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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 PAGE 13A Israeli honeymooner killed, wife injured in zip-line accident in Honduras RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)--A newly wed Israeli man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a zip-line accident during their honeymoon in Honduras. Egael Tishman, 24, and Shif Fanken, 27, were on a zip line over a treetop canopy near Roatan on the island of Bahiawhen they crashed into each other on Thursday, ac- cording to local media. "The girl stayed halfway on the cable and the guy came from behind and hit her up there," chief firefighter Wilmer Guerrero told La Prensa newspaper. Fanken was taken to a local hospital in serious condition and later flown to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she underwent surgery to stabilize her condition. The Israeli Foreign Minis- try said Friday that its em- bassy in Guatemala was ar- ranging for Tishman's body to be flown back to Israel for burial. According to the La Prensa news website, the couple was on a cruise that had stopped in Roatan, a popular tourist destination. The island has several zip-line attractions that zoom tourists over tree- tops at high speeds. In April, Honduran Presi- dent Juan Orlando Her- nandez canceled his trip to Israel to participate in the torch-lighting ceremony for Israel's 70th Independence Day'ceremony amid calls for the invitation to be rescinded over what critics called "gross violations of human rights" in his country. In March, Honduras and Paraguay announced that they were ready "in principle" to proceed in relocating their embassies soon to Jerusalem on the condition that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes an of- ficial visit to each of their countries. Gal Gadot visits Vir- ginia children's hospital in full Wonder Woman costume (JTA)--Israeli actress Gal Gadot took a break from film- ing the sequel to the 2017 movie "Wonder Woman" to visit a Virginia children's hospital in full costume. On Friday, Gadot posed for photos with patients and staff at Inova Children's Hospital in Annandale during her visit. The hospital posted photos of the visit on Twitter. Several Gadot and "Wonder Woman" fan pages also posted the photos. Gadot has been spotted in Virginia and the Washington, D.C area, where she is film- ing "Wonder Woman 1984," which is scheduled for release in November 2019. Muslim Democratic congressional candidate calls Israel 'apartheid regime' (JTA)--A Somali-Ameri- can congressional candidate running for the Democratic nomination in Minneso- ta called Israel "the apartheid Israeli regime." Ilhan Omar's tweet came in response to accusations that a tweet she wrote in 2012, ac- cusing Israel of "evil doings," amounts to anti-Semitism. In an interview with ABC News for a segment titled "Progressive Democrats in- creasingly criticize Israel, and could reap political re- wards," Omar rejected ac- cusations of anti-Semitism by conservative critics. "These accusations are without merit," the Minne- sota state representative said. "They are rooted in bigotry toward a belief about what Muslims are stereotyped to believe." Earlier she had tweeted a response to a critic who had accused her of anti-Semi- tism: "Drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime is far from hating Jews. You are a hateful sad man, I pray to Allah you get the help you need and find happiness." She added, sarcastically: "Well you know, if a Muslim says something negative about Israeli government, they must hate Jews. Didn't you get that memo." Minnesota's primary elec- tion is Aug. 14. Omar, who is among sever- al Muslim women in the U.S. running for Congress, wrote in a tweet in November 2012 that "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel" The tweet came two days after the Israeli army began an operation in Gaza trig- gered by the launching of 100 rockets at Israel from the strip over a 24-hour period. Omar has neither apolo- gized for nor retracted the tweet. She is running to succeed Democratic Rep. Keith Elli- son, who was the first Muslim elected to the Congress. El- lison is running for attorney general in Minnesota and is not seeking re-election. Omar has received some pushback on social media in recent weeks. A tweet from a Twitter user with the handle @shabbosgoy called her a"proud Jew hater" after she made a brief appear- ance in the music video of the pop group Maroon 5's song "Girls Like You." The ABC News segment noted the recent upset pri- mary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, calling her one of several pro- gressives whose willingness to criticize Israel's actions have paid off politically. Israel to close main crossing with Gaza over flying firebombs JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israel will close the main crossing between Israel and Gaza in response to repeated arson attacks from incendiary kites and balloons coming from the coastal strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision announced Monday to close the Kerem Shalom crossing was taken in agreement with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. Kerem Shalom is the only crossing for commercial goods and the main crossing for humanitarian aid between Israel and Gaza. On Monday, Netanyahu called the closing "a signifi- cant step." "There will be additional steps," he told the Knesset. "I will not go into details." Humanitarian aid, espe- cially food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza through the crossing, but will require special per- mission. Palestinian protesters and rioters have been gathering at the border with Israel since mid-March as part of the so- called March of Return. The use of incendiary objects as a tactic began with the border protests. Thousands of acres of farming land and natural forest have been consumed in the flames sparked by the flying firebombs. At least 17 fires were sparked on Sunday alone from the kites and balloons. Female tourists barred from Israeli cable car because haredi men re- fuse to ride with them JERUSALEM (JTA)--Three female tourists were barred from riding a cable car down the Manara Cliff in northern Israel because a group of haredi Orthodox men would not ride with them. The women and their male tour guide waited a short time for the next car, Israel's Chan- nel 10 news reported. "There was a specific group that requested of us, at a time when we were not experienc- ing heavy crowds, that when they go down in the cable car not to have men and women together. We agreed as a gesture of good will," Doron Medina, director of the site in the Upper Galilee, told Chan- nel 10. "They only waited a few minutes for the next car. We explained it v.~ry nicely to their guide. We ~0n't go on doing it, it was an isolated incident." Channel 10 reported that the site regularly accedes to such requests, including groups that do not want to ride with Arabs. The site said in a state- ment to Channel 10 that management would conduct an investigation based on the issues raised in the report. The report comes less than a month after an El Al flight from New York to Israel was delayed by more than an hour after four haredi Or- thodox men refused to take their assigned seats next to women. Two women eventu- ally agreed to change their seats in order to allow the flight to take off. Days later, the airline's CEO announced that El AI will "immediately" remove any passenger who refuses to sit next to another passenger for any reason, hours after a major Israeli tech company announced itwould no longer fly its employees on El Al due to gender discrimination. Plans for Eurovision 2019 in Israel continue despite plagarism ac- cusations JERUSALEM (JTA)---The European Broadcasting Union is continuing plans to host the 2019 edition of Eurovision in Israel despite accusations of plagiarism against the song that won this year's edition. The EBU told The Jerusa- lem Post late last week that it considers accusations against Israel's song "Toy" as "baseless rumors." Songwriters Doron Med- alie and Stav Beger received a letter last week from the Universal Music Group claim- ing that"Toy" was plagiarized from the White Stripes' sig- nature song, "Seven Nation Army," released in 2003. The letter requests clari- fication stemming from the similarity of the harmonic progression in the chorus of "Toy." No lawsuit has been filed. Among the possible solu- tions would be for Medalie and Beger to turn over the Eurovision-winning song's rights to Universal, which would make the company the song's publisher and distributor, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported. Israel won the right to host the 2019 Eurovision after singer Netta Barzilai won the competition in May. Four Israeli cities are said to meet the criteria to host Eurovision and submit bids: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Eilat. Nigerian mother and her 4 children deported from Israel after being jailed for 3 weeks JERUSALEM (JTA)--A Nigerianwoman and her four children were deported from Israel on Sunday night after they spent three weeks in an Israeli prison. The case of the woman, identified as Marcy, who had been in Israel illegally since 2010, gained public atten- tion after her children were brought to prison three weeks ago, after school let out for the summer. The children range in age from 2 to 7 years old. Marcy, who had defied several cOu~'t orders to leave Israel, departed after be- ing persuaded by Nigerian diplomats there. One of the diplomats accompanied her on the flight back to Nigeria, Israel's Channel 10 News re- ported Sunday night. The TV station first reported the woman's story. Her husband was deported a year ago. "The long stay of the mother and her children in custody was initiated by the mother, who could have flown to Nigeria many days ago," Israel's Immigration and PopulationAuthority told Channel 10 in a statement. "The mother preferred not to cooperate and to stay with her children in prison in order to exert pressure on the deci- sions of the Israeli courts." Marcy wanted to remain in Israel, even if it meant being in prison, in order to get her son medical treatment for what is reported as severe asthma, though reports of his condition have varied. TWo other children also were incarcerated with their mother, a migrant from Ethiopia, in the Givon Prison, Channel 10 reported. They are aged 1 and 3. Prison staff have brought toys, books and candy for the children. The prison is not equipped to handle young children, according to local reports. Sunglasses company holds a photo shoot at Croatian Holocaust memorial (JTA)---AnAustralian sun- glasses company that used a Holocaust memorial in Croatia for a photo shoot has removed its new advertising campaign and apologized to a Jewish leader. The Valley Eyewear com- pany shot the photos for the campaign for its Black Zero collection at the Spomenik memorial at the site of the Jasenovac extermination camp, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. More than 70,000 people-- mostly Serbs and Jews--were murdered at the camp by order of the Nazi-allied Croatian government during World War II, which estab- lished the camp in 1941. The Spomeniks are a series of concrete sculptures and monumentscommemorating historical events throughout the former Yugoslavia. The Jasenovac memorial ap- peared in the background of the photos and video shot for the eyewear firm. Valley Eyewear Director Michael Crawley apologized to Peter Wertheim, head of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. "Valley Eyewear was com- pletely unaware of the sen- sitivity of a number of the locations, in particular the Jasenovac site where a photo shoot was undertaken for approximately 30 minutes," Crawley said in a statement to the newspaper's parent company, Fairfax Media. The company has not offered a public apology, however. Valley Eyewear had trav- eled to Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia to create a market- ing campaign document- ing locations of Spomenik sculptures. Tourists have come under fire in recent years for taking selfies at the former site of the Auschwitz Nazi camp and the Berlin Holocaust memorial, among others. "The purpose of these monuments to the victims and survivors of the Holo- caust is to evoke a response from an audience that will give them some level of insight into events that are well beyond their range of ex- perience and understanding," Wertheim told the Sydney newspaper. "In an educational or cul- tural context, this can be a powerful experience. But if images of these monuments are commercially exploited to market products, especially if the purpose is to glamorize or otherwise add to the appeal of the products, then the effect is the opposite, one of desensitization." Another resignation keeps Knesset commit- tee on Western Wall egalitarian section from meeting JERUSALEM (JTA)--The third member of the Knes- set ministerial commit- tee charged with deciding whether to approve the plan to upgrade the Western Wall's egalitarian section resigned. Religious Services Minis- ter David Azoulay quit the committee on Sunday His resignation follows the res- ignations last week of the committee chairwoman, Miri Regev, and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Azoulay, of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party, re- signed following instructions from the party's rabbinic leadership in order to prevent the committee from meeting, according to The Jerusalem Post. Regev late last month announced that she had "decided to be faithful to my conscience" and vote against the plan, due to political pres- sure. The chair's permission is necessary to advance the plan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is pushing the plan, took Regev's place as head of the committee. Days later, Shaked asked Netanyahu to allow her to re- sign. Hours later, Netanyahu named Energy MinisterYuval Steinitz of Likud, a supporter of the plan, as the replace- ment for Shaked. On Thursday, Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, repeating a rabbinic rul- ing, said the entire Western Wall is holy, including the Robinson's Arch area at the southern end where the egalitarian section is located. He also ruled that "all the laws of a synagogue and a house of study apply," and that "No person has permis- sion to trample a holy site, not through transgressing Shabbat or festivals and not with men andwomen praying together." Plans to renovate the site, with a budget of more than $7 million, have continued, despite the suspension of a comprehensive plan approved in 2016. In June 2017, the Cabinet suspended the deal as a result of negotiations between the Reform and Conservative movements, the Women of the Wall, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government. The suspension came after the government's haredi Orthodox coalition partners pressured Netan- yahu to scrap the agreement, including threatening to bring down the government. The plan would have in- cluded a common entrance to the Western Wall plaza for all three sections and a public board to oversee the egalitarian prayer space and would include representa- tives of the non-Orthodox movements and Women of the Wall. South Carolina is first state to adopt uniform definition of anti-Sem- itism (JTA)--South Carolina became the first state to adopt a uniform definition of anti- Semitism, but it is only on the books for the next year. The definition is contained in a proviso to the annual state budget bill, which was signed into law on July 6. Under the measure, uni- versities must take the defi- nition into account when reviewing charges of dis- crimination or bias. Efforts earlier this year to pass a permanent version of the law were frustrated when concerns about an impinge- ment on free speech hindered its advance in the Senate. The proviso uses as its template the State Depart- ment definition of anti- Semitism, which includes as anti-Semitic calls forviolence against Jews, advancing con- spiracy theories about Jewish control and Holocaust denial. It does not target speech, only unprotected conduct such as harassment, assault and van- dalism, according to Stand- JTA on page 14A