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mmm - mmmmmm mmmm PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST27, 2010 Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard to visit Israel JERUSALEM (JTA) NBA All-Star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic will visit Israel to hold a basketball clinic for teens: Howard and other former NBA players will also scrim- mage against the Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League. The group of current and former professional basketball players from the United States will visit Israel from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5, "to demonstrate their solidarity with the people and State of Israel." accord- ing to a news release from SportsPower International. a nonprofit organization that uses current and former NBA players as inspiring role models to make a positive impact on international youth. Howard will conduct a basketball workshop and training session for teens on Sept. 4. Later that day, Maccabi Haifawillscrimmageagainst a team of former NBA All-Stars including Jerome Williams. Anthony Bonner, Paul Grant, David Wood and Laron Profit. The NBAsquadwill be coached by Dwight Howard's father, Dwight Howard Sr. "With the arrival of su- perstars the likes of Dwight Howard to host a.clinic for teens for such a worthy cause and for our Maccabi Haifa team to scrimmage against former-NBA stars, we are more than happy to rearrange our preseason schedule," said Maccabi Haifa's Vice Chairman Arnon Shiran. Maccabi Haifa will travel to the United States to play the New Jersey Nets in its first preseason game at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Oct. 3. Anne Frank's tree collapses NEW YORK (JTA)The giant chestnut tre~ that Anne Frank wrote about several times in her diary collapsed in stormy weather. The tree, at more than 150 years old, had developed a fungus that weakened it, and it fell over Monday in heavy wind and rain, according to reports. Weighing about 27 tons, the tree was encased in a steel harness nearly two years ago to keep it upright. Its trunk reportedly snapped about three feet from the ground. "It broke off like a match," a spokesman for the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam told Re- uters. The Anne Frank House Dwight Howard participates in Basketball Without Borders in Africa in 2009. was not hit. though several neighboring structures were said to be damaged. Saplings taken from the tree have been planted around the world. A sapling from the tree reportedly will be planted in its place. Barak names new military chief of staff JERUSALEM (JTA) De- fense Minister Ehud Barak named a new chief of staff for Israel's military in the wake of a scandal involving his choice. Barak on Sunday named Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant to replace current chief Gabi Ashkenazi. who has served for the past four years and whose pogition was not extended by an extra year, as is traditional. Ashkenazi will step down in February. Barak will reportedly ask the Cabinet to approve Galant's appointment at its weekly meet- ing on Aug. 29. Galant, 51, currently serves as head of the Israel Defense Forces Southern Command. Israel's Channel 2 television earlier this month reported on a document leaked to the station, called the "Galant document," which allegedly outlined a public relations campaign for Galant in order to achieve the chiefofstaffposition.The docu- ment was deemed a fake !ast week by police. Galant has not been implicated in the scandal. Iran unveils long-range drone bomber JERUSALEM (JTA)Iran's president tinveiled the coun- try's first domestically built unmanned long-range bomber. MahmoudAhmadinejad on Sunday revealed the drone prototype, called Karar, on a state television broadcast, according to reports. "The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship," Ahmadinejad reportedly said during the unveiling. "The main message of Karar bomber is to prevent any kind of aggression and conflict" against the Islamic Republic, he said. The high-speed drone can carry two 250-pound bombs or a 500-pound precision mis- sile, according to Iranian state television. The unveiling comes a day after Iran began loading ura- nium into its Russian-built Bushehr nuclear reactor, ahead of the activation of the power plant. PLO office reasserts Jewish history in Palestine NEW YORK (JTA)--The PLO repeated Mahmoud Ab- bas' assertion that the Jews have a history in Palestine and rejected charges that this means Jews have an exclusive claim to the region. The Palestine Liberation Organization office in Wash- ington last week re-released the Palestinian Authority president's statement deliv- ered in a meeting with Jewish leaders in Washington in June, DISCOVER THE REFORM JEWISH HOME YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR! NBA Photos FRIDAY, AUG. 27TM AT 7:30 A Unique Musical Shabbat Experience with Beth Schafer and Band EPICenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo, FL. the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported. The statement said: "No- body denies the Jewish history in the Middle East. A third of our Holy Koran talks about the Jews in the Middle East,- in this area. Nobody from our side at least denies that the Jews were in Palestine. were in the Middle East." The release from the PLO office was in response to a July 22 letter from a number of Palestinian intellectuals who charged that Abbas had accepted "an exclusive Jewish claim to Palestine." The PLO office said Abbas was merely repeating facts not in dispute; to suggest that it amounted to accepting an "exclusive" Jewish claim helps "sow the seeds of division in the Palestinian people," Ma'an quoted the office as saying. U.N. study: Israel's restric- tions on Gaza 'devastating' NEWYORK 0TA)--Astudy released by two U.N. agencies said Israeli security measures on Gaza's borders and in its waters have affected the health of over a tenth of the strip's inhabitants. The'Office for the Coordina- tion of Humanitarian Affairs and World Food Programme stated in the study, released Aug. 19, that Israel's policies have led to shifts in diet, reductions in the quantity of food consumed, poor sewage treatment and limited access to education. It concluded that Israel's land and sea restric- tions have affected about 12 percent of Gaza's population. Since 2008, Israel has not allowed Gazans to use land 1,000 to 1,500 meters from the borderwith Israel or access waters more than three miles from shore, according to the report. The report estir~ated that this restricts about 35 percent of farmland, and 85 percent of water that should be accessible to fisherman under the Oslo Accords. It also noted that Israel's security considerations stem from attacks by Hamas mili- tants launched from the border areas. According to the report, the Israeli army razes farms that already exist in the restricted zone, including fruit trees. chicken and sheep farms. water wells and greenhouses. Some inhabitants have re- planted the area with rain-fed crops, but the report estimated that the total value of prop- erty destroYed in restricted areas in the past five years is $308 million. Many farmers reported thtt their income from agricul :ure was reduced to one-third or tess of what it had previou fly been. Fisher- men reporte d that they have lost about ,26.5 million in income. Datawas ~theredinaseries of 101 interview and group discussions with farmers, fishermen, rf unicipal officials, students and others. The study was conducb .d between March -and April, ar d combined with analyses of 5ata from other sources. No Hamas iOquiry in Ban's Gaza report i NEW YORK (JTA) The U.N. Secret~ry-General's in- terim reportpn investigatiofis - into the 2009 Gaza War does not include ~ direct investiga- tion of Ham.@s' role. Ban Ki-nmon attached an interim Israeli account of its investigations and a lengthy report by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in his submission last week to the U.N. General Assembly, but there was no sign of any in- vestigation by the authorities in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip of the organization's role in the war, which resulted in between 1,000 -1,400 Palestin- ian and 13 Israeli deaths: Israel says Hamas launched the war with a massive inten- sification of rocket attacks on Israel's south. Richard Goldstone, the U.N.-appointed investigator who charged both sides with war crimes, has said it is incumbent on both sides to make good-faith efforts to set up independent inquiries. Ban did not explain the omission. "I have called upon all of the parties to carry out credible, independent domes- tic investigations into the conduct and consequences of the Gaza conflict," he wrote in his interim report. "I hope that such steps will be taken wherever there are credible allegations of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law." Human Rights Watch, an independent group, chided Ban for not going further. "Israeli investigations still fall far short of-being thorough and impartial, while Hamas appears to have done nothing atall to investigate allegedvio- lations," it said in a statement. "We regret that the secretary- general merely passed on the reports he received from Israel and the Palestinian side instead of making the failings of these investigations clear." The Israeli report included in Ban's submission summa- rizes what it says is progress in military and civilian inquiries into the war. The Palestinian Authority report focuses mostly on what it says are Israel's violations. and then on Hamas violations of civil liberties in Gaza; it exonerates the Palestinian Au- thority of any excesses in the West Bank. although human rights groups say the P.A. is cracking down on opponents. Hamas drove the Fatah-led P.A. out of Gaza in 2007. The P.A. report says that Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilians would violate human rights but adds that it does not have proof that these occurred this. despite the fact that such attacks have been subject to extensive media scrutiny. The P.A. commission was not allowed access to the Gaza Strip. Hip-hop artist turned Orthodox Jew murdered in Brooklyn NEW YORK (JTA)--A for- mer hip-hop record executive who became an Orthodox Jew was gunned down in Brooklyn on Thursday night, Aug. 19. Y0seph Robinson, 34, was shot to death at MB Vineyards in Flatbush. a kosher liquor store where he worked as a clerk. He died trying to pro- tect his girlfriend during an attempted robbery. Robinson was born in Ja- maica, and enjoyed telling people about his spiritual journey to Judaism and recent conversion. More than 100 Orthodox and Chasidic Jews gathered outside the store on the night of Aug. 19 to pay their respects, according to CBS News. Knicks' Soudemire says he is practicing Jew NEWYORK (JTA) -Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks reportedly said he is a practicing Jew"spiritually and culturally." Stoudernire, wholastmonth visited Israel on a spiritual journey to explore his Jewish roOts, made the comments in an interview with Page Six of The New York Post. He also said that he is keeping kosher. The NBAAll-Starjoined the Knicks this summer as a free agent. He formerly played for the Phoenix Suns. Stoudemire reportedly decided to visit Israel after learning that his mother was Jewish. Stoudemire told the news- paper that he is continuing his Jewish studies. "I figure, what the scriptures speak about, that's what I celebrate," he said. He has reportedly been studying the Bible since he was young. Some have suggested that Stoudemire is exploring Juda- ism as away to help the Knicks sell more tickets, a charge that the star player denies. Stoudemire told Page Six that he will celebrate the High Holidays. butwill not miss any games for Rosh Hashanah and Yore Kippur. "Playing the games are my livelihood." he said. "But I'm still going to celebrate the holidays." HIGH HOLIDAY TICKETS AVAILABLE Call 407-366-3556 Visit: www.Templeshirshalom.org