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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 24, 2014 Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Anti-Semitic graf- fiti sprayed on Temple Mount JERUSALEM (JTA)--Graf- fiti equating the Star of David with a swastika was found painted on the Temple Mount. The graffiti in blue paint was found Sunday in at least three places on the Temple Mount, according to reports. Israel Police are investigat- ing. Two days earlier, Palestin- ian Authority President Mah- moud Abbas said in a speech in Ramallah that Jews should be prevented from entering the Temple Mount and that Palestinians should protect the site, home to the A1-Aksa Mosque. "It is our sacred place, Al- Aksa is ours, this Noble Sanc- tuary is ours. They have no right to go there and desecrate it," Abbas said last Friday. On Saturday, Abbas called Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount "a herd of cattle." He also said that he would take legal action to prevent Jews from ascending to the site, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims. The Temple Mount has been the site of tension over the recent Jewish holiday period, as well as conflicts between Palestinians and the Israel Police. Israeli-Arab doctor killed fighting for ISIS JERUSALEM (JTA)--Adoc- tor who worked as a resident at a hospital in southern Israel was killed while fighting for ISIS. who were walking home from kindergarten. The driver told police he did not stop after striking the girls because he feared for his life due to the crowd that had gathered around the injured girls, according to Ynet. He stopped in the nearest Jew- ish community, Ofra, where he reported the accident and turned himself in. Israel Police said a prelimi- nary investigation showed that the incident was an accident, according to Ynet. Daughter of Hamas' Haniyeh treated at Is- raeli hospital JERUSALEM (JTA)--A daughter of Gazan Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was treated this month at a Tel Aviv hospital, according to reports. Haniyeh's daughter re- ceived emergency treatment at Ichilov Hospital, the hos- pital confirmed, according to Haaretz. She remained hospitalized in Israel for about a week. The hospital did not name the daughter--Haniyeh has 13 children--and did not disclose her ailment. Palestinian officials would not confirm the hospital stay to Israeli media. Ichilov Hospital said it treats more than 1,000 pa- tients each year from the Gaza Strip and Palestinian Authority. Haniyeh's mother-in-law and year-old granddaughter both were cared for in Israeli hospitals this year. Israeli doc- tors were not able to help the assistance, the website re- ported, quoting an unnamed member ofShuvu Bonimwho claimed that the congregation declined to help. Rabbi Pinchas Kornfeld of Machzikei Hadass denied the claim, telling JTA, "The deceased's family asked us for assistance and we offered to cover all expenses for burial in the Benelux, but we also said that we would need a third party to cover the costs at- tached to sending the body to Israel, which are substantial." Yaalon heads to D.C. as Israeli gov't ministers rip Kerry remarks JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- raeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon left for a five-day U.S. trip amid criticism by Israeli ministers of remarks made by Secretary of State John Kerry. Yaalon headed to the United States on Saturday night, two days after Kerry linked the rise of ISIS terrorism to the lack of progress in the. Israeli-Palestinian conflict at a State Department event marking the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. "There wasn't a leader I met.., who didn't raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agita- tion," Kerry said. In the U.S., Yaalon is scheduled to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Chuck Ha- gel, and other U.S. security officials, to discuss regional issues such as Iran's nuclear of opinion between friends, but there needn't be attacks," Liberman said in an interview on Israel Channel 2. Last Friday, the State Department clarified Kerry's statement. "What he said was that during his travels to build a coalition against the Islamic State, he was told that should the Israeli-Palestinian con- flict be resolved, the Middle East would be a better place," State Department spokes- woman Marie Harf said. "His comments were distorted for political gains. He did not make that connection." But PLO secretary general Yasser Abed Rabbo told the French news agency AFP on Saturday night, in response to the Kerry statement, that "linking the fight against terrorism and the end of the Israeli occupation is a strate- gic position that we support." Rivlin: Violence an epi- demic in Israeli society JERUSALEM (JTA)--The epidemic of violence perme- ates every sector of Israel, the country's president, Reuven Rivlin, said in an address. "It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill - and it is our duty to treat this disease," Rivlin told the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities on Sunday at a conference titled "From Xenophobia to Accepting the Other." "The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relation- woman told the Palestinian Maan news agency that the firebomb posed a "direct threat" to the lives of the soldiers and the soldiers "re- sponded to the threatwith live fire." She said there would be a military police investigation of the incident. Rudy Giuliani among N.Y. pols to protest Met's 'Death of Kllnghoffer' (JTA)--Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be among several New York politicians who are expected to protest at the premiere of "The Death of Klinghoffer" at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. Among the politicians expected to join the rally are Reps. Eliot Engel and Peter King along with former Govs. George Pataki and David Pat- erson, the New York Observer reported. There will be a"heavy police presence" at the opening, ac- cording to the New York Post, which citing police sources. Critics charge that the production is anti-Semitic, hostile to Israel and sympa- thetic.to terrorists. A coalition of groups or- ganized the protest, which will be held across the street from the Met. The organizers include the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Zionist Organiza- tion of America, StandWi- thUs, the Catholic League and several New York City synagogues. The opera tells the story of the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille PAGE 13A Pope Paul VI, first pon- tiff to visit Israel, moves closer to sainthood ROME (JTA)- Pope PaulVI, the first pontiff to visit Israel, has moved a step closer to sainthood. Pope Franci s beatified Paul VI at a Vatican ceremony Sunday at the close of a synod of bishops. Paul VI, who reigned from 1963 to 1978, opened the Roman Catholic Church to formal dialogue with the Jew- ish world. Hevlsited Jerusalem in Janu- ary 1964 on a brief trip to Israel and Jordan. It was the first time a reigning pope had visited the Holy Land, but at the time the Vatican did not recognize Israel as a state--Israel and the Holy See established full diplomatic relations in 1993--and Paul did not pronounce the word "Israel" in public during his tenure. Paul's trip came more than a year before the landmark Nostra Aetate declaration of 1965, which opened the way to Catholic-Jewish dialogue and was one of a number of reforms enacted at the Second Vatican Council. Vatican Radio described Paul as "the pope who steered and implemented the Second Vatican Council" and whose decisions "were often metwith psychological resistance from those around him for moving with the times." Francis visited Israel, Jor- dan and the Palestinian Authority at the end of May, in part to mark the 50th an- niversary of Paul VI's trip. The family of Othman granddaughter, Amal--she Abdal-Kian, 26, from the hadanifi-fectionofherdiges- BdbInfilae'f'Htlra, tear tire tract that affected her Beersheba, confirmed to Ynet that he had been killed fight- ing for the jihadist group. Abdal-Kian had been do- ing his residency at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon since February after studying medicine in Jordan. The hospital confirmed to the Israeli media that he failed to show up in May at the So- roka Medical Center in Beer- sheba, where he was supposed to do an elective month, after which the hospital learned he had joined the Islamic State. "Security forces turned to us in their investigation of his disappearance and then we found out he joined the Islamic State," the hospital said in a statement. He reportedly traveled from Israel to Turkey and then into Syria. Earlier this month Ahmed Habashi, 23, an Israeli-Arab man from the Galilee in north- ern Israel, was reported killed .while fighting in Iraq for ISIS. More than a dozen Israeli- Arabs reportedly have joined ISIS in recent months, accord- ing to reports. Palestinian girl dies after being hit by settler driver JERUSALEM (JTA)--A Palestinian girl died after being hit by a car driven by a Jewish West Bank settler who fled the scene. Einas Khalil, 5, died hours after being struck near the central West Bank town of Sinjil, located northeast of Ramallah. Another 5-year- old Palestinian girl also was injured. Residents of the Palestinian town accused the driver, 29, of the Yitzhar settlement, of deliberately hitting the girls, nervous system and damaged her brain--and died after being returned to her family in Gaza. Israeli follower of fugi-f tire rabbi drowns in Belgian river (JTA)--A follower of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, an accused sex offender who fled Israel, drowned in Be!glum while swimming in a river near Antwerp. The body of Nissim Levy, 27, was buried last week in his hometown of Ashkelon, the news website ashqelon. net reported Saturday. Levy was in Belgium to be near Berland, head of the Shuvu Bonim religious seminary. Last year Berland fled Israel amid allegations that he sexually assaulted at least two female followers, including a minor. Berland, who is living in a southern suburb of Am- sterdam with scores of his supporters, apparently was in the Antwerp area for the weekend. Israel has requested his extradition from the Neth- erlands, where Berland was arrested last month at the airport upon his arrival from SouthAfrica. Since fleeing Is- rael, he has taken up residence in the United States, Switzer- land, Morocco and Zimbabwe, oftenwith dozens of followers. Levy's body was sent to Israel with help and funding from the Shomre Hadass Jew- ish community of Antwerp, according to the Hebrew- language Behadrei Haredim news website. His family also contacted another Jewish community, the haredi Orthodox congre- gation Machzikei Hadass, for program and the Islamic State. It is his first U.S. visit since Israel's 50-day operation in Gaza this summer. Yaalon also is expected to meet in New York with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. He is scheduled to attend official ceremonies at Ground Zero in New York and at Arlington National Cemetery, and to meet with Jewish community leaders. "The relations between the U.S. and Israel are based on common interests and shared values, and those should not be overshadowed by any dis- agreement of any sort," Yaalon said in a statement before he left Israel. Last Friday, some Israeli ministers rapped Kerry for his remarks. "Even when a British Mus- lim beheads a British Chris- tian, someone will always blame the Jew," Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, responded in a Facebook post that linked to a report of Kerry's remarks. On Saturday night, Bennett posted, "The notion regarding the centrality of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict is not true and puts Israel at risk.l' He listed several examples. Likud minister Gilad Erdan also criticized Kerry on Face- book, askingwhether anybody really believes Islamic State fighters would put down their arms if Israeli-Palestinian talks were relaunched. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Saturday night accused Bennett of using Kerry's remarks for his own political benefit. "There can be differences ship between all parties has reached a new low," he, sak. "We have all witnessed .... the shocking sequence Of' incidents and violence tak- ing place by both sides. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or an- other, it permeates every area and doesn't skip any arena. There is violence in soccer stadiums as well as in the aca- demia. There is violence in the social media and in everyday discourse, in hospitals and in schools." The president added that he has been verbally abused, in- cluding on his Facebook page. Rivlin said that Israeli academia can play a "crucial role" in reducing violence in Israeli society. "The academic sphere, in which cultures and languages are taught from a desire to get to know them deeper, where there is a 'you and I' affinity, there is a place which gener- ates not only learning but also a real encounter," he said. Rivlin called on the acad- emy to be "a space which prepares a new generation of Israeli citizens to talk to each other, and especially to learn how to listen to each other." Palestinian teen killed by Israeli troops after throwing firebomb JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- raeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank who threw a fire- bomb at them. Baha Samir Bader, 13, re- portedly was shot in the chest in a town near Ramallah on Oct. 16. The Israeli military said troops fired at the teen when he threw a firebomb at a unit leaving the village of Belt Liqia, according to the Times of Israel. An Israeli military spokes- Lauro by Palestinian terror- Israeli rowing team ists and the murder o(Lr2. 4eus in world's largest Klinghoffer, a 69-yeais-oid ..... e;e;;t  Jewish-American passenger in a wheelchair. The opera by John Adams debuted in 1991. Klinghoffer's daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, released a statement Sunday via the Anti-Defamation League that will be featured in the opera's playbill. "We are strong supporters of the arts, and believe that theater and music can play a critical role in examining and understanding significant world eVents," they wrote. " 'The Death of Klinghof- fer' does no such thing. It presents false moral equiva- lencies without context, and offers no real insight into the historical reality and the senseless murder of an American Jew. It rationalizes, romanticizes and legitimizes the terrorist murder of our father." The daughters said the fam- ily was not consulted by the composer and librettist, and had no role in the development of the opera. The ADLhas said thatwhile "The Death of Klinghoffer" it- self is not anti-Semitic,"there is a concern the opera could be used in foreign countries as a means to stir up anti-Israel sentiments or as a vehicle to promote anti-Semitism." Under heavy criticism, the Met decided in June to cancel a planned global simulcast of the opera in November. But it stuck to its decision to stage the show in New York. Last month, thousands of demonstrators gathered out- side the Met on its Opening Night Gala chanting "Shame on the Met!" and "Say no to the show!" in protest of the Met's decision to produce the controversial opera. BOSTON (JTA)--For the first time, an Israeli rowing team is being represented in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world's largest two-day rowing event. The event was being held Saturday and Sunday on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. The annual event attracts over 11,000 athletes from around the world and 400,000 spectators who line the banks and bridges of the river near Harvard University. The Israeli.team consists of Irina (Roni) Vorvoreanu, Moran Samuel, Daniel Ruten- berg, and Reuven Magnagey, along with their coach, Robert Nuckowski. Due to injuries and eligibil- ity issues, only Vorvoreanu raced in the event. The 16-year- old has rowed for Israel at the junior world championships. Samuel is a para-rowing champion who before suffering a stroke at 24 was a member of the Israeli nationalwomen's basketball team. The team's participation was arranged through a-col- laboration between Israeli and American businesspeo- pie, the Boston chapter of the Israeli American Council, Combined Jewish Philan- thropies and the Consulate General of Israel to New England. Samuel and other team members were scheduled to speak at a public program in a Boston synagogue and attended a Brandeis Univer- sity screening of "Two Who Dared," a film by Joukowsky's brother, Artemis, about Jou- kowsky's grandparents, who rescued thousands of Jews during World War II.