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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 27, 2012 Alleged movie theater shooter worked at Jewish summer camp (JTA)--James Holmes, the alleged shooter who killed 12 in a crowded Colorado movie theater, reportedly worked at a Jewish summer camp for underprivileged children Holmes, 24, spent a sum- mer working as a-counselor for Camp Max Straus in Glendale, Calif which is run by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported July 21. He is suspected of opening fire on a crowd late night July. 19 at a midnight screening in Aurora, Colo of the new Bat- man film "The Dark Knight Rises "' Twelve people were killed "and 58 were injured in the shoot- ing spree. Sacha Baron Cohen families of the Americans who were murdered in the theater. "All Israelis stand alongside theAmerican people in mourn- ing over this te/rible tragedy Holmes was arrested shortly which claimed the lives of so after the shootings. He report- edly set off smoke bombs before firing at the crowd. In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Randy Schwab, chief executive of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and director of Camp MaxStraus, saidofHolmes,"His role was to ensure that these children had a wonderful camp experience by helping them learn confidence, self-esteem and how to work in small teams to effect positive outcomes." In a later email, Schwab added, "That summer provided the kids a wonderful camp experience without incident." Is raeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu sent a letter to President Obama on July 21 expressing his condolences and those of the Israeli people to the many," Netanyahu wrote. 'fiNe well understand the pain and loss that you are experiencing." Accomplice of Bulgarian suicide bomber may still be in country (JTA)--An accomplice of the suicide bomber in Bulgaria that killed six on an Israeli tour bus in Burgas reportedly is likely to still be in Bulgaria, possibly with another bomb. The accomplice is believed to have been a backup for the suicide bomber, the No- website reported. Another accomplice was set to shoot the other two if they were captured by or turned themselves in to police, and both reportedly were at the airport during the July 18 attack. Bulgarian police are con- tinuing their search for the accomplices. The suicide bomber, whowas dressed like an American tour- ist and carried a fake Michigan driver's license, has not yet of- ficially been identified, though he is reported to be a Swedish Muslim who spent time at Guantanamo Bay. Bulgarian media reported that eyewitnesses to the attack described two distinct people when asked to describe the bomber, leading to the theory that the bomber had backup The second attacker may be an American named David Jeffer- Campaign for Youth Engage- ment,"said Camp Kutz director Melissa Frey. The Coalition of Jewish Teens brings together five North American Jewish youth movements@BBYO, NFTY, the Orthodox Union's NCSY, the Conservative movement's United Synagogue Youth and the Zionist group Young Ju- daea-to take united stands on issues such as youth bullying. During the games, teams learnedaboutbothyouth move- ments and shared ideas for how they can better collaborate on son, according to reports. An unknown group calling itself a Qaedat al-Jihad has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Belgian Foreign Ministry has denied the claim, saying that the Iranian-baGked Hezbollah perpetrated the attack a claim backed up by the United States and Israel. "Our people are working around the clockwith their Bul-- garian counterparts, as well as with other leading intelligence services from around the world," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday morning. "In the meantime it is clear that the terror attack was directed by Hezbollah. It is clear that at least one other person was in- volved-maybe more--whose identity is not Middle Eastern; probably intentionally. All other additional details remain unclear. - Report: Germany was warned a month before '72 Olympics attack (JTA)--Germany was warned about a possible terror attack against Israeli athletes one month before the Munich service projects in their local communities. "Inadditiontothefunaspects " fos, a French-language Jewish of Maccabiah, there was very news website, according to The intentionalmessagingandpro- Algemeiner. gramming around collabora- "They must have been Upset tion, unity and responsibility as that there was nothing else to Jewish teen leaders," Frey said. take," he reportedly said. Court allows bus signs that Aftertheincident, theFrench compare Muslims to'savages' anti-Semitismwatchdoggroup, (JTA)---AU.S. District Court the Bureau National de Vigi- judge ruled that New York's lance Contr L'Antisemtisme Metropolitan Transportation (BNVCA), called for additional Authority should not have security measures to be imple- rejected an advertisement for mented. city buses that called enemies " Israel denies report of hunt of Israel "savages." for terror group of Is JudgePaulEngelmayerruled converts last Friday in Manhattan that JERUSALEM (JTA)---Israel even though the ad does ap- is denying a report that it is on pear to compare Muslims to the lookout for aterrorist group savages, the MTA violated the made up of converts to Islam FirstAmendment by refusingit, that is plannin[: to attack Israeli - "Inanywarbetweenthecivi- targetsattheLondonOlympics. lized man and the savage, sup- The Sunday Times UK re- portthe civilized man. Support ported that Israel's Mossad Israel.DefeatJihad,"readsthead intelligence agency"is hunting from the pro-Israel American agroupofwhiteEuropeanswho Freedom Defense Initiative. arethoughttohaveconvertedto The group is helmed by Islamandtobeworkingwiththe Pamela Geller, whose Atlas Iranian Quds force and Hezbol- Shruggedblogwarnsofgrowing lah, the terrorist group backed Islamization. by Tehran." Olympics in 1972, Der Spiegel French president blames his f 11 reported, country for WWII roundup ngagement The weekly magazine re- of Jews - lnnot rtcement ported Sunday on its website (JTA)--Theroundupofthou- that though solid warnings of sands of Jews in Paris during an attack plan were received a World War lI was a crime "com- j[ monthbefore.theGames, no mittedin-France, byFrance," action was taken. French President Francois Jeremy Scott Michaelson [[ The Palestinian terrorists, Hollandesaid. for example, were able to walk Hollande was speaking Sun- " Cooper City, Fla. The couple plans a honeymoon cruise on the Oasis of I~he Seas. They will reside in Plantation, Fla. by the apartments of the Israeli athletes without being stopped. Der Spiegel also reported that German police had prepared possible scenarios for a ten:or attack at the Games, includ. ing one that dealt specifically With a Palestinian attack on the Olympic village, but after the attack the police said there were no written documents of the preparations and German authorities tried to cover up their failures. The story is based on reports of the post-attack inquiry, minutes from German Cabinet meetings and documents from government bodies obtained by Der Spiegel. NFTY, BBYO teens gather for intercamp Maccabiah games NEW YORK (JTA)--Nearly 500 teens from the leadership programs of NFTY and BBYO joined for their first inter-camp Maccabiah games. The games took place July 18 at the B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp in Starlight, Pa and the Union for Reform Judaism's Kutz Camp in Warwick, N.Y. BBYO is a secular Jewish youth organization of B'nai B'rith. NFTY, the North Ameri- can FederationofTempleYouth, is a program of the Union for Reform Judaism. "This is truly a unified effort to begin building more mean- ingful bridges between the participants in our programs, and to support the ongoingwork of the Coalition of Jewish Teens and the Reform movement's day at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the largest French roundup of Jews Some 13,000 French Jews were deported on July 16-17, 1942 from the Winter Velo- drome stadium to Auschwitz, where nearly all: of them were killed "Not one German soldier, not one was mobilized during this entire operation," Hollande said. Islamic school plans to move onto St. Louis synagogue campus (JTA)--An Islamic school in the St. Louis area, theA1Manara Academy, is planning to move onto the campus of a local syna- gogue, B'nai E1 Congregation in Frontenac, Mo. By August, the Islamic day school plans to move to the space previously occupied by the Saul Mirowitz Day School-Reform Jewish Academy, according to the St. Louis Jewish Light. A conditional permit of use was approved July 17 by the Fron- tenac City Council, limiting the number of students to 100, the newspaper said. French synagogue vandalized again (JTA)--A synagogue in Paris wasvandalizedfor the thirdtime in 10 days. Vandals threw prayer books and tallit to the floor and shat- tered windows at the synagogue of Noisy-le-Grand of the Seine- Saint-Denis district, according to The Algemeiner. The only items stolen were two vacuum cleaners, synagogue caretaker Yossi Zeliger/FLASH90/JTA Survivors of the terror attack on the Israeli tour bus in Burgas, Bulgaria, returning July 19 to Israel with the help of the Israeli Air Force, Maurice Zana told Anach In- leader, A1AqsaMartyrsBrigade." Abu Aita said he received death threats in the wake of the movie. He said he did not realize that Cohen was an actor filming a comedy movie, and said that Cohen misrepresented himself, saying the movie would help the Palestinian came. Aita served in the A1 Aqsa Martyrs Brigades from 2000 until 2003, then spent two years in an Israeli prison on charges of shooting at Israeli soldiers, according to World Net Daily. He became a representative of PalestinianAuthority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party in the West Bank town of Beit Sahor, near Bethlehem. BBC Olympics website fudges capitals of Israel, Palestine JERUSALEM (JTA)--The BBC amended its Olympics web page on the capitals of Israeland Palestine following complaints from Israel. Under the Israel entry, the BBC amended the site to say that the country's "seat of gov- ernment" is "Jerusalem, though most foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv," and amended the Palestine entry to say that its "Intended seat of government" is "East Jerusalem. Ramallah serve, s as administrative capital." The website at first had listed East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and listed no capital for Israel--the only country with no capital listed. After complaints from the public and a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev, the BBC late last week amended its site. Israel eases West Bank travel for Ramadan (JTA)--Israel is easing travel restrictions forWest BankPales- tinians for 1;he start of the Mus- lim holy month of Ramadan. Israel reportedly also told its soldiers that when possible they are to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in front of Palestinians"to demonstrate a high level of respect and un- derstanding." Ramadan, atimeofreflection and prayg'r for Muslims marked by fasting during sunlight hours, begins today and runs until Aug. 18. Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced that during the month, Palestinians 40 and older can freely enter Jerusa- lem's Temple Mount to pray on Fridays. In addition, Palestin- ians can freely visit relatives in Israel if they are accompanied by minors ages 16 and under, and up to 500 foreign nationals can enter the West Bankvia the Allenby border terminal on the Jordanian border. The Israel Defense Forces has deployed additional troops, in- cluding a medical team to hand outbeverages due to Israel's heat wave, at the Allenby Terminal. The crossing will remain open in the everiings on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fears of a terrorist attack at the Olympics, on the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and in the wake of last week's attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, have risen in recent weeks and days. Israel has sent Mossad and Shin Bet agents to London with its Olympic delegation, according to the Sunday Times. The opening ceremonies of the Games are being held today. "There is a particularly dis- tinct alertness both on the operational and intelligence levels for the imminent Olympic Games;'IsraeliDefenseMinister Ehud Barak said Sunday. "The British security services in particular--who are. extremely proficient---are acting to the best of their abilities with the assistance of other intelligence agencies around the world in order to minimize the chances that there will be any sort of incident during the Olympics. Palestinian grocer settles $115 niillion lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen JERUSALEM (JTA)--A Pal- estinian grocer who sued actor Sacha Baron Cohen for $115 million over his portrayal as a terrorist in the film "Bruno" has settled his slander lawsuit. Ayman Abu Aita filed the lawsuit in the United States in late 2009 against the movie's producers and Cohen. His at- torney would not discuss the terms of the settlement, which was settled lastweek, according to reports. In the movie, Ayman Abu Aita, a Christian peace activ- ist, escorted Cohen's alter-ego Bruno, a gay fashion journalist trying to make peace in the Mid- dle East, to a Lebanese refugee camp. Abu Aita was identified in a caption as "Terrorist group