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PAGE 14A IDF From page 1A Gazaterrorists fired 3,360 rockets at Israel, 584 of which were intercepted by Iron Dome. Some 115 projectiles hit populated areas in Israel, and 2,542 rockets exploded in open areas. Combined, Israel's airand ground forces launched 4,762 strikes against terrorist tar- gets in Gaza. Israel had withdrawn all of its forces from the Gaza Strip by 8 a.m. Tuesday, when the 72-hour cease-fire declared on Monday evening went into effect. As of now, the IDF will refrain from releasing the reservists that have been called up during the operation, in case fighting resumes, but many reservists have been relieved by new troops and have been given the chance return home for a few days. The IDF has also redeployed many of its military vehicles and equipment along the Is- raeli side of the Gaza border, improving existing positions and taking up new positions in Gaza border area com- munities. The IDF is also preparing for the possibility that Gaza terrorists will try to attack the Israeli communities adjacent to the border, or stage mass riots near the border, as they did at the end of 2012 Opera- tion Pillar of Defense. Defense officials said Tuesday that the military cannot assume that Hamas' tunnel infrastructure has been rendered completely useless, but stressed that 32 terror tunnels--some known to Israeli intelligence ahead of the operation and some discovered during the fight- ing-have been destroyed. Over the next few days, the IDFwill destroy several shafts thatwere recently discovered, a military source said, stress- ing that the shafts in question could be safely eliminated from the Israeli side of the border. Should the cease-fire hold, the military is likely to begin investigating the various incidents that took place during Operation Pro- tective Edge, including the use of non-armored vehicles along the Israeli side of the border despite the threats prevalent in the sector, the use of outdated armored personnel carriers, and the infiltration attacks near the kibbutzim of Nir Am and Nahal Oz. One of the top priorities for the military is likely to be dealing with the issue of terror tunnels and exploring what can be done to further HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 15, 2014 negate this threat in the fu-. Israel, whichmeans givinup ture. Meanwhile, cease:fire rockets, moging into a differ,' talks continued in Cairo on ent plane." :: Wednesday. Israel sent of- ficials to join the Cairo talks to cement a longer-term deal during the course of the cur- rent 72-hour truce that began on Tuesday morning. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have also dispatched representatives from Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, echoing Israel's posi- tion, linked on Wednesday a lifting of blockades on Gaza to Hamas giving up its rocket arsenal. "What we want to do is support the Palestinians and their desire to improve their lives and to be able to open crossings and get food in and reconstruct and have greater freedom," Kerrysaid on the BBC's HARDtalk program. "But that has to come with a greater responsibility towards Kerry said all this would "finally come together" as part of wider Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts that he has spearheaded but which have been frozen since April when Palestinian Authority Presi- dent Mahmoud Abbas struck a unity deal with Hamas. Israel's Diplomatic-Securi- ty Cabinetmet late on Tuesday to discuss the aftermath of the fighting in Gaza and strategy for the Cairo negotiations. An Israeli official, who declined to be identified, said Israel wanted humanitarian aid to flow to Gaza as soon as possib!e. But, the official said, the import of cement--vital for reconstruction--would de- pend on achieving guarantees that if would not be used by terrorists to construct more infiltration tunnels leading into Israel and other fortifi- cations. The Palestinians are de- manding an end to the Israeli- Egyptian blockade on Gaza and the release of prisoners, including those Israel arrested during Operation Brother's Keeper in Judea and Samaria in June. Israel has resisted these demands. "For Israel the most impor- tant issue is demilitarization. We must prevent Hamas from rearming, we must demilitarize the Gaza Strip," Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev told Reuters television. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has ruled out giv- ing up its weapons. Egypt has positioned itself as a mediator in recent Gaza conflicts but, like Israel, its current administration views Hamas as a security threat. Katz From page 1A direction of the chief judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, he developed and implemented the truancy court in Orange County, to eliminate ab- sences and improve students' performance. This program has significantly reduced truancy in high schools and now they are expanding to include middle school-age students in the program. This is a position he continues to maintain. Katz is also involved in many nonprofits, includ- ing serving as secretary of the Community Leadership Council of the Howard Phil- lips Center for Children and Families, whose mission is to improve the lives of all the residences in Orange and Osceola counties. He is also past president of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, past president of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and former chairman of the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. Serving as a Circuit Court judge, Katz believes he can truly make a dif- ference for this commu- nity, partly because of his background. Katz was born in Argentina and came to the U.S. as a young child, the first in his family to become a citizen. He is a founding member and the first president of the His- panic Bar Association of Central Florida. He is also Jewish, which has enabled him to better understand different cultural issues. He served as the first vice president of the Holocaust memorial Resource and Education Center. "I have a unique perspective-on understanding cultural issues having been born in another country, raised in this country and being a minority," he explained. When a judge, hearing of- ricer or magistrate is elected, he or she attends what is called "New Judge School." Katz is an instructor for the hearing officers and magis- trates-only one of four or five statewide who do this. In addition, there is a con- tinuing education program for judges called Advanced Judicial Studies. Katz has been selected as a depart- ment head for all the family law programs. "I organized all the family law programs for the last few years for all the family law judges," he said. He is the only hearing officer in the state ever to be selected to be a department head for the judges' judicial school. Having served in various capacities all around the bench, with his experience in basically all the areas of law, Norberto Katz has the training to be a judge. "This is something I have aspired to do. Born in Argen- tina and having been given a lot of opportunities in this country, this is one way of giv- ing back. I've worked hard and I have the training,'Katz said. Katz has the support of his wife, Jodi, and two sons-- both UCF graduates--as well as endorsements from 19 past Bar president; the Orange County Sheriff's Office; the Fraternal Order of Police, District 7; the Police Benevolent Associa- tion; West Orange Political Alliance; and Professional Firefighters, Local 3284. He has also won Hob Nobs at East Side, Apopka and Winter Garden Chamber of Commerces. "Norberto has provided stellar leadership and ser- vice to our profession and to the public we serve," said Attorney Bruce Blackwell. "He is a dedicated public servant and will be a fair and impartial Circuit Court judge for us all." "Norber to Katz is a proven leader in the legal commu- nity with excellent qualifi- cation," said Jamie Bil|otte Moses, Esq., president elect, Orange County Bar Associa- tion. "In the end, I want to be measure not for riches, but for making a difference and making things better," Katz said. For more information about Norberto Katz, visit his website, www.katzfor- Images From page 2A for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. For many viewers, the narrative of this war must ap- pear quite straightforward: Powerful Israel is bombard- ing defenseless Palestin- ians. That's understandable when there are hardly any photographs of Palestinian aggressors. In a July 15 Washington Post story by William Booth, Hamas' use of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as an operat- ing base is mentioned--but only in half a sentence in the story's eighth paragraph: "The [Palestinian health] minister was turned away be- fore he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas lead- ers, who can be seen in the hallways and offices." As Tablet noted, that's called burying the lede. By all accounts Hamas is running a command center out of the basement of Shifa Hospital, but you wouldn't know it watching or reading coverage of this conflict. Three UNRWA schools have reported finding Hamas rockets on their grounds, but we haven't seen those images. Geboff From page 1A Chapter of the Year in 2008. The newest endeavors under her direction are "Kibbutz Ohev," a Jewish afterschool enrichment program that will focus on taking care of the land, ourselves and Israel as well as "Dinner, Daber and Dvar," formal Jewish learning for 8th-12th graders. Born and raised in Phila- delphia, she is a graduate of Akiba Hebrew Academy. Geboff received a bach- elor's degree in horticul- ture from the Pennsylvania State University and a mas- ter's degree in social work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University. Geboff recently was a participant in the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute where educators from all over the country gathered over the course of the two years and worked together to look at the practice of teaching as well as creating meaningful professional development and elevat- ing Jewish education to be respectable profession. She moved to Orlando in 1995 with her husband Eric Ge- boff, director of JFS, and three daughters, two of whom have followed in her footsteps into social work, and one of whom has fol- lowed her into education. Geboff will be honored at the Jewish Federation of Greater OrlandoAnnual Meet- ing on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium at the Maitland Jewish Commu- nity Campus. All members of the community are welcome to attend the annual meeting. To RSVP, visit or call Becca Ginns at 407- 645-5933. Likewise, a Palestinian (!) news agency reported two weeks ago that Hamas executed dozens of Pales- tinians suspected of col- .laborating with Israel last week. JTA reported this, but it was given no mention in mainstream media outlets. Either reporters and edi- tors are uninterested in telling the side of the story that shows what Hamas is doing in Gaza or they're unable. Let's consider the latter possibility. Much has been made by Israel supporters of a decision by The Wall Street Journal's Nick Casey to delete a tweet about how Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as a base of operations. Pre- sumably, Casey deleted the tweet because of threats by Hamas either to his person or his ability to continue to cover the conflict. A Times of Israel re- port last week suggested as much: "Several Western journal- ists currently working in Gaza have been harassed and threatened by Hamas for documenting cases of Letter From page 5A preventing genocide and tragic deaths, why don't you speak out when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is butchering thousands of his own people regularly just across the border from Israel? It's not convenient, I suppose, when you just want to pick on Israel because it's the terrorist group's in- volvement of civilians in warfare against Israel, Israeli officials said, expressing outrage that some in the international media appar- ently allow themselves to be intimidated and do not report on such incidents. "The Times of Israel con- firmed several incidents in which journalists were qhestioned and threatened. These included cases involv- ing photographers who had taken pictures of Hamas 6peratives in compromising circumstances--gunmen preparing to shoot rockets from within civilian struc- tures, and/or fighting in civilian clothing--and who were then approached by Hamas men, bullied and had their equipment taken away. Another case involving a French reporter was initially reported by the journalist involved, but the account was subsequently removed from the Internet." After leaving Gaza, free- lance Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati, in a pair of tweets blaming Hamas for a recent civilian casu- alty incident, backed up the claims that Hamas threatens reporters: "Out of #Gaza far from #Hamas retaliation: misfired rocket killed children yday in Shati. Witness: militants rushed and cleared debris (July 29)" Why are we reading about this intimidation only in Jewish or Israeli media or on blogs and not in Western mainstream media? Attorney Scott John- son takes news outlets to task for this on the blog Powerline: "Hamas threats don't account for the relentless ignorance and stupidity of the coverage of the Gaza hostilities, but they account for some of it. Reporters and their media employers cooperate with Hamas not only in suppressing stories that do not serve Hamas's purposes, but also by failing to report on the restrictive conditions under which they are working." This is no small point. Public opinion is a crucial element to this conflict. It will play a role in determin- ing when the fighting ends, what a cease-fire looks like and who bears primary re- sponsibility for the deaths of innocents. If media outlets are sup- pressing images of Hamas fighters using civilians as shields, and using schools and hospitals as bases of operation, then people watch- ing around the world natu- rally will have trouble viewing the Israelis as anything but aggressors and the Palestin- ians as anything but victims. But they're only getting half the story. And where I come from, a half-truth is considered a lie. Editor' Note: Psst, Uriel, The Heritage has an article in today's issue of the India NDTV news crew capturing on video Hamas militants assembling rockets in a resi- dential area, right outside the hotel the news crew was staying in. The rockets were then detonated remotely. The news crew fled Gaza for fear of harm. Please see boxed artice on page 2. (The Algemeiner ran this story too, and the footage is on the latest fad and you want to stay relevant. The Jewish people are ac- customed to being blamed for everything and being held to a different standard than the rest of the world, and if any- thing, this has made Israelis tougher. You don't need to agree with everything I've written. The roots of this conflict are com- plicated and we live in a free world, so debate is welcome (unlike in Gaza, by the way, thanks to Hamas). But don't sign a letter like this without first truly informing yourself of all points of view. One day, when this current war is over, if you ever wake up from your misguided "I'm so fortunate, so I need to feel sorry for someone" guilt, I invite you to actually get to know Israel for real. It's not a perfect country, I'll be the first to say that. But it's also awarm and welcoming country, full of people who are genuinely fighting for their right to live in peace. Alina Dain Sharon is the managing editor of Any opinions expressed above are solely her own.