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HE ITAG FLORIDA JEWISH NE Editorials .......... .. .................... 4A ~.. L-a ............................... 5A ese ~A ...7A .... 8A .... 0A Classified ................................ 2B 27 Sivan 5769 96 Pages ~le Copy 75 German Federal Press and Information Office / Bergmann President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, flanked by Holocaust survivors Elie Wiesel, left, Nobel Prize-winning memoiris~ and Bertrandt Herz, president of the International Buchenwald Committee, place white roses at the "Warm Memorial" at the former Buchenwald concentration camp during their visit on June 5. The memorial is kept at human body temperature as a reminder of the tens of thousands of prisoners who did not live to see the liberation. Obama at Buchenwald: a 'rebuke' to deniers BERLIN (JTA)--Presi- dent Barack Obama visited the Buchenwald concentra- tion camp site on June 5, calling it "the ultimate re- buke" to Holocaust deniers. Obama joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Elie Wiesel, the Holo- caust memoirist who was a Buchenwald inmate, on the tour, a day after Obama called on the Muslim world to reject Holocaust denial. "To this day, there are those who insist that the Holocaust never happened," Obama said at a news confer- ence at the gates of the camp. Such statements are "igno- rant, baseless and hateful." For more than an hour, Obama and Merkel walked the grounds of Buchenwald. Out of sight of cameras, they entered the crematorium buildingwhere campvictims were turned to ash. They placed white roses, a symbol of German resistance, at several sites. Obama said he had want- ed to visit this particular camp because his great- uncle, Charles Payne, was among the U. S. soldiers in Infantry Division 89 who liberated the Buchenwald sub-camp of Ohrdruf in early April 1945. Ohrdruf was the first camp liber- ated by American soldiers. The gruesome sights of burned victims haunted his uncle for a long time, Obama said. "It is understandable that someone who witnessed what had taken place here 65th anniversary of the Al- lied invasion of Normandy. In an interview with NBC, Obama expressed frustration with Iranian President Mahmoud Ah- madinejad, who questions the story of the Holocaust. "He should make his own wouldbeinastateofshock/' visit," Obama said in Ger- he said. many. "i have no patience Wiesel, a Nobel Peace lau- reate whose father died at Buchenwald, said, "Memory must bring people together rather than set them apart." After visiting Germany, Obama was scheduled to fly to France and take part in ceremonies marking the for people who would deny history. And the history of the Holocaust is not some- thing speculative." Should he visit Germany, Ahmadinejad could face ar- rest as a Holocaust denier. To read Obama and Wiesel's speeches, see page 18A. Violence at Holocaust Museum By Adam Dickter New York Jewish Week become more violent and that yon Brunn had recently given away his computer. De Nugent, who lives near Pitts- burgh, told the AP that von Brunn believed his extreme views had led the government to cut his Social Security benefits. Von Brunn, who has lived in New Hampshire, Idaho and most recently Annapolis, Maryland, has a long history of anti-Semitic writings and was employed in the past by the Institute for Historical Review, which promotes "open debate" about the Holocaust. Police, who have charged van Brunn with capital mur- der under federal statutes, said last Thursday that he had in his possession a list of other public and private sites in Washington, D.C. that may have been potential targets. He remains at George Wash- ington University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. A note discovered in von Brunn's car, parked outside the museum, declared that President Barack Obama was "created" by Jews and does what his "Jew owners tell him to do." Inside a notebook, the handwritten note said, "You NEW YORK--The white supremacistaccused of killing a guard at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum on June 10 may have been plan- ning a violent act for some time, based on his recent activity. The Alabama-based South- ern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist hate groups, said last Thursday they had learned that James von Brunn transferred own- ership of his Web site, Holy Western Empire, to a Michi- gan man, Steve Reimink, on June 1, nine days before the deadly attack. "It makes you wonder," said Heidi Beirich. "He had been running the site for nine years and suddenly turned around and handed it off to someone else. It could have been a possible signal that something was coming." The Associated Press quot- ed another white separatist, John de Nugent, who said he corresponded with von Brunn by e-mail, as saying his messages had recently Mourns on page 17A Eric Fingerhut Bullet holes pierce the entrance to the United States Ho- locaust Memorial Museum in Washington after the shooting there June 10. Bib i OK 's Palestinian state By JTA Staff JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would agree to a demilitarized Pal- estinian state. In a major foreign policy address Sunday at Bar-Ilan University, Netanyahu also said the Palestinians to have a state must recognize Israel as a Jewish state. "It is impossible to agree on the principle of a Palestinian state without these" condi- tions, he said. If Israel receives assurances that the two conditions are met, Netanyahu said, %re will be ready in the future" for a "demilitarized Palestinian state that exists alongside a Jewish state." Such a demilitarized state, he said, could not import weapons, make pacts with en- emies of Israel and would not be able to close its airspace to Israel. Netanyahu also called for immediate peace talks with Palestinian leaders, without preconditions. "We want both Israeli and Palestinian children to live withoutwar,"hesaid, citing the root of conflict to the refusal of regional entities to accept Israel as Jewish state. "We must ask ourselves, why has peace not yet arrived after 60 years?" Netanyahu, whose Bar-Ilan address was called a response to Preside nt Obama's Cairo speech earlier this month in which the U. S. leader tried to reach out to the world's Muslims, said he was prepared to meet with the leaders of neighboring Arab countries at any time to promote regional peace. "We want peace in Damas- cus, in Riyadh, in Beirut, and also in Jerusalem," he said. In another portion of the speechthatwas closelywatched at the White House, Netan- yahu said that Israel had no intention of creating new West Bank settlements or expanding existing towns, but said there is a "need to allow residents to live normal lives." The Israeli leader did not expound. The United States has demanded all settlement Michael Kramer/flash90/jta Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Bar-Ilan University June 14, endorsed a Palestinian state, with conditions. activity be stopped, including "natural growth." Netanyahu added that settlers are not "enemies of peace" but "are our brothers." The White House welcomed Netanyahu's speech as an "im- portant step forward." "The President is commit- ted to two states, a Jewish state of Israel and an independent Palestine, in the historic homeland of both peoples," said a statement from W]hite House press secretary Robert Gibbs. "He believes this solu- tion can and must ensure both Israel's security and the fulfillment of the Palestinians' legitimate aspirations for a viable state, and he welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu's endorsement of that goal." The Obama administra- tion did not mention Netan- yahu's statement on West Bank settlements. Netanyahu in his speech reiterated his deep concern over Iran. "The Iranian threat looms large in front of us, as we learned yesterday," Netanyahu said, referring to the apparent re-election of Iranian Presi- dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which has brought protests in the Islamic Republic over the fairness of the election. "The greatest danger" to the region, he said, is the Bibi on page 19A