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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B icom Year 3B, No, 8 " 00000g8i20i! 3000shrei pages Orlando, Florida SingleCopy 75 Gadhafi 's strange courtship of Jews The IDF Musical Ensemble will honor Gilad Shalit with a concert at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Nov. 29. IDF Musical Ensemble honors Shalit in Maitland Friends of the Israel De- fense Forces is presenting the IDF Musical Ensemble in concert honoring Gilad Shalit with A Day to Salute Our Soldiers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Also performing will be the choirs of Congregation Ohev Shalom, The Jewish Academy of Orlando and Temple Shir Shalom. The IDFMusical Ensemble is a group of Israeli soldiers who regularly perform on military bases at major ceremonies and at special events throughout Israel and abroad. An event planner says, "Their performances motivate the IDF soldiers and allow these brave heroes to take time away from the harsh conditions they face on a daily basis." FIDF initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for semble before the concert, the young men-ri reserved parking, reserved: soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. FIDF also supports the families of fallen soldiers. Concert tickets cost $18 general admission and $10 for seniors and students. There are a couple of perks at the Sponsorship level. There is a $1,000 ticket for a family that gets them into a wine and cheese reception with the IDF Musical En- seating and the "Brother- hood" book. There also is a ticket at $90 per person that includes the wine and cheese reception. COS is at 613 Concourse Parkway S., Maitland. For more information, contact Phil Wolgel at 407- 298-4650 or office@ohevsha- lom.org or Cecilia Kastner at 305-354-8233 or Cecilia. kastner@fidf.org. Murderers' Row: The terrorists freed in the Shalit deal By JTA Staff In exchange for Gilad Sha- lit's release, Israel is freeing 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners. -- L) -- . [- q r The first 477, agreed upon with Hamas, were released Oct. 18. Most had been serving life sentences for their roles in attacks against Israelis, and they included the organizers or perpetrators of many of the most infamous terrorist attacks against Israelis over the past several decades. The remaining 550 will be chosen by Israel and released in two months. The following are some of the more notorious terrorists being let out of prison as part of the deal: Abd al-Hadi Ghanim: In July 1989, during the first Intifada, Gaza resident Abd ai-Hadi Ghanim grabbed the steering wheel of a Tel Aviv- to-Jerusalem bus on Israel's main highway and steered it into a ravine. Sixteen people were killed. * Yihiaal-Sinwar:Afounder of llamas' militarywing, Yihia aI-Sinwar was involved in the October 1994 kidnapping of Sgt. Nachshon Wachsman, an Israeli soldier who had American citizenship. Wachs- man was killed by his captors Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90 Palestinian prisoners who were freed from Israeli jails as part of the exchange deal for Gilad Shalit arrive Oct. 18 at the Rafah crossing border in the Gaza Strip. during a rescue attempt sev- eral days later by Israeli com- mandos. AI-Sinwar's brother is believed to have been an organizer of Gilad Shalit's abduction. * Aziz Salhai In October 2000, Aziz Salha produced one of the most horrifying images of the second intifada. Hewas photographed proudly waving his bloodstained hands out of the window of a Ramallah police station after participating in a lynch mob that broke into the build- Murdercn" on page 19A By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Now it can be told: For the last decade or so, the Jews had secret back channels to Moammar Gadhafi. What led the pro-Israel community into a careful relationship with Gadhafi 10 years ago were considerations of U.S. national interests, Is- rael's security needs and the claims of Libyan Jews. After his overthrow by Libyan rebels and his killing last week, the conclusion among many pro-Israel fig- ures in America is that it was worth it, despite the Libyan strongman's erratic behavior and his ignoble downfall. The reason: Gadhafi's shift away from state terrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001 at- tacks eliminated a funder and organizer of threats to Israeli and U.S. interests. Gadhafi's overtures to the pro-Israel community began in 2002, when a leader of the Libyan Jewish community in exile, David Gerbi, returned to Libya to bring an elderly aunt to Italy, where he and his family now live. His aunt, Rina U.S. Navy photo Moammar adhafi at an African Union summit in 2009. Debach, is believed to be the last Jew to have lived in Libya. Through interlocutors, Gerbi told JTA, "Gadhafi asked me if I could help to normal- ize the relationship between Libya and the United States." Gadhafi's motives were clear, according to Gerbi: Saddam Hussein was in the U.S. sights at the time and Gadhafi, who already was Ghadhali on page 18A -- r-- Converted Pastor to speak in Orlando Yaakov Parisi is a fascin- tating personality. Once an evangelical Christian pastor, Parisi will share his intriguing story of how he and his wife explored the roots of their faith in search for the truth, and arrived at the doorstep of Judaism. He is scheduled to visit Lake Mary and South Orlando for two lectures. The community is in- vited to hear Parisi's story at two Chabad locations. On Nov. 9, he will speak at Chabad Lubavitch of North, Orlando, at the Chamu Jew- ish Center, 39 Skyline Drive, Suite 1017, in Lake Mary. On Nov. 10, he will appear at Chabad of South Orlando, 7508 Universal Boulevard. Starting in 1987 as co-pastor in an evangelical Christian church, Parisi began his journey when he and his wife attempted to understand doc- trinal discrepancies and the roots of their faith through learning about Judaism. In 1992, they became pastors of their own church in the middle of the "Bible Belt" in the Midwest. With so many questions unanswered and no one to turn to, they searched the Chumash (Torah) for answers. The plot thickened as the congregation began to keep Shabbat, the church's main symbol was removed and major doctrinal discrepancies came to light. Parisi and his wife faced challenges, threats and the closingoftheir church ' Yaakov Parisi before they finally completed their conversion to Judaism. "Come hear the awesome and inspiring behind the scenes story complete with many challenging and amus- ing moments," say Chabad organizers. "Yaakov and Sarah Parisi--their new Jewish names--are now Torah-observant Jews who have completed their journey and reside in Israel." For cost information, and to RSVP, contact Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando at 407-878-3011 or rabbi@ jewishnorthorlando.com, or Chabad of South Orlando at 407-354-3660.