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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 13, 2014 JTA From page 13A gium's interior minister, Joelle Milquet, visited the museum with her French counterpart, Bernard Caze- neuve, to express solidarity with the Jewish community and extend their condolences for the dead--two of the mu- seum's staffers and two Israeli tourists. Study links circumcision, lower rates of prostate cancer (JTA)--A new study from Canada indicates a possible connection between male circumcision and a lower likelihood of prostate cancer. The study, published in the British urology journal BJU International, was based on interviews with more than 3,000 men in the Montreal area between the ages of 40 and 75. The study's authors found that men who had been circumcised, whether in infancy or later in life, had lower rates of prostate cancer than those who had not. Overall, the study found that circumcised men were 11 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who were not circumcised, a differential that the authors dismissed as not statisti- cally significant. However, the difference was much more marked among black men, with the study finding that circumcised men were 60 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who were uncircumcised. The study also found that prostate cancer was 45 percent less likely to develop among men circumcised after age 35. The authors of the study stopped short of recom- mending circumcision as a preventative measure to stop prostate cancer, saying their findings were preliminary. "It's still premature to say go aheadwith circumcision to prevent prostate cancer," lead author Marie-Elise Parent told Reuters. "Butwe think it could be helpful." Other medical profession- als in the field cautioned that the number of participants in the study--particularly for subgroups, such as the number of black men--was too small to draw reliable conclusions. U.C. Santa Cruz student government passes divest- ment resolution (JTA)--The University of California, Santa Cruz stu- dent government passed a resolution calling for divest- ment from companies that do business with the Israeli military. The nonbinding resolution 38527 calls on the university to divest from companies in- cluding Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and General Electric that it accuses of profiting from violations of international law and human rights abuses against the Palestinians. The resolution was passed on May 28. The Santa Cruz Commit- tee for Justice in Palestine brought the resolution to the U.C. Santa Cruz Student Union Assembly. A student activist opposed to the measure said he felt it was not a student-led effort. "The notable difference I saw was that people speaking against the resolution were, with one exception, current students," Jesse Barush told j. Weekly. "On the other side, there was a large number of [former] students. This is an undergraduate student as- sembly supposed to represent undergrads at Santa Cruz. It's not a place for somebody who graduated 40 years ago." The 22-14 vote came weeks after a similar resolution was narrowly defeated at U.C. Davis. Warsaw Jewish museum nabs prestigious award (JTA)--The Association of Polish Architects named Warsaw's Museum of the History of Polish Jews as the best publicly funded building of 2013. Designed by Finnish archi- tects Rainer Mahlamaki and Ilmari Lahdelma, part of the building was opened to the public inApri12013, although the permanent exhibition will not be accessible until later this year. "The prize was awarded for outstanding performance by a public building," the jury wrote in a statement that was published on the website of the Association of Polish Architects, or SARP. The museum "functions not only as such, but also as a monument and symbol. The architects went beyond the utilitarian aspects of the building to capture its beauti- ful content, and then give it a wonderful form," the state- ment read. Clad in glass panels on the .outside, the museum has a curved passageway inside that runs from front to back, which the building s architect has compared to the parted Red Sea. It also features a reproduction of the colorful painted ceiling of a wooden synagogue. The cornerstone was laid in 2007, and the structure covers about 13,000 square yards. The Polish government, Jewish groups and private donors worked together to 6194 276194835 41938 5267 63475198.2 89146 75293 94852 52361 16784 2753 8641 7316 9478 3529 raise roughly $100 million to construct the building. Ready for Hillary launches Jewish outreach WASHINGTON (JTA)--A political action committee preparing the ground for a Hillary Rodham Clinton run for the presidency launched a Jewish outreach. Jewish Americans Ready for Hillary launched last week just before the Shavuot holiday. It is attached to Ready for Hillary, a so-called Super PAC founded in January 2013 by former staffers and loyalists to the former first lady, secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York. Among those spearhead- ing the outreach are Steve Rabinowitz, a Washington publicist close to a number of national Jewish groups who is a veteran of the Clinton White House communica- tions team; Marc Stanley, the immediate past chairman of the National Jewish Demo- cratic Council; and Fran Katz Watson, a veteran fundraiser for Democratic and pro-Israel causes. Clinton, who lost her bid for the Democratic presidential nod in 2008 to Barack Obama, has not yet announced her intention to run again for the presidency. Super PACS may raise and spend unlimited funds but are prohibited from donating directly to candidates. Ready for Hillary has so far raised close to $6 million. Jewish student nominated to University of California regents board (JTA)--A Jewish UCLA stu- dent active in Israel advocacy is expected to be named to the University of California Board of Regents following his nomination by a special committee. Abraham Oved was nomi- nated to the post last month by a special regents board panel, the'Los Angeles Times reported. If Oved's selection is con- firmed by the full board in July, he will join the first Mus- lim student representative on the board, whose appointment last year sparked controversy over her support of divestment targeting Israel. The appointment of Sadia Saifuddin, a U.C. Berkeley student government leader who has advocated for the U.C. system to divest from compa- nies doing business with the Israel Defense Forces, opposed by several pro-Israel groups, including StandWithUs and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Many others defended her, including some pro-Israel student activists, who said she had a strong track record and had worked to keep the U.C. Berkeley community united during the tense divestment debate on campus: Saifuddin welcomed Oved's nomination, calling him "an enthusiastic and capable leader, and an avid learner." Oved, whose parents were born in Israel, opposed divest- ment measures targeting Israel during his time in the UCLA student government. George Kieffer, the U.C. regent who chairs the panel in charge of selecting student representatives, said religion was not a factor in either ap- pointment. "We didn't focus on Sadia as a Muslim student last year, and we didn't focus on Avi as a Jewish student this year," Kieffer told the L.A. Times. Oved said serving with Saifuddin would send a posi- tive message to a U.C. system that has seen the Israeli- Palestinian conflict playing out on campuses with in- creasing ferocity in the last several years. "I think it's an absolutely beaul:iful statement for U.C. to have a Jewish student and a Muslim studentwork together regardless of religion or po- litical or cultural differences," Oved told the L.A. Times, saying they could serve as a sign that other groups could "come together and focus on similarities rather than dif- ferences." IOC contributing $250,000 to Munich massacre memo- rial (JTA)--The International Olympic Committee will contribute $250,000 toward a memorial to the 11 Israelis killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The donation was approved by the IOC, the organization confirmed Thursday to The Associated Press. The German Olympic Sports Confederation has pledged $27,000 to the $2.3 million project, which also will be funded by German taxpayers. The memorial, whose de- sign will be unveiled on Sept. 19, is set to be completed in fall 2016. The IOC refused to hold a moment of silence at the 2012 Summer Olympics for the Israelis killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games. World Jewish Congress asks FIFA to remember AMIA Jewish center victims at World Cup (JTA)---The World Jewish Congress called on the FIFA world soccer association to hold a tribute to the victims of the AMIA Jewish center terrorist attack before a match between Argentina and Iran at the World Cup in Brazil. A letter sent to FIFA Presi- dent Joseph Blatter and set to be delivered last Friday calls for a moment of silence for the 85 victims of the 1994 attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. Jack Terpins, a Brazilian who is president of the Latin American Jewish Congress, a branch oftheWJC, also pointed out in the letter obtained by JTA that this year is the 20th anniversary of the AMIA at- tack. The letter also is signed by the congress' vice president, Saul Giivich of Uruguay. Six Iranians are wanted by Interpol in connection with the bombing, including De- fense Minister Ahmad Vahidi. ArgentinianprosecutorAlberto Nisman also has presented evi- dence that Iran has infiltrated several South American coun- tries through the installation of intelligence cells. "We believe in the enor- mous social and cultural influence of the FIFA World Cup around the world and more specifically in Latin America, and therefore we suggest that FIFA promote, at the start of this match, a moment's silence in memory of the victims of this attack," the Latin American Jewish Congress letter said. The match between Iran and Argentina is scheduled for Jurie 21. "Many of the spectators and players of the matches are not 01d enough to be aware of the atrocity of this attack," the letter said. "We believe that it is for the youth and the sport to demonstrate that everyone should be against terrorism. We are sure that such an act of solidarity with the victims of terror will encourage the population of the two coun- tries, as well as the entire world's population, to see in football and the World Cup a true field of respect, tolerance and dialogue against terror- ism and racism." There is also an initiative on Facebook by Brazilian youth to hold a moment silence for AMIA victims before the start of the match. "I will travel from Argen- tina to Brazil to see only one match: the match against Iran," said Fabio Kornblau, a former member of the AMIA board in charge of its youth department. "Of course I am in favor of one moment of silence. I also want to bring to this match an Israeli flag, - chair of Jewish Federations of North America and former board chair of the Jewish Fed- eration ofCleveland."Data has proven that overnight camp- ing can make a substantive difference toward a child's journey toward this goal." Seven out of 10 young Jew- ish leaders who are active in the Jewish community went to Jew ish summer camp while 1 out of 3 Jewish professionals such as rabbis, cantors, and teachers were counselors at Jewish summer camp, ac- cording to a 2010 study by the Foundation for Jewish Camp. "The Siegals' gift advances two community priorities, the creative development of Jewish identity in young people and the cost of living Jewishly," said Steve Huff man, president of the Jewish Fed- eration of Cleveland. "It's an example not just for Cleveland but for the national Jewish to spread a stronger message community as well." in favor of the Jewish people, but I'm not sure, for security reasons." State Dept.: 'Nothing has changed' in Alan Gross case after Taliban prisoner swap (JTA)--The United States has not changed its stance on trading Cuban prison- ers for American aid worker Alan Gross, notwithstanding a recent prisoner swap with the Taliban. Last week, the U.S. agreed to exchange five Taliban pris- oners being held in Guanta- namo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for the past five years. In response to a reporter's questions, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that "nothing has changed" in Gross' case. Since Gross' arrest, Cuba has sought the return to Cuba of five imprisoned spies in return for Gross. Two of the "Cuban Five" have been released earlier than the maximum time served and returned to the island. "Every circumstance is different," Psaki said, while emphasizing that Bergdahl is a member of the U,S. military. Gross, 65, of Maryland, is serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba for "crimes against the state" following his 2011 conviction. He was arrested in December 2009 as he was leaving the country. Working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Gross was on a mission to connect Cuba's small Jewish community to the Internet. Cleveland philanthropists endow $1.25 million Jewish summer camp fund (JTA)--Cleveland philan- thropists Michael and Anita Siegal have established a $1.25 million endowment to send Jewish children to overnight camp. The endowment in partner- ship with the Jewish Federa- tion of Cleveland, aswell as the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, estab- lishes the Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Program. The program's goal is to recruit Jewish children to at- tend an overnight camp who might not otherwise attend. "Anita and I are both com- mitted to sustaining and growing avibrantJewish com- munity in North America," said Michael Siegal, board Scandals won't delay presi- dential vote in Israel JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's presidential election will proceed as scheduled de- spite lawmakers' requests for postponement after another candidate quit amid fraud allegations. The 120 members of the Knesset are scheduled to vote Tuesday for president, a mostly ceremonial post. The winner for the seven-year term will succeed Shimon Peres starting next month. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several law- makers called for the race to be pushed back three weeks, until the last possible date, to allow Labor Party lawmaker Binyamin Ben-Eliezer to rejoin the race if he is proven innocent of accusations that he illegally received millions of shekels from private sources and used the money to buy a luxury apartment in Jaffa. Ben-Eliezer pulled out of the race on Saturday one- day after being questioned by police. "With a very heavy heart, I have made the decision to withdraw from the race for the presidency," Ben Eliezerwrote in a Facebook post Saturday. "I have had my good name since the day I was born, and it is my intention to keep my name, honor and truth." In announcing his deci- sion to hold the election as scheduled, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, "The harsh atmosphere that continues to surround the presidential race stirs up dissatisfaction with the process and casts a heavy shadow on the candidates and on the Knesset. The 'first citi- zen hastobethe firstcitizen in integrity, trustworthiness and morality, and to reach the position of president in the most honest and guileless way possible." Last month, Energy Minis- ter Silvan Shalom decided to end his bid for the presidency after allegations of sexual impropriety surfaced; the allegations were never sub- stantiated. The other candidates in- clude Likud Party lawmaker Reuven Rivlin, the former Knesset speaker who is con- sidered the front-runner; former Supreme Court judge Dalia Dorner; Kadima party lawmaker Meir Sheetrit; Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dan Shechtman; and former Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik. On Sunday, the remaining candidates began disclosing their wealth and holdings.