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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish TelegraphicAgency's news briefs for Tuesday, August 3, 2004. Israel to Egypt: Good job Israel is happy with Egyptian efforts to clamp down on arms smuggling. Daniel Ayalon, Israel's ambassador to Washington, told William Burns, the top Middle East official at the U.S. State Department, that Israel is pleased with Egyptian plans to facilitate Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. "The Egyptians are very much interested in the success of the disengagement and they have been stepping forward in terms of blocking smuggling through the Philadelphi corridor,"Ayalon told JTA after his meet- ing Tuesday with Burns, referring to a strip along the Gaza-Egypt border. Israel ultimately would like to pull out of the Philadelphi strip, Ayalon said. E.U. rips settlement plans The European Union criticized Israel's plans to expand a West Bank settlement. The group ~oins Britain and the United States in criticizing plans to build 600 new homes in the Jerusalem suburb of Ma'aleh Adumim. "Such plans run counter to both the letter and the spirit of the 'road map' for peace that Israel has accepted," the Dutch president of the European Union said Tuesday in a statement, referring to an internationally backed peace plan. Strategic vulnerability seen Israel's main airport is vulnerable to terrorist attacks, a Knesset panel found. The committee, which undertook a survey of security at strategic sites in Israel after a double suicide bombing at the Ashdod port in March, released its report Tuesday. Ben-Gurion Airport and Haifa's seaport Were cited as vulnerable to terrorist in- filtration. The report also listed several army bases that are insufficiently secured and 154 factories that produce toxic chemicals but are not properly regulated. Police sources said the report was being studied to decide how to combat security failings. Hebron stabbing fails A Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron. The man was arrested after Tuesday's failed attack. Fourth person dies from Tashkent blast A fourth person died as a result of last week's bomb- ings near the Israeli Embassy in Uzbekistan. An Uzbek policeman died Tuesday of wounds suffered in last Friday's blast in Tashkent. Three suicide bombers also died in the attacks, which included a bombing near the U.S. Embassy and the State Prosecutor's Office, both in Tashkent. By Ron Kampeas BOSTON (JTA)--It became the buzz phrase of the Demo- cratic convention: "Strength and wisdom are not opposing values." President Clinton earned an extended ovation in Boston last week when he packed John Kerry's mes- sage on security and inter- national relations into those seven words. Kerry would not hesitate to act, the message suggests, but he also would show greater openness to the concerns of those outside his administration--and abroad. "Democrats favor shared responsibility, shared op- portunity and more global cooperation," Clinton said in his convention speech. "We live in an interde- pendent world in which we can't kill, jail or occupy all our potential adversaries, so we have to both fight terror and build a world with more partners and fewer terrorists." The anxious question Jewish Democrats are posing to those running the Massachusetts senator's campaign is: What does the message--and its implied criticism of President Bush's foreign policy--mean for Israel? No one would speak on the record at what was necessar- ily a iove-fest for the party's candidate. But in numerous behind-the-scenes meetings with senior Kerry officials, Jewish Democrats posed hard questions: Would Kerry's overall plan to consult more with other nations, raise the profile of international bodies andrestoreClinton-eracoop- Senior Democrats say are trying to eration with Europe pull the Kerry's message has more to to end its nuclear United States away from the do with alleviating pressure ties would be more extraordinaryclosenessBush on America in Iraq, and not than! has forged with Israel? specifically with Israel. But approach. The anxieties were hardly that didn't stop the questions Should the quieted by speeches at the in closed-door forums, to respond to convention, where speaker Specifically, would Kerry mands, after speaker emphasized defer to European demands the kind ofglobal cooperation that the United States end sition to use thatIsraerscurrentLikud-led its isolation of Palestinian effectively governmentrevilesbecauseof Authority President Vasser "That's the perceived pro-Arabtilt of Ararat? Would Kerry be as tough theEuropeanUnionandother proactiveas Bush in pressing Je~ international bodies, the Europeans to contain the in such It didn't help that figures surge in anti-Semitism? And Democrats have who have been on the wrong would Kerry be as aggressive on the defensive bY,! end of Jewish community as Bush in isolating Iran and less Republican anger eagerly reinforced that pressing it to dismantle its research team: message in forums large and nuclear capability? donation that small. For answers, Democrats from Teresa Former President Carter, point to the party platform charitable who many Jews feel has taken and Kerry's record: He is virulentb aconsistentlypro-Palestinian unequivocal in supporting on American line since being voted out of the isolation of Arafat and a tions has become office in 1980, riled some nuclear shutdown in Iran. As Top Kerry when he drew a link between far as anti-Semitism goes, Kerry the Bush administration's Is- Kerry campaigners suggest removed from the raelpolicyandanti-American he may be even more adamant and was unaware animus, than Bush. It also doesn't "Violence has gripped The president only has Kerry the Holy Land, with the alluded tovirulent strains of Bush's lead in his region increasingly swept anti-Semitism in the Egyp- by anti-American passions," tian and Saudi mainstreams, Carter told the convention theysay, while Kerry has been terBushdid in a prime-time speech that more direct, even using an someIsraeliWest many Democrats said marked expletive in a meeting three and rejecting a his revival as a central figure yearsagowithHosniMubarak refugee "right in the party, when the Egyptian president after Bush had RobertBorosage, anadviser insisted he couldn't control historic gestures. toJesseJackson'spresidential the phenomenon. The question campaign in1988,reinforced On Iran, James Rubin, aapproach to pe~ thepointinanArabAmerican Clinton-eraStateDepartment was central on Institute panel, spokesman who is touted as a packed "America today is more a possible national security Democratic isolated andlessadmiredand adviser in a Kerry adminis- less secure than ever," he said, tration, told JTA that Kerry's Republican. citing U.S. policy toward Israel policy of working more closely as one reason, with European powers that See mmunity Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans Discount on . I services and merchandise Im on any new Pre-need contracts. I I L J 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director Final slave By Uriel Heilman NEW YORK (JTA)--Gisela Schlanger had tears running down her face as she described her plans for the payment she was to receive this week from Germany for her Holocaust- era slave labor. "My aim after the Holocaust was to raise my children frum- Yiddish," she said, explaining that she strived to bring up a religious family committed to Jewish tradition. "My children are talmidei chachamim'--Torah schol- ars, she said. "I have a very special grandson, a tzadik. The money I get I give him to buy sforim," or books of Judaica. Each book will carry a me- morial inscription for family members murdered by the Nazis, Schlanger said. Schlanger spoke Monday at a Claims Conference news conference in New York called to announce new payments to Jewish slave laborers. A survivor from Slovakia, Schlanger was one of 130,681 survivors from 62 countries who were sent payments of about $3,000 this week by the Claims Conference. The payout, totaling some $401 million, represented the second and final installment of payments from a $1.1 billion slave labor agreement with Germany. It was the largest-ever single Holocaust payout in history, according to officials at the Claims Conference, which administers the Jew- ish portion of compensation payments from Germany to Nazi-era slave laborers. hot The Claims Conference's Gideon Taylor Holocaust survivor Gisela Schlanger at a announcing $401 million in payments to slave and forced laborers, Aug. 2, in New York. The money comes from a $5 billion fund paid for by the German government and 6,000 German businesses, only some of which benefited from Jewish slave labor. Most recipients are non-Jews. "The payment carries a val- ue that cannot be measured in dollars," said Aron Krell, 76, a Polish-born survivor. "This money can never compensate me for the loss of my family, my childhood or even for all the work that I performed. No amount ever could," he said. "But I do feel some satisfaction from re- ceiving payment, however symbolic, as a recognition by the German government and companies of the terrible wrongs they inflicted on us. We have waited a very long time for this acknowledg- ment, this apology." As a volunteer for the ( ference, phones hel Yiddish- understand to do to get cessed and anxieties will get paid. Combined payment, to claimants their claim of a forced and ers received a $7,500. The Claims news brought to a conference's finding ing their labor by the See "I