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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 10, 2012 PAGE 11A Armed terrorists in Sinai attack Egyptian police, infiltrate Israel JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Armed attackers in the Sinai Peninsula killed at least 15 Egyptian soldiers at the Rafah security check- point before attempting to infiltrate the Israeli border. The attackers, report- edly members of the Global Jihadi terror group, also kidnapped several Egyptian soldiers on Sunday evening, according to the Ma'an Palestinian news service. One of the vehicles used in the attack then crossed the border into Israel, where it was targeted and hit by Israeli forces, according to the Israeli military. Dozens of rockets, mortars fired into Israel after Israeli strike on terror squad JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired into southern Israel af- ter Israel's Air Force struck a terrorist squad in Gaza, killing one. Residents of southern Israel's Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, at the border of Israel, Gaza and Egypt, were instructed to stay indoors after the start of the bar- rage on Sunday night. Israeli tanks reportedly returned fire, aiming at launching areas inside Gaza, Palestinian sources reported, according to Is- raeli media. The strike against the terrorist squad, announced by the Israel Defense Forces in a statement Sunday af- ternoon, targeted Global Jihad-affiliated terrorists. Ahmadinejad: World goal must be to 'annihilate' Israel (JTA)--Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the objective of the world must be the "anni- hilation" of Israel. Ahmadinejad met Aug. 1 with ambassadors from Muslim countries to con- vey his wishes for the holy month of Ramadan. Much of his speech, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA, focused on what Ahma- dinejad described as Zionist control of the world, which he said stretched back 400 years. Loughner, Giffords' shooter, reportedly to change plea to guilty (JTA)--Jared Lee Lough- ner, charged with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the deaths of six people, reportedly will change his plea to guilty. At a hearing scheduled after the Heritage deadline, Loughner was expected to plead guilty, Politico re- ported Sunday, citing the Los Angeles Times as first reporting it Saturday night. He had pleaded not guilty to 49 charges connected with the shooting. The change is reported to be in exchange for a plea bargain that would see Loughner sent to prison for life but avoiding the death penalty. Loughner, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, has been declared mentally competent to understand the charges against him, according to the Los Angeles Times. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Six people were killed and a dozen injured in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson. Giffords, the first Jew- ish woman elected to the Congress from Arizona, was shot in the head and continues to undergo in- tensive therapy. Israeli sprinter fails to reach semis after his shoes are stolen JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Israeli sprinter Donald Sanford, running with borrowed shoes because his were stolen, failed to qualify for the semifinals in the 400 meters at the London Olympics. Sanford did not have an opportunity to warm up before Saturday's race, according to reports, and finished fifth in his heat in 45.71 seconds, his best time this season. He had argued with the judges to have more time to put on a pair of loaner shoes but was denied. The U.S.-born Sanford told the Israeli media that he could have run faster in his own shoes, which he said were stolen. His connection to Israel began at Arizona State Uni- versity, where he met a fel- low student named Danielle Dekel, the kibbutznik who would become his wife. Raised in an athletic fam- ily-his brother played col- lege football and his sister professional basketball in Europe--he was pursu- ing a track career at the university. Sanford married Dekel in 2008 and now lives half the year on her family's kibbutz, Ein Shemer, on Israel's northern coast, spending the rest of the year in Arizona. He has an Israeli passport and in March was given permis- sion to compete on behalf of Israel. Jewish Australian kayaker Jessica Fox takes silver medal SYDNEY (JTA)--Jewish Australian kayaker Jessica Fox won a silver medal at the Olympic Games. Fox, the daughter of French Olympian Myriam Jerusalmi, who won bronze at the Atlanta Games in 1996, trumped her mother by winning silver in the slalom (K1) on Aug. 2 in London. Born in Marseille, Jessica Fox moved to Australia at the age of 4 when her Brit- ish father, Richard--who came in fourth in the same event at the 1992 Olympic Games--was appointed coach of the Australian kayak team before the Syd- ney Olympics. "My mum won bronze in Atlanta and now here I am winning silver; it's an amazing thing to share," Jessica Fox told media after the final. Rabbi dies while using sea as mikvah (JTA)--A haredi Ortho- dox rabbi from London died while ritually immersing himself in the sea while on vacation in Wales. Rabbi Dov Berish Eng- lander, 47, was using the sea as a mikvah to perform his daily ritual immersion when he drowned on Aug. 2, the Jewish Chronicle reported. A guest at a nearby hotel called emergency services after seeing the rabbi strug- gling in the water, the Daily Mail reported. A lifeboat crew pulled him from the water and paramedics tried but failed to resuscitate him. The Jewish Chronicle said he was "highly re- spected for his level of religious knowledge and his charitable work." Sweden marks 100th an- niversary of Wallenberg's birth (JTA)--Sweden marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Raoul Wallen- berg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis. The event, sponsored by the Raoul Wallenberg Academy, was held Satur- day in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm. "Those who knew how to confront hate and who saved lives were perhaps unable to prevent the evil and the destruction, but their memories should be cherished as strongly as possible," Hungarian Hu- man Resources Minister Zoltan Balog said at the Avigdor Lieberman ceremony. Wallenberg, a neutral Swedish diplomat in Bu- dapest during the German occupation in 1944, is- sued Swedish travel docu- ments-known as "Wallen- berg passports"--to at least 20,000 Jews and also set up more than 30 safe houses for Jews. Other neutral diplomats collaborated in the effort. The details of Wallen- berg's fate have remained a mystery. He disappeared while being escorted out of Hungary toward the Soviet Union. The Soviets claimed that he died of a heart attack in 1957, but other evidence indicated that he was killed in Lubyanka prison or that he may have lived years longer. Cleveland Browns sale ends 51-year Jewish own- ership (JTA)--The sale of the Cleveland Browns ends 51 years of Jewish ownership of the National Football League team. The sale of the team to a group headed by truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam III was confirmed by the NFL Network on Aug. 2, according to the Cleveland Jewish News. The deal reportedly is worth more than $1 billion. Randy Lerner had in- herited the team after his father, A1, died in 2002. In 1996, Art Modell, who had purchased the team in 1961 for $4 million, moved his NFL franchise to Baltimore and had it renamed the Baltimore Ravens. British judge approves Christian conversion for 10-year-old Jewish girl (JTA)--A British judge has allowed a 10-year-old Jewish child to convert to Christianity against her mother's wishes. Judge John Platt ruled participants but was not sponsored by any specific organizations, marched through the city, ultimately joining the Tel Aviv Museum demonstration. Eight protesters were arrested for blocking roads and violence toward police officers. Lieberman: Annan resig- nation shows world can- not influence Syria (JTA)--Kofi Annan's resignation is a "stark demonstration" of the in- ternational community's failure to influence events in Syria, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieber- Aug. 1 in Romford County man said. i:: ~r Court in Essex that both Lieberma~:~ the the girl and her younger CommentsAu~2~'~irana, b other could convert to Albanla, accof~rael Christianity. " " ' A r my+R~a~+" !~!~~ :+ Last November, the Earlier thatda i : nnan mother of the girl applied told U.N. Secret r Gen- for a court order to prevent the father from having the girl baptized until the girl turned 16, according to the London Jewish Chronicle. The mother argued that the girl had been "brain- washed" and was too young to change faith. Both parents of the chil- dren were Jewish at the time of the girl's birth, the report said. The father converted to Christianity after the breakdown of his marriage. Two Tel Aviv demonstra- tions protest austerity measures JERUSALEM (JTA)--So- cial justice activists held two parallel demonstra- tions in Tel Aviv to protest new Israeli government austerity measures. Some 2,000 participants attended a demonstration Saturday night at the Tel Aviv Museum organized by several established so- cial protest organizations, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. The rally also called for universal military conscription. The other demonstration, which also had about 2,000 eral Ban Ki-moon and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Araby that he would not renew his man- date as the organizations' envoy when it expires on Aug. 31. Annan, himself a former U.N. secretary-general, cited "increasing militari- zation on the ground'~ and "th'e clear lack of unity" at the U.N. Security Council as [l!ie main reasons For his decision. Jerusalem police com- mander accused of sexu- ally hb~/sing 7 subordi- nates k (JTA)--Seven female police officers have accused the commander of the Israel Police Jerusalem District of sexual misconduct, Israeli media reported. DistrLct ,Commander Niso ,Y~a~.~,]~:4, has transferred ~h'[s responsi- bilities to subordinates for the duration of the inves- tigation, whici~egan last week, a police sP~kesperson said, according to an Israel Army Radio report on Fri- day. Shaham is currently on leave. Joseph and Anita Hara are living their life to the fullest at Village on the Green. 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