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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 17, 2013 Shiny clothes, reflective signs and routes painted in ultra-colors brightened the nighttime sky of Beersheba, the capital of the Negev, on May 2 as the city hosted Israel's first Glow Run, the newest trend in the run- ning world scene: The event was a resounding success, bringing 5,400 runners from all over the country and 700 soldiers together Jn the desert city of Beersheba, an even bigger turnout than expected. Jews, Arabs, new immigrants, veteran Israelis, students, and others who share a love of running took to. the streets for the first event of its kind in Israel, led by Beersheba Mayor Ruvik Darrilovich. "The stars of Beersheba were out," said Jewish Na- tional Fund CEO Russell Robinson. "Beersheba is the capital of the Negev, and last night it was the light of the desert. Follow JNF as, together with its residents, we transform Beersheba into a shining example of partnership." Beersheba is the center- piece of JNF's Blueprint Negev campaign to transform the Negev.With JNF projects, including the Beersheba _ River Park, a 1,700-acre river- front parkwith a sports arena, playgrounds, a 23-acre man- made lake, and 12,000-seat amphitheater; Abraham's Well museum; Ben Gurion University of the Negev; and many bustling new neigh- borhoods; Beersheba has experienced a renaissance that made it the perfect place to host Israel's first Glow Run. Beersheba was aft aglow in Israel's first Glow'Run. Israel's Cabinet approves reduced defense cuts JERUS ,LEM (JTA)--Is- rael's Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to moderate cuts to the defense budget as part of sweeping austerity measures. The Cabinet opened its 2013-14 budget talks on Monday with discussions on defense. Following a meeting of the security cabinet that lasted much of Sunday~ Treasury Minister Yair Lapid agreed to a reduction in the defense budget of 3 billion shekels, or $840 million, With another I billion shek- els, or $280 million, coming from the defense budget reserves. Lapid originally had proposed cutting 4 bil- lion shekels, or about $1.1 billion. "We need the IDF to continue becoming more efficient, but we also need additional Iron Dome bat- teries, and I believe that the path I am proposing today strikes a proper bal- ance between the needs of the economy and secu- rity needs," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who brokered the compromise, said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting. Austerity measures in- clude a reduction in the child allowance and rais- ing taxes, including a 1.5 percent hike on income and a I percent rise in the value added tax to 18 percent. The fiscal plan must be passed by Aug. 1. Syria warns Israel it could enter Golan JERUSALEM (JTA)--A Syrian government official warned that his country can enter the Israeli-held Golan Heights at any time. "The Golan is Syrian Arab territory and will remain so, even if the Israeli army is stationed there," Syrian Information Minister Om- ran al-Zoubi said Sunday at a news conference in Damascus. "We have the right to go in and out of it whenever we want and however we please." The statement came in response to two alleged Israeli airstrikes last week on Syrian military targets, which unnamed Israel and U.S. officials say targeted long-range missiles in tran- sit from Iran to blezbollah. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War. A United Nations peacekeep- ing force patrols the area. Also on Sunday, Syrian rebels released four Filipino Bat [ana J eese d a[perin Alana Reese Halperin, daughter of Cindy and Scott Halperin of Long- wood, Fla.,will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood, Alana is an A-honor roll student in the gifted program at Teague Mid- dle School in Altamonte Springs, where she was selected as a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She participated in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem solving competition, and is also involved in Upstanders, a club that promotes anti-bullying, at Teague. She plays the clarinet with the band at school, and has appeared with them in concerts. Alana, who had been growing her hair for a long time, will donate 10 inches to Locks For Love. Alana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on vacation, shopping, watching movies and listening to music. She also likes using the computer, and, of course, texting. Sharing in the family's simcha will be her sistsrs, Samara and Jadyn; her grandparents, Naida Rotter of Delray Beach, Ruth Halperin of Boca Raton, and Sharon and Paul Hoffspiegel of Highland Beach. Wikimedia Commons Yair Lapid U.N. peacekeepers stationed on the Golan who were kid- napped last week. The Phil- ippines and other countries with soldiers stationed there have threatened to withdraw their troops. Israeli military downs own drone JERUSALEM (JTA) "The Israel Defense Forces shot down one of its own drones over the Mediterranean Sea because of an engine malfunction. The Heron-class Un- manned Aerial Vehicle, called Shoval, was shot down Saturday night near Netanya. Following the crash, the Israeli Navy and Air Force searched for the drone's remains. The downed drone is one of Israel's largest and most advanced UAVs. Israel's Air Force has grounded all Shoval UAVs pending the outcome of an investigation into the malfunction. Reconsider charging tour- ists VAT, Jewish leaders tell Israel JERUSALEM (JTA)--A U.S. Jewish umbrella group called on Israeli leaders to reconsider a plan to charge tourists with-the country's value added tax. The heads of the Confer- ence of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organi- zations leaders, Chairman Richard Stone and Execu- tiveice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, said in a letter to Prime Minister Benja- min Netanyahu, Minister of Finance Yair Lapid and Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau that the plan would hurt missions to Israel and conferences in the Jewish state. Applying the VAT to tour- ists "would add significantly to the cost for tourists and will, we fear, cause many to reconsider, postpone, or even cancel trips to Israel," Stone and Hoenlein wrote in the letter last Friday, adding that it could also "negatively impact" programs such as Birthright Israel. Tourists have been ex- empt on paying the VAT for hotels, travel services and manufactured products. Calls to destroy Israel at Muslim Brotherhood's Cairo rally (JTA)--~Calls for Israel's destruction were heard in Cairo at the first anti-Israel rally organized by the Mus- lim Brotherhood since the movement's candidate was elected president. Several hundred partici- pated in the demonstration last Friday, chanting "the people want destruction of Israel," The Associated Press reported. The rally was to protest Israeli airstrikes in Syriaand the detention of a Muslim cleric. Livni moving to make public exclusion of women illegal JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni ordered her ministry to draft legislation that would make the gender- based segregation of women illegal. Livni made the announce- ment May 9 on her Facebook page and in an interview with Army Radio. The legislation is ex- pected to be ready in several weeks, Livni said in a Face- book post. Newseum reconsidering honor for slain cameramen linked to Hamas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- The Newseum said it was reconsidering its decision to honor slain cameramen em- ployed by a Hamas affiliate. The Washington-based Newseum, run by the Free- dom Forum, a foundation promoting a free press, an- nually honors journalists killed in the line of duty. This year's ceremony, taking place Monday, was to have included Mah- moud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, cameramen killed in No~ember by an Israeli strike during Israel's war that month against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The cameramen were employed by AI Aqsa TV, an arm of Ham.as, a group designated by the U.S. State Department as terrorist: "We take the concerns raised about these two men seriously and have decided to re-evaluate their inclusion as journalists on "our memorial wall pend- ing further investigation," the Ne~vseum said in a statement posted Monday. Tzipi Livni Wikimedia Commons "Terrorism has altered the Report: Mounting evi- landscape in many areas, dence Boston bombers including the rules of war involved in triple homicide and engagement, law, inves- (JTA)--There is mounting tigative and interrogation techniques, and the deten- tion of enemy combatants. Journalism is noexception." A number of pro-Israel groups, including CAM- ERA, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, had called on the Newseum to rescind the honor. Cleveland-area march draws attention to unsolved murder (JTA)--More than 200 people participated in a community walk in sub- urban Cleveland to bring attention to the unsolved murderofAliza Sherman, a Jewish mothea~ of four. The marchers who gath- ered Sunday in Beachwood, Ohio, on Sunday, Mother's Day, carried balloons past the home of Sherman before moving on to the Cleveland Clinic building where the slain fertility nurse had worked. There they released red balloons in her memory, each clipped with a card including the l~hone num- bers of the Cleveland Police Department and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. Sherman was stabbed to death March 24 minutes ~after completing a meeting with her divorce lawyer at the Erieview Tower in Cleveland; she was stabbed 11 times in the tower's park- ing garage. Police have yet to arrest a suspect. evidence that the Boston Marathon bombers were involved in the unsolved murder of three men in suburban Boston. Police officials said that some crime scene forensic evidence was a match to Tamerlan Tsarnaev. and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two brothers who are alleged to have set off two explosions at the finish line 0fthe Boston Marathon last month, ABC News reported over the weekend. " The officials also said records of cell phones used by the brothers put them in the area of the murders on that date. Three men--Brendan Mess, Rafael Teken and Erik Weissman--were found dead in September 2011 in an apartment several miles from the campus of Brandeis University in the Boston suburb of Waltham. Tamerlan Tsarnaev knew Mess well but did not attend his funeral despite once re- ferring to him as his "best friend," and participating in boxing and martial arts training together. The bodies of the three men were discovered with their throats slit and about seven pounds of marijuana dumped on the bodies, as well as $5,000 in cash left behind. Two of the victims, Weiss- man and Teken, were Jewish.