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PAGE 10A Kerry leaves Israel without deal for peace talks, sees progress JERUSALEM (JTA)--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel without bringing Is- raeli and Palestinian officials back to the peace negotiating table. Kerry said, however, that "real progress" had been made during his whirlwind trip and he would return to the region. He left Israel for Asia on Sunday afternoon following three meetings each with Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu and Pal- estinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "We started out with very wide gaps and we have nar- rowed those considerably," Kerry said before boarding his plane. "We are making prog- ress. That's what's important and that's what will bring me back here. "I believe that with a little more work, the start of final status negotiations could be within reach." Netanyahu hours after his third meeting with Kerry told his Cabinet on Sunday morning that Israel will not compromise on security in a peace deal with the Palestin- ians. He also said any agree- ment would be brought to a vote of the people. The final Netanyahu-Kerry meeting took place over six hours on Saturday night and early Sunday morning. "Israel is ready to begin negotiations without delay, without preconditions," Ne- tanyahu told his Cabinet. "We are not putting up any impedi- ments on the resumption of the permanent talks and a HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 5, 2013 Weekly roundup of wc,00'l,t briefs from JTA Secretary of State John Kernd peace agreement between us and the Palestinians. "There are things that we will strongly insist on in the talks themselves, especially security." Iron Dome reportedly deployed near Haifa JERUSALEM (JTA)--An Iron Dome anti-missile sys- tem reportedly was stationed near Haifa. The deployment of the system in a heavily populated area of northern Israel over the weekend comes amid increased tension from Syria and its two-year civil war. The Israeli military moves its five anti-missile batteries around the country as needed in areas threatened by attack. A sixth battery is due to be delivered in the coming month, according to reports. Jaffa flea market vendors charged in rape of Ameri- can tourist JERUSALEM (JTA)--Two Jaffa flea market vendors were indicted in the rape and as- sault of an American tourist. The Tel Aviv District At- torney's Office filed an in- dictment against the men on Sunday. The names of the victim, 25, and her attackers, aged 39 and 44, are under a gag order. The woman allegedly was assaulted in a jewelry store in the flea market and then raped in a nearby clothing store in the middle of the day, according to reports. Israeli rabbi: Weed is ko- sher if it's medicinal TELAVIV 0TA)--An Israeli Orthodox rabbi ruled that distributing and smoking medicinal marijuana is ko- sher, but using weed for fun is forbidden. Efraim Zalmanovich, the rabbi of Mazkeret Batia, a town south of Tel Aviv, made the distinction in a recent halachic ruling, NRG, the news site of the Maariv daily reported last Friday. Lead- ing rabbis frequently weigh in on matters of reconciling halachah, or Jewish law, with modern living. Zalmanovich's ruling mod- ifies an opinion by Rabbi Hagai Bar Giora, who in March told Israel's Magazin Canabis, "If you smoke it, there is no problem what- soever." Zalmanovich, the author of a book on alcoholism in Judaism, said, "Taking drugs to escape this world in any excessive way is certainly forbidden." However, if the drug is administered to relieve pain, then the person giving it is "performing a mitzvah" and the person using the drug is using it "in a kosher fashion'." Some 11,000 Israelis use Albert Einstein medicinal marijuana, in- cluding for post-traumatic disorders and Parkinson's disease, according to the Israeli Health Ministry. Media syndicate apologizes for puzzle clue (JTA)--Tribune Media Ser- vices apologized for using Shylock as a clue in a nation- ally syndicated crossword puzzle for the answer "Jew" after the Anti-Defamation League said itwas insensitive. The media syndicate said in its apology that appeared in newspapers on Sunday that the puzzle "should not have been distributed with that clue." Tribune Media added that it "is very sensitive to racial or cultural references in the con- tent we distribute and regret that this slipped through." The ADL had called on the syndicate's editors to apologize for using the clue after it appeared last Friday in newspapers across the country. Shylock refers to the Jew- ish moneylender in the play "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare. Jewish ex-Argentina government official to be probed in AMIA bombing BUENOSAIRES,Argentina (JTA)--The Jewish ex-interior minister of Argentina will be investigated for his ties to the AMIAJewish center bombing. The Buenos Aires Federal Appeals Court last week or- dered the probe of Carlos Vladimir Corach in connec- tion with an illegal payment of $400,000 to Carlos Telleldin, an auto mechanic who was among those charged in the 1994 attack that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded. Teileldin, who allegedly provided the car bomb that blew up the Jewish center, has not been indicted. The three Appeals Court justices called on Federal Judge Ariel Lijo to investigate "the existence of concrete allegations involving Carlos Vladimir Corach, which have not been investigated until now" regarding the illegal payment to Telleldin. Orthodox Jewish patrol pledges to guard London mosque (JTA)--An Orthodox Jew- ish patrol group in London said it would protect a mosque after a rise in hate crimes against Muslims. The Shomrim patrol group accepted a request for pro- tection by the North Lon- don Community Centre in Cazenove Road, an Islamic institution in the heavily Jewish borough of Hackney in northern London. The deal was brokered at a recent meeting coordinated by Ian Sharer, a member of the local council, the Hackney Gazette reported this week. It came following a rise in anti-Muslim attacks after the slaying of a British sol- dier on May 22 in London. The suspect, a 22-year-old Muslim extremist, was filmed holding a large knife over the soldier's decapitated body. A second suspect was charged with attempted murder and is believed to have acted as an accomplice. The local Shomrim group was set up in 2008 in part as a reaction to anti-Semitic incidents and now has 22 members, the Gazette re- ported. Members of the 24- hour patrol have been trained by Hackney police and wear neighborhood patrol badges and uniforms. Bible signed by Einstein fetches $68,500 at auc- tion (JTA)--A Bible signed by Albert Einstein sold for $68,500 at an auction in New York City. The Bible was part of a fine books and manuscripts auction at Bonhams on June 25, The Associated Press reported. The final price far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of $1,500 to $2,500. The German-born, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and his wife signed it in 1932 and gave it to an American friend, Harriett Hamilton. In a German inscription, Einstein wrote that the Bible "is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently," accord- ing to AP. The auction house did not reveal the buyer. Arab citizens of Israel feel E ,00ut of National Anthem By Linda Gradstein The Media Line The scene in the Knes- set, Israel's parliament, was not typical. Dozens of Arab women, most of them from villages in northern Israel wearing traditional dress, packed into the Galil Hall for a discussion about Israel's national anthem, "Hatikva," ("The Hope"). They came alone, with- out their husbands, and participated frequently in the discussion. Many of the speakers, which included several Arab members of Knesset, said the lyrics of the anthem are alien to them. The verses in question, written by Naftali Herz Imbar, who immigrated to Palestine from Eastern Europe in the 1880s, read: As long as deep in the heart, The soul of a Jew yearns, And forward to the East To Zion, an eye looks Our hope will not be lost, The hope of two thousand years, To be a free nation in our land, The land of Zion and Je- rusalem. "The symbols of the state must connect with the whole country and not just one part of it," Afou Agbaria, a member of parliament from the Hadash party told The Media Line. "This song just doesn't represent me." Agbaria, along with the Citizen's Accord Forum, organized the gathering to discuss the question of Arab citizens and the anthem. It is not the first time the issue has been raised in Is- rael. In February, when the new Israeli government was sworn in, 10 of the 12 Arab members of the incoming parliament walked out before the national anthem was sung, sparking controversy. Of the two who stayed, Hamad Amar is from the Druze community and a Your in Orlando Real Estate!!!! Over 25+ years Residential Real Estate Sales experience Over $200 Million+ Lifetime Sales GALE MILGRIM, P.A., Realtor 407-443-9832 Visit www. To read my Glowing Client Testimonials and my BIO!!!!! Member Congregation Ohev Shalom Parent of 2 Jewish Academy Alumni Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Supporter REAL ESTA'I'E SERVICES member of the right-wing Yisrael Beytenu (Israel Our Home) party. While the Druze are Arabic-speaking they do not consider them- selves to be Arabs. Unlike the vast majority of Israel's Arab citizens, Druze citizens serve in the army. The other lawmaker who stayed was Issawi Frej, from the dovish Meretz party. The other 10, including Agbaria, are members of Arab parties or the joint Jewish-Arab Ha- dash party, associated with the Communist movement. Last year in another case, Israel's sole Arab Supreme Court justice Salim Jubran stood, but did not sing Hatikva at a swearing-in ceremony for the new chief justice. Israel defines itself as a Jewish, democratic state. Some on the panel said that is inherently a contradiction for the 20 percent of Israel's citizens who are Arabs. On one hand, Arabic is one of Israel's official languages, although some legislators are trying to change that. Arab citizens vote in elec- tions and pay taxes, yet many say they are not completely equal. The wording of the national anthem, which refers to the "Jewish soul," is just one example of what Israeli Arabs find difficult to embrace. "There is growing rac- ism against Arabs in Israeli society," Agbaria charged. "Even when we were under military rule (in the years after the state was created) there was not this much racism against us." As an example, Agbaria cited the Law of Return, which grants automatic citizenship to anyone with one Jewish grandparent. Yet, if an Arab citizen of Israel marries a Palestinian from the West Bank, his spouse is usually not given Israeli citizenship. When it comes to em- ployment, only about seven percent of state employees are Arabs. Average wages for Arabs are 40 percent lower than for Jews, according to the Israeli government. At the panel, several par- ticipants offered creative solutions for making the national anthem relevant to Arab citizens. One idea was to change the expres- sion "Jewish soul" to "Israeli soul." Another was to write two versions of the lyrics to the same melody, similar to what Canada has done with its anthem. "'Hatikva' is a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself," panelist Ruth Calde- ron of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party suggested when itwas her turn to speak. "Israel is a state of two na- tions, butwe have not decided on the border. I am a Zionist and I want Israel's character and identity to be Jewish." "That means there's no room for us in the country," shouted one woman from the audience in response. Calderon has offered leg- islation which would make Israel's Declaration of In- dependence, which calls for complete equality and free- dom of religion, education and culture, part of Israel's Basic Law, which functions in place of a constitution. Most of the Arab members in the audience listened care- fully but had a different take on the question of"Hatikva." "I live in this state, I hear "Hatikva" and I have no problem with it," Maha Mafra from Kfar Sulam, a village in northern Israel told The Media Line. "It's a nice song. Arabs and Jews need to live together in this country." She seemed more con- cerned about day-to-day problems. "There are people with large families who have no place to live," she said. Arab citizens of Israel say it is often difficult to get per- mits to build so some build without permits. Israeli officials say anything built without a permit, whether by a Jew or an Arab, is illegal and could be demolished. But Madicha Zoabi, 28, argued that it is more difficult for Arab citizens to get build- ing permits than for Jews. "We have been trying to get permission for my brother to build a house here in the village, and they keep saying no, no, no," she told The Media Line. "I am Israeli. I was born here and I have Jewish friends, but I feel like this country is only for Jews."