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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 8, 2004 PAGE 13 any more members of the Backhome, protectedbythe Druse community, warm embrace of his family Israel (JTA)--At "They are opening a front and the entire Druse com- seemed as if the en- which could develop into a munity, Ali was visibly moved community--all difficult chapter of bloodshed, by the hundreds, if not thou- --haddecided We, asDruse,willknowhowto sands, who came to celebrate cope with them," he said. his release. He would not make Riad Ali. Still, following his release, any statement to the media, n endless line of people among Ali's first comments exceptforthankingthosewho into his father's was to thank Arafat for his had helped secure his release. in this predomi- intervention. "It is too early to tell the entire !!~ruse village to share Althoughtheprecisemotive story," he said. s freedom, for the abduction remained Although many in the corn- terrorists ab- fuzzy--some suggested that munity differ with Ali on the produc- it was an attempt to scare military service issue, it was has worked with CNNoff Israeli Arab journalists no time for arguments. They '.last two~ and leave the coverage of the came from all villages, young ~aCNNcarwhilehewas GazascenetolocalPalestinian and old, clergymen dressed in .~aza.Ali,44, reporters--many shared Wh- long robes and headscarves, hostage for some 24bee's view that Ali's ethnicity soldiers and conscientious was released after played into the kidnapping, objectors. intervention of AnotherDruseLikudKnes-They hugged and kissed Authority Presi- set member, Ayoob Kara, said Ali and his father, and then he was not surprised by Ali's sat down on one of dozens reason for his abduc- abduction, of chairs lined up around the Was unclear. His captors "Ever since the outbreak of courtyard. Ali hardly had time no demands, except for the intifada, the Palestinians to talk to anyone. The guests Ali to make a vid- try to draw a wedge between kept coming and coming. statement that the the Druse community and "At times of need, weareall should not serve in the the State of Israel, urging the one," said one of the family's army. DrusenottoserveintheIsraeli relatives, a retired army lieu- g armybecauseoftheirArabeth- tenant colonel. "As soon as we Although the nic origin," Kara told JTA. heard that Riad was abducted, e are the only non-Jew- So far the effort has been everyone rushed here to offer which serves unsuccessful. Most young help. We were determined military service, Druse serve willingly in the not to let go until Riad's r served. He considers army. Only a small minority safe return." Israel's 100,000 and believes become conscientious objec- Druse are ethnically Arab. Druse community tors, likeAlidid.Manyservein However, Druse--there are Stay out of the bloody the border police, a unit that approximately 600,000 in the Israel and the comes into daily contact with MiddleEastandnearly700,000 the Palestinians in the territo- throughouttheworld--arenot the incident accen-ries and east Jerusalem. Muslims. They split off from the Druse dilemma, "We servewillinglybecause Islam in the 11th century and heritage weappreciatelivinginademo- remain secretive about their Israeli identity, cratic country which, unlike beliefs.Assuch, theDrusehave Whbee, a Druse the neighboring countries, often been persecuted by their member from the does not confront tyranny Muslim neighbors. warned the Pal- and radical Islamization," During Israel's War of In- against kidnapping Kara added, dependence, then, it was only natural for them to side with Severalmonthsago, agmup Unemployment in the the Jews. They did not flee like of Arab security prisoners, up- Druse villages is higher than thePalestinians, butremained setovermistreatmentbyDruse the national average. Once in their villages, identified wardens, sentanopenletterto young Druse complete their with the fledgling state, and the Druse leadership in Israel, three years of military ser- eventually accepted compul- warningofthepotentialforan vice, they often come back sory military service--from open confrontation between home to confront difficulties which other Arab citizens of the two communities, finding jobs. Israel are exempt. They called for the leaders' In this regard, army ser- Today, three Druse organi- collective resignation and vice may even set Druse back: zations are engaged in a cam- demanded an official Druse While young Druse serve in paign to exempt Druse youth apology before the Palestin- the country's military, their from military service, ian people. "The only enemy Arab neighbors can complete Jihad Sa'ad, secretaryofthe mustbetheoccupation,"wrote university studies. "InitiativeCommittee'against the prisoners. "Obviously, the employer compulsory service, said that Nothing happened. The will prefer an Arab educated their call is becoming more Druse continue serving in person over a Druse who has and more effective, and that the army, as well as in the just come out of the army," more and more young Druse border police and in the said Kara. are trying to evade military prison system. In fact, the Kara complained that service, commander of the border Israel has done very little to "Compulsory service did police is Maj. Gen. Hussein industrialize Druse villages, notbringusanyprogress.The Fares, aDruse, andMaj.Gen, while giving tax benefits to Drusecommunityisjustasne- YussufMishlibiscoordinator neighboring Jewish develop- glectedastheArabcommunity of government affairs in the ment towns. which is exempt of military territories. However, he added, Ali's service," Sa'ad told JTA. "We But Druse from across the kidnappingonlystrengthened prefer that rather thanserving politicalspectrumagree Israel Druse ties with Israel. three years in the army, our has, historically, done too little "We prefer to live here, in a youngsters invest their time in to demonstrate gratitude to the country where no one abducts educationanddeveloppeople," Druse for their loyalty to the journalists, be they Druse or Riad Ali. state, others," Kara told JTA. Advertising Sales--Full or Part Time Call Jeff at 407-834-8787 Temple Beth E! Memorial Ansell of Alien-.Park, Whitehall, Pa. died on Tuesday, Contributions in memory 2t, 2004. He was of Mr. Ansell may be made to Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2166 S. hnsell was born in 12th St Allentown, PA18103; l, Englandand lived in Williamsburg Hadassah, c/o Fla. for many years CeilTosky,5210ChicoryCircle, to Pennsylva- Orlando, FL32821;oracharity Une 2004. He served of the donor's choice. 15th Air Force duringSARAH OSSIN II, stationed in Sarah Ossin died on Wednesday, September 22, living in Orlando, 2004 in San Francisco, Calif. of Congre- She was 95 years old. Shalom, Williams-Mrs. Ossin is preceded in four years, and adeath by her husband, Joseph of the Jewish Ossin. lity Center and the She is survived by her of Greater daughter, Esther (Don) Woil; He was a member son, Archie (Myrna) Ossin War Veterans Postof Altamonte Springs, Fla.; and Charles sevengrandchildrenandthree aai B'rith Lodge 916. great-grandchildren. he was a Funeral services were held r of Temple Beth El, at Eternal Home Cemetery was an associ- Chapel in Colma, Calif under of Hadassah. He the direction of Sinai Memo- ~ orporatecontroller rial Chapel, San Francisco. Lamp Manufac- HERBERT JOEL Slatington. SOLOMON is survived by HerbertJoeISolomonofOr- Pearl Ansell of AI- lando, Fla.diedonWednesday, Craig (San- September 29, 2004. He was of Wilkes-Barre, 76 years old. Phillip (Pamela) Mr. Solomon was born in f New Tripoli, Pa.; Brookline, Mass. and moved Nicole, Ra- to Orlando in 1960. He was a ;and member of the Congregation Charles and Joel of LiberalJudaism.Heworked of Laurel, Md. Heas a real estate salesman. in death by a Mr. Solomon is survived Bernhardt. by his wife, JuneSolomon of Orlando; son, Steven (Diane) Solomon of Dallas, Tex.; ~t the Irwin M. Judd daughter, Deedy Dag0t of Or- in Allentown; lando; ten grandchildren; and took place at seven great-grandchildren. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. EUGENE W. TEPPER Eugene W. Tepper of Or- lando, Fla. died on Sunday, September 26, 2004. He was 79 years old. Mr. Tepper was born in Cleveland, Mo. and moved to Orlando in 1976. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a commodities broker. He is survived by his wife, Ella Tepper of Orlando; daugh- ters, Gail Lichterman and Lynn Becker of Chicago, Ill. and SandraTepper of Orlando; and three grandchildren. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. STUART N. WILLNER Stuart N. Willner of Winter Park, Fla. died on Tuesday, September 28, 2004. He was 66 years old. Dr. Willner was born in Newark, N.J. and moved to Winter Park in 1979. He was an ophthalmologist and a member of the Congregation of Liberal Judaism. Dr. Willner is survived by his wife, Britha"BiBi" C. Will- ner of Winter Park; son, David M. (Sylvia) Willner of Winter Park; daughters, Andrea W. Reimer and Jana (Robert) Willner-Stan of Winter Park; brothers, Norman Willner of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and William (Roberta) Willner of East Orange, N.J,; and three grandchildren. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. NO W REGISTERING Congregation Ohev Shalom s An "old/new" type of serious Jewish study. The true classics of the Jewish heritage for the renaissance of Jewish Orlando. Open to all memebers of the Jewish Community. 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