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PAGE 8A By six Degrees (No Bacon Staff) HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 20, 201P Six Degrees (1vn Bacon) Jewish Celebrity Roundup at his bar mitzvah and also exclaimed "Jew are terrific!" Pinchotwill compete for the finals in the next few weeks, and even his Twitter has been "Bieberized," climbing from some 60 followers last week to nearly2,000 now. But that's not all. A new cover to the Bieber hit "Baby"--with an Orthodox Jewish twist--was released. "Rabbi," by the Chasidic boy band The Shepsalach ("little sheep" in Yiddish) features young children praising their rebbe with the catchy chorus "rebbe, rebbe, rebbe, oh." The man behind the kosher version is Yuval Nobelman, an Israeli fiimmaker and a member of a rather creative family. Guns N' Roses' rocking 'Hatikvah' Israeli fans of Guns N' Roses were delighted to see the band on stage in Tel Aviv last week. While guitarist Slash wasn't around--he no longer performs with the band that hit it big in the early 1990s--current guitar- ist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal, had a surprise for the Crowd prior to the song "Don't Cry": Bumblefoot began with a special rendition of Israel's national anthem, "Hatik- vah." It may not have been Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, but the crowd still went wild. Sacha Baron Cohen visits grandma in Israel Another visitor to Israel NEWYORK (6NoBacon)-- This has been the week of the Jewish Justin Biebers. At first it was Edon Pin- chot, the 14-year-old, yar- mulke-wearing Chicagoan on "America's Got Talent" whose impressive vocal abili- ties earned him a spot in the reality show's semifinals (not THAT impressive when it turns out that 48 contestants make it to the semifinals, but still) with a rendition of David Guetta's song "Ti- tanium." The judges lauded Pinchot's pitch-perfect per- formance; Howie Mandel asked Pinchot if he received the same standing ovation Report: Israel to subsi- dize 500 West Bank hous- ing units JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Israeli government report- edly agreed to subsidize the construction of 50) new liv- ing units in the West Bank, despite saying it would not provide incentives to the settlements. Sunday's Associated Press report of the subsidies came hours before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel to talk to Israeli leaders about regional threats and issues, including the peace process. The Palestinians have said they will not return to the negotiating table until Israel halts all settlement construction. The housing is in places that have been identified as national priority areas by the government, which makes them entitled to perks to assist in their de- velopment. At the beginning of the year, 70 settlements appeared on a government was Sacha Baron Cohen, who took his wife and daugh- ters to see his beloved grand- mother Lizel Wizer. She's 97 and living in a residential home; she's also an exercise instructor with more than 75 years of experience. Baron Cohen was born to an Ortho- dox Jewish family in London, and his mother is a sabra. The comic actor speaks Hebrew, as you could probably tell if you saw "Borat" or "The Dictator." Scarlet Johansson's record film deal Scarlett Johansson has signed on to reprise her role as the Black Widow in the sequel to the superhero blockbuster "The Aveng- ers"--and set a record while inking the contract. The deal is expected to earn Johannson $20 million, topping the mark for most earned for a film by a woman in Hollywood--reportedly $19 million by Angelina Jolie for "The Tourist." Mac Miller doesn't get Adam Levine's humor You can't really escape Carly Rae Jespen's hit song "Call Me Maybe." It's the ultimate summer hit-- simple, upbeat and catchy. The lyrics, most notably the chorus ("Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here's my number, So call me, maybe?"), has spurred hundreds of Internet paro- dies, from mixes of Obama's speeches to an actual version Week,y roundup of world briefs from JTA John Hagee: "Bible-believ- ing Christians have a Bible mandate to support Israel." list of 550 communities identified as national prior- ity areas. Following complaints from the United States, the settlements were removed from the list, but a loophole allows them to receive the benefits if approved by po- litical leaders, according to AP. Homes in Efrat, Beitar 00ngagement 00nnouncement Michelle Swiren and Benjamin Zaltsberg Bruce and Margery Swiren of Orlando are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Michelle to Benjamin Zaltsberg, son of Louis and Elaine Zaltsberg of Sanford. The bride -elect is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Michigan Law School. She is an attorney with McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP. The groom-elect is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers. The couple resides in Atlanta. Illit and Ariel are slated to receive the subsidy. "There are no special incentives whatsoever to encourage people to live in the West Bank," government spokesman Mark Regev told AE "The same conditions apply to 600 communities throughout the country." Clinton asks Israeli lead- ers to bolster Palestinian Authority JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael and the United States are on the same page on Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told report- ers in Jerusalem. She also reiterated during Monday night's news confer- ence, that the U.S. "commit- ment to Israel is rock solid. By strengthening Israel's security we are strengthen- ing U.S. security." Cliton in meetings Mon- day with Israeli leaders called on them to take steps to strengthen the Pales- tinian Authority, Haaretz reported. "We remain focused on relaunching peace talks," Clinton told reporters, add- ing that the international community can help but it was up to the parties to do the work. Clinton also said that during her meetings with Egyptian authorities in Cairo, she offered the mes- sage that the U.S. wants the new leadership in Egypt to uphold its peace treaty with Israel. Clinton arrived in Israel on Monday and met first with President Shimon Peres, where she said they spoke about "Egypt and Syria, peace efforts, Iran and other regional and global issues." She then met with Israeli Foreign Min- ister Avigdor Lieberman. Clinton also met with De- fense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad before hold ing the news conference. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is scheduled to arrive in Jerusalem next week for talks on Iran's nuclear program and the situation in Syria, which has been called a civil war by the International Red Cross. with Israeli officials on a range of regional security issues. Disney heir renounces profits from Ahava JERUSALEM (JTA)--A member of the Disney family is renouncing her share of the profits from her family's investment in Ahava, which has its factory in a West Bank settlement. Abigail Disney, daughter of Roy Disney, who co- founded The Walt Disney Co., said Monday morning that she would donate her profits and an equal amount of the worth of her shares of the skin care company to organizations "working to end this illegal exploita- tion." Ahava's factory, and visi- tors' center is in the Mitzpe Shalem settlement. The Disney family's Shamrock Holdings Inc. owns about 18.5 percent of Ahava. "While I will always hold my colleagues and cowork- ers in the highest regard, I cannot in good conscience profit from what is techni- cally the 'plunder' or 'pil- lage' of occupied natural resources and the com- pany's situating its factory in an Israeli settlement in the Occupied West Bank," Abigail Disney said in a statement. "Because of com- plicated legal and financial constraints I am unable to withdraw my investment at this time, but will donate the corpus of the investment as well as the profits accrued to me duringthe term of my involvement to organiza- tions working to end this illegal exploitation." Report: Maariv going online only, with Friday exception JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Hebrew daily newspaper Maariv will move to only publish in digital form ex- cept on Fridays, an Israeli business daily is reporting. The newspaper will appear online during the week and print an expanded Friday edi- tion, Globes reported Monday, citing unnamed sources. The business daily did not give a date for the change. Globes also reported that Ma'ariv is putting its printing house up for sale and that its Friday edition will be printed by another newspaper's printing house. Maariv, which has a right- of-center bent, has slashed its staff in recent months. Gadhafi's mother was Jewish, his protocol chief says JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Muammar Gadhafi's mother was Jewish, the late Libyan leader's chief of protocol told an Arabic newspaper. Nuri al-Samara told the daily AI-Hayat that Gad- hafi's mother was Jewish, the Israeli daily Maariv reported on its NRG news website. .t 18 she married a Muslim man and converted, according to reports. Last year, a 76-year-old Jewish resident of the Israeli city Netanya told Maariv that Gadhafi was her cousin. "My grandmother con- verted to Islam but never forgot her roots,', Gita Boaron told Maariv. "She would come to visit us, give my mother money and say 'give to the synagogue, donate to the Jews.' " Ex-lsraeli soldier Anal Kamm appeals prison sentence JERUSALEM (JTA)--For- rner Israeli soldier Anat Kamm, who turned clas- sified military documents over to a reporter, has ap- pealed her 4 1/2-year prison sentence. Kamm, who entered the Neve Tirza prison in Ramie last November, has asked Israel's Supreme Court to reduce her sentence, accord- ing to Ynet, which reported that a hearing has been set in two weeks. The sentence and 18-month probation meted in Tel Aviv District Court was well below the 15 years requested by prosecutors. Her two-year house arrest is not counted as time served. Kamm was convicted in February 2011 of collecting, holding and passing on clas- sified information without authorization. She had been charged originally with espionage, but the charge was dropped as part of a plea bargain. Kammwas arrested in late 2009 or early 2010. Kamm admitted to steal- ing about 2,000 documents, including hundreds identi- fied as classified or top se- cret, which she downloaded on to two discs, while serv- ing her mandatory military service in the Israeli army's Central Command. She turned the information over to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, who wrote stories based on the information that were approved by the military censor. The stories led to a search for Blau's source. Extremist haredi Or- thodox protest universal conscription JERUSALEM (JTA)--Thou- sands of members of a haredi sung by Cookie Monster of "Sesame Street" (my par- ticular favorite). Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and NBC's "The Voice" com- mented on the song by tweet- ing a fairly old joke about it (in Internetterms, of course): Why does she want him to call her Maybe? Carly is a lovely name." While most of the online world read the tweet and perhaps tittered or teheed, the Jewish rapper Mac Miller apparently assumed that Levine didn't actually understand the song because he tweeted, "she's saying maybe call her." The In- ternetcommunity's response? SMH (shake my head). For more Jewish celebrity news, visit, the illegitimate child of JTA. Orthodox sect protested in Jerusalem against a planned universal military service law. The members of the ex- tremist Eda Haredit sect, which does not recognize secular law, protested Mon- day evening. The protest reportedly began with prayer and con- tinued with young children marching chained to each other carrying signs that said "Save me." Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said earlier Monday that he would extend the Knesset's. current session, and not send lawmakers on summer break, until a conscription law that includes the haredi Orthodox is drafted. Hagee: Evangelical Chris- tians are the 'front line' for Israel WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Declaring that evangelical Christians are "on the front line of defense for Israel in the United States of Amer- ica," the Rev. John Hagee brought delegates to the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit 2012 to their feet with loud cheer- ing and even the sounds of shofars being blown. "We're united in the be- lief that all Bible-believing Christians have a Bible mandate to support Is- rael," Hagee, founder of the 7-year-old group, which has been dubbed the Christian AIPAC after the American Israel Public Action Com- mittee, said in his opening address Monday at the Wash- ington Conference Center. "The Bible is a Zionist text beginning with the fact that God created the world, and as the owner of the world he entered into a contract with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants forever and gave them the land. Israel does not occupy the land, they own the land." Czech Senate to consider property restitution THE HAGUE (JTA)--Czech Jewish leaders said they hoped their Senate would approve restitution of confiscated religious property. The Czech Parliament on July 14 voted in favor of distributing $3.7 bil- lion among 17 religious denominations, including the Jewish community. The money is compensation for property nationalized dur- ing the communist regime. The Senate is expected to vote on the proposal in the next two months.