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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 29, 2012 PAGE 13A Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi wins presidency in Egypt JERUSALEM (JTA)--Mo- hamed Morsi of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood was declared the winner of Egypt's presidential race in its first democratic elec- tions. Egypt's electoral com- mission on Sunday said Morsi was the victor and w.ould be sworn in as presi- dent. Morsi reportedly won with 52 percent of the vote. The Muslim Brotherhood has ties to Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. "Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects the results of the presidential elec- tions," a statement from the Prime Minister's Office in Israel said following the an- nouncement. "Israel looks forward to continuing co- ' operationwith the Egyptian government on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries, which is a joint interest of both peoples and contributes to regional stability." Morsi and Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister of deposed President Hosni. Mubarak and the candidate with the tacit backing of the military, both had claimed victory after the polls closed. The commission reportedly spent the last week reviewing complaints of election violations. Mubarak was deposed in uprisings that began in February 2011. He is in a coma in a military prison. Military rulers in Egypt, who have run the country since Mubarak's departure, rewrote the country's con- stitution last week, strip- ping much of the power of the Egyptian presidency. Despite truce, rockets still falling on Israel JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Rockets continued to fall on southern Israel despite a truce with Gazan terrorist groups. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired at Ash- kelon shortly after the truce, Which was mediated by Egypt, went into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday. Several rockets also hit southern Israel on Sunday. An Israeli man, 50, was seriously injured by shrap- nel when a rocket exploded near a factory in Sderot. A school in Sderot also was damaged by rocket fire. Israel struck several tar- gets in Gaza last weekend, according to the Israeli military, including a ter- ror cell about to detonate a rocket. Hamas reported that at least three Palestin- ians were killed in retalia- tory attacks last weekend, including a child and a terrorist. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of the regularly scheduled Cabinet meeting on Sunday said "the IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us and it will take even stronger action if need be. -Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south." At least 150 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Wikimedia Commons Mohamed Morsi southern Israel since the cross-border attacks began last week, the Israel Defense Forces reported. Social protests turn vio- lent in Tel Aviv JERUSALEM (JTA)--So- cial protests in Tel Aviv turned violent as demon- strators shattered windows and attempted to break into banks. Some 2,000 people gath- ered Saturday night in Habima Square protesting against socioeconomic in- equality as well as police violence. Eighty-five people were arrested, Haaretz reported. Though the police called to indict some 37 of the demonstrators, the Tel Aviv Magistrates' Court on Sun- day ordered the release of all the protesters, since none of them has a police record. The court suggested that police should have released them for the duration of the proceedings, according to Haaretz, The demonstration spread to banks in Tel Aviv as well as City Hall. Win- dows were smashed in at least five bank branches, according to reports. The protesters also blocked main thoroughfareslin the center of the city. Some 24 hours earlier, 12 activists were arrested in social protests in Tel Aviv, including Daphni Leef, a high-profile activist leader. Protesters in last Friday night's protests accused police of excessive violence. Search for Guma Aguiar is called off (JTA)--The search for Guma Aguiar, a Florida businessman and philan- thropist who has given millions to Jewish nonprofit organizations, reportedly was called off. Aguiar, the CEO of Leor Energy who lives in Fort Lauderdale, was last seen on the evening of June 19. His yacht washed ashore in Fort Lauderdale the following day, according to reports. His phone and wallet report- edly were found on the boat. Aguiar's mother, Ellen, asked the Broward County Circuit Court on June 21 to allow her to become the temporary guardian of Aguiar's estate, which is valued at more than $100 million. The court filing came on the same day that the search for Guma Aguiar was called off, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Australia's Je vish popu- lation up 10 percent in five years, census finds SYDNEY, Australia (JTA)--Australia's official Jewish population has risen by about 10 percent in the last five years to nearly 100,000, according to new census data. The findings of the 2011 census, released June 22 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, showed the Jewish population to be 97,335--about 0.5 percent of Australia's total popula- tion of 22.5 million. Oppose anti-Semitism in Hungary, U.S. congress- men tell Hungarian PM THE HAGUE (JTA)--Fifty U.S. congressmen urged Iungarian leaders to "use their authority to speak out against anti-Semitism." Their call came in an open letter dated June 22 addressed to Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Or- ban. The letter focused on "anti-Semitic and homo- phobic positions espoused by members of the Jobbik Party." Jobbik, a nationalist extreme-right movement, is the country's third largest political party. Among other issues of concern, the letter men- tioned statements by Job- bik's presidential candidate, Krisztina Morvai, who called Israelis "lice-infest- ed, dirty murderers." Such l ositions "have no place in civilized discourse and must not beallowed to go unchallenged," the letter read. The initiative was led by Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.). Among the cosigners were Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), Fincher Lee (R- Tenn.), Howard Berman (D- Calif.), Alcee Hastings (D- Fla.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.). The president of Hun- gary's Jewish community said June 21 that Hungar- ian Jews "feel increasing danger" in a country with a government that condones anti-Semitism. Peter Feld- majer made the remark in a speech before members of the European Parliament committee on combating anti-Semitism. Slovak coin commemo- rates 19th century rabbi's birth BRATISLAVA (JTA)--A special commemorative Slovak coin marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the early 19th century's most influential European rabbis. Rabbi Moshe Schreiber, a Frankfurt native known as the Chatam Sofer, long headed a yeshiva in Bratisla- va, where he died in 1839. The city's Old Jewish Cem- etery was destroyed in World War II, but the Chatam Sofer's tomb is preserved in an underground cham- ber that is still a place of pilgrimage. Issued last week, the silver 10 Euro Coin has the Chatam Sofer's name writ- ten in Hebrew and bears a pbrtrait of him with a me- norah and Torah scroll on one side, and a panorama of Bratislava's historic Jewish Quarter on the other. a guidebook to the sites that were destroyed to build the highway. French chief rabbi re- ceives death threats on Facebook THE HAGUE (JTA)-- French police said they were investigating death threats made on Facebook against the country's chief rabbi. Police said over last week- end that they are looking for people connected to a photomontage dissemi- nated through Facebook that shows Rabbi Gilles Bernheim with a. revolver pointing at his head. The picture shows Berhheim wearing a Star of David on his forehead. A lighter labeled as con- taining Zyklon B--the compound used in Nazi gas chambers--is being held up to his nostrils. "Don't worry, Bernheim, I won't deport you. I just want you to breathe in the content of this lighter," a caption reads. The photo- . montage is signed by Bakala LBD. Bakala LBD is the name of a Facebook user whose page offers profanities about Israel and maps that purport to depict the expan- sion of the Jewish presence in Israel and the West Bank. It also offers photos of the French comedian known as Dieudonne, founder of the French Anti-Zionist Party. Dieudonne has been convicted several times of hate speech because of anti- Semitic statements. Venezuelan Jews 'con- cerned' by Ahmadinejad visit (JTA)--Representatives of Venezuela's Jewish com- munity expressed "concern and displeasure" regarding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to their country. "The government's right to Choose its own allies notwithstanding, as Ven- ezuelan Jews Ahmadinejad's presence concerns and displeases us," the umbrella group of Venezuelan Jewish communities, CAIV, said in a statement last weekend. Ahmadinejad traveled to Caracas on June 23 as the guest of his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez. Under Chavez, Venezuelan Jews have seen repeated police raids on community institutions, The U.S. State Department has accused Chavez in the past of "fan- ning the flames of anti- Semitic hatred." In its statement, CAIV mentioned Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust, threats to wipe Israel off the map and human rights vio- lations. The statement also referred to Iranian suspects in the 1994 deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish com- munity building in Buenos Aires. The Iranian regime is hiding suspects linked to the attack, CAIV said. Venezuela and Iran have signed 300 cooperation treaties, according to state- ments by Chavez. Ahma- dinejad last visited Ven- ezuela less than a year ago. BBC official admits the network 'got it wrong' on Fogel murders (JTA)--The British Broadcasting Corp. "got it wrong" in its reporting of the massacre of the Fogel family by Palestinians in the West Bank village of Itamar, the broadcaster's outgoing director-general said at a parliamentary committee hearing. Mark Thompson of the BBC made the admission June 19 while being quizzed by Conservative member of Parliament Louise Mensch, according to the London Jewish Chronicle. Mensch complained about the light coverage of the killings on BBC radio and television programs. Thompson, according to the Jewish Chronicle responded that the story oc- curred during a "very busy news period," including the fighting in Libya and the tsunami in Japan, and that "news editors were under a lot of pressure." He reportedly added, "Having said that, it was certainly an atrocity which should have been covered across our news bulletins that day But I do want to say, to all our audience, including our Jewish and Israeli audiences here and around the world, we do want to make sure we are fair and impartial. We made a mistake in this instance." In March 2011, Palestin- ians entered the Fogel home and murdered Udi, 36; Ruth, 35; and their children, Yoav, 11; Elad, 4; and Hadas, who was 3 months old. Another " daughter came home and discovered the bodies. Two Palestinian men were each sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the murders. 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