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PAGE 14A JTA From page 13A rael's operation in Gaza to end rocket fire. Mike Baird, the premier of New South Wales, called the email"inappropriate" forsome- one in agovernment-appointed position, according to Baird's spokesman, the Sydney Morn- ing Herald reported Saturday. Alhadefs email had provoked outrage from Arab leaders. Titled "Israel Under Fire," Alhadeffwmte that Hamas was guilty of "war crimes" while Israel"is operatingwith care to avoid civilian casualties." Israel had made it clear it would "do whatever is needed to defend its citizens,"hewrote. "All options are on the table." Joseph Wakim, a founder of the Australian Arabic Council, slammed Alhadeffs email as "biased and provocative," ac- cording to the Morning Herald. "Do such statements build bridges and community rela- tions, or wedge a wall between us and them?" Wakim asked. The Baird spokesman also said, according to the news- paper, "Few people have done more to promote interfaith en- gagement and understanding between the Jewish and Muslim communities in New South Wales than Mr. Alhadeff," the spokesman also said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Asked whether his Jewish -and multicultural posts were mutually exclusive, Alhadeff told JTA, "Definitely not. We can agree to disagree on is- sues, but we live in Australia as Australians and should all be committed to our shared values.., in a democratic mul- ticultural society." Alhadeff added that "within minutes" of the news of Palestin- Jan teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir's murder last week, al- legedly by Jewish extremists, he tweeted that itwas"despicable." "The role of the CRC chair is to fight racism, promote multiculturalism and ensure community harmony," A1- hadeff told the Herald. "This is what I have done passionately and will continue to do." WJC's Lauder calls on Spain to return painting stolen by Nazis (JTA)--The president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, urged a leading Spanish museum to return a painting that the Nazis stole from a Jewish art collector. Lauder in a statement issued last Friday called on the state- owned Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid to stop its legal fight to keep the Impres- sionist masterpiece "Rue Saint- HonorS, aprs-midi, effet de pluiOe," which was stolen from Lilly Cassirer, a German Jew seeking to flee her homeland in 1939. The museum, which does not dispute that the painting was stolen, is fighting the law- suit on technicalities, includ- ing international jurisdiction issues and time limitation on restitution claims. Cassirer's father-in-law, Ju- lius, purchased the painting from the painter Camille Pissarro. Her late grandson, Claude, sued for restitution in 2005 in a claim he filed with a U,S. district court in California. "The Spanish government and the museum have sub- jected the late Claude Cassirer and now his heirs to a decade of litigationlargely on technical legalissues,"Lauderwrote."We are calling on Spain to fulfill promptly their moral obligation to this family." Lauder also noted that "since 1988, Spain has been a party to three different declarations, signed by dozens of nations, committing it to return looted art or settle with victims' fami- lies expeditiously." In 2000, Lilly's grandson Claude discovered that the painting was on display in the museum, which houses the col- lection of the late Baron Hans- Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, the nephew of Fritz Thyssen, one of the largest German in- dustrialists in the Third Reich. After being rebuffed in his efforts to have the painting returned, Claude Cassirer filed suit in 2005 against Spain and the museum. Since his death, his two children, together with the United Jewish Federation of San Diego County, have continued the fight. Dutch parliament calls on P.A. to stop paying salaries to terrorists (JTA)--The Dutch parlia- ment unanimously passed a motion calling for an end to salaries that the Palestinian Authority pays to convicted terrorists. The motion was supported by the 148 lawmakers in the Dutch lower house, the House of Representatives, who voted. The House has 150 members. "The parliament asserts that since 2011, the Palestin- ian Authority transfers money to Palestinian convicts in Israeli prisons [and] that these moneys can have a negative effect, inwhich criminalityand terrorism are rewarded," read the motion submitted by Joel Voordewind and Kees Van der Staaij of the Christian,Union and SGP: Reformed Political Party parties, respectively. In the motion passed earlier this month, the Dutch parlia- ment also "request the gov- ernment to take effort, also in European Union frameworks, for ending this Palestinian policy'and "to inform branches of government and parliament" of the policy before the annual vote on the foreign ministry's budget. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 18, 2014 Votes on the ministry's budget are often accompanied by scrutiny of how the minis- try spends resources abroad, including on aid programs in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza Strip. The Netherlands gives $88 million annually to the Pal- estinian Authority in addition to about $24 million that it donates to UNRWA, according to the De Telegraaf daily. Holland's former foreign minister, Uri Rosenthal, has said that of those sums, only $10,800 is used by the Palestin- ian Authority to pay salaries to terrorists, but Voordewind said recent figures show the real figure is closer to $5.5 million. Recruitment of alumni en- ables Ukrainian Jewish camp to stay open DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine (JTA)--Organizers of a Ukrainian Jewish summer camp recruited their alumni as counselors to avoid closure. Camp Shuva, which is held annually at a site 50 miles from Kiev, opened for the 25th con- secutive year earlier this month thanks to the recruitment plan, Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a chief rabbi of the Ukraine and the camp's organizer, told JTA. The camp, which has relied on foreign volunteers to serve as counselors, almost did not open this year because organizers "couldn't get any volunteers to come work as counselors," Bleich said, adding the problem was connected to unrest in Ukraine following its bloody revolution and conflict with Russia. In addition, the opening was threatened by a lack of funds created by Ukraine's ailing economy and the need to spend on security and other emergencies, said Bleich, who is the president of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine. His organization launched an online campaign to raise funds to cover the deficits and simultaneously recruited alumni from Shuva Camp to serve as counselors and replace the foreign staff. The Jewish Confederation of Ukraine estimated the cost of running the camp for 60 days at $288,000. The camp operates out of a compound donated in 2002 by the Ronald S. Lauder Founda- tion and will host four groups throughoutthe summer, bring- ing together atotal of 500 adults and children, Bleich said. "The camp has always been important to instilling Jewish life in Ukraine," he said, "but it's especially important now for instilling a feeling of normalcy." The counselors chose to prepare activities built around the theme of peace. "Especially now, it's im- portant kids from all across Ukraine can come and see what unites us as Jews," Bleich said. Gaza From page 1A into Israel for well over a decade, but its missiles can now strike much farther than border towns in southern Israel, which have previously borne the brunt of the group's firepower. Long-range rockets have sent residents of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem running for cover this week, and the majority of Israel's population centers is under threat. Israel has avoided casual- ties thanks to early warning sirens, which signal residents to head for protective shelters, and Iron Dome, a missile de- fense system that intercepts rockets headed for populated areas. But the Palestinian Sharkansky death toll stands at more than 80, including more than a doz- en children, several of whom were killed in the bombing of a house in southern Gaza on Tuesday. A spokesman for the Israeli military told The New York Times that a warning to evacuate had been issued prior to the attack. Netanyahu ordered the IDF to expand the opera- tion on Wednesday and the army has called up 40,000 reservists. Israeli leaders have discussed the possibil- ity of an imminent ground invasion of Gaza. If ground troops do invade, Protective Edge would expand beyond the scope of Pillar of Defense, an eight-day cam- paign fought entirely from the air. The operationwould more closely resemble Cast Lead, a three-week war begun in December 2008 that involved an Israeli ground invasion and left 13 Israelis and 1,400 Palestinians dead. According to experts, even a ground invasion would be unlikely to topple Hamas or end rocket fire for more than a couple of years. Amir Rapaport, the editor of Israel Defense magazine, said Israel's best hope for the long term would be an inter- national presence capable of stopping Hamas' import of weapons, but Rapaport said it was unlikely that Hamas would accept the idea. "We want to get not just long-term quiet but also a mechanism that will deny Hamas and Islamic Jihad the ability to utilize the quiet to get more missiles," Rapaport said. "I don't know if that's a goal that we'll achieve." In addition to raising its status on the Palestinian street, Hamas hopes the rocket fire will compel Israel to ease economic restrictions on Gaza, said Gershon Baskin, the founder of a joint Israeli- Palestinian policy group and a former liaison in previous indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas. Baskin said Hamas also hopes the rockets will con- vince Israel to release the hundreds of Hamas opera- tives it arrested last month in its West Bank operation to rescue three kidnapped Israeli teens. "The point of this operation was to bolster support for them in Gaza, the West Bank and the Arab world," Baskin said. "From their perspective it's too early to stop because they haven't succeeded in do- ing any damage yet." It's not only security ex- perts that see Protective Edge as history repeating itself. Shachar Liran-Hanan, a third-year student at Ben- Gurion University in Beer- sheba, lived in the embattled southern city during Pillar of Defense and grew up in a small town in Israel's North, where she remembers running for cover during Israel's 2006 war in Lebanon. Joking that she always chooses the tensest places to live, Liran-Hanan is using her experience coping with mis- siles to set up an impromptu center where students can engage in pro-Israel advocacy on social media. "I feel that I have more experience and I deal with it easier, but new students don't have that feeling," she said. "We all want to get to calm, to a situation of peace. But in the meantime, we want to be strong and to help make this situation a little more tolerable." From page 4A of strengthening anything akin to Kurdish nationalism? The Israeli Prime Minister has talked about recognizing an independent Kurdistan, but the Kurd leader is dis- tancing himself from Israel's blessing, perhaps not wanting to appear too close to the regional outsider. He talked about Israel's relations with the Kurds occurring for abrief period, years ago. Will the joint efforts help the Assad regime survive by weakening one of the forces opposed to it, and currently controlling Syrian territory? The weakest link in all of this may be the ostensible Iraq government, currently led by Nuri al-Malaki. He is digging 813265947 254739861 976184235 691573428 487921356 532846719 148357692 .. 765492183 329618574 in his heels against complying with demands from the United States and others to expand his government to include senior posts for the range of Iraqi ethnic and religious groups, beyond his own Shiite constituency. Some of his military units have run away rather than fight, reflecting the GW Bush policy of tearing down the entire government establishment of Saddam Hussein and the failures of the United States to build a new regime, despite expenditures of unknown billions. The army is not the only Iraqi force opposed to ISIS. There is avaguely known clus- ter of Shiite militias anchored in regions and tribes, whose linkages to various outsiders, one another, and the official army are as muddied as any- thing else in a setting where confusion is prominent. What does this say about Obama as manager of foreign policy? Is he any more savvy about saving the world from the Islam as practiced by ISIS than when delivering that Nobel winning speech in Cairo that helped spur the Arab spring? Instead of producing democracy, that set in motion what has become the religious barbarity of ISIS. Is the Commander-in-Chief doing anything more than scratching his head and ask- ing for advice? Obama is talking about supporting the moderate rebels against Assad, all the while his efforts in Iraq may be helping Assad. Can the Americans know for sure who are the good guys among the numerous militias, in a setting of no uniforms and no obvious lines of command, patrons who in other settings are competi- tors, and a lack of anything akin to openness, candor, or transparency? Israel and Jordan are hun- kering down, hoping to avoid trouble, and perhaps discuss- ing how they may cooperate, but keeping their cooperation quiet in order to preserve the image of Jordanian animosity to Zionism. Israel is having its own problems with the Palestin- ians. Some see the start of Intifada #3 in the rioting sparked by the killing of the Arab boy, and the continued drizzle or rain of missiles from Gaza. Palestinian complexities approach those of Iraq. Both the West Bank and Gaza leaderships are beating the drums against Israeli ag- gression and the killing of the Arab boy. Both consider it the height of insult to suggest that the killing was anything other than Jewish terror. However, the police have not decided if the killers were Jews intent on revenge for the three boys killed by Palestinians, or if it was a criminal act within the Palestinian community. No matter what the police and courts conclude, the killing is well established in the Palestinian narrative as unprovoked Jewish terror. Despite the shrill nature of Fatah and Hamas assertions, and continued violence in the West Bank and missiles from Gaza, neither seem inclined to a full-scale revolt and the destruction that it would bring. Yet both have trouble controlling their people, in- cluding the various elements under their own Fatah and Hamas umbrellas, as well as more radical nationalists and Islamists who often seem at least as intent at rebelling against the Palestinian estab- lishments as against Israel. While angers leads Israelis to demand onslaughts against Gaza as well as the more un- ruly Arab localities of Israel and the West Bank, thatwill do nothing but buy a bit of time until the next commotion. Ranking military and political officials have learned to wait and see if, with modestattacks to remind the Palestinians what can happen, things die out. Then we're back to a pe- riod of quiet without having to spend lives and resources to obtain it. There is no end of dispute among officials and the public about the appropriate levels of Palestinian violence to toler- ate, and police and military actions needed tokeep things quiet. "Final solution" is not only a nasty phrase in the lexicon of the Jews. It's also unattenable in this context. Ira Sharkansky is a profes- sor (Emeritus) of the Depart- ment of Political Science, He- brew University of Jerusalem.