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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 15, 2014 PAGE 13A Weekly roundup of world news briefs from JTA jJ J Israel, Palestinians agree to new 72-hour cease-fire JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israel and Palestinian factions, in- cluding Hamas, agreed to a new 72-hour cease-fire. The French news agency AFP reported Sunday evening on the agreement by both sides in the current Gaza conflict. Israeli government officials agreed in a state- ment that night and the Palestinians had notified the Egyptians oftheiragreement, The New York Times reported. An Israeli delegation was dispatched to Cairo to finalize the agreement, Israel's Chan- nel 2 reported. The cease-fire was to begin at midnight, accord- ing to reports. Egypt in a statement said it was aimed at trying to ease the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza and fix infrastructure there, as well as provide a window for talks for a "complete and permanent cease-fire," the Times reported. Egyptian mediators have been negotiating separately with both sides since a previ- ous 72-hour cease-fire that began nearly a week ago. The Israeli delegation to the nego- tiations reportedly left Cairo when the cease-fire expired on Friday morning and rockets fired from Gaza again began to strike Israel, which insists itwill not negotiate under fire. The Palestinian delegation had said earlier Sunday that it would leave if an Israeli delegation did not arrive in Cairo to continue talks. Following the reporting of,the decision to try a new cease-fire, several barrages of rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israeli com- munities. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Sunday morning at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting that the military operation to end rocket fire on Israel is continuing. "The operation will contin- ue until its goal is met--the restoration of a quiet for a long period," he said. "I said at the outset of, and throughout, the operation that it would take time and patience. Israel will not negotiate under fire and Israel will continue to take all action in order to change the current reality and bring quiet to all of its citizens." Erdogan, ally of Hamas, wins first direct presiden- tial election in Turkey (JTA)--Recep Tayyip Er- dogan, the prime minister of Turkey and an ally of Hamas, won his country's first direct presidential election. Erdogan garnered more than half the vote on Sunday in the first round of balloting, according to reports. He has made repeated Israel-Nazi comparisons dur- ing the current Israel conflict in Gaza with Hamas, a group with which he has formed close ties. "Those who condemn Hit- ler day and night have sur- passed Hitler in barbarism," he said late last month. Erdogan also promised to keep Turkey's Jewish citizens safe, but urged them to de- nounce Israel. With nearly all the votes counted, Erdogan had 52"per- cent, Reuters reported, citing a tweet from the office of Jus- tice Minister Bekir Bozdag. The results are expected to be announced on Monday. Turkish presidents previ- ously were elected to a five- year term by parliament. The move to a popular vote came though a constitutional amendment approved by Erdogan's government. Er- dogan was prohibited from serving another term as prime minister. Erdogan heads the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, which calls itself a conservative democratic party, though its roots are in Islamism. Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan dies at 85 JERUSALEM (JTA)mIs - raeli filmmaker Menahem Golan, who produced more than 200 movies, including several popular action films of the 1980s, has died. Golan, who also direct- ed Dolph Lundgren, Jean- Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stailone and Chuck Norris, died last Friday in Tel Aviv. He was 85. Golan, a co-founder with his cousin Yoram Globus of the Cannon Group produc- tion company, reportedly lost consciousness outside his home in Jaffa while walking with family members. Hewas pronounced dead after an hour of attempts to resusci- tate him. Giobus told the Hollywood Reporter that Golan was"un- doubtedly a founding member of the Israeli cinematic land- scape, locally and all of its appeal internationally," Golan produced such films as "The Delta Force," starring Norris; the "Death Wish" se- quels with Charles Bronson; "Masters of The Universe" starring Lundgren; "Cobra" starring Stallone; and "Blood- sport" with Van Damme. He also produced the iconic Israeli films "Sallah Shabati" starring Israeli actor Chaim Topoi, and "Operation Thun- derbolt," based on the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport in Uganda. Golan was born in Tiberias in northern Israel, the son of Polish immigrants. He changed his last name from Globus after the 1948 War of Independence for patriotic reasons. He was the recipient of the Israeli Film Academy's Ophir Award for Lifetime Achieve- ment and The Israel Prize. Palestinian Authority will bring Israel to ICC, foreign minister says JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Palestinian Authority will' bring Israel before the In- ternational Court of Justice for war crimes, its foreign minister said. "Wewill go to the ICJ [Inter- national Court of Justice], and put our signature on it," Riyad al-Malki, told the French news agency AFP from Bogota, Colombia, on Saturday, us- ing the common reference to the ICC. "Very soon we will be a [sovereign] state. That is enough for the court to start an investigation." Before attending the in- auguration of Colombian President Juan Manuel San- tos, Malki was in The Hague last week to discuss asking the court to open a case against Israel for its military operation in Gaza over the past month. "I asked the ICJ to start an official investigation, to see if what Israel has done in the past 33 days reaches the level of war crimes," Malki said. The P.A. is not a member of the court and its status as a country is unclear. Following a 72=hour cease- fire that ended Friday morn- ing, Palestinian factions in Gaza began firing rockets again into Israel. Israel re- sponded with targeted rocket and naval attacks, but did not not enter Gaza with ground troops. The two sides agreed Sunday to a new 72-hour cease-fire that begins at midnight Monday. Israel has been accused of war crimes and violating international humanitarian law for the deaths of Gaza civilians, as well as striking United Nations buildings sheltering displaced Gazans. Cannier facing boycott calls over toiletries donation to Israeli soldiers JERUSALEM (JTA)--Gar- nier was facing a boycott threat over its donation of personal care products to female Israeli soldiers serving in the Gaza operation. The cosmetics and toilet- ries firm, which is owned by L'Oreal, has faced a backlash after the distribution of its care packages by the Stand- WithUs Israel advocacy group. The products were donated by Garnier Israel. StandWithUs publicized the care packages on its Face- book page, with a "shoutout" to Garnier for its contribu- tion. Critics on Facebook threatened the boycott. The company on Aug. 7 tried to head off criticism with a statement on its Facebook page disassociating itself from the donation to the Israeli army. "Garnier USA is aware of re- cent activity in social media. It is very important to us that our fans know that Garnier worldwide promotes peace and harmony and has a strict policy of not getting involved in any conflict or political matter," the statement said. "Garnier was astonished to discover this in social media. "After investigation, the hand-out of about 500 prod- ucts appeared to be part of a one-time local retailer ini- tiative. Garnier disapproves of this initiative managed strictly at local level and is very sorry to have offended some of its fans." Protest against Gaza opera- tion held in Tel Aviv JERUSALEM (JTA)-- About 200 people attended a protest in Tel Aviv against the Gaza operation despite police rejecting a permit for the rally. The demonstration was held Saturday night in Rabin Square. Earlier in the day, Tel A)iv police said they would not allow the demonstra- tion because of Home Front COmmand guidelines against allowing large public gath- erings in cities targeted by rocket fire from Gaza. Protesters' signs read "Stop the massacre,'"Free Gaza" and "end the siege." About 20 counterprotest- ers waved an Israeli flag and sang Israel's national anthem, according to Haaretz. They also reportedly shouted at the larger demonstration to go to Gaza. Police separated the two sides. Rivlin to be investigated for receiving illegal donations JERUSALEM (JTA)--Po- lice received the go-ahead to investigate whether new Is- raeli President Reuven Rivlin illegally received donations from an Israeli businessman. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein authorized the probe into accusations that Rivlin received thousands of shekels monthly from businessman David Appel more than 10 years ago. Appel was sentenced to a 3 1/2-year prison sentence in July 2010 for bribing public officials. The allegations reportedly had been probed in the past, with police deciding not to open an investigation, accord- ing to The Jerusalem Post. "The affair regarding the relationship between the president and David Appel was investigated over ten years ago by two attorney gener- als, Rubenstein and Mazuz, which closed the file given the lack of charges on any of the investigation's lead," Rivlin's office said in a statement. Rivlin was sworn in late last month to serve a seven-year term, succeeding Shimon Peres. Rabbi Joseph Raksin shot dead on way to Miami shul (JTA)--Joseph Raksin, a 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi, was shot and killed on his way to synagogue in North Miami Beach on Saturday morning. Police are searching for two suspects said to be young males. Raksin, who is from Brook- lyn, N.Y., reportedly was in town visiting his granddaugh- ter and other relatives. He was walking to the synagogue, Bais Menachem, when he was confronted by the two males. Police said Raksin was shot several times following an altercation, thoughwitnesses told NBC reporters that there was no altercation and that the assailants were African- American males. Raksin was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center, where he died. They said the shooting likely was a robbery gone bad. "At this time there is no indication of this being a hate crime," Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez said in a state- ment, according to the Miami Herald, A nearby synagogue, Torah V'Emunah, was the target of vandalism on July 28, with swastikas and the word "Hamas" spray-painted on the front pillars. In a statement on the shooting, Hava Holzhauer, the Florida regional direc- tor of the Anti-Defamation League, said: "At this time, it appears to be a robbery that went badly. Currently no evidence has been brought to light that it was motivated by anti-Semitism. While our community is on high alert due to recent anti-Semitic incidents that have coincided with hostilities in the Middle East, we must be careful not to assume this was a hate- motivated crime unless or until such information is discovered and released by law enforcement." Miami Jewish community offers $50,000 reward in Rabbi Raksin killing (JTA)--The Jewish com- munity of Miami is offering a $50,000 reward for informa- tion that leads to the arrest of two suspects in the murder of Rabbi Joseph Raksin. The rewardwas reported on Sunday by the Miami Herald. Raksin, 60, an Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn, was shot and killed on his way to synagogueservicesin North Miami Beach on Saturday morning. The funeral was set for Sunday afternoon, accordifig to the Miami Herald. Raksin reportedly was in town visiting his granddaugh- ter and other relatives. He was walking to the synagogue, Bais Menachem, when he was confronted by the two young males being sought. Police said Raksinwas shot several times following an altercation, thoughwitnesses told NBC reporters that there was no altercation and the assailants were African- American males. Raksin was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center, where he died. Police said the shooting likelywas a robbery gone bad. "At this time there is no indication of this being a hate crime," Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez said in a state- ment, according to the Miami Herald. A nearby synagogue, Torah V'Emunah, was the target of vandalism on July 28, with swastikas and the word "Hamas" spray-painted on the front pillars. Sweden anti-Semitism rally scrapped over security concerns (JTA)---The two organizers of a demonstration in Sweden against anti-Semitism can- celed the event amid fears of violence and disturbances to public order. Elin Schwartz and Kaino Nordgren said they scrapped the Aug. 14 rally in Gothen- burg because would-be par- ticipants said they were too afraid to show up, the G6te- borgs-Posten daily reported a week before the protest. At least 100 demonstrators were expected to take part in the protest. "At the last minute we learned that many Jews are afraid to come, and that there were rumors that people will come and try to destroy the demonstration and crash it to spread political messages," organizers Schwartz and Nordgren wrote on Facebook to announce the cancellation. They added they could not verify the rumors, but said "we are two individuals and as organizers dare not take upon 3.6257 51439 98741 45826 73614 12978 84395 67582 29163 ourselves the responsibility of ensuring everyone's safety." They also wrote: "Had we had more time, we could find out more about the threat, but now we feel that we need to postpone." No new time or venue has been set. Also Aug. 7, well-known Swedish hip-hop music art- ist Jacques Mattar wrote on the picture-sharing social network Instagram that Zion- ists created the ISIS jihadist group. Posting a picture of dead bodies, he wrote: "The media aren't there. Why? The same people who created ISIS control the media: Senior Zionists." Mattar, who is known by his stage name Jacco and is a member of the popular band Labyrint, removed the re- mark about Zionists from his Instagram account shortly after posting it, the Dagens Nyheter daily reported. London, Cape Town ral- lies against Israel's Gaza campaign draw tens of thousands (JTA)--Tens of thousands of protesters in both London and Cape Town slammed Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. In England, demonstrators in central London marched though the West End shop- ping area and on to Hyde Park for a rally on Saturday. "It was the third major demonstration on behalf of Gaza in London in the last month. Organizers said 150,000 people participated in the rally, though police declined to give exact figures. British politicians against the operation also partici- pated in the demonstrations. Also Saturday, a similar rally in Cape Town in South Africa reportedly drew be- tween 30,000 and 50,000, including the grandson of the late Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Demonstators carried signs with phrases such as "Israel is an apartheid state" and "Stop Israeli murder." They marched through the center of the city to the na- tional parliament. A group of Jews also marched with the protest- ers, carrying signs reading "Jewish not Zionist." South African lawmaker Mandla Mandela joined the demonstration, promising he would take the crowd's demands to Parliament. "Our freedom is not com- plete without the freedom of Palestinians," he said, quot- ing his grandfather. 8914 2768 6253 9371 5892 364-5 7126 1439 4587