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June 28, muz, 5773 56Pages d itorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Orlando, Florida Copy 75 Turkish riot police clashing with protesters near Taksin Square in lsranbul, Turkey, June 11, 2013. (Eser Karadag/ Creative Commons) By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)--As the budding protest movement in Turkey against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan struggles to gain a foothold, Israel is watching the developments with some measure of ambivalence. On the one hand, Erdogan has led Tur- key away from a close alliance with Israel, using his perch to castigate Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians and cur- tailing once-cozy military ties with the Israel Defense Forces.Apopular uprising that leaves Erdogan politically wounded could be welcome news for Israel. On the other hand, Turkey has been one of the few redoubts of stability in an increasingly volatile Middle East and Protest on page 14A By Johanna Ginsberg New Jersey Jewish News McROBERTS, Ky.--The morning mist hovers over the narrow valley in the lush Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. A creek rushing by the side of the main road passes through the town of Neon in once prosperous Letcher County, deep in the state's coal mining region. The empty storefronts reflect the industry's losing battle with mechanization, depleted coal deposits and cheaper-to-mine western coal. Up the road a piece, people sit in rocking chairs on the porches of mostly rundown homes watching the days go by. There are few jobs here for high school gradu- ates-perhaps a handful at a nearby Wal-Mart or other big box stores, or maybe a job at one of the few restaurants in town. Teachers, with their gov- ernment paychecks, form the area's elite. In Letcher County, 26 percent of residents live be- low the poverty line; in smaller towns like McRoberts, up to 48.5 percent of children live in poverty and 91 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch. On June 2, four vans filled with 16 volunteers, a combina- Johanna Ginsberg In McRoberts, Ky., unloading a truck filled with grocer- ies sent from Ohio are, from left, Rabbi Steven Bayar, his daughter Merav, and Good People Fund board member Peter Freimark of Cleveland. By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)--Rabbi Shmuel Pappenheim of the haredi Orthodox organization Eda Haharedit shares little common groundwith Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, a religious pluralism activist. But when news broke last week that Israel's Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, was arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering, Pappenheim and Regev had the same reaction: Who cares? For Pappenheim, the chief rabbi is a political figure who has scant influence as a reli- gious leader. And to Regev, he represents a coercive religious authority whose actions have little meaning for Israel's secular majority. Both regard the chief rab- bi's legal troubles as both unsurprising and largely irrelevant. "Whom does the chief rabbi serve?" asked Regev, who heads Hiddush, a religious pluralism nonprofit. "The secular sector has no con- nection to the rabbinate. It doesn't have any expectations of the chief rabbinate." Metzger's arrest last week on accusations that he em- bezzled money meant for nonprofits led the rabbi to suspend himself from his posi- Flash 90 Rabbi Yona Metzger, Is- rael's Ashkenazi chief rabbi tion until the investigation is completed. Following 10 hours of ques- tioning on June 20 by police with the National Fraud Unit, Metzger was placed under house arrest until June 28,- the date of his first court hearing. Three of his associ- ates also were brought in for questioning. The scandal is the latest in a string of accusations against Metzger and the most recent allegation of wrongdoing against Israel's chief rabbis. In 2003, the year Metzger was elected to his 10-year Arrest on page 15A By Cnaan Liphshiz last month cited the Burgas attack in a motion to have the BRUSSELS (JTA)--Bul- Britishpositionadoptedbythe garia claims it has previously European Union. undisclosed evidence that In February, Tsvetan %- further implicates Hezbollah vetanov, the Bulgarian inte- in adeadly terrorist attacklast rior minister at the time, said year on Bulgarian soil, JTA there was "well-grounded" has learned, evidence that Hezbollah was A Bulgarian representative behind the attack. He report- to the European Union said edly added that Bulgarian Wednesday that investigators investigators traced a printer have discoveredthat a Hezbol- that had produced two forged lah operativewas the owner of licenses back to Lebanon, but tion of retirees and college or a printer used to produce fake he did not say the printer was graduatestudentsintheir20s, documents that facilitated ownedby Hezbollah. plus one journalist and one the July 19 bombing of a bus At the meeting, the Bulgar- education specialist, pulled filled with Israeli tourists in ian representative said his into the parking lot of a mo- Burgas. Five Israelis andtheir government would go along tel in Whitesburg, Letcher's Bulgarian driverwere killed in with any consensus vote on county seat. About 10 hours the attack, whether to blacklist Hezbol- earlier, they had left their The disclosure was madelah, the EU diplomat said. homes in Essex County, N.J., at a meeting of the CP931 The Bulgarian mission to the in the early morning, working group, according European Union declined to Members of Congrega- to an EU diplomat who was comment. tion B'nai Israel of Milburn, present.The group is charged Bulgaria's center-right N.J., and supporters of the withdeterminingwhetherthe government has collapsed ~ Millburn-based Good People European Unionwili blacklist and was replaced last month the volunteers had Hezbollahasaterroristorga- by a Socialist-led coalition ~' come for the fourth year in a nization, that appeared to step back Fund, ~ row to assist local residents, "The Bulgarians put newfrom Tsvetanov's accusations sprucing up the trailer of a evidence on the table during against Hezbollah. Bulgaria's ~ divorcedwoman raisingthree this meeting," the diplomat foreign minister, Kristian Vi- I grandchildren, decluttering said. "Their representative genin, hascalledtheevidence ~ oZ the rundown home of an older said the printer had been sold ~ womanlivingalone, andshar- to someone from Hezbollah." Evidence on page 15A and families of children with ond session convened at the autism, request of Britain, which It's an unusual pairing of regards Hezbollah's military wealthy New Jersey suburb wing as a terrorist entity and