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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 I Colorado flooding wreaks oc on Yom Kippur observances Joseph K. VonNida/U.S. National Guard via Getty Images The U.S. National Guard responds to heavy flooding in Boulder, Colo. on Sept. 12. courtesy of Chabad A Chabad volunteer helps people clear damaged goods from their homes in Colorado. By Andrea Jacobs DENVER (IJN)--Before the start of Yom Kippur, a flood of historic proportions swallowed Boulder, Colo., and surrounding areas, dis- placing families, damaging synagogues and threatening services on the holiest day of the Jewish year--until deter- mination came to the rescue. Orthodox Boulder Aish Kodesh hit the Internet first, sending a mass emaii to 500 residents announcing that heavy rains and flooding had destroyed the tent it had prepared for the holiday. The email offered alternative loca- tions for services, including hard-hit Chabad centers and Denver synagogues out of harm's way. Elon Bar-Evan, executive di- rector of Boulder Aish Kodesh, said the tent and parking lot were under water and that many prayer books intended for the services were ruined. Rabbi Marc Soloway, spiri- tual leader of Conservative Bonai Shalom in Boulder, told the IJN Friday that his synagogue had sustained significant flooding. "Our Yore Kippur services are scheduled elsewhere, but it is unclear whether we will be able to have them there at this point due to flooded roads and so forth," Soloway said. "It's a mess." At Har HaShem, Boulder's major Reform synagogue, the power was out. "The lower level of the main building was under four feet of water," said communications and membership director Ellen Kowitt, reached at her home in Erie, Colo. Because Kowittoftenworks from home, she was able to update the website. Before the server collapsed, Rose wrote an email to the congregation: "The Talmud teaches that rain is a sign of blessing. That might sound question- able right now. Whether we can turn this into a blessing remains to be seen... I believe in us." Chany Scheiner of Chabad of Boulder described a scene of utter chaos at the synagogue, which is attached to the side of her home. "CU and other places closed on Thursday," Colorado on page 14A With eyes on neighbors, Azerbaijan and Israel intensify ties Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, left, meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the presidential palace in Baku, June 28, 2009. Book Launch Party Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:00 p.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism 928 Malone Drive, Orlando, FL 32810 CRJ's Mark Pinsky reads from and autographs copies of his new true crime book, Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty- Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan. "This compulsive page-turning true crime narrative has it all: smart prose, a now- obscure unsolved murder.., and an in- vestigative journalist trying to pick up the trail... Readers will be convinced that his dogged investigation has at last uncov- ered the truth." Publishers Weekly A portion of the evening's proceeds will be donated to CRJ. By Cnaan Liphshiz BAKU, Azerbaijan (JTA)-- With less than a month to go until presidential elections, the moustachioed smile of Ilham Aliyev stares down at his countrymen from giant posters scattered around this bustling metropolis on the Caspian Sea. The Azerbaijani president has been in office since 2003 and is widely expected to be re-elected, extending the leadership of the Aliyev clan into its third decade. Aliyev's father, Heydar, held the post for a decade prior to his son's ascension. Ilham Aliyev's tenure has brought greater prosperity to this young country, but it has come at a price: Wide- spread corruption and human rights abuses have earned Azerbaijan a dismal ranking in a survey of democratic standards in 166 countries conducted last year by the Economist magazine. Butto the West--especially to Israel--Aliyev is a trusted friend and the key to a trans- formation that has developed oil-rich Azerbaijan from a small nation in Iran's shadow to a strategic ally and an avid consumer of Israeli arms. "The partnership between Israel and Azerbaijan is com- plicated by political factors, but ultimately it is moving forward because it makes sense from an economical point of view," said Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador to the European Union and ex-director of Israel's Institute for National Security Studies. "Azerbaijan is reliable enough as a supplier of oil for Israel, and Israel is a reliable supplier of high-tech and arms." Israel has long cultivated ties with this Muslim nation, which has enormous reserves of oil and natural gas and a 380-mile southern border with Iran. The Jewish state opened an embassy in Baku in 1992, just one year after Azer- baijan gained independence from the former Soviet Union. But Azerbaijan, mindful of antagonizing its neighbor, the partnership has mostly flourished in the shadows. Azerbaijan still does not have an embassy in Israel, despite expanding bilateral trade now pegged at $3 billion a year. In 2009, Aliyev compared rela- tions with Israel to an iceberg: "nine-tenths submerged." The elder Aliyev, a former KGB boss, handled the re- lationship with Israel "with Axerbaan on page 14A Poll: 62 percent of Palestinians say srLicide bombing is justified NEW YORK--A new Pew Research Survey has shown that a large majority--62 per- cent--of Palestinians justify the use of suicide terrorism. In the words of the Pew Survey, "in some countries, substan- tial minorities of Muslims say attacks on civilians are at least sometimes justified to defend Islam from its enemies; in the Palestinian territories, a majority of Muslims hold this view." Among Palestin- ians, 37 percent said suicide bombing was often justified and 25 percent said it was sometimes justified. Only 16 percent of Palestinians said that suicide bombing is never justified ('Muslim Publics Share Concerns about Ex- tremist Groups,' Pew Research Survey, Sept. 10). This chilling finding rep- licates results in numerous other surveys in recent years showing strong Palestinian support for terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians: October 2010: A Palestin- ian Survey (PSR) Research Unit poll (no. 37) found that 49 percent of Palestinians support suicide bombing at- tacks upon Israelis, while a virtually equal number (49.2 percent) oppose such attacks. 14 percent of Palestinians strongly favored such acts of terrorism, while 6 percent of Palestinians strongly opposed them (PSR Research Unit, 'Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (37),' Oct. 24, 2010). October 2010:A Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research poll conducted Sept. 30 to Oct, 2 found that 51 per- cent of Palestinians supported the murderous Aug. 31 terror attacks by Hamas which killed four Israeli civilians near the Bani Nayim junction, with only 44 percent of Palestinians opposed. An overwhelming majority of 76 percent of Palestinians opposed a PA crackdown on Hamas that followed the attack, whereas only 20 percent expressed support (Chana Ya'ar, 'Poll: Most PA Arabs Back Recent Murder of Israeli Civilians,' Israel National News, Oct. 5, 2010). \\; March 2009: A new joint Israeli-Palestinian poll has shown that a clear majority of Palestinians--54 percent-- support terror attacks upon Israelis inside Israel, as op- posed to only 42 percent who oppose such attacks. The poll, jointly conducted by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) in Ramal- lah, between March 1-7, 2009. (Press Release, 'Joint Israeli- Palestinian Poll, March 2009,' Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 15, 2009). March 2008:83.5 percent of Palestinians approve of the March 6 terrorist attack on the Mercaz Harav seminary in Jerusalem in which eight people, mainly teenagers, were murdered and a further 40 wounded; 63.6 percent support rocket attacks on Israeli towns, as against 32.6 percent who oppose it. (Pai- estinian Center for Policy and Survey Research poll, March 2OO8). September 2006:57 percent of Palestinian Arabs support terrorist attacks upon Israeli civilians; 75 percent support the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers in a bid to obtain the release of jailed Palestinians terrorists; 63 percent are inspired by the Lebanese Is- lamist terror group Hizballah and seek to emulate it (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jeru- salem, and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) poll, Sep- tember 2006). September 2006:61.3 per- cent of Palestinian Arabs support terrorist attacks upon Israeli civilians; 52.5 percent support rocket attacks upon Israeli population centers (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah University, Sept. 7-9, 2006). June 2006:56 percent of Palestinians support terrorist Poll on page 13A