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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA NEWS JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs for Tuesday, May 4, 2004. Sharon considers limited withdrawal Ariel Sharon reportedly is considering a revised plan to evacuate only three Jewish settlements in Gaza. Kfar Darom, Netzarim and Morag would be evacuated in the Gaza Strip, and Ganim and Kadim would be dismantled in the West Bank under a new plan Sharon is considering, Ha'aretz reported. The plan is one of the options Sharon is considering after his plan for a larger withdrawal was rejected Sunday by his Likud Party. U.S. still hopes for withdrawal The Bush administration remains hopeful that Israel will move forward on a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. "We will use every opportunity, and we remain of the view that this proposal to withdraw from Gaza, it does repre- sent an opportunity and could represent an opportunity," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Mon- day. He called Sunday's Likud Party vote against the withdrawal plan a setback, but noted that the plan has wide public support in Israel. After Sunday's defeat, Sharon said he will present a modified version of the plan. Israel kills two Palestinians Two Palestinians were killed when an Israeli helicop- ter fired a missile at a group of arn~d men in the Gaza Strip. According to witnesses, the helicopter attacked the men in the Khan Yunis refugee camp after they fired two missiles at Israeli tanks. One of the dead was a 25- year-old gunman and the other was a 15-year-old by- stander, residents said. About 20 people were wounded, including civilians, Palestinian doctors said. The army is tearing down buildings and leveling some land in the camp to stop the firing of missiles at nearby Jewish settlements. Clinton to introduce anti-Semitism bill Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) reiterated a pledge to introduce a congressional resolutioncondemning anti- Semitism. Speaking to the Anti-Defamation League in Washington on Tuesday, Clinton said she believes such a resolution would be a symbolic gesture highlighting anti-Semitic acts in the United States and abroad. "We need to shine a very bright light on it," she said. "We need to pull it into the daylight out of the darkness so that everyone can see it for what it is." Clinton also expressed her support for a re-evaluation of the Patriot Act after the 2004 elections. By Matthew E. Berger WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Arlen Specter squeaked out victory in a bitter Pennsylva- nia primary, but his fight to remain the senior Jewish Re- publican in the U.S. Senate is hardly Over. A key question facing him is whether he can maintain his traditionally strong Jewish support against a formidable challenge from a Democratic congressman. Specter, who has repre- sented Pennsylvania in the Senate since 1981, narrowly defeated Rep. Pat Toomey in the Republican primary last Tuesday, securing 51 percent of the vote. Toomey, funded in large part by conservative organiza- tions, challenged Specter's record as a moderate Republi- can in a race that was viewed by some as a battle for the core beliefs of the Republican Party. Specter received significant support from President Bush and Sen. Rick Santorum (R- Pa.). Santorum, like Toomey, is a bedrock conservative, and Bush is to the right of Specter on many issues. Still, the party establishment sees Specter as more able to help Bush win Pennsylvania in November. Pennsylvania is likely to be closely fought, and the state's Jewish community could prove crucial in swinging the state. Jews make up 2.3 percent of Pennsylvania voters, accord- ing to the 2001 American Jew- ish Yearbook. Jews tend tovote in larger numbers than others andcontributeheavilytocam- said Ken Davis, a Republican known paigns' financial coffers, lobbyist in Philadelphia. strong q Specter's support for abor- Specter's seniority--he is Hill, who tion rights and other domes- in line to become chairman of Clarence Thomas tic policy priorities ofthe Jew- the Senate Judiciary Commit- ate ish community traditionally tee if the Republicans main- the U.S. Supreme has won him crossover votes tain their Senate majority-- Yeakel had from Jewish Democrats and and his ability to bring money political independents, back home to Pennsylvania criticized for But in Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D- also make him appealing to Pa.), Specter faces a pro-Israel state voters, that, according to lawmakerwithavotingrecord Specter backers suggesthad been a and reputation likely to gain that Jewish support for the Israel statements. him traction in Jewish circles. Bush administration's stance Hoeffel The race has implications on Israel and the war on ter- a Jewish beyond who represents Penn- ro'rism may make Jewish vot- defeating sylvania. Republicans are ers more inclined to back Re- Foxin fightingtomaintaintheirslim publicans across the board, by 51-49 majorityin the Senate; Democrats say Hoeffel, a Democrats and the Pennsylvania contest member of the Middle East Hoeffel received mort also could affect the presiden- panel of the House of Repre- percent of the JewiSh tial race, since voters drawn to sentatives' International Rela- that race. theboothsforaparticularsen- tions Committee, has strong But thisisa ate candidate are considered pro-Israelcredentials, andthey and Republicans likely to favor that party's can- believe his domestic policy po- Hoeffel didate for president as well. sitionswillwinJewishsupport, side of his Norm Ornstein, a top ana- "Joe has a long, public his- district, where he lyst with the conservative tory of being there on issues American Enterprise Institute, that are of interest to a lot of Commissioner. believes Specter has the ad- Jews," said Marcel Green, is vantage in the Jewish corn- chairman of the Montgomery a state munity. County Democratic Commit- berpresk "I don't have a reason to tee. strong support for l believe that Jewish voters will Green said the Pennsylva- Kerq behave any different than in nia race may be key in deter- cratic nominee, other Specter contests,"mining whether Republicans over to support for Ornstein said. "He will do maintain control of the Sen- well. pretty well, despite the fact ate, and that even if Jewish The seat that they are mostly Demo- voters like Specter, they may crats." Specter's primary back Hoeffel to help tip the a Jewish Democrat, battle,whichhelpedpainthim scales of power nationally. Schwartz, asa moderate, might helphim "Sen. Specter certainly has a Democratic win crossover support, sup- had strength within the Jew- day to seek porters in the Jewish commu- ishcommunity, buthe's never Pennsylvania's 13th nity say. run against a Joe Hoeffel be- sional district. "In the primary, Specterdid fore," Greensaid. Shewillrunagain nothing but reinforce himself Specter defeated Lynn Brown, a doctor as someone who can travel Yeakel by only two percentage close race against easily in all types of circles," points in 1992, when he was 2002. unity Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans Discount on Ii Iiservices and merchandise'I | on any new | I I Pre-need contracts. I I t- III g/l~ll i lib lllllll i I IImlUllU l III i lllll Imllm i i I IIIII ~ll 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director By Toby Axelrod BERLIN (JTA)--An inter- national conference on anti- Semitism failed to condemn its growth among Muslims in Europe, but participants nev- ertheless are hailing the gath- ering as a success. A resolution passed at the end of the two-day conference last Thursday declared "un- ambiguously that interna- tional developments or politi- cal issues, including those in Israel or elsewhere in the Middle East, never justify anti- Semitism." The mention of Israel in the final document Leaders of the U.S. delegation to the ( acknowledged a major source ence on anti-Semitism, along of anti-Semitism in Europe Coats, attenda today and was one of several marking the construction of a new Jewish distinguishingelementsinthe family center being built in Berlin by forum on new manifestations From left: Co-chairs of the HelMnki Commissio# of the age-old scourge. Benjamin Cardin However, Arab states con- formerNew vinced members of the Orga- nization for Security and Co- Rabbi Yehuda Tiechtel, director, operation in Europe, which U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Daniel Coats; U.S hosted the conference in the dor to OSCE, Stephan M. Minikes; Rabbi city where the Nazis planned director, WashingtonOfficeofAmerican their genocide of European Jewry, to remoPe references several other events in Berlin his grandfather from official documents link- last week targeting anti- forced to wear ing criticism of Israel and Semitism, was intended as a Muslim anti-Semitism, tougher follow-up toan initial His famil, Thesense is thatcourageous OSCE conference lastsummer one day the statements at the conference in Vienna. %vere few and far between," Hosted by German Foreign Several said Shelley Klein, director of Minister Joschka Fischer and advocacy for Hadassah. chaired by Bulgarian Foreign to religious Still, at a time when public Minister Solomon Passy, the representatives, opinion in much of the world program featured addresses by has turned sharply against Is- U.S. Secretary of State Colin eign Ministry. rael--resulting in a wave of Powell,-German President werere attacks on Jews and Jewish Johannes Rau and Holocaust Israel, Jordan institutions across Europe-- survivorsSim0neVeilandElie which are a gathering intended to help Wiesel. Partners for the Jewish people"isa success In one particularly moving the OSCE. in and of itself," Klein said. moment, Passy presented The conference, precededby Fischer with the yellow star See "Berlin"