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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 23, 2009 PAGE 11A Russia: 'Counterproduc- tive' to threaten Iran with sanctions NEW YORK (JTA)--Russia believes it is "counterproduc- tive" to threaten Iran with more sanctions, its foreign minister said. Sergey Lavrov made the statement following a meeting Oct. 13 with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who made the trip to Moscow to encourage Russia to agree to ratchet up sanctions on the Islamic Republic if it does not show that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. "Our position is that at this stage, all efforts should be made to support the nego- tiating process," Lavrov said. "Sanctions and the threat of pressure in the current situ- ation are counterproductive in our view." Clinton said the United States agreed that the diplo- matic track with Iran should be pursued "vigorously," but added that it is important to start considering new sanc- tions. Iran is currently under three sets of United Nations sanctions. Iran has made the case that it is entitled to enrich ura- nium for peaceful, domestic programs. The United States and several Western nations be- lieve that Iran may be close to being capable of building a nuclear weapon. The belief was reinforced last month when Iran told U.N. nuclear inspectors last month that it is building an underground uranium enrichment plant. Israel summons Turkish envoy over TV series JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's Foreign Ministry sum- moned Turkey's acting ambas- sador over a Turkish television program showing Israeli soldiers shooting Palestinian children. The TV series, called "Ay- rilik," appears on a state- sponsored television channel, according to reports. The show "constitutes the most serious level of incite- ment, and it is being done with state sponsorship," said For- eign Minister Avigdor Lieber- man, according to a Foreign Ministry news release. Set in Gaza, "Ayrilik" tells of a love story between a Pal- estinian girl and a soldier. It includes a scene in which an Israeli soldier shoots a young Palestinian girl at point- blank range. The soldiers also are seen kicking elderly Palestinians to the ground and lining up Palestinians for a firing squad. "Such a series, which bears no connection whatsoever to reality, presenting IDF soldiers as murderers of in- nocent children, should not be broadcast even in hostile states--and certainly not in a state that maintains full diplomatic relations with Israel," Lieberman said. The controversy has arisen during a time of increasing tension between Israel and Turkey over a canceled NATO military exercise and the delay in a delivery of mili- tary equipment from Israel to Turkey. Turkish television producer Saljuik Trubanulad told Israel Radio Oct. 15 that the soldiers in his series are not Israeli soldiers, despite the similarity in the uniforms. Consolidated News Photos The Dalai Lama said he had much to learn from Jews during a Shemini Atzeret visit to the Adas Israel Congregation sukkah in Washington on Oct. 10. He is flanked by Rabbi Gil Steinlauf (1) and Cantor Jeffrey Weber. JDub adopts Jewcy online pope to visit the synagogue. Israeli mayor says Dachau deported from England as magazine He and the then-chief rabbi is not sister city a German enemy alien on a NEWYORK(JTA)--JDub, a embraced in a gesture that JERUSALEM (JTA)--The prison ship thatwas torpedoed nonprofit Jewish music label, symbolized a new phase in mayor of an Israeli city said by a Nazi U-boat. is adopting the online Jewish Catholic-Jewish relations, he had no plans to establish Sonnenfeldt enlisted in magazine Jewcy.com. Yeshiva principal wins a sister-city relationship with the U.S. Army, fought in the Jewcy, which was started national recognition Dachau, despiterecentrumors. Battle of the Bulge and was as a for-profit venture in NEW YORK (JTA)--An MosheSinaiofRoshHa'ayinamong the American troops 2006, was left in the lurch Atlanta Jewish day school told the Ha'aretz daily that who liberated the Dachau last spring when its primary principal was selected as a the two cities had discussed concentration camp. funders abruptly pulled their 2009 National Distinguished holding joint educational He was recruited during money from the project. Principal. tours of Israeli and German his Army service by the Since then the blog-heavy Rabbi Kalmen Rosenbaum students at the site of the Office of Strategic Services magazine---JDub says it has oftheTorah Day School is one Dachau concentration camp. to assist the prosecution at 120,000 uniquevisitors per ofsixprivateschoolprincipals "They took a nice educa- the Nuremberg Trials. Son- month, most of them young to receive the award from tionalinitiativeandportrayed nenfeldt became the chief people--has been looking for the National Association of me as an enemy of the "state," interpreter for the Army and a funding partner. ElementarySchoolPrincipals Sinai said. "I find it hard to later the prosecution team Day-to-day operations of and the U.S. Department of understand what is so bad thatinterviewedtheNaziwar JewcywillbeoverseenbyJDub Education. He is the third about a group of Israeli teens criminals on trial. Chief Operating Officer Jacob yeshiva principal ever to be visiting Dachau." Hisbook ofmemoirs,"Wit- Harris and Jewcy editor Lilit recognized in the award's Sinai visited the German ness to Nuremberg" recounts Marcus, who has run Jewcy 26 years, city last summer, where the his many meetings with the on a volunteer basis for the "At the helm of every suc- initiative was discussed, notorious defendants during past eight months and will cessful school is a successful "As Jews, we can't turn our the trials. officially join the JDub staff, principal," said Gail Con- backs on the German nation Sonnenfeldt later gradu- The JDub-Jewcy marriage nelly, executive director of that speaks from a place of ated from Johns Hopkins wasfundedinpartbytheJew- the elementary school prin- deep regret when it asks us University with a degree in ish Federation of Greater Los cipals' group. "Our National to build a bridge through electricalengineeringandhad Angeles and several Jewish Distinguished Principals the kids in order to learn the asuccessfulcareerintechnol- foundations, program provides us with lessons of the Holocaust," he ogy and business. Pope to visit Rome syria- an opportunity to recognize told Ha'aretz. In 2002, Sonnenfeldt trav- gogue on day of dialogue the outstanding leadership Rosh Ha'ayin, a city ofeled throughout Germany ROME (JTA)--Pope Bene- of these principals and their 38,600 in central Israel, al- under the auspices of the dictXVIwillvisitRome'smain commitment to creating ready has sister-city relation- American Jewish Committee synagogue on the Catholic successful learning corn- shipsinChina, Franceandthe to tell his story to schoolchil- Church's annual day of study munities. Because of them, United States. dren and adults. and dialogue between Catho- students thrive academically, Dalai Lama visits D.C. Obama extends PLO office lics and Jews. teachers grow profession- sukkah allowance The Vatican announced ally and communities are WASHINGTONOTA)--The WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Oct. 13thatthepopewillvisit strengthened." DalaiLarnavisitedthesukkah President Obama extended theGreatSynagogueofRome EJC to open Brussels offices of a Washington synagogue, theallowanceforthePalestine on Jan. 17. NEW YORK (JTA)--The The Buddhist spiritual Liberation Organization's The day also marks a local European Jewish Congress leadermetwiththecongrega- Washington office. Jewishcommemoration, called is opening offices in Brussels. tion's worshipers in the suk- A law banning PLO rep- the"Mo'eddiPiombo."Accord- The offices opened Oct. 14 kah of Adas Israel Synagogue resentation as a terrorist ing to the Vatican announce- in order to "be able to work after prayers on Saturday, organization was passed in ment, the Mo'ed di Piombo even more closely with Euro- Shemini Atzeret [Oct. 10], 1987, but since the launch of commemorates "a miraculous pean institutions on issues of Ynet reported, the Oslopeace process in 1993 event of 1793 when the Jews significance to the European The Dalai Lama told thepresidents have routinely of Rome escaped an attack by Jewish community," accord- crowdthatitwas his first time exercised their right to waive the populace ofthe city thanks ing to a statement from the inside a sukkah, and that he thebanfrsix-rnnthperids" to a sudden storm that doused organization, the representa- admires Jews very much for This marks the secondtime the fires that had been ignited tive body of European Jewish their perseverance through Obama has done so Since tak- againstthegatesoftheghetto." communities, years of oppression, ing office. This will be the Church's Among the issues is theHesaidhehas"alottolearnCanadian comedy tour 21st "Day of Judaism," which threat from Iran. from the Jews" and sees them drops Irish comic usually features lectures and "It appears that for the as an example for his own Ti- TORONTO (JTA)--Cana- other programs held in coop- first time the international betan people, who have been da's leading comedy tour has eration with rabbis and other community is moving to-in exile for 50 years, droppedan Irish comic for his Jewishleaders. Last January, wards a general consensus Richard Sonnenfeldt, anti-Semitic remarks about Italian Jewish leadersboycot- on the dangers emanat- Nuremberg interpreter, dies Jews and the Holocaust. ted the event because of the ing from Iran," said EJC JERUSALEM(JTA)--Rich- TmmyTiernanwassched- Vatican's reintroduction of a President Moshe Kantor.ard Sonnenfeldt, the chief uledfora14-citycross-Canada Latin prayer that appeared "However, muchwork needs interpreter for the prosecu- tourbeginning Oct.28. Stops to call for the conversion of to be done to ensure that tion at the Nuremberg Trials, weretohaveincludedToronto, the Jews. agreement is translated into has died. Ottawa and Vancouver. The pope's visit will be the action to prevent a nuclear Sonnenfeldt, a German- Organizers of the Just for second to the synagogue by Iran, which now has large bornJewwhofledthecountry Laughs tour announced Oct. a sitting pope. In 1986, Pope parts of Europe within its in 1938 at 15, made hisway to 8 that Tiernan's performance John Paul II became the first range." the United States after being had been dropped. "Both parties agreed that it's better that he not be on this tour," tour spokeswoman Lisa Lee told the Toronto Star. "He deeply regrets any hurt he has caused." Last month at a music festival in Ireland, Tiernan referred to Jews as "f---king Christ-killing bastards," and went on to say "F---king 6 million? I would have got 10 or 12 million out of that. No f---king problem! F--k them. Two at a time, they would have gone~ Hold hands, get in there. Leave us your teeth and your glasses." In a statement quoted by the Toronto Star, Tiernan said he was "quite bewildered" by the uproar and had not intended to cause "hurt to others." "The things that I said in front of a live audience were in an attempt to explain my belief that one of the duties of the comic performer is to be reckless and irresponsible, and that the things that they say should never be taken out of context." He said he was merely try- ing to parody extremism. Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber said the CJC "had conversations with the Just for Laughs people" to "offer our services." He stressed that the congress did not call for the festival to drop Tiernan. Tiernan "happens to be a very edgy comedian...one of these new very edgy guys. I don't believe he's an anti- Semite, but what he said was absolutely repulsive," Farber told JTA. "Comedians are always looking for that edge. Tiernan went to the edge and quite clearly fell over." The comic has been invited to the Holocaust Centre of Toronto to meet with sur- vivors because "we wanted to demonstrate to him that what he was engaged in was not comedy." Demjanjuk trial date set for Nov. 30 BERLIN (JTA)--The war crimes trial of John Dem- janjuk will begin Nov. 30 in Munich, the state court an- nounced. Demjanjuk, 89, is charged with being an accessory in the murder of 27,900 people in the Nazi death camp So- bibor. If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to 15 years. The trial is expected to end in May. Demjanjuk has denied the charges and said he was a Soviet prisoner of war in a German camp. Anti-Semitic acts strike Buenos Aires BUENOS AIRES (JTA)---A Jewish school and the prop- erty of a Jewish businessman were painted with anti-Se- mitic graffiti in Buenos Aires. Painted swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were discovered Oct. 11 on The Buenos Aires Yeshurun Jewish High School, in the Palermo neighborhood. Security cameras captured five young men painting the graffiti, but no arrests have been made. The school is a few blocks from the police station. Anti-Semitic graffiti was painted over the weekend on the Lomas de Zamora Court home and van of Roberto Golber, who serves on the Buenos Aires School Board. Golber filed a complaint Oct. 11 with police.