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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2012 Israeli home front chief: Iran's nukes threaten Israel's existence JERUSALEM (JTA)--"Israel's existence is threatened"by Iran's nuclear weapons program, Avi Dichter said upon taking over as Israel's home front defense minister. Dichter, officially taking the post from Matan Vilna'i, said on Sunday that for the first time Is- rael is facing an existential threat from Iran as well as strategic threats from Lebanon, Syria and Gaza. But, he added, "the era of killing Israelis because they are Jews is over" Dichter resigned from the Knesset and the opposition Kadima Party last week to take the ministership. It is believed he may be the deciding vote in the Security Cabinet in favor of a strike on Iran. Also Sunday, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolu- tionary Guard's air force, said he would ' velcome" an Israeli strike against Iran because Iran then would have a reason to re- taliate and "get rid of" the Jewish state "forever," The Associated Press reported, citing IRNA, the official Iranian news agency. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatol- lah Ali Khamenei, called Israel "the Zionist cancerous tumor in the heart of the Islamic world," according to IRNA, the French news agency AFP reported. Khamenei was delivering a speech in honorofEidal-Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Two days earlier, Iranian Pres- ident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had used the same terminology, saying that "The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the statement "offensive and inflammatory," and EU foreign policy chief CatherineAshton said theywere "outrageous and hateful." "Israel's right to exist must not be called into question," Ashton said through a spokesman. Sharansk . Iran fears delay- ing immigration plans JERUSALEM (JTA)--Jew- ish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said the fear of a war with Iran has caused Jews in the Diaspora to delay their aliyah plans. Sharansky told Israel Radio on Sunday that potential im- migrants who had finalized their plans to move to Israel have delayed their arrival by several months because they are afraid of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities and an Iranian response. Avi Dichter Public discussions by Israeli politicians and defense officials about an Iran strike "have crossed every red line," Sharan- sky said. Some 350 new immigrants from North America arrived on a charter aliyah flight last week. Netanyahu calls Abbas to discuss firebomb attack at end of Ramadan JERUSALEM (JTA)---Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu in a phone call to PalestinianAuthority President Mahmoud Abbas promised an all-out effort to bring to justice the perpetrators of a firebombing that wounded six Palestinians. Netanyahu called Abbas on Saturday night to wish him well on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. The Israeli leader also addressed the Aug. 16 attack, believed to be perpe- trated by extreme rightists, and promised that all efforts would be made to bring the attackers to justice, accordingtoastatement from the Prime Minister's Office. The conversation came a day after Netanyahu, via his special envoy Yitzhak Molcho, sent a message to Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad that said the firebomb near Bat Ayin in the Gush Etzion bloc was very grave and that Israeli security forces were making extensive efforts to locate those respon- sible in order to bring them to justice. Netanyahu's message also said he would monitor the medical care that the wounded are receiving in Israel and offered all additional assistance. Six Palestinians fromonefam- ily were injured Aug. 16 when a taxi caught fire after a firebomb was thrown at it. A second fire- bomb preparedtobe thrownalso was found. Women arrested for donning prayer shawls at Western Wall JERUSALEM (JTA)--Jerusa- lem police arrested and detained four women for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall. The women, members of Women of the Wall, were ar- rested Sunday during morning prayers, which included special prayers for the new Hebrew month of Elul. Women of the Wall holds a special prayer service at the Western Wall each month for Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of a new month. The group has met once a month at the back of the women's section at the Western Wall for the last 20 years. A blog post filed on the Wom- en of the Wall's website Sunday described the arrest of the four women, saying that they were wearing traditional-looking prayer shawls, or tallitot white with blue or black stripes--and ' ere arrested mid-prayer" as they "stood amongst dozens of women who wore colorful prayer shawls andwere leftalone by police:' The women were arrested for 'q~ehavior that endangers the public peace" and wearing prayer shawls. They have been forbidden to enter the Western Wall Plaza for the next 50 days, according to the organization. "The time has come to re- claimandliberatetheKotelfrom the grasp of a handful of Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) extremists who, with the cooperation of the Israeli authorities, exclude the majority oflsraelis and Jews from the Western Wall," said Anat Hoffrnan, Women of the Wall chairwoman, in a statement. The rabbi ofthe Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, in a statement issued Sunday ex- pressed "shock and deep sorrow" over the behavior of the group. "Many worshipers who came to pray Sunday morning instead were forced towitness a fanatical political struggle by an extrem- ist group, which undermines the sanctity of the Wall," the state- ment said, calling the Western Walt "a place of unity." In 2003, Israel's Supreme Court upheld a government ban on women wearing tefillin or tallitot, or reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall. In June, Israeli police detained a woman wearing a tallit at the Western Wall and later ques- tioned her for four hours after asking her to wear her prayer shawl as a scarf. In May, three women from Women of the Wall were stopped for questioning after praying at theWall inprayer shawls. They also had been asked to wear the tallitot as scarves rather than shawls. Parts of Grad missile found north of Eilat JERUSALEM (JTA)--Parts of Your in Orlando Real EstatdII! Over 25+ years Residential Real Estate Sales experience Over $200 Million+ Lifetime Sales GALE MILGRIM, P.A Realtor 407-443-9832 Visit To read my Glo~oing Client Testimonials and my BIO!!!!! Member Congregation Ohev Shalom Parent of 2 Jewish Academy Alumni Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Supporter NN/ RgAt. ~STATI; S|?.RVICI~S L.~ a long-range Grad rocket were The remarks were sharply the local synagogue decided to found north of Eilat. criticized by several Knesset keep on their kipot upon exiting It is believed to be one of two members inthe rulingcoalition, their synagogue. Reports about rockets fired from the Sinai Zeev Elkin, a Likud Knesset the march on Facebook helped into the popular resort town member, saidhe"regrettedtosee drawmoremarchers.Saturday's last week. thatPeresisreturningtohisdays walk was the fourth such event The Salafi Front, an Islamist during the signing of the Oslo in Malmo, which has a Jewish terror group operating in the Accords, and proposes to once population of approximately Sinai, claimed responsibility for again gamble on the security of 1,800. firing the rockets into southern Israelis and hope for the best." It was the first time that a Israel, whichcausedtwoloudex- Peres, as foreign minister for kipah walk was organized by plosions on the night of Aug. 15. Yitzhak Rabin's 1992-1995 gov- Stockholm'smuchlargerJewish Thegroupalsosaiditperpetrated ernment, initiated and pushed community. more than a dozen attacks on the at-first secret negotiations Last Friday, the newspaper the gas pipeline between Egypt with the Palestinians, which Sydsvenskan ran an Op-Ed by andIsraei,whichhasbeenblown formally became known as the Ohlsson in praise of the kipah up at least 14 times in the Sinai Oslo Accords for the Scandina- walk. since February 2011. vian city inwhichtheywere first U.S.governmentsuesFIorida Itdeniedanyconnectiontoan hammered out. prisons service for halting ko- Aug. 5 attack in which terrorists United Church of Canada ap- sher food killed 16 Egyptian soldiers and proves boycott of settlement (JTA)--The U.S.government crossed into Israel down the goods hassuedtheFIoridaDepartment road from the Kerem Shalom TORONTO (JTA)--Canada's of Corrections for ending its crossing, where they were killed largest Protestant church has kosher meal service. by Israeli security forces, voted to boycott -goods from The Justice Department filed U.S Israeli navies condude Israel's Jewish settlements, the lawsuit last week in federal joint exerd Voting Aug. 17 on a final set District Court in Miami. JERUSALEM(JTA)--TheU.S. of resolutions, members of the The kosher meal service was Navy and the Israeli Naval Force church's governing General canceled in 2007. An average of concluded ajoint exercise. Council passed a measure to 250 inmates used the kosher The four-day exercise, called boycott products exported by mealservice, includingMuslims, Reliant Mermaid, concluded Israeli settlements on the West The Associated Press reported. Aug. 16 in Haifa, according to Bank and in eastern Jerusalem. The state now offers vegetarian reports. Theresolutioncallsonchurch andvegan options. The exercise between Israel members "to avoid any and South African chief rabbi and the U.S. 6th Fleet, which is all products produced in the calls government minister headquartered in Naples, Italy, settlements"; requests that the unfit to serve included live fire training and Canadian government ensure CAPE TOWN, South Af- search-and-rescue exercises, that "all products produced in rica (JTA)--SouthAfrica'schief It is a regularly scheduled thesettlementsbelabeledclearly rabbihascalledonthecountry's exercise and not related to es- and differently from products of deputyministerofinternational calatingtensionsbetweenIsrael Israel"; and requests that prod- relations to resign, saying he is and Iran, the U.S. Navy said in a uctsproducedinthesettlements unfit to hold public office. statement. "not be given preferential treat- Lastweek, SouthMricanpoli- The joint exercise previously ment under the Canada-Israel tician Ebrahim Ebrahim issued included Turkey, which has re- Free Trade Agreement."a statement saying that South fused to participate with Israel Other resolutions relating to Africans would be discouraged sincetheMaviMarmaraincident the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from visiting Israel unless they in May 2010. singled out the settlements as were involved in peace efforts. Jordan's king claims Israeli a principal obstacle to peace in In an open letter published policy harms Jerusalem's holy the region; called on Israel to last Friday in Business Day and sites suspend settlement expansion; The Jerusalem Post, Rabbi War- (JTA)--Israeli policy in Je- and expressed regret for previ- renGoldsteinwrote,' sacitizen rusalem is harming the city's ously asking Palestinians to andasanationalreligiousleader holy sites, Jordan's King Abdul- acknowledge Israel as a Jewish of South Africa, I object to the lah said. state as a precondition to peace, way in which you are abusing Jordan'sstate-runPetranews The resolutions relating to your high office to promote agency on Aug. 16 quoted the the Middle East were contained your own personal agenda. You king as telling clergymen from in a 29-page report released in obviously have a 'blind spot' Jerusalem in Amman that May, angering many in the Jew- when it comes to Israel; you "Israel's acts of radicalization ish community and inflaming loseyoursenseofobjectivityand harm the holy places" in Jeru- tensions between the two faith rationality when dealing with salem. "The coerced emigration groups, the Jewish state." of Arab Christians and Arab Swedish solidarity'kipah As examples of the deputy Muslim from the Holy City is walk' unites Jews, non-Jews minister'sbias, theJewishleader unacceptable." (JTA)--Several hundred kip- noted the politician's failure to Jordan, he reportedly said, ah-wearing Jews and non-Jews condemn human rights abuses would "continue to defend the marched in Sweden as a sign of in fellow-Mrican countriessuch holy places and checkthe Israeli solidarity with Malmo's Jews. as Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan. unilateral moves which aim to Some400marchersgathered Facebook removes some change the city's identity." Saturday outside the synagogue HezbeUah-related content Jordan ruled eastern Jeru- in Malmo and walked to Mol- (JTA)--Facebook, citing a salem, in which two mosques levangsSquare, apartofthecity policy against hosting content important to Islam sit on the with many Muslim immigrants that "incites hate," has removed Temple Mount, from 1948 until from the Middle East. someHezbollah-relatedcontent 1967. After the Six-Day War, Is- Speakers included Brigitta Although some Facebook raelannexedeasternJerusalem. Ohlsson, minister for European pages in praise of Hezbollah The king also said that he Affairs;WillySilberstein, headof could be accessed last Friday, a would act to "consolidate a theSwedishCommitteeAgainst pageonitsradiostatio, A1-Manar, firmerandmoreeffectivelslamic Anti-Semitism; Social Demo- displayed only text about the stancein lightoftheseinfringe- cratic politician Lucian Astu- station and no commentary or ments," the Petra report added, dillo; and Jehoshua Kaufman reports. Peres: Israel cannot strike of the Jewish Community of "Tohelpkeepoursitesafe,we Iran on its own Malmo. use the State Department List (JTA)--Israel President Shi- "Theideaistoshowourselves of ForeignTerrorOrganizations monPeressaidthatIsraelcannot and others thatwe refuse to be tohelpmakedeterminationsof attack Iran on its own. afraid or hide our Jewish affilia- which groups may be involved "We can delay the Iranian tion,"FredrikSieradzki, director in the promotion of violence," nuclear plan, but it is clear to ofcommunications for the Jew- Federic Wolens, a Facebook us that we need to go with the ish community of Malmo, told spokesman, said according to United States," Peres said dur- JTA before the march, the Daily Star, a Beirut-based ing an interview last week with Earlierthisyear, arabbifrom newspaper. "Due to Hezbol- Channel 2 television. "President Malmowasphysicallyassaulted. lah's appearance on the list, Barack Obama is determined to In 2010, Malmo Mayor Ilmar they have been removed from stopIranandIsraelcannotdoit." ReepalusaidthatagroupofJews the site." The official position of the in Malmo who were attacked OnAug. 16, Al-Manar's web- IsraeliPrimeMinisterBenjamin by Swedish Muslims during a site offered an alternative way Netanyahu'sgovernmentisthat peaceful protest in support of to download and install its app Israel may attack Iran if that is Israelbroughttheviolenceupon to iPhones and iPads"following the only way to stop Iran from themselves for not distancing thecarnpaigncarriedoutbythe obtaining nuclear weapons, themselves from Israel and its JewishAnti-DefamationLeague Israel's president, wholargely actions during the monthlong to deactivate Al-Manar applica- fillsceremonialtasksbutisoften GazaWar in 2008-09. tionsonsmartphonesatGoogle a respected veteran politician, is The firstwalkbegan inMalmo Play and Apple store," according selected by the Knesset. in January when members of to the Star)'