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H FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS " ' 4A Edltonals... ........................... Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B U.S. State Department Fox News correspondent James Rosen, shown here interviewing Secretary of State John Kerry on March 5 was subject to a subpoena based on the same statute in the Espionage Act used to indict two former AIPAC staffers in 2005. Law cited in Fox News furor By Ron Kampeas has AIPAC history WASHINGTON (JTA)--With its talk of sign;gl books, sketches and photographic negatives, the Espionage Act suggests a period long ago consigned to Cold War- era thrillers. In fact, the law is even older, first drafted in 1917, at a time when secret orders were conveyed by telegraph and semaphore codes were bound in pocket- sized books weighted with lead so they could be thrown overboard at the ap- proach of the enemy. The era also was the beginning of the Red Scare, the belief that the socialist revolution in Europe soon would infect the United States. Communications since then have evolved quite a bit. Yet the law's most controversial statute--targeting those who receive defense information, includ- ing reporters and lobbyists--persists. Recently it formed the basis for a warrant used by the FBI to monitor the email and phone records of James Rosen, a Fox News reporter at the center of an investigation into government leaks. The disclosure of the investigation has History on page 17A With desah'nation , once unthinkable is possible in Israel By Ben Sales reaching almost 4,000 feet PALMACHIM, Israel (JTA)--As construction workers pass through sandy corridors between huge rect- angular buildings at this desalination plant on Israel's southern coastline, the sound of rushing water resonates from behind a concrete wall. Drawn from deep in the Mediterranean Sea, the water has flowed through pipelines p-- _--2- ) -- e,q =- _- q$ eq eq off of Israel's coast and, once in Israeli soil, buried almost 50 feet underground. Now, it rushes down a tube sending it through a series of filters and purifiers. After 90 minutes, it will be ready to run through the faucets of Tel Aviv. Set to begin operating later this month, Israel De- salination Enterprises' Sorek Desalination Plant will pro- vide up to 26,000 cubic meters--or nearly 7 million gallons--of potable water to Israelis every hour. When it's at full capacity, it will be the largest desalination plant of its kind in the world. "If we didn't do this, we would be sitting at home com- plaining that we didn't have water," said Raphael Semiat, a member of the Israel Desali- nation Society and professor at Israel's Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. "We won't be dependent on what the rain brings us. This will give a chance for the aquifers to fill up." The new plant and several others along Israel's coast are part of the country's latest tac- tic in its decades-long quest to provide for the nation's water needs. Advocates say desalination--the removal of Water on page 18A Ben Sales/JTA Water from the Mediterranean Sea rushes through pipes en route to being filtered for use across Israel in a process called desalination, which could soon account for 80 percent of the country's potable water. Ben Sales/JTA Rows of filters at the Sorek Desalination Plant in Israel remove salt from water flowing in from the Mediterranean Sea. JNF names new campaign executive Jewish National Fund an- nounces that LauraAbramson will be the new campaign executive for Orlando. "My passion for Israel began in 1976 after my first trip to Israel for six weeks," says Abramson. "A lot has changed since then, but there will always be a need to continue to build the infrastructure of the country and to continue to provide assistance to those that are less fortunate with special programs. I am eager to work with JNF to help en- hance the quality of life for Israel's residents and translate these advancements to the world beyond." Abramson comes to JNF with a broad experience in Jewish community and extensive involvement and passion for philanthropy. Her past involvement in the com- munity has included positions on the boards of the Jewish Federation, Orlando Jewish Academy, Jewish Pavilion and JCC. "Laura brings to JNF the experience that will help to grow the Orlando commu- nity," says Glen Schwartz, JNF executive director of Florida. "She demonstrates a great enthusiasm for the important work that JNF does in Israel and is passionate to help oth- ers be part of JNF's mission to be your voice in Israel." Abramson's special inter- ests lie in the areas of food and wine pairing, teaching wine appreciation, and learning the Laura Abramson spectrum of wines and what goes in to the production of wines. For the last 10 years she has frequently visited Israel and engrossed herself into learning more about their winemaking regions, techniques and the process of making wines kosher. Prior to joining JNF, Abramson spoke to Orlando women about Is- raeli wines at JNF's Women for Israel Wine and Trivia event in April. "We are very excited to welcome Laura to the team," says Uri Smajovits, JNF direc- tor of Northern Florida. "Her experience in women-based organizations, among other areas, will be an asset to JNF's growing Women for Israel Campaign in Orlando." To learn more, contact Abramson at the JNF Orlando office at or 800-211-1502. Services collapsing in Syria By Michel Stors The Media Line The streets in the Aleppo neighborhood of Hannano are piled high with garbage. Flies buzz around putrid bags that extend farther than the eye can see. The refuse has not been collected for months nor are there any plans to do so. Garbage collection is merely another casualty in war that has pulverized everything in this country. Throughout rebel con- trolled Syria, state services have ceased only to be re- placed with hardships. From running water to electricity, services taken for granted have stopped operating. Sta- ples such as medicine and baby formula are hard to come by. In the markets of Aleppo, fruits and vegetables are still available in ample supply. But a society ravaged by two years of war can barely afford to purchase basic staples. Worse, the perils in bringing the food to market coupled with the reduction in state subsidies to purchase it has resulted in prices increases few can afford. Before the revolution, a pack of pita bread sold for 32 cents. Today, that same pack costs 71 cents. "We have reduced our food purchases and live on sandwiches" technician Sadiq al-Baqir tells The Media Line. Others who were able to make ends meet during the cold winter months now la- ment they have nothing left to draw from. "I haven't worked in months and can't buy what we need," says 34-year- old driver Farid Atrash. "We borrowed for a while but the prices are too high."' Some complain that higher food prices are only part of the problem. The real dilemma lies in the skyrocketing cost of fuel. A liter of cooking oil, known locally as mazut, has gone up by more than 200 percent. "Everything is s6 expensive," grumbles 39-year- old handyman Muhammad Qardi. "We have nothing to feed the babies." Syria on page 18A 6 flrl!!!!!rJ!!!!!llll