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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 19, 2012 e Report: Netanyahu agreed to give entire Golan to Syria (JTA)--Israeli Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed in principle in 2010 to give back the Golan Heights to Syria, the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot reported. The daily quotes unnamed American sources as saying that in 2010 "Netanyahu agreed to a full withdrawal from the Golan, to the shores of Lake Kinneret, in exchange for apeace agreementwith Syria." The initiative reportedly col- lapsed amid the outbreak of Syria's civil war. In response to the report, the Prime Minister's Office said the talk of withdrawal was "anAmerican initiative, one of many discussed with Israel, which was not adopted at any stage," the newspaper said. According to the account in Yediot, Israel's defense minis- ter, Ehud Barak, was support- ive of the initiative. The Israelis "expected" a deal would mean the severing of ties between Iran and Syria, though this was not stated as an explicit demand, the report said. The Americans quoted in the report said the talks about the proposed deal were at an advanced stage and that the American side was "surprised by the willingness shown by Netanyahu, who offered the Syrians more than his prede- cessors." Jewish man knocked uncon- scious in Paris metro MARSEILLE, France (JTA)--A Jewish man was attacked and rendered uncon- scious in a Paris metro, a local watchdog reported. The 52-year-old victim en- tered the subway directly from his synagogue but wore no markings that would identi~ him as Jewish, according to a report on the late Septem- ber incident by the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, a nonprofit watchdog organiza- tion. The incident occurred on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. He may have been targeted because of a Jewish philoso- Rep. Brad Sherman phy book by the chief rabbi of Paris that he was reading in the metro when he was attacked, the report said. The attackers, who are unknown, knocked the man unconscious with a sharp blow to his temple and did not steal anything from him as he lay unconscious on the subway floor. He sustained minor injuries. A female passenger found the man lying on the floor and moved him out of the vehicle at Miromesnil station, near Champs-Elysees. Israeli strike kills reported leader of group linked to al-Qaida JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israeli airstrikes targeted and killed a leader of a terror group linked to al-Qaida in the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli military. Israel also struck two terror cells, one that fired rockets on Israel and one preparing to launch rockets, its military said, during a weekend of at- tacks by both sides. Two rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel early Sunday morning. The rocket strikes were fired after an Is- raeli airstrike hit two Palestin- ian men in Gaza as they were preparing to launch a rocket attack on Israel, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. Later Sunday, the Air Force struck a terror cell that had fired the rockets Sunday morning, killing two and injuring two, according to reports. On Saturday night, the Israeli Air Force reportedly killed Gaza resident Hisham Saidani,who the IDFidentified as a founder of the Hashura Council of the Mujahideen terrorist organization, which operates under the umbrella of Global Jihad and was involved in significant terror activity against Israeli civilians and Israeli soldiers. Saidani re- portedly had been planning a complex attack to be carried out along the Sinai border in a collaboration between Gaza- based militants and Salafi Muslim operatives in Sinai, according to the IDF. Over the years, Saidani was responsible for terrorist activ- ity in the Gaza Strip, including firing of rockets and the place- ment of explosive devices. Last Friday, a rocket fired from Gaza exploded in the yard of an Israeli home in Netivot, damaging the bedroom of a you ng boy who was not at home at the time. Meanwhile, al-Qaida head Ayman al-Zawahri accused Washington of fighting a "crusader Zionistwar" against Muslims. In a recorded mes- sage posted on Islamist Web sites, Zawahri called on Mus- lims to hold more protests outside of American embassies and praised those that have attacked U.S. diplomatic posts. Report: Drone transmitted photos of Israeli weapons sites, preparations (JTA)--A drone shot down by Israel reportedly transmit- ted photos of preparations for a military drill between Israel and the United States, and of key weapons sites in Israel. Israeli troops shot down the unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, on Oct. 6 over the Negev Desert after it entered Israeli airspace near the Mediter- ranean Sea. The drone was launched from Lebanon in a cooperation between the Ira- nian Revolutionary Guard and the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, the Sunday Times of London reported, citing unnamed sources. Hassan Nasrallah in a tele- vised speech Oct. 11 admitted to sending the drone, which was followed before being intercepted and shot down in Rep. Howard Berman an unpopulated area. The Times reported that the dronewas the new Shahed-129 introduced in Iran in Septem- ber, which Tehran says has a range of up to 1,200 miles, can stay aloft for 24 hours and has firepower. Kafka's writings to go pub- lic, Tel Aviv court rules JERUSALEM (JTA)--An Israeli court ruled that papers belonging to writer Franz Kafka be transferred to the Israel National Library in Jerusalem. The Tel Aviv District Family Court made the ruling last Friday following a years-long legal battle. The papers, which also in- clude correspondence between Kafka and his mentor and close friend Max Brod, have been the subject of a custody battle between the Hoffe family and Israel's National Library. Kafka shortly before his death left the papers to Brod, who contrary to Kafka'swishes published what are now many of his most famous works. The rest of Brod's possessions passed on to his secretary, Esther Hoffe,who passed them down to her daughter Eva. Brod had bequeathed the manuscripts to the National Library in his will, according to Haaretz. Jewish settlers to move into contested Hebron building 0TA)--Israel's defense min- ister, Ehud Barak, reportedly ordered authorities to allow the Jewish owners of a building in Hebron to move into it. According to Haaretz, Barak on Oct. 11 ordered the Civil Administration--a military body responsible for civilian ~ ~ ~& ~. 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Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.). ers in accordance with a court (The bill ultimately failed, ruling last month, although President Obama is- The Jerusalem District suedordersthisyearincluding Court ruled that the build- some of its elements.) ing's Jewish owners had legally Congressional records show purchased the building from Berman as the lead sponsor Palestinians. on the U.S. House of Repre- The building's owners sentatives version of the Act; bought the building in 2004 Sherman later clarified that from its previous Palestinian he was referring to a Gutierrez owners, Faiz Rajbi and Abed initiativethatgotwrappedinto Elkader, throughanArab mid- the final version. dleman for about $500,000, Berman, incensed, called Haaretz reported. However, in Sherman a liar and said he 2007 Rajbi changed his mind was "delusional" for denying aboutselling.The settlers then Berman's lead role in advanc- filed to have the Rajbis evicted, ing the bill. According to the Haaretz re- Sherman stood up, although port, the Civil Administration hewasoutofturn, andshouted prevented the Jewish owners that Gutierrez introduced from moving in until the case the bill. was settled in court. Berman, 71, said "you are Report: Israeli politicians wrong," and appeared to ap- raise most campaign budgets proach Sherman, 57. abroad Sherman shouted, "Don't (JTA)---More than half of you dare stand up here in the all donations made to Israeli west San Fernando Valley politicians' campaigns over and get in my face! Get away the past two years came from from me!" overseas contributors. He put his arm around Ber- Donations to political cam- man and said, "You want to get paigns by Prime Minister intothis?Youwanttoputyour Benjamin Netanyahu during face in mine?" that period amounted to Asheriffseparatedthemen. $311,000, with 96.8 percent Afterthedebate, theBerman coming from outside Israel, campaignaccusedShermanof according to Haaretz in a "losinghismind'andsaidthat front-page report on Oct. 12. histemperamentwas"unsuit- The paper wrote that Netan- able'foramemberofCongress, yahu received donations from i the LosAngeles Jewish Journal several members of the Falick reported. family from Miami. 'Jewish Indiana Jones' Intotal, thepaperfoundthat sentenced to federal prison Israeli politicians raised $3.3 term million for their campaigns (JTA)--Rabbi Menachem over the past two years, and Youlus, once dubbed the that 53 percent of that sum "JewishlndianaJones"forhis "came from people who live remarkable tales of rescuing overseas, cannot vote in Israel Holocaust-era Torah scrolls, and are not directly impacted was sentenced to more than by the elected officials' deci- four years in prison for fraud. sions." Youlus was sentenced on Tzipi Livni, former leader Oct. 11 to 51 months by Judge of Kadima, raised $415,000 Colleen McMahon of the U.S. from foreign contributors, or DistrictCourtofSouthernNew 58 percent of the total sum York.Hewillsurrenderhimself raised over the past two years, on Dec. 17. according to Haaretz. Youlus had pleaded guilty Shaul Mofaz, the current in Manhattan federal court leader of the party, raised on Feb. 2 to having defrauded $389,000 in total during that more than 50 victims, misap- period, with 67 percent--or propriating some of the dona- $260,000,comingfromabroad. tions and secretly depositing Avi Dichter, a former member them into the bank account of Kadimaandcurrentlyamin- of his Wheaton, Md store, ister under Netanyahu, raised called the Jewish Bookstore. $83,000, of which $73,000 Youlusalsodefraudedhischar- came from outside Israel. it-y, Save A Torah, Inc. and its The former leader of Israel's donors of $862,000, according Labor Party, Amir Peretz, to prosecutors. raised $141,000 outside Israel His dramatic accounts of over the past two years--42 rescuingTorahsturnedoutto percent of the total sum he be contradicted by historical raised, evidence, witness accounts Sherman places arm around and records showing that he Berman, challenges him to simply passed off used Torahs fight sold by local dealers who made WASHINGTONOTA)--Rep. no claims as to the scrolls' Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) put provenance. The U.S. Attor- his arm around Rep. Howard ney's office said that during Berman (D-Calif.) and chal- many of the years in which lenged him to a physical fight Youlus claimed to be person- during a heated debate, ally rescuing Torahs overseas, The two Jewish Democrats, the Baltimore resident had not pitted against each other in a even traveled internationally. suburban Los Angeles district "This is extremely impor- because of redistricting, have tantbecauseitsendsamessage fought a bitter and expensive that Holocaust deniers and race. Holocaust memory exploit- The Oct. 11 debate at Pierce ers are not part of accepted College in the San Femando society"MenachemRosensaft, Valley grew heated when vicepresidentoftheArnerican Sherman sought to push back GatheringofJewishHolocaust against Berman's claims of Survivors and Their Descen- leadership on anumberofbills dants, told JTA. "There is very popular in the district, little if any difference between Sherman insisted that Ber- a Holocaust denier and some- mandidnotleadonsponsoring one like Youlus who exploits the DREAMAct, thelegislation Holocaust memories in order thatwouldhavecreatedapath to enrich himself."