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PAGE 16 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 17, events, some see turn for better in rab By Gil Sedan JERUSALEM (JTA)---Those looking for milestones in the fragile relations between the Jewish state and its Arab citi- zens might one day point to three events that took place in recent weeks. First, after years of haggling, the Israel Land Administra- tion decided to give a land plot to an Israeli Arab to build his home in the Jewish commu- ~"~--~ pn~emn~ snm ~ a4~n0r ~a~,ana ~ I - U ~ Located in the bert,Laza I [ PHOTOtRAPHY Lake Mary, R rk~:liilk I I Haydee's Kitchen Catering Kosher & Non-Kosher Telefax 407-344-0270 Cellular 407-301-0127 email www. Hayc[ Winter Park Farmers Market Saturdays 7 to 1 Holiday Parties Weddings Birthdays Anniversaries Children's Parties Special Events Bus. MtgsJSeminar Rooms Avail. 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A second development was the decision to press charges against a border policeman in the fatal shooting of a Bedouin citizen in July. Alex Digodker, 26, allegedly shot NasserAbulgian, 23, when the man refused to roll down his window after his car was stopped for inspection. Police reportedly suspected Abulgian was smuggling Palestinians into Israel. Police officers initially had claimed that Abulgian tried to run them over and escape. Af- ter a thorough investigation, however, the authorities de- cided to press charges against Digodker. On a symbolic note, both developments took place three years to the week after police killed 12 Israeli Arabs during riots in solidarity with the na- scent Palestinian intifada. The state inquiry commis- sion that investigated the events ruled that the killings could have been prevented and that Israeli Arabs had been subject to years of discrimination--though it alsoblasted Israeli Arab politi- cal leaders for inciting their public against the state. It's too early to tell whether these two developments indi- eate real soul-searching by Is- raeli officials regarding the treatmen t of the country's Arab minority. Among Israel's 1.2 million Arabs, however, the euphoria they felt in the early days of the intifada may have given way to a more sober analysis of the situation. "One of my first priorities will be to improve the image of my city among our Jewish neighbors," Sheik Has,hem Abdui Rahman, an Islamic Movement spokesman, told JTA. Rahman is the leading candidate for mayor of Umm el-Fahm, an Islamic movement photo b~ Israeli Arabs pray outside a Tel Aviv courtroom where Sheik Ra'ed Salah Islamic Movement in Israel, was brought following 13, 2003. stronghold, in municipal elec- linesoflegitimatepoliticalpro- one vil4age to another, tions at the end of October. test again, one central mourning Rahman's statements are In late September, the Is- radically different from the Is- lamic Movement held another Everything was done in lamic Movement's rhetoric in "Al-Aksa is in danger" rally at an orderly recent years. The movement's Umm al-Fahm's soccer sta- rael Police issued charismaticleader, SheikRa'ed dium, drawing some 50,000 praising the Arab Salah, the former mayor of people waving Islamic Move- for its moderation. Umm el-Fahm, is in jail along ment and Palestinian flags. Do these developmentS i with four colleagues, awaiting A huge poster covered the trial on charges of funneling backofthe stage, depictingthe on whom you ask. money to Hamas. Al-Aksa Mosque along with the Shuli Dichter In recent years, Salah has fivedetainedIslamicMovement of Sikkuy, been the driving force behind leaders, the Advancement of reconstruction work on "In spirit and blood we shall Equality, claims that Jerusalem'sTempleMountthat redeem thee, Al-Aksa," dem- depends on how Israeli led to the building of an unau- onstrators chanted. However, and world J thorized mosque on the highly the rally seemed to have less developments. sensitive site--and, Israeli ex- electricity than in previous According to Dichter, perts say, tothe destruction of years, perhaps because of should be Jews' top prio Jewish antiquities. Salah's absence, achieve civic equality Salah also has been behind a "It'sahappening, morethan raeliArabs"beforeitistoo public campaign warning "Al- anything else," said Ahmad On the other end of the Aksa is in danger," a reference to Massarweh, from the town of cal spectrum, Dan themainmosqueontheTempleTaiba. ' a senior fellow at The Mount. The campaign has ral- Keynote speaker Rahman Center in Jerusalem lied thousands of Israeli Arabs tried his best to imitate Salah behindtheIslamicMovement-- but lacked Salah's fire. curity Research and against the state--with "Al-Aksa is no longer in dan- a gloomy picture. fantasticaiclaimsofIsradiplans ger," he warned. "It is actually Israeli Arabs and their to destroy Muslim holy sites, under attack!" The statement ers are too dee Though no one questions referred to the recent Israeli Palestinian nat Salah's continued popularity, governmentdecisiontoreopen toworkforbetterrelations' the arrest of the Islamic Move- the Temple Mount, the holiest the Jewish state, he said. ment leaders earlier this year Jewishsite, toJewishandChris- was received in the Arab street tian tourists. The Islamic trust lieswith the Arabs with relative indifference. Au- that runs the mount, theWakf, he pointed out. thorities took it as a sign that had forbidden such visits since "It's hard to offer an IsraeliArabshadlearned--per- theintifadawaslaunchedthree mistic perspective on haps as a result of the October years ago. Arab relations 2000 riots--not to cross the Thethirdrecentdevelopment less of whether the was a day of remembrance for viable solutions for the i the October 2000 riot victims, lems Protest marches went from equality," Schueftan 17 years of Dedication The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's profes. sional staff and volunteer leadership celebrated Diane Nachman's 17 years of service as an Administrative Assistant to the Federation at a surprise luncheon held in her honor at the Radisson Hotel on October first. The program includedpositive remarks made by Raz Fuchs, luncheon coordinator, compliments from staff and lay leadership, gifts, and a beautiful, framed certificate created by Joanne Fink of Lakeside Designs. Shown here are DIANE NACHMAN (1) and ROZ FUCHS. It is told that Rabbi Akiva Kollel," stated another was 40-years-old when he cooking class was started school. With the sup- portanddedicationofhiswife, quested a third Rachel, he started studying the Classes at Kollel aleph-bet with the youngest broad childreninthevillageandthen are open to the entire went off to study. Rabbi Akiva community. Sunday c becameoneofJudaism'sgreat- 10 - 11:30 a.m.) begl est rabbis. From this we learn and include Hebrew J that it is never too late to be- book Hebrew L gin one's Jewish education. Cooking Congregation of Liberal Ju- 8 p.m. and/or 8 - 9 p.m. daism believes that there is Oct. 20 and include much that we can learn from tant Documents this story. With this in mind, Jewish History, three years ago CLJ started rary Israel, Kollel, (an adult education Limud Torah program), which has become a tremendous success. Adult Celebrations. On learners who have participated in Kollel rave about the teach- ers and how much they have class willbe learned. "I've learned more schedules and fees, or about how I fit into the greater ter for classes picture ofJudaism," explained Julia Phillips, dil onestudent."Worshipservices cation, at have become more meaning- 104,or ~ ful since I began studying at jphillips@cljorland ' t "