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PAGE 10A State Department clarifies Jerusalem settlement issue WASHINGTON (JTA)--Jew- ish housing in eastern Jerusa- lem is not part of the Obama administration's demand for a settlement freeze, the State Department clarified. "As far as Jerusalem is concerned, our policy in Jerusalem has not changed," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said June 23 in his daily briefng. "Jerusalem is a final-status issue. Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resolve this status during negotiations." On June 22, Kelly had said HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 3, 2009 Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA that the administration's de- mand for a stoppage of settle- ment construction included Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem. Kelly did not specifically mention June 23 the status of settlements in Jerusalem, but Jewish Council for Public Af- fairs director Hadar Susskind told JTA that he had confirmed with an unnamed senior White House official that the administration considered Jerusalem a final-status issue and that it was not including Jewish housing there in a settlement freeze. Israel does not consider eastern Jerusalem part of the West Bank, although the in- ternational community does refer to housing in that area as settlements. British lawmakers elect first Jewish speaker LONDON (JTA) Britain's Parliament for the first time elected a Jewish speaker of the House of Commons. John Bercow, 46, a Conser- vative lawmaker, was elected June 22 in a secret ballot. Prime Minister Gordon Brown in congratulating Bercow noted that he was the Parliament's first Jewish speaker. Savannah Court and Cove is aa degant douniW Where hospitatiq, is truly a way of life! 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Included in the family ar- chives are nearly 300 letters from Hitler. "An independent and com- plete documentation of the history of Bayreuthwill be pre- pared without any influence from us." Katharina Wagner told the Welt Online edition. The research will focus on the private archive of the festi- val and of her father, Wolfgang Wagner. born in 1919. who retired last year as director. Rumors of a romantic in- volvement between Hitler and Katharina Wagner's grand- mother. Winifred Marjorie Williams. fueled in part by a 2008 novel by A.N. Wilson titled "Winnie and Wolf," have never quite died. An informal ban on the public performance of Wag- ner's music in Israel has been in place since the founding of the Jewish state. Boycott of Trader Joe's Israel products fizzles JERUSALEM (JTA)A call for a boycott of Israeli prod- ucts sold at Trader Joe's has backfired. Organizers of the "Don't Buy into Apartheid Day," also known as "Day of Deshelving Israeli Products." sent a letter to Trader Joe's asking them not to sell Israeli products, such as hummus and couscous, in their stores on June 20. The letteratso asked members of the boycott group to hand out anti-Israel leaflets in front of Trader Joe's stores across theUnited States. The Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported that the dem- onstrations failed to take place. and that Israel supporters visited the stores and ivisted on buying Israeli products. Britain's Miliband raps Israel boycott efforts LONDON (JTA) Britain's foreign secretary expressed dismay that British trade unions are discussing motions calling for boycotts of Israel. "The government is dis- mayed that motions calling for boycotts of Israel are be- ing discussed at trade union congresses and conferences this summer," David Miliband said June 23 in a statement. The statement said that Ivan Lewis, the minister respon- sible for the Middle East. was to meet with leaders of trade umons last week to discuss the issue "to make clear the Government's firm belief that calls for boycotts of Israel cannot and do not contribute to peace." Lewis. who is Jewish. was chief executive of the Man- chester Jewish Federation before he was elected to the parliament. Last month he was appointed Minister of State at the foreign office. Brazilian school district must teach Shoah RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)-- A major Brazilian city made the teaching of the Holo- caust mandatory in its public schools. Middle schools in Porto Alegre must include the Ho- locaust in their history cur- riculum, according to a bill introduced by Jewish Council- manValter Nagelsteinthatwas approved earlier this month by the City Council. "Several youths are not familiar with this history and the lessons that stem from these sad times," Nagelstein told the Brazilian Jewish press. "Therefore the public school system has the duty to promote a better understand- ing of this subject." Porto Alegre is among Brazil's 10 largest cities and, with some 12,000 Jews, home Creative CommonsFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy: A burka is a symbolofsub- servience. to its third largest Jewish com- munity. It has been the site of many anti-Semitic attacks. The city also has a large population of German de- scendants. According to an American Jewish Committee survey con- ducted in 2001, one-third of Brazilians have no awareness of the Nazi extermination of Jews during World War II. and 11 percent say it is possible that the Holocaust never happened. Sarkozy: Burka 'not wel- come' in France PARIS (JTA) French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the burka has no place in his country. "The burka is notwelcome," he said during an address June 22 to the French parliament amid a parliamentary debate on whether the full body cov- ering worn by Muslim women should be outlawed. Sarkozy also took the oppor- tunity to defend his country's secular law forbidding citizens from wearing visible religious symbols in public schools and institutions. Sarkozy said the burka, which includes a woven mesh covering the eyes, "is not a religious symbol. It's a symbol of subservience." French law bars Muslim women from wearing heads- carves in public institutions. The same applies to any visible religious symbols, such as Jewish skullcaps. Bones reburied in medieval Jewish cemetery ROME (JTA)The bones of about 100 people exhumed from a medieval Jewish cem- etery in Spain during con- struction workwere reburied. Aspokesman for the Confer- ence of European Rabbis said the reburial took place during a ceremony June 21 in Toledo attended by local Jewish lead- ers and regional authorities. The bones were reinterred in their original graves. Earlierthisyear the Spanish government halted construc- tion on the site following protests, includingdemonstra- tionsbyOrthodoxJewsoutside Spanish embassies in other countries. The site was being developed for the expansion of a school that already occupies part of the cemetery land. Hungarian far-right activist facing terror charges BUDAPEST (JTA)--Hun- gary arrested a far-right activist and leader of the country's neo-Nazi movement on terrorism charges. Gyorgy Budahazy, who was charged on several counts of arson and instigation to mur- der, has declined to cooperate with the investigation and threatened to counter-sue the attorney general. Hungarian investigators believe they have established a link between Budahazy and the terrorist organization Hungar- ian Arrows. which has claimed responsibility for several recent arson attacks. The name of the organization is a reference to the Hungarian Arrow-Cross. a Nazi military organization that murdered tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Budahazy is believed to have established a terror unit in 2007 to spread fear among leftist politicians. Shots fired at the home of Istvan Hiller. the Socialist education min- ister, and an arson attack on the property of Janos Koka, a Liberal politician and the minister of commerce at the time, allegedly were intended to influence parliamentary debate on health-care reforms and the national budget. HungarianArrows isblamed for these as well as three simi- lar attacks and other incidents. Malta dedicates first em- bassy in Israel JERUSALEM (JTA) Mal- tese Foreign Minister Tonio Borg arrived in Israel June 21 and officially dedicated the Maltese embassy in Tel Aviv. Borg met President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem and visited theYadVashemMemorialMuse- um. The day before, the foreign minister opened a diplomatic mission in Ramallah in the PalestinianAuthority, where he metwith Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other PA officials. UJC petition supports breast cancer bill WASHINGTON (JTA) United Jewish Communities has kicked off an online peti- tion drive to back legislation increasing breast cancer edu- cation and awareness. The drive is supporting the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act, which directs the Centers for Disease Control to develop and imple- ment a national education campaign, both for medical professionals and the country as a whole, dealing with the threat breast cancer poses to youngwomen and the.height- ened risks facing some groups, including Jewish women. The legislation also offers support for young women going through breast cancer treatment. One in 40 Jewish women of Ashkenazic descent as opposed to one in 345 women from the general popula- tion-carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation. which makes a woman three to seven times more likely to develop breast cancer.