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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 28, 2013 PAGE 15A Arrest From page 1A term, he was accused of sexual harassment. New sexual ha- rassment allegations have come to light in the days since his arrest. Two years later, Metzger was investigated on charges that he received preferential treatment at David's Citadel, a luxury hotel in Jerusalem. Metzger maintained his inno- cence throughout the probe, which was dropped in 2008 for lack of evidence. Past chief rabbis also have weathered allegations of misconduct. Yisrael Meir Lau, Metzger's predecessor, also was ac- cused of sexual harassment. And Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel's Sephardic chief rabbi from 1993 to 2003, is on trial for issuing fake rabbinic ordi- nation certificates to security guards so they could secure pay raises. For many Israelis, such sordid tales are an unfor- tunate and all-too-familiar sideshow. For secular Israelis, the latest accusations against Metzger serve mainly to rein- force their view that the chief rabbinate is an oppressive institution, if not a corrupt one. But for haredi Orthodox Israelis, accusations against the chief rabbi can have a blowback effect on the entire community. "When there's a desecra- tion of God's name like this, where a rabbi is accused and in house arrest, it's a disgrace," said Pappenheim, adding that past allegations against Metzger and Lau "pushed the rabbinate down to a nadir." It's a far cry from the prestige commanded by the chief rabbi a half-century ago, when the office was occupied by highly regarded figures such as Abraham Isaac Kook and Yitzchak Halevi Herzog. In July, Israel is due to choose replacements for Metzger and his Sephardic counterpart, Shlomo Amar. Some hope that a more moderate rabbi like Kook, the father of religious Zion- ism, rather than a haredi Orthodox rabbi can restore some of the office's honor while making it more open to Israelis of all stripes. But regardless of who wins, according to Pappenheim, his community will do little more than shrug. "It doesn't matter to us," he said. "We didn't appoint him. So what can we do? He's not our rabbi." Evidence From page 1A on Hezbollah's involvement "not conclusive"--aviewpoint echoed by Bulgarian represen- tatives at the first CP931 meet- ing on June 4, who reportedly said the evidence was "weak." Vigenin later said his government was committed to the investigation and to previous findings. Bulgaria's inconsistent statements on the Burgas bombing "were a maj or argu- ment for those opposing the proscription, and it came up a number of times" during the four-hour session, the diplomat said. The diplomat said Austria and Italy were among the countries whose represen- tatives opposed blacklisting Hezbollah at the CP931 meeting, along with tradi- tional Eastern bloc allies of Israel and the United States, including the Czech Republic, Poland, SIovakia and Romania. Sweden and Latvia said they supported the British initiative to blacklist the Hezbollah's military arm, according to the diplomat. Germany, France and Britain have come out in favor of blacklisting Hezbol- lah. The Netherlands is the only EU country that classi- fies Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist entity, a posi- tion it has held since 2004. Also discussed at the meeting was the March 21 conviction in Cyprus of a man who admitted to gath- ering intelligence on Israeli tourists for Hezbollah and acting as a courier elsewhere in the European Union for the militia, including in Holland and France. But "those who opposed blacklisting Hezbollah noted that the man was convicted under Cypriot law of belong- ing to a criminal organiza- tion, not a terrorist one, so there was no legal basis for considering the case at the meeting," the diplomat said. Last Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on EU states who refuse to desig- nate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization to change their minds. "It's hard to see how you cannot have a consensus on Hezbollah as a terrorist organization," Netanyahu said in Jerusalem during joint remarks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. "If Hezbollah isn't a terrorist organization, I don't know what is a terrorist organization. I mean, they're butchering people left and right across the world and now in the cities of Syria." Inaction From page 2A tors believe that many of the prisoners in North Korea's six known political prisons were either born there, like Dong-hyuk, or placed there because their families had ties to suspected dissidents. Dung- hyuk's father and grandfather were incarcerated because two of the grandfather's brothers had defected, Dong- hyuk said in a recent interview on "60 Minutes." Dong-hyuk's accounts of his treatment at the hands of sadistic guards, and the arbi- trary torture to which he was subjected, are reminiscent of Holocaust accounts. But Dong-hyuk is careful to avoid such comparisons, saying the only thing Nazi camps have in common with those in North Korean is "that they never should have existed." Yet he feels a certain kinship with survivors of the Nazis. "Through the horrific sto- ries of Holocaust survivors, I could see my own life in the prison camps," Dong-hyuk said. "I could see my own experiences in theirs." Yoon Yeo-sang of the Seoul- based Database Center for North Korean Human Rights is not so reticent, likening global inaction on North Korean camps to the world's indifference to the Nazi geno- cide in Europe. "What goes on in North Korea is maybe worse than the Holocaust, where the Nazis were active for 12 years," Yeo-sang said. "The enslave- ment of the camps in North Korea has been going on for decades." Dong-hyuk lost a piece of his index finger as punish- ment for breaking a machine at a military factory where he and his family were forced to work. Another time he was given a choice between hun- ger and a beating. He chose the beating. "We were constantly hun- gry," he said. "Some ate rats and insects to survive. I was hungry for 23 years. You wear what they tell you to wear, you eat what they tell you to eat and you do what they tell you to do." The North Korean govern- ment has long denied the existence of politicat prisons, and in the absence of other escapees, there is no way to corroborate details of Dong- hyuk's story. ButYeo-sang says that Dong-hyuk's testimony is consistent with accounts by survivors from different areas, Dong-hyuk said the trigger for his escape was meeting an inmate named Park, who had been on the other side of the electric fence and told stories of people eating pork and chickens. In the course of their escape attempt, Park was electrocuted and died on the fence. Dong-hyuk says he crawled over his friend's body to escape. From the camp, Dong-hyuk walked to China, bribing lo- cals to avoid detection. He now lives in South Korea, where he runs an organization, Inside NK, that tries to publicize the cause of North Korean prisoners and document the testimony of survivors. "Too much attention goes to [the North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un and his wife and too little attention to ending the camp reality," Dong-hyuk said. But there is also a personal reason for his devotion to the cause: Dong-hyuk says he feels guilty for betraying his mother and brother as a boy and hopes that admitting to his actions and raising aware- ness for other prisoners will serve as a small act of penance. "Adolf Hitler and the Nazis mostly killed people they did not see as their own, but in North Korea our people are doing this to each other," Dong-hyuk said. "I don't know what's worse." Alliance From page 4A that will double the amount of solar thermal electricity produced in America. Naysayers suggest the alli- ance with Israel has not been cost-free for the United States, particularly in the Muslim and Arab world. But measured in empirical terms, Arab ties with the United States, at both the official and popular levels, have boomed in the past decade. Arabs are coming as students or visitors in record numbers; anti-American street protests have fallen dramatically since the start of the Iraq war in 2003; and defense cooperation with most Arab countries is closerthan ever. Sales of iconic American consumer brands also have soared during this period, de- spite occasional talk of boycotts, and overall U.S. exports to the Middle East increased to an all-time high of $56 billion in 2011. Conversely, oil exports to the United States from most Arab countries rose or remained steady since 2000, regardless of any political tensions. Just as important, public opinion in every Arab or pre- dominantly Muslim country polled has turned sharply againstal-Qaida, notwithstand- ing the tight U.S.-Israel connec- tion. Finally, Israel has been at most a very marginal factor in all the recent Arab uprisings. Even the new Muslim Brother- hood government in Egypt is maintaining the peace treaty with Israel and decent working relations with Washington. As Israeli researchers, scien- tists, engineers, entrepreneurs, doctors and others continue to help the United States promote nation-buildingat home andse- curityandsustainabilityabroad, Washington can rest assured it will continue to benefit greatly from its alliance with the Jew- ish state. By helping to ensure the United States maintains its global edge, Israel will continue to contribute to Americans' lives and livelihoods, and to restoring the global economic competitiveness of the United States. MichaelEisenstadt andDavid Pollock, senior fellows at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, are the authors of "Asset Test: How the United States Benefits from Its Alliance with Israel." Heat From page 7A all these really neat plans if we finished in second, if we finished in third--and a blank piece of paper for the championship. So I'm saying, 'What am I gonna do now?'" Rosen had spent more than 30 years with RoseArt, his family's toy and stationery business in Livingston, N.J., when he decided itwas time for a change. After the company was sold in 2005, he upgraded his definition of "toys" and created Triangle Financial Services, a sports and enter- tainment investment firm based inAventura, Fla. He also looked for a project in Israel. "My initial feeling was more of a give-back to the Jewish people, my Zionist philanthropic needs to be filled," said Rosen. But rather than just making donations, he wanted something that would allow him to be more hands-on, "an area in which I could bring some of my business acumen and at the same time doing something fun and interesting." He found that opportunity when he joined a group that was introducing professional baseball to Israel. When that fell through after just one sea- son, Rosen figured he'd have more luckwith basketball, the second-most popular sport in Israel after soccer. But rather than go in with a consortium, Rosen decided he wanted to run his own show and bought the Haifa club in 2007. Unfortunately, Rosen was not in attendance when Haifa won the championship. In- stead, he watched the game on the Internet channel he had created especially for the Israeli basketball league with his nephew, Brandon Rosen (another nephew, Matt, was in Haifa "representing the family"). "It was not a big audience, but he was my good luck charm," said Rosen, who ordinarily takes in the games with his office staff. "I thought being close to family would be the right way to watch the title game." The Heat's accomplishment reverberated back to Rosen's old stomping grounds. "Jeff is a great owner and friend and a major donor to UJA," said Max Kleinman, executive vice president/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. He added that marketing director Andrew Wilson, the multi- ethnic team, and its coaches are "great good-will ambas- sadors for Israel." Kleinman said the federa- tion has enjoyed close ties with Rosen's team for many years, creating the Haifa Hoops for Kids program, which hosts basketball clinics for hun- dreds of disadvantaged kids in Haifa and environs, as well as establishing a sports internship program through Masa, a joint project of the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel that promotes young adult learn- ing and work experiences in Israel. "Most recently, we worked with the team in facilitating collateral programming for Birthright Israel, Masa, JCC day schools, and Hillel as part of the team's exhibition series with NBA teams," Kleinman said. The Heat have played against the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, Minnesota Grizzlies, and Golden State Warriors; this fall, they will visit the Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies and Phoe- nix Suns. Amir Shacham, the federa- tion's associate executive vice president, Israel and overseas, put things in a more personal context. "The Maccabi Haifa cham- pionship is not just a sports record, it is history in the making," he said. "For us Is- raelis, it is unconceivable that a team other than Maccabi Tel Aviv will hold the cham- pion's plate. Tel Aviv was in hegemony for decades with no real competition. Then came Jeff Rosen and challenged the concept. He built a team based on Israeli and Jewish young talents, he shaped it in American standards, he created an attractive home for the team in Romema, he revived the support from the fans, and he showed us Israelis that with determination and professionalism, even the sky is really no limit." Ron Kaplan is the features editor for the New Jersey Jewish News, from which this article was reprinted by permission. Sudoku solution from page 7 721 943 685 458 317 296 534 162 879 468953 752861 319472 271639 695284 834517 126798 987345 543126