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PAGE 16A Janet Rosenberg Jagan, ex-Guyana president, dies MIAMI (JTA) Janet Rosenberg Jagan, Guyana's only female president and one of the few Jewish heads of state in Caribbean history, has died. Rosenberg, a veteran poli- tician and co-founder of Guy- ana's People's Progressive Party, died March 28 from an abdominal aneurysm. -She was 88. She was believed to be the only Jew living in Guy- ana, a nation of 740,000 dominated by Hindus and Muslims of East Indian descent, and Christians of African origin. Her husband, Cheddi Ja- gan, was elected president in 1992, and his wife took over the job shortly after his death in 1997. She resigned after nearly two years in of- rice because of a heart attack. Jagan was given a state funeral March 31 in George- town. the capital city. Presi- dent Bharrat Jagdeo cut short his official visit to the Middle East to attend. Farrakhan: 'Israeli lobby' controls U.S. government WASHINGTON (JTA) Louis Farrakhan said the "Israeli lobby controls the government of the United States of America." In excerpts released by the Anti-Defamation League of his annual Saviours' Day speech on March 1 in Chi- cago, the Nation of Islam leader also said Congress was "terrorized'by the lobby and doesn't "act for the Ameri- can people that sent you to Congress, but acts for "the money and interests that have bought your soul." Farrakhan said Israelis are "liars. thieves, murderers" who have "taken the position of God" and are out to "kill everybody." He also appeared to question the accuracy of Holocaust records. "You can't even engage in constructive argument over the veracity of the figures of the Holocaust. We know something happened, sure, but you can't talk about" it, Farrakhan said. "In certain cities in Europe they arrest you and put you in prison for denying such." ADL national director Abraham Foxman said the speech was proof Farrakahn had not changed. "After his near silence on Jews over the last several years, we thought Minister Farrakhan had put his long history of anti-Semitism HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 10, 2009 Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA and racism behind him, or at least had held his views in check." Foxman said. "Apparently that was wishful thinking. Once again he is clearly comfortable with put- ting his bigotry on display, unfettered and unhidden for his supporters and the world to see." Australian judge upholds alleged Nazi's extradition SYDNEY, Australia (JTA)--An Australian judge has paved the way for an al- leged Nazi war criminal to be extradited to Hungary. Justice John Gilmour dismissed an appeal brought by Charles (Karoly) Zentai in Federal Court on March 31, ruling that the 87-year- old Perth resident is now eligible for extradition to Hungary, where he will face a charge of murdering a Jew in 1944. Lawyers for Zeiatai had claimed that the crime of which he is accused was not an offense according to Hun- garian law at the time it was allegedly committed. But Gilmour upheld last year's decision by an Australian magistrate. He gave the defense team one week to lodge an ap- peal to the full bench of the Federal Court and to prove why Zentai, who says he has a heart disease, should not be held in custody until the federal government makes the final decision on his extradition. Zentai is alleged to have been part of a gang of three soldiers who killed 18-year- old Peter Bal/zs in Budapest in November 1944 and threw his body in the Danube River. Zentai strenuously denies the claim, saying he was not even in the Hungarian capital at the time. Zentai, who is named on a list of the top 10 most wanted Nazi war criminals produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has been fighting the case since he was first ar- rested by Australian Federal Police in 2005. Australia has never ex- tradited an alleged Nazi war criminal. Holocaust ad illegal, Ger- man court rules BERLIN (JTA)--An ad campaign that compared animal slaughterhouses with Nazi extermination camps is illegal, Germany's high court found. Germany's main Jewish group welcomed the March 26 German Supreme Court decision against the 2003 "Holocaust on your Plate" ad campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The suit against PETA was filed in 2004 by Paul Spiegel, late president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. "It is a milestone ruling, stating very clearly that no use of the 'Holocaust' and its victims to raise attention for other present political issues, dilemmas or just po- litical demands is acceptable and legal," Stephan Kramer, secretary general of the Central Council, told JTA in an e-mail. The campaign included eight large panels showing black-and-white images of emaciated concentration camp inmates next to full color photos of chickens. turkeys and other animals fattened for the slaughter. One poster bore the slogan "Final Humiliation," and another read "For animals, all people are Nazis." Chavez: No plans to re- sume Israel ties CARACAS (JTA) Ven- ezuela's president said he had no plans to resume ties with Israel in the wake of its military incursion in Gaza. Hugo Chavez said in an interview March 29 with Al Jazeera that he would not consider resuming diplo- matic relations until the Jewish state reconsiders its "genocidal attitude." Chavez made his com- ments in Doha, Qatar, where he was scheduled to attend the second Summit of Arab- South American countries beginning March 31. The conference is running in parallel with the Arab League summit currently meeting in the Qatari capital. In the same interview. Chavez reaffirmed his close relationship with Iran, re- ferring to the nation and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as Venezuela's best friend. Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." British lawmaker barred from Canada TORONTO (JTA) A con- troversial British lawmaker will not be allowed into Canada to deliver a series of anti-war speeches. ,The Federal Court in Canada, ruling March 30 on the upcoming visit by George Galloway, sided with the Canada Border Services Agency, which earlier this month deemed the out- spoken parliamentarian inadmissible. The agency said Galloway was guilty of providing material support for terrorism. The court had considered an injunction from Galloway's lawyers to allow him in the country. The government's al- legation appeared to stem from the fact that Galloway made a $45,000 donation to the Hamas government in Gaza and helped deliver humanitarian goods to the coastal strip after Israel's recent military offensive in the region. Ukrainian government returns more Torahs KIEV, Ukraine (JTA)-- Ukraine returned more Torah scrolls to local Jewish communities. The government trans- ferred six old Torah scrolls March 27 to the Union of Religious Jewish Organiza- tions of Ukraine. Yakov Dov Bleich. the chief rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine who received the scroll fragments, told JTA that he considers the trans- fer a small step on the way toward all Torah scrolls and fragments being held in the Ukrainian State Archives be- ing returned to their original communities. Iran must pay $25 million to soldier's kin JERUSALEM (JTA) A _U.S. court ordered Ian to pay $25 million in restitution to the family of an Israeli soldier. District Judge Ricardo Urbina awarded the money to the mother and siblings of Nachshon Wachsman. a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who was 19 years old when he was kidnapped and killed in 1994 by Hamas terrorists. His mother and six brothers are all American citizens. The money includes $5 million for Wachsman's lost earnings potential, as well as his pain and suffering. Urbina also ordered Iran to pay 6 percent annual interest since the date of his death. Wachsman was held cap- tive for six days by Hamas in an Arab village near Jerusa- lem and died during a failed rescue attempt. Brazilian bishop twists the Shoah RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) A Catholic archbishop in Brazil minimized the Holo- caust and declared that Jews dominate the world media. Dadeus Grings, the arch- bishop of Porto Alegre, de- clared that "more Catholics than Jews have died in the Louis Farrakhan calls Israelis liars, thieves and murderers. Holocaust, but this is not usually told because Jews own the world's propa- ganda." In a six-page interview that appeared March 27 in the Brazilian trade magazine Press & Advertising, Grings went on to say, "How many millions of Catholics were victims of the Holocaust? Twenty-twO million? The Jews say they were the ma- jor victims but the major victims were the Gypsies, who were exterminated, a nd they don't mention this." Porto Alegre is home to Brazil's third largest Jew- ish community, with some 12,000 Jews. Gorbachev: Reagandis- cussed Soviet Jewry at every meeting NEW YORK (JTA) For- mer Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said President Reagan raised the plight of the Soviet Jewry in every meeting the two held. The disclosure came March 26 at an event held by the American Jewish Historical Society at the Rainbow Room in New York City, organizers said. At the event. Gorbachev and for- mer U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz recalled the emigration of Soviet Jews in the 1980s and 1990s in a discussion moderated by, Charlie Rose. The event also included the presentation of the AJHS 2009 Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award to the group's chairman emeritus, Kenneth Bialkin, for his life- time commitment, to Israel and Jewish causes. Police charged in Caracas synagogue attack NEW YORK CJTA) Eight police officers were among those charged in connection with an attack at the larg- est synagogue in Caracas, Venezuela. Prosecutors said that eight police officers and three others were charged in the case. The Associated Press reported. Among those accused is the synagogue rabbi's former bodyguard and one of two security guards on duty duringthe attack. Pope to meet Jewish, Mus- lim leaders in Israel ROME (JTA)--Pope Bene- dict XVI will meet with po- litical leaders and visit sites sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians during his May trip to Israel. The Vatican announced March 26 the Pope's program for his trip to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Author- ity. The pontiff flies from Rome to Amman, Jordan on May 8 and returns from Tel Aviv on May 15. Benedict will meet with local Jewish and Muslim reli- gious leaders as well as local Christian leaders of various denominations. He will visit the Aida Palestinian refugee camp, near Bethlehem, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. where he will hold a meeting with orga- nizations supporting inter- religious dialogue. The legislation would add two voting seats in the House of Representatives. one for Washington and one for Utah. Alleged Schwarzfeld mur- derer guilty of robberies OTTAWA (JTA)--A Bar- bados man charged with murdering the president of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO has pleaded guilty to robbing five tourists. Curtis Joel Foster must still appear in court to face murder charges in the death of Terry Schwarzfeld. the Hadassah official, during a February vacation in the Caribbean nation. Schwar- zfeld, 60, and her daughter- in-law were attacked while they walked on an isolated stretch of beach. The assail- ant knocked both women unconscious with a piece of wood. Schwarzfeld never regained consciousness and was airlifted to a hospital in Ottawa, where she died March 18. Foster, 24, was sentenced March 26 to two years in jail after he admitted robbing tourists, including a pair from Canada in August. He has also been charged in the July 2008 rape of a German tourist. Buyer's remorse we've heard of, but dater's remorse? Brenda and David Jaffe ex- perienced this phenomenon and it had nothing to do with their feelings for each other. No. the chagrin was over the effect their long-distance courtship was having on the environment. Their answer? Well. for starters they got married. And to address their environmental concerns they turned to Jewish National Fund and its GoNeutral pro- gram. The two of them, each in their mid 40s, were both divorced with two children apiece. Brenda lived in Dover, Del.; David in Havre de Grace, Md. They met on JDate and took a liking to each other. So much so that between them they were soon driving almost 375 miles weekly just to see each other. "That's a lot of carbon let loose in the environment," said David, a physician. "1,ry to leave as small a footprint as I can in whatever way I can. so I looked for a way to reduce our impact." The couple turned to www., where, using a calculator, they were able to determine the approximate amount of carbon their cars had emit- ted during their three-year relationship, and then plant Green Dating trees in Israel to help offset with more trees than it had those emissions, at the start. The trees already Trees absorb carbon diox- plantedby.JNFhaveabsorbed ide from the atmosphere for an estimated 110 million tons photosynthesis, releasing of carbon dioxide from the oxygen into the air while atmosphere. sequestering, orstoring, car- "I am a supporter of the bon.About halfoftheweight State of Israel. environmen- of a mature tree is carbon, tally concerned, and Jewishly With over 100 years of ex- involved, so this was a nice perience as caretaker of the way to do it all," said David. landofIsrael, Jewish National The gift was announced at Fund has planted more than his son Micah's bar mitzvah 240 million trees, transform- last year. mg over 250,000 acres of arid Now happily married and land into lush green forests, living in one place (Havre de Because of JNF's forestry Grace), the couple is indebted expertise and commitment toJDateforhelpingthemfind toenvironmentalprotection, each other, and to JNF "for Israel is one of two countries making the courtship easier to leave the 20th century on the planet," said Brenda. Brenda and Dave made their courtship easier on the planet.