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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 20, 2018 PAGE 13A Madoff victims to receive $500 million more in relief (JTA)--The MadoffVictim Fund began distributing $504 million in funds to victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The funds, whose distribu- tion began on Thursday, will be sent to over 21,000 Madoff victims around the world, according to a statement by the Justice Department. The distribution is the sec- ond in a series of payments that will eventually return over $4 billion to Madoff victims. "In one of the most noto- rious and unconscionable financial crimes in history, Bernie Madoff robbed tens of thousands of individuals, pension plans, charitable organizations and others, all the while funding a lavish personal lifestyle," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in the statement. "We cannot undo the dam- age that Bernie Madoff has done, but today's distribu- tion will provide significant relief to many of the victims of one of the worst frauds of all time," Sessions added. Madoff, a Jewish New Yorker, used his position as the chairman of his invest- ment securities company to swindle billions of dollars from tens of thousands of in- vestors from the early 1970s until his arrest in 2008. The uncovering of the Ponzi scheme revealed the tens of billions of dollars in fake profit that victims believed they had earned through MadoffMany promi- nent Jewish nonprofits also suffered big losses, with Yeshiva University taking a $140 million hit, Hadas- sah $90 million and Elie Wiesel's foundation losing $15 million. In 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and is serving a 150-year sentence in a federal prison in North Carolina. He was also ordered to forfeit nearly $171 billion. Quebec legislator criti- cizes Jewish colleague for wearing kippah in Parliament MONTREAL (JTA)--A separatist Quebec legislator backtracked after criticizing a fellow parliamentarian for wearing a kippah in the legis- lative chamber on Holocaust Remembrance Day. During a raucous session, Opposition leader Jean- Francois Lis4e of the Parti- Qu4b cois criticized David Birnbaum, the only Jewish legislator of the governing Liberal Party, for wearing the skullcap. Lisle said doing so may have violated a rule forbid- ding partisan symbols in Parliament. He was respond- ing to Quebec premier Phil- lippe Couillard, who had criticized Lisle for wearing his own party's lapel pin in the legislative hall. Lis4e said allowing the kippah while banning his pin constituted a "hierarchy between some convictions and others." An angry Birnbaum de- fended his actions. "I can wear that kippah anywhere," he said. "To suggest that a Jewish [parliamentarian] should be forced to hide his religious identity--on Yom Hashoah, no less--is grotesque and unacceptable," B'nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn said. On Thursday, Lis4e posted a statement on Facebook conceding that Birnbaum did indeed have the right to wear the kippah, but said religious rights should not supersede others. Students find 1,400-year-old oil lamp inscribed with menorah JERUSALEM (JTA)--Stu- dents working to build the "Sanhedrin Trail" in Israel's Galilee unearthed a 1,400-year-old oil lamp bearing the symbol of the Jerusalem Temple's meno- rah, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. "The discovery of a lamp decorated with a menorah, a symbol of the Jewish people, is without doubt exciting, especially at a site with such a unique heritage in part of the Sanhedrin Trail," IAA archaeologist Dr. Einat Ambar-Armon, an expert on ancient clay lamps, said in a statement. Thousands of students have worked for several months on what will be a smart trail, on which dozens of large "smart" stones will transmit relevant, useful information and activities directly to the hikers' mobile telephones. The nearly 45-mile long trail running from Beit She'arim to Tiberias across the lower Galilee is divided into five Sections and traces the movements of the sages of the Sanhedrin, the Jew- ish tribunal that met in the ancient Land of Israel. The trail will be inaugu- rated on April 22. In addition to the oil lamp, the student volunteers have uncovered pieces of glass believed to date to the glass industry mentioned in rabbinical texts, and or- namental items dating back 1,800 years. One student discovered a gold coin on the trail bearing an inscrip- tion of the sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, builder of Jerusalem's city walls. Only two other such coins have been discovered. Haaretz publisher removes tweet after charges of racism JERUSALEM (JTA)--The publisher of the left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz deleted a response to a criti- cal reader that many took as racist. Amos Schocken was re- sponding on Twitter to reader, Ravit Dahan, who tweeted at Schocken that it was because of the ideology of those on the right that he was able "to continue and live here like a king and publish your surreal newspaper without interruption." Schocken responded: "In- solent woman. My family led the Zionist movement when you were still swinging from trees. The Schocken family has been here for 83 years, and we got along very well without your ideology, and we will continue to do so." Readers suggested that Schocken chose the insult because Dahan is a tradition- ally Sephardi surname. lie later deleted the tweet though it was captured in screenshots by several Twit- ter users. Schocken later attempted to clarify that his tweet was not meant to be racist. "When I wrote the tweet, I used an expression that, as far as I'm concerned, has no racial or ethnic connota- tion, but one that applies to all races," said Schocken. He said he only meant to point out the tweeter's "ig- norance." Schocken is the scion of a German-Jewish family of publishers; his grandfather arrived in Palestine in 1933 and bought Haaretz in 1935. Amos Schocken was re- sponding to criticism over the cover story for the newspaper's main weekend supplement, in advance of Israel's Independence Day. The story asked reporters to choose "the most hated Israeli song." Leading the list was the country's national anthem"Hatikvah," followed closely by Naomi Shemer's Six-Day War song "Jerusalem of Gold." Readers took to social me- dia to criticize the newspaper for making criticism of the national anthem subject of an article in honcr of Yom liaatzmaut. Filmmaker Milos For- man, director of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' dies at 86 (JTA)--Filmmaker Milos Forman, famous for the Academy Award-winning films "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Ama- deaus," has died. Forman, who was born in Czechoslovakia and came to the United States at the end of the 1960s, died on Saturday at a hospital near his home in Connecticut at the age of 86. Forman's parens, who were Protestant ant mem- bers of the anti-Naz under- ground, were killec by the Nazis during the I-loocaust; his mother died in Atschwitz and his father diet while being interrogated by the Gestapo in the Mitelbau- Dora concentratior camp. Forman later learnecthat his biological father was Jewish man with whom hismother had an affair, who nrvived the Holocaust and hat the filmmaker later fount living in Peru. Forman wa raised by foster parents in ',zecho- slovakia and attened film school in Prague. He moved to the United States after the i vasion of communist trtops in Czechoslovakia kmwn as the Prague Spring which squelched artistic f:eedom. He became a U.S. citizen in 1977. In his memoir, 'orman said the producers )f "One Flew Over the C ckoo's Nest," Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz, asked him to direct because "I ;eemed to be in their price range," the New York Time said in its obituary. The filn went on to receive five A:ademy Awards for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. "Amadeus" won eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Other Forman films in- clude "Hair," "Ragtime," and "Man on the Moon." 4 Israeli police injured in haredi Orthodox draft riot JERUSALEM (JTA)--Four police officers were injured during clashes with haredi Orthodox demonstrators protesting in Jerusalem against mandatory conscrip- tion. The police used riot control measures, including stun grenades and water cannons, to break up the violent dem- onstration on Sunday night. The demonstration took place in front of the Israel Defense Forces recruitment center in Jerusalem. Demon- strators reportedly also threw objects at police officers and passing cars. The riot reportedly was sparked by attempts by the military police to arrest a woman, who was at the IDF recruitment office, for refus- ing to enlist. Several demonstrators also were reported injured. Police units in Jerusalem dispersed an ultra religious illegal demonstration with stun grenades after 4 police officers were injured lightly Argentine Jews honor Europe's great pre-war Zionist sports clubs BUENOS AIRES, Argen- tina (JTA)--Two Jewish sport clubs in Argentina honored their counterparts in Vienna and Warsaw, which we re shut- tered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The Buenos Aires-based Hacoaj and Macabi sports clubs, as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day activities, wore authentic uniforms of the Hakoah Vienna and Makabi Warszaw teams dur- ing a match on Sunday. Sunday's tribute game, titled "The match that didn't happen," recreated the atmo- sphere of a World War II-era game between the two clubs. In 1909 followers of Zi- onist Max Nordau founded Austria's first Jewish sport club, Hakoah ("The Power") Vienna. On a tour in 1921, Hakoah became the first continental club to defeat an English team on their home pitch, when they thrashed current Premier League team West Ham United, 5-1. The team also won the Austria championship in 1925 and then visited the U.S. in 1926. The iconic European Jew- ish club was formally shut down by the Nazis in 1938. With more than 5,000 mem- bers, the club was especially successful in swimming and soccer. It was reopened in 2008. Makabi Warszaw was founded in 1915 and had 3,000 members who prac- ticed sports such as bas- ketball, soccer, wrestling, fencing, tennis and rowing The Jewish Argentinean sport organization, Macabi, produced a replica of the same uniform worn during soccer matches during the Holocaust. The replica T-shirts are included in the current exhi- bition at one of the Argentina main soccer clubs. NYU says students' pledge to boycott pro- Israel groups 'is at odds with our values' NEW YORK (JTA)--New York University said it op- poses boycotts of student groups after 51 campus orga- nizations pledged to boycott pro-Israel groups. "The University opposes any kind of boycott or offi- cial refusal by some student groups to interact with other student groups because of dif- fering points of view. It is at odds with our traditions and values, especially our core belief in the free exchange of ideas," university spokes- man John Beckman said in a statement on Monday. Last week, 51 student orga- nizations signed a resolution in which they pledged not to co-sponsor any events with two Israel advocacy cam- pus groups--Realize Israel and TorchPAC--as well as eight off-campus groups, including Birthright-Taglit, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. The groups also promised to boycott Israel and expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Jew- ish state. NYU's chapters of Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine orga- nized the resolution, and its signatories included groups such as the African Student Union, the Black Students Union, College Libertarians, the Mexican StudentAssocia- tion and the Muslim Students Association. In its Monday statement, Beckman said NYU encour- ages conversations between groups with opposing opin- ions. "We would suggest that student groups proposing the boycott to find a pathway for- ward to engage in construc- tive dialogue. The University, as always, stands ready to facilitate this," he said. On Friday, leaders of the two pro-Israel groups singled out in the resolution told JTA that they were surprised by the momentum it had gained. Realize Israel President Adela Cojab, 21, described the climate surrounding Israel at NYU as ,one of animosity." Auction house offers antique Jewish Bible stolen by G6ering JERUSALEM (JTA)--An antique Bible, or Tanach, that was stolen from the library of a wealthy French Jewish doc- tor by Nazi leader Hermann G6ering, will be sold at public auction. G6ering, who stole many valuable items of Judaica, was interested in Jewish treasures. According to its bookplate, the book was sto- len from the home library of a Jewish doctor by the name of J.N. Pellieux of Beaugency, France sometime after the Nazi conquest of France in 1945. According to a second bookplate, glued opposite the front page, the book was "taken from G6ering's private collection in Berghof in the Berchtesgaden region." A stamp of the French Division of the Red Cross, whose sol- diers captured the compound on May 4, 1945, appears on the bookplate. The Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem said in a state- ment that the Bible was printed by Menasseh Ben Israel in Amsterdam in the 17th century, "one of a few bibles printed by a Jew at the time." After World War II, G6ering was captured and convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials. He committed suicide by tak- ing cyanide the night before he was to be hanged. The book was one of hundreds of items that he stole to enhance his own private collections. In 2005, the stolen book was bequeathed as a gift to a Mr. Rosenfeld of London by a chaplain of the French division that stormed G6er- ing's house at the end of the war, according to Kedem. "This item, which was re- cently presented to us, is one of supreme historic value. We are hopeful that it will end up in one of the prominent Holocaust museums around the world, l" said Maron Eran, a Kedem owner. Birthright founder gives middle finger to protest- ers outside gala dinner (JTA)--Michaei Stein- hardt, the co-founder and major funder of Birthright Israel, flashed his middle finger at protesters outside a gala dinner in honor of the 18th anniversary of the free trip to Israel for young Jewish men and women. More than 150 students from colleges in the New York and New England areas protested in front of the Zieg- feld Ballroom in New York, where the annual gala was held on Sunday evening. The students represented groups including Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Palestine Solidarity Alliance and the Democratic Socialists of America, all of which support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. The protest was led by Return the Birthright, a campaign supported by Jewish Voice for Peace and Independent Jewish Voices. It calls on young Jews to boycott Birthright and to support the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in Israel. During the event, the anti-occupation group IfNotNow, which does not take a stance on the BDS movement, projected on the ballroom building an image with the words "Birthright Lied To Us," and "Jewish Youth Demand the Truth." A quote attributed to the evening's honoree, billion- aire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson--"Israel Isn't Going to Be a Democratic State--So What"--also was projected on the wall. Adelson, a major Birth- right funder, was presented with the "Guardian of the Jewish Future" award at the event. The student protesters wrapped themselves in per- sonalized Jewish prayer shawls and demonstrated by returning symbolic Birth- right plane tickets. They also read out the names of Palestinian villages destroyed 70 years ago, and the names of the 32 protesters in Gaza killed in the past three weeks during the Great Return March protests. A photo of Steinhardt and protesters was posted on Ins- tagram by a photographer for Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.