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Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 18 - photo courtesy of IDF/BP lmages/JTA n lsraeli arm nd m a house durm an arm o ration t t e RafaL . " y soldier enters a tunnel used by Palestinians fou "" g y pe " a h 8tr ~. n relugee camp, adjacent to the Palestinian town of Rafah, next to the Egyptian border in the southern Gaza un I~''p early Saturday, April 3. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has received tentative U.S. backing for his uateral plan to withdraw from the Gaza strip. Dan Baron Last Friday night, the 18-year-old infiltrated the Avnei Hefetz settle- o JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israel has ment and shot at the Zaga residence. ~fe.~ded its closure over the West Hani, 14, was wounded in front of d Gaza Strip until after her five siblings. s Independence Day on AprilHer father, Kobi, rushed outdoors thel enseMinisterShaulMofaztold with his pistol drawn---only to be sraeli Cabineton Sunda of the fatallycutdownbyaburstofgunfire. tV egarding the closure, itYmposed Israeli troops reacted swiftly. Soldiers in the West Bank settle- te--- "[onth amid fears Palestinian ment shot the Palestinian gunman 'rOn.sts Would try to avenge the dead. of Hamas founder Sheik And on Sunday, a commando unit n eclYassin dispatched to his hometown of a -f rnadetheannouncementtwo Tulkarm killed the Hamas man who alter a teenage Pa estinian killed masterminded the attack. Israeli settler in the west Bank. "Our nooseon terrorism is closing tighter," said a senior Israeli security official, noting that the weekend also saw a sweep of Nablus in which 23 Hamas fugitives were nabbed while planningsuicide bombings inside the Jewish state during Passover. Also noteworthy was the initial confusion over who carried out the Avnei Hefetz attack, given that the Hamas claim was rivaled by similar statements put out by Islamic Jihad and the AI-Aksa Brigade. According to Israeli officials, this signified not only a lack of coordina- tion between the terrorist groups See "Closure" on page 15 I~ Matthew E. Berger (JTA)--The inter- COmmission charged with olocaust-era insurance out $1,000 checks to or heirs who can't docu- policies but say on them. last week by the Inter- on on Holocaust rance Claims, the humani- 000survi- ICHE[C contin- payments and heirs. are a symbolic of the fact that of the Holo- Chairman Lawrence a former secretary of a statement. "These g-delayed the wrongs victims who in- savings in heir families." appointed Samuel d security adviser photo courtesy of Washington Jewish Week LAWRENCE EAGLEBURGER, chairman of the International Com- mission on Holocaust Era Insur- ance Claims in a 1992 file photo. under President Clinton, to serve as ICHEIC's senior counselor for the humanitarian claims process. Berger developed the criteria for evaluating humanitarian claims and supervised the payment approval process. "Given the discretionary nature of judgment involved in evaluating these claims, it was useful to have someone with unimpeachable integ- rity and outside the process," said Mara Rudman, ICHEIC's chief oper- ating officer. Berger was unavailable for com- ment. The allocations will go to 4,867 recipients in the United States, 5,061 in Israel and thousands in other coun- tries. The awardees were chosen from a pool of 30,000 claimants whose poli- cies were considered, Rudman said. The criteria for evaluating the claims weren't released, but approxi- mately 93 percent of those receiving the awards are themselves Holocaust survivors. More humanitarian awards are expected later this year. Rudman said many claimants couldn't remember the insurance companies' names, but much of the See "Shoah" on page 15 By Dan Baron JERUSALEM (JTA)---On the eve of the festival celebrating the Exodus from Egypt, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon went public with theextent to which he intends to pull Israeli troops and settlers out of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In a slew of press interviews pub- lished Monday, Sharon detailed how Israel would disengage from the Pal- estinians, a unilateral plan he hopes President Bush will endorse later this month. Sharon said his initiative--which Palestinians fear will lead to Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank could deal Palestinian statehood hopes a "a very heavy blbw." But the prime minister is himself being buffeted-- by right-wing cabinet members and the more hawkish members of his own ruling Likud Party who oppose removing settlements. "There are still details left to work out, but I believe our intention is to leave all of them," Sharon told Army Radio, referring to the 21 Gaza Strip settlements. Previously he has said that "most" of the heavily fortified enclaves in Gaza would go. Without committing to a schedule, Sharon said a West Bank pullback would be more limited. "We are talk- ing about four settlements in Samaria," referring to the northern West Bank, he told Army Radio. Palestinian Authority Prime Minis- ter Ahmed Qurei has welcomed the prospect of a Gaza pullback, but said any parallel move in the West Bank would have to be equally sweeping for the beleaguered U.S.-led "road map" peace plan to have a chance. But Sharon suggested that more than three years of unbridled Pales- tinian terrorism had largely dashed the road map proposal ofa Palestinian state in the West Bank and by 2005. ' rhe Palestinians understand that this plan is, to a great extent, the end ARIEL SHARON of their dreams, a very heavy blow to them, and it could be they will take steps," he told Ha 'aretz. On April 14, Sharon is to meet Bush in Washington for a summit expected to seal the future course of the road map. But Sharon has no intention of playing the supplicant, and said Monday that Israel reserves the right to act against U.S. prefer- ences in at least one case--P.A. Presi- dent Yasser Arafat. Speaking to Ma'ariv, Sharon said his.past pledge to Washington not to harm Ararat physically had been over- taken by events. ' hat was when he still went around on red carpets. Today even those people who feted Arafat know exactly what damage he has caused," Sharon said, repeating a veiled threat against the Palestinian leader's life. "I would not recommend he consider himself insured." The Bush administration, while shunning Arafat as an obstacle to peace, has opposed any Israeli plan to remove him. "Israel has a fight to protect itself, just like the United States," Sharon told Israel Radio. Jewish Pavilion Outreach "There's nothing quite like watching seniors and children inter- act," says Jewish Pavilion Outreach Coordinator Arlene van de RUn. "The joyful expressions on the faces of nursing home residents when mothers and their babies come to visit are amazing." The newest addition to The Jewish Pavilion Outreach Program is "Bubbes and Baby Buggies," and the very first participant, Leon Rudberg, age 2, came with his mother, Jenny, to schmooze with Pavilion residents at Westminster Care of Orlando. Leon is shown here pushing his wheelbarrow and sharing a smile. If you and your youngster would like to become a part of this program, call Arlene van de R~]n, The Jewish Pavilion Outreach Coordinator, at 407-422-6066.