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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 31, 2009 I Amid relatively calm West @, security still a struggle shooting attack earlier this month on an Israeli car. "One of the signs that people are getting worried again is that they are putting in reinforcements in their cars," said Ruchi Avital, an Ofra spokeswoman, referring to installation of reinforced windshields. "There is a sense that there is a rise" in incidents. Overall, however, such attacks on West Bank roads have dropped markedly re- cently and in the past year, according to security officials working for the Yesha Coun- cil, the umbrella organization of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. But settlers say that such incidents, includ- ing sporadic infiltrations of their settlements, are a reminder of what they view as an ongoing threat of violence that is part of their daily lives. "In general the secu- rity situation has greatly improved," said Shlomo Oiknine, the Yesha Council's chief security officer. "But on the other hand, because of the incidents we have seen this year, we need to be prepared for all possible scenarios." Regarding the violence on the roads, he said, "There are fewer incidents and the perpetrators are being caught more often than in the past." Meanwhile, Palestinians point to dangers they face Taxes and laws are ever-changing, Is your financial advisor up-to-date? is your money earning up to its potential? We are a group of financial professionals with years of extensive experience in wealth preservation, product independent advice, financial and risk management, income producing strategies, retirement planning, and tax management* Call 407-875-2674 for your complimentary initial assessment. By Dina Kraft TEL AVIV (JTA)---Yossi Klavan saw the rocks coming. "Get down," he told the passenger in his car last week as he hunched behind the wheel, trying to steer beyond the range of Palestinian stone throwers who had already pelted the bus ahead of them. Immediately he heard a large thud, the crashing of a,rock into the side window. The window, made of rein- forced plastic, did not shatter. About two more rocks hit the side of the car, causing dam- age but no injury. Klavan, 41, had been en route from his job at a high tech firm in Jerusalem to his home in the West Bank settle- ment of Karnei Shomron, about 11 miles from Nablus. "It's around the clock," said Klavan, a member of the security committee at Karnei Shomron, who said his area has seen a noted rise in roadside incidents against Israeli cars. Klavan said he found out later that just 20 minutes before his car was hit by rocks, there had been re- ports of numerous Molotov cocktails being thrown in the same area. Near the settlement of Ofra, outside Ramallah, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank, there had been a Nati Shohat/Flash90/JTA) Officials say West Bank security has improved, but a gun is used for protection here as children play in the Hay- ovel outpost on June 10. in the uneasy balance of life in the West Bank, spe- cifically from radical set- tlers. Attempts by the Israeli authorities to evacuate three illegal settlement outposts on July 21, for example, met with rampages on Palestinian land nearby, with fields set on fire and Palestinian vehicles reportedly pelted with rocks. Some settlers insist they are the ones facing increased threats, linking recent vio- lence on the roads to the recent reduction of military roadblocks. 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They also credit what they describe as the-Palestinian Authority's increased crack- down on Palestinian mili- tants and improved ability to keep order in Palestinian- populated areas. "It's about Palestinian security working better," said Maj. Peter Lerner, spokesman of the Israeli army's Central Command, the military authority in the West Bank. Lerner noted the relative lack of disturbances during the recent Gaza War, adding that "The Palestinian people in the West Bank today are more interested in their daily lives and trying to get things back on track. "By removing checkpoints, we are removing friction and giving our forces more flex- ibility to operate, for example, on the ground in settlements themselves to help protect them and to provide more patrols," he told JTA. "All of the checkpoints rem6ved can be returned if the situa- tion deteriorates. It's. not an irreversible move." In the past two years about 140 roadblocks and earth-mound obstacles have been removed. Where once there were 41 manned army roadblocks criss-crossing the West Bank and severely restricting the movement of Palestinians traveling between villages and cffies, now there are 14, Lerner said. Today the interaction between Israelis and Pales- tinians in the West Bank is largely limited to the some 30,000 Palestinians who work in the factories of Is- raeli-owned industrial parks or within the settlements themselves, usually finding employment in construction, maintenance, agriculture or service jobs. Although Israelis and Palestinians share many of the West Bank roads, the army also has built a series of bypass roads used mostly by settlers and army vehicles that avoid Palestinian popu- lation centers. Israelis are not allowed to enter Palestinian-controlled areas without an army escort out of concern that they could be attacked or even captured. Avital, the Ofra spokes- man, remembers the days in the 1980s before the outbreak of the first intifada when she and her neighbors would go to Ramallah on a daily ba- sis-something no one has done in years. "We would go to the banks there for the shorter lines, get our prescriptions filled in the pharmacies. If our local grocery store ran out of chal- lah on a Friday, I knew I could pop into the supermarket in Ramallah and find Angel challot there," she said, refer- ring to the challah made by a well-known Jerusalem bakery. Avital took fault with the Israeli government, which in her eyes is making dangerous concessions to the Palestin- ians in order to please the U.S. government. Referring to the American pressure in the past, she said, "The result when we have relented has always been increased terrorism every single time." Avigdor Schatz, the head of a central region of the West Bank known as Binyamin, noted the new freedom of movement that has come with the lifting of so many roadblocks. "Statistically there may be no increase in incidents, but there is a discomfort people are feeling in seeing Palestin- ians in places they were not permitted previously," Schatz said. "There is a sense that something bad is afoot." Decide who belongs in museum's Jewish hall of fame By Aaron Passman Jewish Exponent PHILADELPHIA--Emma Goldman or Louis Brandeis? Sandy Koufaxor Hank Green- berg? Barbra Streisand or Steven Spielberg? Or all of the above, plus a dozen more. When the National Mu- seum of American Jewish History opens at its new location on Philadelphia's Polshek Partnership Architects Independence Mall in No- Anight'merenderingoftheNationalMuseumofAmerican vember 2010. a core piece Jewish History on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, which of its permanent exhibition is scheduled to open in November 2010. will be the "Only in America Gallery/Hall of Fame." And 218 candidates, along with vote. said Michael Rosenz- the museum is looking for biographical information, weig, themuseum'spresident the public to help select the selected by the museum's and CEO. is to educate the first 18 subjects, team of historians and drawn public on the contributions of Seeking public input on a from the arenas of arts and some of the more unfamiliar major exhibition is arare step entertainment; business and names. in the world of museum stud- philanthropy; literature; per- Rosenzweig said the initial ies.Aspartoftheprocess.the formance;politics.lawandac- 18 individuals chosen will museum has relaunched its tivism; religion and thought; strike a balance between the Website--http://www.nmajh. science and medicine; and popular vote and those the org includingasectionask- sports. A section is available historians view as being es- ing the public to help. as well for write-in votes, sential inclusions. The site contains a list of One purpose of the Web "Not to denigrate in any way the choices that might be made by the public, but there has to be historical integrity," he said. If your favorite American Jew doesn't make the cut " the first time around, don't worry Rosenzweig said the exhibit will feature a "revolv- ing group of 18" drawn from the 218 nominees, and that those not included in the exhibit itself would still be featured on the museum's Web site. Polshek Partnership Architects The Jewish Exponent and A rendering of the Only in America GalleryHall of Fame, the JTA are media partners for which is seeking the public's help to name its first 18 subjects, the "Only in America "project.