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PAGE 12A Mike Wallace, veteran '60 Minutes' correspondent, dies (JTA)--Veteran journalist Mike Wallace, who appeared on the CBS news program"60 Minutes" from its first airing, has died. Wallace died April 7 at 93 at a care facility in New Haven, Conn., where he had been living in recent years. Known for his probing interviews, Wallace had re- tired from the highly rated "60 Minutes" in 2006 after 38 seasons, but continued to contribute to the program and other CBS news shows. The watchdog group CAM- ERA had accused Wallace of having an Israel problem. During a 1989 interview with Yasser Arafat, Wallace allowed the PLO leader to spout his anti-Israel views without questioning them. When he asked Ararat if he had renounced "military op- erations" inside Israel, Arafat responded, "Any people who are facing occupation or op- pression have the right to use all methods." Wallace did not probe this with a follow-up question, CAMERA pointed out in a 2006 report called "Mike Wallace's Middle East Problem." Wallace interviewed Abba Eban, then Israel's ambas- sador to the United States, in 1958. He was awarded 21 Emmy Awards, five DuPont-Colum- bia journalism awards and five Peabody Awards during his career. Born Myron Leon Wallace in Brookline, Mass., to Rus- sian Jewish parents who had shortened their family name from Wallechinsky, he gradu- ated from the University of Michigan, where he worked for the Michigan Daily student newspaper and was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Wallace hosted several game shows in the 1950s. His son Chris is the host of Fox News Sunday for the Fox News network. Peres sends letter to Obama requesting Pollard clemency JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israeli President Shimon Peres sent a personal letter to President Obama requesting clemency for Jonathan Pollard. The letter, sent April 9, cited Pollard's severe health situation in requesting that he be released from Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina, where he is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel. The letter was delivered to Obama via U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro. Pollard report- edly was rushed to a hospital outside of the prison on the eve of Passover suffering from an unspecified emergency condition. He has suffered from a variety of illnesses since being imprisoned in 1986. Obama announced last month that he would award Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in June; a petition signed by more than 35,000 Israelis has called on Peres to link the awarding of the medal to clemency for Pollard. Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit signed the petition two weeks ago. Peres on Monday also received a petition signed by 80 Israeli lawmakers calling on Obama to release Pollard, HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 13, 2012 W, eeJ ly roundup of world briefs from JTA Terry Ballard/Wikipedia Mike Wallace according to reports. Foundation must pay for Anne Frank tree removal (JTA)--The foundation established to preserve Anne Frank's famous chestnut tree must pay for its removal and storage, a Dutch court ruled. The Amsterdam court ruled that the Support Anne Frank Tree Foundation, established in 2008, must pay the Van der LeO company some $20,000 for its work or the company does not have to return the tree's remains. The company had caged the trunk of the 150-year- old tree in a steel structure for protection after the tree was weakened by a fungus and insect infestation, but it was toppled by a storm in August 2010. Van der Leij cut the tree "into very large pieces which were stored in a dry and ven- tilated area," its spokesman Bram van Uchelen told the French news agency AFP. The foundation told AFP that it does not have the money to pay the company and probably never will. Anne Frank made several references to the tree in her famous diary, which she kept for the two years she and her family hid in the attic of an Amsterdam home. The last entry about the tree, on May 13, 1944, said that, "Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It's covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year." It reportedly cheered up Anne and gave her hope for the future. Anne Frank died at Bergen- Belsen in March 1945. Saplings from the tree have been sent to institutions around the world, including Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Report: New York mohel apparently tested positive for herpes (JTA)--A New York mohel who performed the circumci- sion of one newborn who died of herpes and of three other infants who contracted the disease apparently tested posi- tive for herpes, The New York Jewish Week reported. Yitzchok Fischer, who was ordered in 2007 to stop the circumcision ritual of metzit- zah b'peh, in which the mohel orally suctions blood from the circumcisionwound, refused, however, to submit to a DNA test to determine if he is a match to the viruses found in the babies. The Jewish Week reported April 6 that a copy of the 2007 New York State Department of Health order obtained by the newspaper through a Freedom of Information Law request said that he tested positive for an infection that he was; "capable of communi- cating to others." The department redacted the order to protect Fischer's privacy, as required by law, and does not specifically men- tion herpes. But according to the newspaper, "both the context of the order and the facts surrounding Fischer's case strongly suggest that the infection for which, according to the order, he tested positive is herpes." The order also describes the investigation carried out by the New York City Department of Health in the wake of three infections linked to Fischer in 2003 and 2004, The Jewish Week reported. Several weeks ago, The Jewish Week wrote that it had obtained a tape recording indicating that Fischer may have continued to perform metzitzah b'peh after the or- der to desist was issued. Asked severaJweeks ago whether the state Department of Health would investigate Fischer in connection with a possible violation of the 2007 order, department spokesman Mike Moran would not comment. The city health department has issued a warning against the practice. Haredi Ortho- dox leaders condemned the warning as an unnecessary and unwelcome government intrusion into their commu- nity's religious practices. outreach to Jewish Americans by the administration. President Obama in recent months has addressed the Reform movement and the American Israel PublicAffairs Committee. Myanmar's Suu Kyi to get U.S. Holocaust Museum honor WASHINGTON (JTA)--The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will honor Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the de- mocracy movement in Myan- mar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi, who recently won a seat in her country's parliament under democracy reforms, spent most of 1989 through 2010 under house arrest in what had been a totalitarian regime. She will be recognized at a presentation in the Wash- ington area on Wednesday, the eve of Holocaust Remem- brance Day, with the Elie Wiesel Award, named for one of the museum's founders, and like Suu Kyi a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Suu Kyi will not be present for the event but is likely to deliver a video message. Speakers at the event are scheduled to include Natalie Portman, the Oscar-winning actress; Jacob Lew, the White House chief of staff; and Gerda Weissmann Klein, a Holocaust survivor. Pro-Palestinian student group sends students fake eviction notices (JTA)---More than 200 stu- dents at Florida Atlantic Uni- versity's Boca Raton campus received fake eviction notices from a pro-Palestinian group. The notices were posted March 30 by the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine, the Florida Jew- ish Journal reported April 5. The notices were posted to draw attention to the alleged number of Palestinian home demolitions by Israeli troops over the past three decades. Some of the students who did not read the notice care- fully taought that they were actualy being evicted, a Jewisl student told the news- paper. "We're considering it a hate crime," Rayna Exelbierd, 20, a Jewish student who received a fake eviction notice, told the newspaper. "The flier pro- motes hate; it doesn't promote peace. People were scared by it. People felt threatened by it." The fliers contained the university housing depart- ment's official stamp. "The recent mock eviction postings did not comply with the policies of University Housing and Residential Life or the Office of Student In- volvement and Leadership concerning the distribution of printed material, and therefore the postings were removed," Charles Brown, FAU's senior vice president for student affairs, said in a statement. Biden to address Rabbinical Assembly WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Vice President Joe Biden will address the Conservative movement's Rabbinical As- sembly. Biden will speak at the RA convention in Atlanta on May 8, the movement announced April 9. His speech is the latest in an intensive election-year Kosher for Passover Coke barred from California 0TA)--Kosher for Passover Coca-Cola has been barred from California. California's new state laws on toxic chemicals are keep- ing kosher for Passover Coke out of the state, a company spokesman told the San Ga- briel Valley Tribune. Coke was required to change the way it manu- factures caramel due to the high levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or4-MEI, which California has listed as a carcinogen under its new guidelines. The manufactur- ing changes in California af- fected the kosher for Passover status of the cola, according to reports. The company expects to offer the kosher for Passover variety of Coke in California by 2013, the newspaper re- ported, citing the company spokesman. The Passover version of Coke uses sugar in place of corn syrup, which is not kosher for Passover for Ash- kenazi Jews. Some kosher stores in California carried limited amounts of kosher for Pass- over Coke, which bears a yellow cap, that was imported from other states. London court: Islamic leader shouldn't have been deported (JTA)--The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheik Raed Salah, should not have been ordered deported from England last year, a London court ruled. Salah, an Israeli citizen, re- portedly entered the country last June for a speaking tour despite being banned from travel to Britain due to his anti-Semitic views. He was freed on bail three weeks later and left the country. An immigration court in October ruled that Salah should be deported. But a Huliana 90212AVikimedia Commons The Anne Frank chestnut tree in 2006. British High Court, the Upper Tier Tribunal, annulled the deportation order, the British interior ministry announced April 8. Montreal bans parades over tension with Chasidic com- munity TORONTO (JTA)--City of- ficials in a Montreal borough have banned all street parades and processions in response to escalating tensions with the Chasidic community. The episode is the latest dis- pute between the expanding Chasidic community and its mostly secular neighbors in Outremont, a central district in Montreal. Outremont's mayor and a majority of councilmen voted on April 2 to ban parades and processions in the wake of a noisy confrontation last month between a municipal lawmaker known for her dogged surveillance of the Chasidic community and members of that community. The clash, which was taped and posted on YouTube, degenerated into shouting, name calling and police in- tervention. In response, Outremont decided that it would not allow a Chasidic sect to hold a street procession later this month to mark the visit of a rabbi from New York. The proces- sion would have taken place after 10 p.m. and involved up to 1,000 followers. Caught up in the contro- versy are members of a local Russian Orthodox church whose annual Easter parade, begun in 1964, also was canceled. The freeze will remain in place until June 1, when the borough will review its policies. World powers, Iran to talk nukes in Istanbul JERUSALEM (JTA)--Nu- clear negotiations between Iran and world powers will be held in Istanbul. The talks scheduled for Saturday in Turkey's largest city will include six world powers--the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany--European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced April 8. Also that Sunday, Iran said it will not close its Fordo nuclear power facility, which is built deep into a mountain near the holy city of Oom, and also will not give up higher- level uranium enrichment. Those are reported to be the key demands that the world powers will present at the meeting. Ashrawi expresses concern over arrests of journalists, bloggers JERUSALEM (JTA)--Se- nior Palestinian official Han- an Ashrawi expressed concern over the recent arrests of Palestinian journalists and bloggers over comments critical of the Palestinian Authority. "Freedom of expression and access to information is en- shrined in the basic principles of the Palestinian Basic Law ... it is unacceptable to detain journalists, bloggers or Pal- estinian activists," Ashrawi, who is also head of the PLO Department of Culture and Media, said in a statement, according to the Palestinian Ma'an news agency. Ashrawi's comments on April 8 came after reports of the arrests over that weekend of a Palestinian blogger who started a Facebook campaign called "The people want an end to corruption" and a Palestin- ian journalist who criticized the Palestinian Authority's recent arrest of a female journalist and blogger. Teens arrested for imple- menting gender segregation on buses JERUSALEM (JTA)--Police arrested two secular Jewish teenagers hired to imple- ment gender segregation on Jerusalem buses. The teens, aged 16 and 17, reportedly stood at a bus stop near the Dung Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 9 and used a megaphone to call for women to board the buses leaving from the Western Wall through the back door. They said they were hired by two haredi Orthodox men and were paid nearly $7 an hour for their efforts. Two haredi Orthodox men were later ar- rested by police, according to The Jerusalem Post. Roundupn page 19A