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! FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 8, 2003 chance for leadership train- theirfriendshavebeenkilled," many had never had friends ing, so we wanted to fill that said SaraAbdei-Hadi, 16,who from outside their own reli- page 14 gap," she said. "Girls are more was born in Jordan but lives in gious group. emotionallyeasiertodealwith, Raleigh, N.C. "Before I came here I had lica- andtheywillinfluencethenext The conflict is worse than the idea that Americans OCess in which they generation." "The movement the American media portray weren't good people but in- two-page biographyfor peace in Ireland was started it, she says. stead" were "like soldiers," said such as, by women," she pronounced. "Women get treated differ- Bessan Abu El-eish, 15, from Peace?" They also "Men are too busy fighting." entlyinourcountries,"Abdel- Gaza. endations Among the highlights of the Hadi said, referring to Arab "I experienced soldiers campwere"compassionatelis- societies. "American girls are shootingatmyhouseat2a.m speak En- tening" sessions where the lucky, because we're not even and I'mafraidofthembecause girls shared their experiences allowed to hold hands with I never know when they will oftheArab-Israeliconflictand our boyfriends. The exposure come," she said. "But I real- the peacemak- of violence, here to everything is much ized that the girls here didn't Camp coordinator Ana "Americans really see our more open." But, she noted, have anything to do with zSaid."Ailthesewomen situation differently," said "familiestherearemuchcloser them." The girls said the dis- ,and Maya Gofel, 15, from Israel. because they go through so cussions often delved so deep )their chil- "They see more of the political many hardships and suffering that they created tension. But educate them." side, and I don't think there's together. InAmerica, the faro- theyagreed that attending the alsowere a place for the other things, ily structure is looser because camp gave them a better un- reasons for takinglike the connection between they do not have as much" to derstanding of other perspec- The camp had only people.They see onlygunsand bond over. tives on the Arab-Israeli con- bombing, and not really the The girls also came from flict. on a philosophicalpeople.""Manyofthegirlshere different religious back- "I had a hard time listening in the Middle have experienced peoplegrounds -- Christian, Mus- to their opinions on certain have as much of a shootingat their houses, and lira, Jewish or Druze -- and situationsbecauseIjustdidn't $ from page 1 Many believe that replicat- committed to ending global ingthehumanitarianprojects terror and finally bringing 'the Palestinian Au- supported by the terrorist peace to the Middle East. I said the aide, who groups would lessen the ter- commend both leaders for identified, rorists' support in the Arab their unwavering determina- say some lawmak-world and help to legitimize tion to end Palestinian terror- ability to Abbas and the new govern- ism." in the conflict ment. Sharon has many allies on However, Abbas has yet to Capitol Hill -- especially in such as Israel'sgiveCongressalistofprojects, ieadershippositions--andhis f a security fence, sources said. meetings with them, whether Ileana Ros- As discussions of aid con- in Washington or Jerusalem, (R-Fla.) chair of the tinue, Ros-Lehtinensaid Con- are often more to inform the subcommittee, gress will work to make sure lawmakers, rather than to withAbbas money sent to the Palestinian push for action. because he Authority has "as much over- One issue Congress may r"answers sight as possible." weigh in on when lawmakers control In reality, Congress is likely return in the fall is the secu- and Gaza to stay out of Middle East rity fence issue, but it is not relationship with peacemakingforalittlewhile, yet clear how. simply because many iawmak- The fence, which has been his best case for- ers will spend most of August under construction for more committee," she in their home districts, than a year and which Pales- Just don't know On Tuesday, July29 Sharon tinians oppose, has been mak- the answers werewas able to meet only with ing headlines mostly because Senate leaders because the Abbas appears to have gotten House of Representatives has supportforhisviewfromBush Demo- already begun its summer re- and the White House national the Senate said,cess. security adviser, Condoleezza of most people was Even so, several groups of Rice. guy and House members are going to Whilesomelawmakershave the region this summer, trips already told Bush they sup- that lawmakers often use as port the fence, others remain are looking for opportunities to show their concerned about its impact. put to support to the Jewish state. Over the last month, Palestin- thattherewillbe Indeed, House Majority ians have been circulating a Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), multimedia presentation to (D-DeL), anoutspokensupporterofthe Washington insiders -- in- mOcratontheSen- Sharon government, waslead- cluding Rice -- about the Relations Corn- ing a delegation to the region fence's effect on Palestinian been pushing this week, with stops in Israel, living conditions. some specific Jordan and Iraq. Israel says the fence is nec- jectsthatthe He metwithSharonbefore essary to keep out suicide which the prime minister departed bombers, but the Palestinians Cadditionaldirect for Washington and said, the worry that it is setting a de the Palestinian day Bush and Sharon met, factoborderbetweenIsraeland "Both Bush and Sharon are the Palestinians. Ros-Lehtinen said the fence is an untested issue because it is so new, but she speculated that many in Congress would back Israel on this issue. Engel went further, saying Congress will need to support the security fence, and that lawmakers backed it in their discussions with Abbas. He said that when the Pal- estinian leader compared the fence to the Berlin Wall, law- makers countered that the Berlin Wall kept people in, while the Israeli fence keeps people out. If the fence remains a stick- ing point in September, the Israeli government and its sup- porters in Washington will likely call on Congress to put that support in writing. a BOXER York City, N.Y. and moved to Boxer of Orlando Winter Springs in 1983. ' 26. He He was a commercial rtist. old. He was a mason and a mere- was born in ber of the Art Directors Guild. and moved toHe is survived by his wife Cecille Kaden; daughters, tax assesor. Nanette Babenzien of Winter member of Con-Springs and Andrea Rubin of Jew- Plainview, N.Y.; fivegrandchil- 759 and drenand twogreat-grand chil- Pythias. dren. ed by sons, Services were entrusted to Oviedo and Beth Shalom Memorial of New Mexico Chapel, Orlando. BENJAMIN LOUIS entrusted to Memorial SANDBERG Benjamin Louis Sandberg of Winter Springs died on Fri- day, July 18. He was 95 years len of Winter old. Y Mr. Sandberg was born in old. NewYork City, N.Y. and moved born in New to Winter Springs in 1997. He was an owner/operator of an electronics company. He is survived by daughter, Eunice Schoen of Norwalk, Conn. and four grandchildren. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. ANNE R. ZUSMAN Anne R. Zusman of Longwood died Sunday, July 27. She was 102 years old. She was born in Chelsea, Mass. and moved to Longwood in 1998. Mrs. Zusman was a homemaker. She is survived by son Samuel J. Zusman of Longwood, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchil- dren. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. PAGE 1~ agree," said Michal Barak, 16, expand the camp next year, of Israel. "I don't think there's but it depends on fund raising. a right or a wrong side be- Organizers talk of holding cause everyone is suffering, so two sessions and of including thereisnowaytoagreeevenif boys when they get a bigger we wanted to. Everyone just space and separate dormito- wants the situation to stop." ties. The giriswiU continue to meet "I didn't expect the friend- about every six weeks in Israel ships to be as deep," Kauffman andwilibringalongtheirfami- said. "The other thing I didn't lies, hoping to create a ripple expect, but it happened natu- effect, rally, was that every time" one "The girls have bonded and" of the girls "would express I think the families are going suffering, all of them would to, too," Kauffman said."Pretty physically go to the other per- soon they will be bringing son and hold their hand and friends to the meetings. I was hug them." "I think they'll be shocked when some girls said more open to hearing the other they would never talk about side, more open to listening to peace with their friends be- one another and less open to cause they would be teased, revenge," she said. "A lot of but now they will go home and peace-making is based on lis- definitely talk to their friends tening to the other side, with- about it." Given the long wait- out judgment, and it certainly ing list, organizers hope to proved it with these girls." 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