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PAGE 14A Clinton says U.S. wants total freeze on settlements WASHINGTON (JTA)--The Obama administration wants a complete stop to settlement expansion, Hillary Rodham Clinton said. The U.S. secretary of state's remarks after a meeting with her Egyptian counterpart on May 27 were unusually blunt and far-reaching. "With respect to settle- ments, the president was very clear when Prime Minister Netanyahu was here," she said, referring to last week's sum- mit between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "He wants to see a stop to settlements--not some settlements, not out- posts, not natural growth exceptions. We think it is in the best interests of the effort that we are engaged in that settlement expansion cease. That is our position. That is what we have communicated very clearly, not only to the Israelis but to the Palestinians and others. And we intend to press that point." Clinton's remarks came on the eve of a meeting Maya 28 between Obama and the Pal- estinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas. U.S. officials until now have not explicitly called for an end to "natural growth" and have tacitly approved "vertical growth," or the addition of rooms and apartments within settlement confines to accom- modate growing families. Israeli essayist Amos Elon dies ROME (JTA)--Amos Elon, the distinguished Israeli es- sayist and historian, died at his home in Tuscany. Elon's wife, Beth, told The New York Times that he died May 25 from leukemia at the age of 82. Elon, one of Israel's most distinguished essayists and The Plumbing Service Company Personal Service at Affordable Prices REPAIRS REMODELING DRAIN CLEANING RE-PIPING HOT WATER HEATERS & MORE 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE 407-381-7900 Licensed - Bonded - Insured 10% Labor Discount for Senior Citizens CFC056836 i .... gi6 6b off .... ANY SERVICE CALL with coupon Not valid with any other Coupon or Promotion historians, was born in Vienna in 1926 and moved with his family to Palestine in 1933. The author of nine books, Elon also was a longtime cor- respondent and columnist for the Israeli daily Ha'aretz. His most recent book was "The Pity of It All," a history of German Jewry from the 18th century until the rise of Hitler. Elon's decision to leave Israel and move permanently to Italy in 2004 touched off debate throughout the Is- raeli cultural and intellectual world. Israel seeks international response to N. Korea nuke test JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's Foreign Ministry said it views a nuclear test by North Korea with "extreme gravity." North Korea announced May 25 that it conducted a successful underground test- firing of a nuclear weapon, as well as tests on a short-range missile hours later, according to reports. "Furthermore, Israel is concernedwith North Korea's nuclear proliferation, which has negative implications in this region," the statement by Israel's Foreign Ministry said. "Israel expects the international community to respond decisively to the nuclear detonation by North Korea, so as to transmit an unambiguous message to other countries." The statement said North Korea is "party to the global concern causedby this event." The nuclear testwas similar in power to the atom bomb EW SH NEWS us An Annual Issue Published By HERITAGE Florida Jewish News and Featuring a Variety of Thought-Provoking Articles on Health and Fitness Related Subjects Publication Date: June 26, 2009 Reaching a Responsive, Health-Conscious Market Deadline for this Important Issue is Wednesday, June 17, 2009 CALL TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE dropped on Nagasaki at the end of World War II, with a force of about 20 kilotons, according to reports. The test apparently produced an earth tremor registering 4.7 on the Richter scale, the U.S. Geo- logical Survey told Reuters. Austrian Jewish leader says far right stoking hate BERLIN (JTA)An Aus- trian Jewish leader accused far-rightpoliticians of stoking hate on the eve of European Parliament elections. Ariel Muzicant, longtime head of the Vienna Jewish Community, said in a recent interview that the Austrian Freedom Party's tone was directly responsible for a recent series of anti-Semitic incidents in the country. The party, which is vy- ing for seats on the Eu- ropean Union legislative body, "encourage[s] right- wing extremism in their own ranks and systematically want to make it socially respect- able," Muzicant said. He also compared the "agitating" tactics of the party's general secretary, Herbert Kickl, to those of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Freedom Party chief Nor- bert Hofer demanded in a statement released Satur- day that Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Parliament President Barbara Prammer condemn Muzicant's words. but there has been no official response. Muzicant's interview. which appeared on the Die Presse Web site, was translat- ed into English and reprinted on the Combined Jewish Phi- lanthropies Web site. The EU elections are sched- uled for June 4-7.A recent BBC pre-election analysis noted that while most Austrians would support the center- left Social Democrats and the conservative Austrian People's Party in the elections. "far-right parties won nearly 29 percent of the vote in last year's national elections." Rabbi Lau visits New Zealand SYDNEY. Australia (JTA) Rabbi Israel Meir Lau pub- licly thanked Prime Minister John Key for boycotting the anti-racism conference two months ago in Geneva. Lau, Tel Aviv's chief rabbi and the chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum. was making his first visit to New Zealand. On May 24 he addressed a Jewish community function in Auckland with some 300 guests, including Minister of Defense Wayne Mapp and former National Party leader Don Brash. After an emotional speech. the former Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel said he wanted to extend via Mapp his grati- tude to Key, the son of an Austrian Jewish refugee. Last year Key replaced Helen Clark, whose Labor government was widely critical of Israel. Lau, a Poland native, sur- vived the Buchenwald con- centration camp before immi- grating to Palestine in 1945. Italian Jews launch na- tional publication ROME (JTA)--The Italian Jewish community launched a national publication aimed at promoting broader public awareness of Jewish life, tradi- tions and culture. U.& Secretoffl of State Hillaffl Rodham Clinton says i esident Obm has made it clear that =he wants to see a stop to settlements." The first edition of Pagine Ebraiche, or Jewish Pages, a 48-page tabloid, was printed in May. It is being published by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities. Jewish Pages was launched at the annual Turin Book Fair, where thousands of free copies were distributed. News, commentary, inter- views, book reviews, cultural pieces and other features are offered. The union said the bi- monthly publication, the first of its type and scope in Italy, would supplement the maga- zines now being published by local Jewish communities in several cities, as well as the growing number of Italian Jewish Web sites, including the Union's flagship informa- tion portal Some 30,000 to 35.000 Jews live in Italy, most of them in Rome and Milan. Ukrainian party picks xeno- phobic candidate KIEV, Ukraine (JTA)--A right-wing nationalist Ukrai- nian party nominated its leader, who has made public anti-Semitic and xenophobic statements, to run for presi- dent. Some 500 delegates of the Svoboda. or Freedom, political party unanimously endorsed Oleg Tiagnybok at the party's 20th congress on May 24. National elections in Ukraine are slated for January. Support for the party has swelled since recent regional elections, worrying Jew- ish community and human rights activists. In a March 15 Ternopol regional west- ern Ukrainian legislature election. Svoboda won 35 percent of the vote more than double the second-place. Single Center party and four times more than the parties that make up the Ukrainian ruling coalition. Svoboda'sinfluence spurred the Lvov regional commission recently to ban a Lvov Jewish charity's screening of the film "Two Tangos," a movie about the Holocaust in Ukraine. for "ethnic incitement." Tiagnybok was expelled in 2004 from the parliamentary faction Our Ukraine after he addressed a meeting at the grave of the Ukrainian Rebel- liousArmy commander in the Ivano-Frankovsk region using anti-Semitic slogans. At meetings in Lvov and Ivano-Frankovsk in 2007, Ti- agnybok said that"kikes" and the "Russian Mafia who now rule Ukraine" are to blame for all Ukraine's problems. Tiagnybok has denied he is anti-Semitic. "I personally have nothing against common Jews, and even have Jewish friends, but rather against a group of Jewish oligarchs who control Ukraine and against Jews- Bolsheviks [in the past]," he told JTA in an interview in Lvov in 200Z Daniel Carasso, Dannon yogurt namesake, dies J RUSALEM (JTA)--The honorary chairman and namesake of the Dannon yogurt company has died. Daniel Carasso, who turned yogurt into a household food staple, died May 17 at his Paris home. He was 103. Carasso's father, Issac, cre- ated the yogurt in Barcelona in 1919, according to The New York Times. He report- edly named the yogurt after his son, whose nickname in Catalanwas Danon. The brand is called Danone in Europe. Daniel Carasso was born in Thessalonika, Greece, the son of Sephardic Jews whose ancestors were expelled from Spain in 1492. Carasso followed in his father's footsteps, studying bacteriology at the Pasteur Institute while pursuing a business degree in Marseille in 1923. He expanded the business into France in 1929. but was forced to flee Europe and the Nazis for the United States in 1941. In the United States he began to expand his yogurt empire, with sales of the Dannon brand taking offafter he began adding strawberry jam to the product. In 1959 the company was bought by Beatrice Foods. Meanwhile, Carasso re- turned to Europe to restart Danone in Spain and France. He expanded the business into cheeses and other foodstuffs. and bought the American company from Beatrice Foods in 1981. changing the name of the conglomerate to Groupe Danone. Survivor group to MSNBC: Respond to Buchanan forum "WASHINGTON (JTA)--A Holocaust survivors group wants the Jewish community to press MSNBC for a response to a thread on Holocaust denial on Pat Buchanan's Web site. Menachem Rosensaft. vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holo- caust Survivors and Their De- scendants, is urging survivors and the Jewish community to contact MSNBC President Phil Griffin and ask why Bu- chanan, a paid commentator for the cable news network. has not been asked about the issue on air. Until two weeks ago, Bu- chanan's personal Web site,, had included within its forum titled "Dis- information. Deception and Other Tricks" a thread called "Discussion about 'The Ho- locaust.' " The entire forum section of the site was taken down hours after an op-ed by Rosensaft in the New York Daily News pointed out its existence. It is not clear if Buchanan knew about the existence of the Holocaust denial threat: it appears to have been started by a member of the Web site. An e-mail to the site adminis- trator was not returned.