucher's commentsPalestiniansbackonapath0 leadership." To that end, the last week are any indication, negotiations toward Central Intelligence Agency "The document will be re- goal, even if every step of the is creating a mechanism to leased as the road map, that is way isn't clear, Cohen said. ampus anti-Semitism u Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans ~ll IN I I Illl I I Ill nil I ~ Discount on . Un In services and merchandise nn n on any new n I I n Pre-need contracts, n I I II~l~ I m n i l i allnB III I l I I I l ilIR m I m 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 By Rachel Pomerance NEW YORK (JTA)--Rick Dorfman may be the human face of the latest findings in the Anti-Defamation League's annual report of anti-Semitic incidents across the country. Though the incident has not yet been confirmed by police as anti- Semitic, the Univer- sity of Michigan junior was punched in the head by a stranger at a bowling alley outside Ann Arbor, Mich on Monday night while wearing a pro-Israel shirt. A key finding in the ADL's Audit of anti-Semitic Inci- dents, publicly released Wednesday, showed anti- Semitic incidents on college campuses climbed to 106 in 2002, an increase of 24 per- cent over the previous year. Overall, the report showed a slight increase in activity oved the previous year, with 1,559 anti-Jewish incidents reported in 2002, up from 1,432 in 2001. Referring to the group's June survey on anti-Semitism that showed an increase in anti-Semitic attitudes, revers- ing a 10-year decline, Myrna Shinbaum, ADL's director of media relations said, "it's not surprising to see that some of these attitudes have been acted out." And according to Abraham Foxman, ADL's national direc- tor, unprecedented security at Jewish institutions in the af- termath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist incidents has pre- vented more incidents. "Certainly in New York," he said, "there's a much greater awareness than in many other cities" due to the high num- ber of "Jews and Jewish insti- tutions and law enforcement's concern and awareness." "We are deeply concerned that despite the strides we have made over the years, anti- Semitic incidents continue to be carried out in large num- bers," Foxman said. The audit revealed a mixed picture in states across the country, with some states showing an increase in the number of incidents and oth- ers showing a drop. For example, a sharp rise in activity was reported in the San Francisco Bay area, while the number of incidents in New York, the state with the most anti-Semitic activity in the country, decreased by 25 percent. State variations depend on local situations and local cul- ture, according to Shinbaum. The ADL audit, published since 1988, breaks down anti- Semitic incidents into two cat- egories. One is harassment, defined as "threats and assaults directed at individuals and in- stitutions," which comprised 75 percent of incidents re- ported. The other category is vandalism, which includes cemetery desecration or anti- Semitic graffiti. Information is compiled from official crime statistics along with reports to ADL's 30 regional offices from victims, community leaders and law enforcement officials. The long-term trends point to less anti-Semitism in the country as America becomes more sophisticated and better educated. But certain world events like the current Palestinian intifada have spiked anti-Israel activ- ity, which, in some cases, re- sult in increased anti-Semitic activity, according to those who tracksuch developments." And most incidents occur where Jews are more heavily populated. The rise of activity on can: puses marked the third year ol an upward trend, accordingt ADL. Many of the events grew out of anti-Israel demonstra: tions on campus. For example, among the eP!" sodes reported were a vandal" ized sukkah at the UniversitY of Colorado. The incident fol' lowed a visit to the campus Iff Palestinian spokeswornag Hanan Ashrawi. "Regional hostilities ha~ often created a trigger or ~' cuse for anti- Israel and anti" Jewish activity off the carnP~ as well on campus and we s~ a number of disturbing i~c!" dents first semester, whi ~ were largely addressed imP.e" diately by the university offi" cials," said Wayne FirestOne' director of the Israel pus Coalition, body for Jewish ing on campus. But it's important to thedatain "In real numbers, it's huge amount of activil said, the report cated thousand campuses. campuses are a safe and portive environment for ish students in America." to be more vi regional tension," in Middle East, Among the audit's Re of incide BayArea 2002, a total of 118 were reported, up from 13 previous year. IncidentS rected at Jewish rose from one to 39. Overall ism See "ADL" on page 19