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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 20, 2003 PAGE 13 Campaign Continued from page 1 h~s been needed for a long time." He added, "For my fam- ily it comes at a perfect time, our daughter, Judy, is a pre- teen and sons, Eddie and Max will also enjoy it in the fu- ture." This addition, the renova- tion of the existing preschool and youth facilities - including the very popular children's gameroom - and the soon to open Hebrew Day School build- ing are examples of the cam- paign funds at work. By the end of the summer, construction will begin on the addition to the Sports & Wellness Center and the main lobby for the Maitland Campus. To "complete" the plans for Maitland the capital campaign is now focused on raising an additional $2 million for the interior of the second floor of the new Hebrew Day building and an aquatics complex. During his campaign up- date, at the JCC Annual Meet- ing, Abramson explained that a commercial pool, like the J's, has about a 25-year lifespan; it was completed al- most 30 years ago. While clean and kept in repair, it is defi- nitely time to replace it. Ev- eryone nodded in agreement when he mentioned renovat- ing the existing bathhouse - bulldoze it and start over is probably more to their liking. Capital campaign donations can be a way to honor a loved one; by arranging for a spe- cific level of giving, a building, a room, mezuzah, office, or furnishings can be named for an individual or family. "We would like to stop call- ing it the 'Youth addition' or the 'New Hebrew Day School'," saysAbramson,"and follow the lead of families like the Adlers and Appelbaums and give the areas a new identity." Funds are also being solic- ited for the South Campus, an additional 1 1/2 million dol- lars needs to be raised to begin the first phase of building on the South Apopka Vineland Road property. For more information about any of the construction projects and plans or to take a tour call Capital Campaign Director Damon Bradley ay 407-277-5413. Terrorize Continued from page 2 ganized the group and strengthened its ties with Hezbollah and Iran. Unknown assailants killed Shqaqi in October 1995 in Malta. But Islamic Jihad re- grouped for several of the deadliest terrorist attacks carried out in Israel by radi- cal Islamic organizations from 1995 to 1997, which helped destroy the Oslo peace process. The AL-AKSA MARTYRS BRIGADE: The organization stems from the Palestinian Authority's ruling Fatah movement, to which both P.A. President Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas belong, and its radical, younger offspring, the Tanzim, which was run by Marwan Barghouti until he was arrested by Israeli troops last year. Settlers Continued from page 3 Wide-eyed youth, some barely in their teens, stalked the camp, glowing with ex- citement. The more veteran activists sat up late into the night under a blanket of stars, their voices screeching songs by the campfires. Some boys used the lid of an old paint bucket as a Frisbee, flinging it at each other in the dim light. The army has evacuated Cilad's Farm four times in recent years, but each time the settlers have rebuilt it. The most recent demoli- tion was in October 2002, When the evacuation sparked violent clashes between set- tiers and soldiers. Some of the youth, veter- ans of previous such "cam- Paigns," remained sullen and vigilant as the night wore on and news trickled in on Walkie-talkies of the disman- tling of a water tower here, a metal shipping container there. Inside Zar's tent the mood ~vas grave. His comrades gath- ered under the canvas, sitting on makeshift couches fitted ~vith Arabic-style cushions. Some cradled babies swaddled in blankets. They discussed their own unique brand of politics, a cocktail of religious rnessianism and the hard- nosed practicality of political activists. Red lines, bridges and all matter of rhetorical bound- aries have been crossed, the activists said. It now is time to take the battle to Sharon, for years the patron of the settlement movement 'but now its foe. Some joked about sending bulldozers to Sharon's ranch in the Negev, to "see how he feels when someone tries to rip apart his home." The an- ger toward Sharon is pal- Pable. Settlers have passed from shock - Over Sharon's recent comments about Israel's "occupation" of the Palestinians - to indignation The brigade emerged as a terrorist group following the outbreak of the current intifada in September 2000, only after Arafat apparently gave the green light for armed struggle against Is- rael. After that it received manpower and funds from Fatah. Since that time, the bri- gade has carried out numer- ous terrorist attacks in Israel and the West Bank. Documents seized in a spring 2002 raid on Arafat's headquarters included an in- voice from the brigade ask- ing for reimbursement for explosives used in bombings in Israeli cities, Israeli mili- tary sources said. The document was ad- dressed to Brig. Gen. Fuad Shubaki, the Palestinian Authority's chief financial of- ficer for military operations, and contained numerous handwritten notes and cal- culations. The document was the first direct proof of what Israel's intelligence estab- lishment has claimed for some time: that the AI-Aksa Martyrs Brigade is not a "rogue militia" as Arafat claims. Rather, its members are on the Palestinian Authority's payroll, its ac- tivities are financed from PalestinianAuthority coffers and its attacks are carried out with the knowledge and backing of Arafat's inner circle, Israel says. The U.S. government hesi- tated to probe deeply into the activities of the organization, in order not to alienate the Palestinian Authority as a possible peace partner, but the State Department has added the group to its list of foreign terrorist organiza- tions. over his moves to dismantle outposts. Sharon, they feel, is blind to the Palestinians' true in- tentions - the destruction of the State of Israel, the out- post youth say. "We are the ones that will die from his blindness," one woman said. "How can we make peace with those that are sworn to our destruction?" The activists pay little heed to the views of the majority of Israelis, who see the illegal encampments as a primary obstacle to peace and secu- rity, according to some re- cent polls. "Security, security," Zar said as he rose from the couch slowly, angry but tired, and walked over to an aerial map of the region. Finger lightly brushing the green- and brown-shaded photograph, he traced his way from Nablus to a Palestinian village called Farta'a. An Israeli army officer "told us that our presence here has blocked the route of terror- ists to Israel," Zar said. "So how can people say we are detrimental to security?" Zar and his family had left most of their meager possessions- in- cluding an ancient air condi- tioner, a Sony boombox and several dozen books of Tal- mud and Gemarah - in the tent, knowing that they may well be ground into the earth when the outpost is removed. Asked why he had not re- moved his possessions in the face of the expected on- slaught, Zar said, "We have to believe, and we have to show the kids that we still have hope." Until two weeks be- fore, the settlers' Yesha Coun- cil was cautious not to rouse the ire of Sharon, as well as their right-wing sympathiz- ers in the government. Now, with Israel beginning to dis- mantle outposts while Pales- tinian terror attacks continue apace, the council has said it will oppose the evacuations. For every outpost removed, Yesha officials pledged in a press conference Monday, five more will be erected. The Na- tional Religious Party and Na- tional Union have called an additional evacuation of in- habited outposts a "red line" that would compel them to leave the government. "We will do everything we can to torpedo, obstruct and to prolong this step," Yesha Council spokesman Yehoshua Mor-Yosef said. He accused Sharon of "cynically and manipula- tively" exploiting settlers in an effort to place them in con- flict with the Israel Defense Force. The foot soldiers in this struggle are the youth who, under the orders of the Yesha Rabbinical Council, have flocked to the hills. The Rab- binical Council also has called on members of the army to question the morality of the government's evacuation or- ders. "The decision to uproot Jews from their homes and land in outposts or settle- ments" is "a crime from a Jewish, national and moral standpoint," the council said in a statement. "We call on the government to retract this wretched and contemptible decision and we will use all our ability to prevent it from going forward." But the set- tiers say they will keep their opposition peaceful. Prowling the hilltop for cigarettes to cadge, Ido Austin, 18, and Elyashiv Geali, 16, were ada- mant about not using violence against soldiers sent to evacu- ate the outpost. 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