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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2012 30,000 Israelis march through Jerusalem JERUSALEM (JTA)--At least 30,000 people partici- pated in the Jerusalem Day parade known as the Dance of the Flags, which led to some clashes between marchers and counter-protesters. The route went in part through eastern Jerusalem before entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Damascus and Jaffa gates and ending at the Western Wall, where participants sang and danced. Hundreds of police and security personnel were de- ployed throughout the city for Sunday's Jerusalem Day festivities. Some of the marchers chanted anti-Muslim epithets. Police arrested at least 10 Jewish marchers for racist chants and five Palestinians for throwing things at the marchers. At the state ceremony mark- ing Jerusalem Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netan- yahu pledged never to divide Jerusalem. "Israel without Jerusalem is like a body with a weak heart. Never again will our heart be divided," he said. "A nation willing to sacrifice its heart would convince its enemies it has no desire to fight for anything. Jewish history has changed forever. The divided city has been united and will stay that way." Meanwhile, a Palestinian man attempted to stab an Israeli soldier guarding a Jerusalem Day event. The attack occurred Sunday morning at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank, where a bicycle trip was passing. The assailant was seriously injured during his capture. Events were planned all day throughout Jerusalem to mark the 45th anniversary of the city's reunification. Israeli lawmakers Michael Ben Ari and Uri Ariel of the right-wing National Union Party led a group of 20 on a tour of the Temple Mount Sunday morning. Ben-Ari and several other participants reportedly attempted to kneel in prayer at the site and were stopped by police. The tour's leader was arrested during a confrontationwith police over the stopped prayers. Palestinian religious lead- ers in Jerusalem called on followers to confront Jews celebrating Jerusalem Day in the capital and warned that the Jews would try to storm the Temple Mount and attack Muslims. Meanwhile, Israel's Cabinet on Sunday approved a series of plans to strengthen the city of Jerusalem and advance its economic, tourist and social development. The Cabinet was holding its regular weekly session onAmmunition Hill, a former military post in eastern Jerusalem and the site of one of the 1967 Six-Day War's fiercest battles. The Cabinet decided to build residential developments in the city for those serving in the Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police, which will both speed residential construction and attract a strong population to the city, according to the Prime Minister's Office. Netanyahu also addressed the migrants problem. He Weekly rount00up of world briefs from JTA said the surge of illegal Af- rican migrants into Israel "threatens national security and identity." Israeli report recommends surrogate mothers for gay men JERUSALEM (JTA)--An Israeli Health Ministry com- mittee has recommended that gay men be allowed to use a surrogate mother to have a child. The report issued Sunday by the 12-member panel recom- mends that gay men and single women be allowed to conceive children with a surrogate mother and married women to be surrogates, Haaretz reported. It also permits non- anonymous sperm donation. While gay men may gain the right to use a surrogate mother, the report only al- lows them to use a volunteer or altruistic surrogate, which will make finding a surrogate more difficult, according to Haaretz. Family members also will be allowed to serve as surrogates as long as they are not daughters, grandmothers or grandchildren. Ethicists, doctors and social workers were among the mem- bers of the committee, which was appointed two years ago to make recommendations on fertility and birth policies. Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya (JTA)--The former Libyan intelligence agent convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of PanAm Flight 103,whowas released from prison for hu- manitarian reasons, has died. AbdelBassetal-Megrahi, 59, died Sunday in Libya after suf- fering from prostate cancer. He was released from a Scot- tish prison and returned to Libya in 2008 after his lawyers said he would soon die of the disease; his doctors had given him three months to live. The downing of the Pan Am flight killed all 270 passen- gers and crew, most of them Americans. It was one of the deadliest terror attacks ever. Rice visiting Israel JERUSALEM (JTA) -- For- mer U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Israel. Rice was welcomed Satur- day night at a dinner reception at the Herzliya home of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro. Rice was making her 25th visit to Israel, this time as the head of her own consult- ing firm, which matches up American companies with foreign government officials. Other founders of the firm include former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and ex-National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, according to Haaretz. Austrian official: Lieberman 'unbearable' as government minister JERUSALEM (JTA) Aus- tria's defense minister called Israeli Foreign Minister Avig- dor Lieberman's participation in the government "unbear- able." In an interview published Sunday in the Austrian daily Die Presse, Norbert Darabos said, "honestly, the fact that Minister Lieberman is a mem- ber of the Israeli government is unbearable." Darabos also called Israel's threats to attack Iran's nuclear ',cessary/' shce'1ran can't build a bomb yet." Israel seeks to expand pow- ers on phone, computer tapping (JTA)--Israel's Ministry of Justice is seeking to expand the number of government agencies that may track citizens for investigation purposes, Yediot Achronot reported. The measure would grant such agencies as the Antiqui- ties Authority, Nature and Parks Authority and the Environmental Protection Ministry permission to tap Is- raelis' phones and computers. Expanding a 2007 law, it would also apply to those sus- pected of misdemeanors, not just felonies, Yediot reported. Ahmadinejad wants to at- tend Summer Olympics (JTA)--Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he wants to attend the 2012 London Olympics, despite last year saying that the Summer Games' logo resembled the word Zion. Nevertheless, Ahmadinejad said May 17, British authorities had "problems" with hosting him, IRNA, Iran's semi-official news agency reported. "I would like to be among Iranian athletes in the 2012 London Olympics to support them, but they [the host coun- try] have problems with that," IRNA quoted him as saying. About 50 Iranian athletes have qualified to take part in the games, according to IRNA. Israeli football team loses to American collegians (JTA)--Israel's national American football team took the field for the first time against an American oppo- nent, failing 49-6 to the Ma- ranatha Baptist Bible College Crusaders. The May 17 contest featur- ing the Israelis and the NCAA Div. III squad from Watertown, Wis., was the first interna- tional game since the Israel Football League began play five years ago, The Associated Press reported. About 500 fans--mainly North American olim or rela- tives of the players--came out for the game. The crowd, a mix of secular and religious Israelis, cheered wildly in a mix of Hebrew and English as ko- sher wings and fries were sold nearby at the Baptist Village sports complex, AP reported. The fledging league is funded in large part by New England Patriots' owner Rob- ert Kraft, who has donated $70,000 every year to the IFL. Iran's crown prince: Israel should help Iranians topple regime (JTA)--Iran's crown prince is urging Israel to help topple the Iranian regime. Reza Pahlavi--whose fa- ther was the shah who was toppled during the 1979 Islamic revolution--told Al Arabiya he does not believe that Israel should launch a military attack. "If Israel wages war against Iran now, thiswill cause akind of tension with the Jewish people that had not existed since the time of Cyrus the Great," he told Al Arabiya, referring to the sixth century BCE Persian emperor. He also said that military strikes would only delay and not destroy Iran's military program. Pahlavi also said Interna- tional Criminal Court should charge Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with crimes against humanity. G-8 agrees on oil policies ahead of Iran sanctions WASHINGTON (JTA)--The G-8 forum of major industrial nations agreed to take action to keep the oil market stable, a signal to Iran that the inter- national community is ready to absorb any retaliation for sanctions. "There have been increas- ing disruptions in the supply of oil to the global market over the past several months, which pose a substantial risk to global economic growth," :said the statement issued Saturday from Camp David, Md., the presidential retreat where President Obama was hosting the G-8 summit. "In response, major producers have increased their output while drawing prudently on excess capacity. "Looking ahead to the like- lihood of further disruptions in oil sales and the expected increased demand over the coming months, we are moni- toring the situation closely and stand ready to call upon the International Energy Agency to take appropriate action to ensure that the market is fully and timely supplied." The International Energy Agency is the body that co- ordinates energy policy for Western nations during crises. Comic actor John Cleese signs on to Israeli film (JTA)--British comic actor John Cleese has signed on to a film by Israeli director Reshef Levi. Cleese will play a disgraced, eccentric British lord in the heist comedy "Hunting Elephants," in which three Israeli senior citizens help a 12-year-old boy hatch a plan to rob a bank in order to save his family home. Cleese's participation was announced last week at the Cannes Film Festival and re- ported first by the Hollywood Reporter. Also at Cannes, an Egyptian director told reporters that he doesnotwanthis film distribut- ed in Israel, according to Yediot Achronot. Yousry Nasrallah learned during the interview at Cannes that his film "After the Battle" was picked up for distribution in Israel. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg weds (JTA)--Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg married a day after taking his company public Zuckerman, 28, and long- time girlfriend Priscilla Chan, 27, announced their marriage Saturday by changing their Facebook statuses to "mar- ried" and posting a wedding photo. Morethan 280,000 people liked Zuckerberg's sta- tus change, Reuters reported. The couple, who met 10 years ago, were wed in a small backyard ceremony. Chan recently graduated from medical school; the guests thought they had come to a graduation party for her. Czech premier asked to tackle threats against Jews, minorities PRAGUE (JTA)--The Eu- ropean Jewish Congress has asked Czech Premier Petr Ne- cas to urge other EU leaders to tackle possible threats against Europe's Jewish and other minority communities, EJC President Moshe Kantor said. Kantor warned of further attacks from Muslim extrem- ists on the continent due to a potential escalation of conflict in the Middle East. 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OK-Certification would no longer be able to certify the products as pareve because of a change in the supplier's production procedure, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported this week. The bagging process has changed, with the supplier now using a dry cleaning procedure for a machine that also pack- ages milk chocolate products. Onboard ldezmer music for delayed Air Canada passengers (JTA)--Air Canada passen- gers stuck aboarda delayed flight were treated to an impromptu onboard klezmer concert. The mini-concertby Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto's self- billed "only Balkan-Klezmer- Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super- Band," was on a May 16 flight from Toronto to Frankfurt, Germany, reported CBC News. It featured six band members playing a lively tune that had some passengers clapping along, bobbing their heads and smiling. They then gave the band a rousing ovation. Hebrew Bible published In Eskimo language (JTA)--After a 34-year translation project, the He- brew and Christian Bibleswere published for the first time in an Eskimo language. Last week, a group of Inuit Christians in the Canadian territory Nunavut completed the task of translating the texts into the local Inuktitut, according to Haaretz. Plant andanimal nameswere among the biggest difficulties and often the word "tree" was used for them. In some cases, English words such as "camel" were used. One surprising dif- ficultywas the completeabsence ofaterm for "peace"in Inukfitut. That forced the translators to use complete sentences to get the idea across to readers, ac- cording to Haaretz. There are approximately 50,000 Inuits in Canada. The translation project was funded by the Canadian Bible Society and the Angli- can Church at a cost of $1.7 million. 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