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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 9, 2007 JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs for Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Olmert: Peace possible before Bush leaves Israel and the Palestinians could take big steps toward a peace deal as President Bush's term wanes, Ehud Olmert said.The Israeli prime minister said Sunday that though an upcoming peace conference hosted by the Bush adminis- tration in Annapolis, Md may not deliver an accord, he was hopeful ofa breakthroughwithin months. "Annapolis will not be where negotiations take place, but certainly where they begin," Olmer t told the Saban Forum for Israeli-U.S. dialogue. "I am committed to the vision of two states, the Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people. There will be no negotiations over this vision, there will be no concessions over this basic goal, so succinctly phrased by U.S. President George W. Bush: Two states for two peoples," Olmert said. He predicted significant progress toward this "even before the end of Bush's term in office." Olmert said Israel would not ease its demand that the Palestinians honor their side of the "road map" by reining in terror. But he also said Israel, which is obligated by the road map to freeze West Bank settlement expansion and uproot illegal outposts, must abide by its commitments. "Some of these obligations and demands are not convenient for us," he said, "but I have no intention of running away from them." Berlin Philharmonic opens up Nazi past For its 125th anniversary, the Berlin Philharmonic has opened up its Nazi past to the public. The world- famous orchestra performed free concerts Sunday with Sir Simon Rattle, who has directed the orchestra since 2002. For the occasion, Misha Aster published a book and produced a documentary film titled, "The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich." The anniversary event also included an exhibit - based on one designed by the Nazis in 1938 - about music that the Nazis con- sidered "degenerate." Jazz, music by Jewish composers, and politically challenging music were banned during the Third Reich. According to reports from the Deutsche Welle public news agency, the symphony, then known as the Reichsorchester, often performed for Hitler's birthday under director Wilhelm Furtw~ingler. Nazi prol~aganda minister Joesph Goebbels organized a deal naming the Berlin Philharmonic the Nazi's official orchestra, in return for surrendering its artistic freedom. Aster told the Deutsche Welle that the orchestra took a long time to open its wartime archives because its post-war conductor, Herbert von Karajan, had been a member of the Nazi Party. Karajan died in 1989. trial By Ron Kampeas also discussions that involved in these circumstances may The government did not only U.S. officials, result in dismissal or a lesser raise objections to the four WASHINGTON (JTA)-- In addition, Ellis said the sanction," the judge wrote, subpoenas for officials who Subpoenas issued to U.S. conversations between offi- Rosen and Weissman werewere identified in the indict- Secretary of State Condo- cials and other AIPAC repre- charged.under a never-used ment. One of those officials, leezzaRice, NationalSecurity sentatives were in play. Such statute in the 1917Espionage Lawrence Franklin, an Iran Adviser Stephen Hadley and conversations are bound to Act that criminalizes the analyst at the Pentagon, has other top Bush administra- reveal how AIPAC has been receipt and dissemination of pleaded guilty to leaking tion officials could end up used as an instrument by classifiedinformationbycivil- classified information and sheddingunprecedentedlight one faction in government ians. Free-speech advocates, was sentenced to more than onthe Bush administration's to influence or head off an- press groupsandlobbyistsare 12 years; he has not begun inner workings and the gov- other, especially in the fight closely watching the case. his sentence. Another. David ernment's dealings with the over how hard a line to take The defendants have long Satterfield, is now Rice's top pro-Israel lobby, against Iran. argued that conversations adviser on Iraq issues. In an unusually broad rul- Defenselawyerswereelated outlined in the August 2005 The core of the indictment ing on Friday, Nov. 2 in the with the ruling, indictment were routine and centers on a sting operation classified information case "Forovertwoyearswehave part of the government's un- in the summer of2004, when against two ex-officials at been explaining that our eli- official practice of using the Franklin leaked to Weissman the American Israel Public ents' conductwas lawful and pro-lsrael lobby to convey in- false information purporting Affairs Committee, a federal completely consistent with formation to Israel, the press, that Iranian forces planned judge allowed the defense to how the U.S. governmentother nations or even other to kill Israeli agents in Kurd- subpoena 15 administration dealt with AIPAC and other branches of government,istan. Rosen and Weissman officialsovertheobjectionsof foreign policy groups," said Ellis in his ruling agreed allegedly relayed the informa- the Bush administration. Rosen's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, that the defense was at- tion to Israeli diplomats and In addition to Rice and in a statement issued also on tempting to make a valid journalists, and tried to pass Hadley, the list also includes behalf of Weissman's lawyer, argument, it on to Abrams. Elliot Abrams, the deputy John Nassikas. "Defendants are entitledto Ellis dismissed out of hand national security adviser who The attorneys each work at show that, to them, there was all of the prosecution's objec- isalsotheadministration'stop top-flightWashington firms: simply no difference between tions, includingwhethersuch policy official on the Middle Lowell at McDermott, Will the meetings for which they subpoenas would interfere East; Richard Armitage, the and Emery and Nassikas at are not charged and those for with the business of govern- former deputy secretary of ArentFox. which they are charged," Ellis ment. state; Paul Wolfowitz, the "We are gratified that the wrote,"andthattheybelieved "Inconvenience to public former deputy secretary of judge has agreed that the that the meetings charged officials in the performance defense; and Douglas Feith, defense has the right to prove in the indictment were sim- of their official duties is a former undersecretary of thesepointsbycallingthesec- ply further examples of the not a basis for infringing a defense, retaryofstateandallofthese government's use of AIPAC defendant'sSixthAmendment U.S. District Court Judge other government officials as asadiplomaticbackchannel." compulsory process rights," T.S.EllislIIinAlexandria,Va our witnesses," Lowell said. Another five officials were he wrote. notonlyruledasrelevantgov- "We look forward to the trial left off the list for reasons More broadly, Ellis dis- ernment conversations with of thiscase."Thegovernment Ellis kept classified. Defense missed government conten- the two defendants--Steve may still oppose the subp0e- sources said it was not clear tions that including conver- Rosen, AIPAC's former for- nas, butElliswarnedthatthis if Ellis had ruled them out sations among government eign policy boss, and Keith could endanger its case. absolutely, and that defense officials, or between gov- Weissman, his deputy and the "The government's refusal lawyers would seek his guid- lobby's top Iran analyst--but to comply with a subpoena ance on the matter. AIPAC on page 15A munity Call on Central Florida's Exclusively Jewish Funeral Home for Details Regarding: Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals (Shalom Assurance Plan) Headstone, Grave Markers (Cardinal Memorials) 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD Louis B. Wilson, LFD, Manager James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor By Barry Yeoman Standing behind a tablehome health-care aide origi- filled with Passover symbols, nally from Trinidad, says she CARY, N.C.(JTA)--Anarctic Joseph describes the seder would like to share her beliefs blasthasemptiedthestreetsof through a Christian lens. with three elderly Jewish cli- the East New York neighbor- "Some rabbis tell that the ents without intruding into hood of Brooklyn, yet inside three layers of matzah rep- their lives or getting fired by the Living Springs Family resent Abraham, Isaac and her agency. Center, a storefront Pentecos- Jacob," she says. "But why "I know these people really tal church with stamped-tin would the middle matzah be need help," Brathwaite says, ceilings, the space heaters are broken, buried and brought her words lacking the sophis- crankedup. Soisthe music, an back?" tication of professional mis- upbeat gospel heavy on guitar To Joseph it symbolizessionaries but every bit as pas- and electric keyboard. Christ the Son, sandwiched sionate."They're lost. They're Thirty Caribbean immi- between the Father and Holy looking for the Messiah to grants belting out Psalm 113 Spirit. Moreover, the lamb come, and they're looking in lift and lower their arms to shank evokes "the sacrifice the wrong direction. Some of suggest the cycle of the day: of an even greater Passover them might die in sin and go "From the rising of the sun; lamb, our Lord, Jesus," she to Hell. We should really tell Unto the going down of the says. them, you know?" same; The name of the Lord Before the 10th plague,Brathwaite knows this will is to be praised." the killing of the firstborn be a long-term process. Four Hipsswivel.Thefloortrem- son, "when the blood of the months later she still hasn't bles. Neighbors embrace, lambswould drip down from summoned the courage to After an hour, the con- [Jewish] doorposts, it would approach her clients. gregation is primed for this form the sign of the cross," "I don't know what to say morning's guest speaker, she says. to them," she says in a wor- Karol Joseph, a staff member Shouts of "amen" erupt ried tone. with Jews for Jesus, has come from the pews. It's time for Still, inspired by the Pass- to deliver a talk on "Christ in Joseph's appeal, overpresentation, sheplansto the Passover." "A lot of you know Jewish call Joseph and ask her how It's one of several polished people," she says. "We need to move forward. programs developed by .the your help. Anyone who has encoun- $20 million a year ministry "More Jewish people hear tered street evangelists with to help rank-and-file evan- the Gospel from one of you their cartoon broadsides gelicals proselytize to their than from one of us," Joseph knows that Christian efforts Jewish co-workers, employers adds, explaining that lay to win Jewish souls are noth- and clients. Christians are just as impor- ing new. Yet the evangelical Joseph, 55, grew up in a tant as professional evange- movement's numbers have Conservative synagogue in lists at winning converts, swelled of late, with much of Newton, Mass and flirted Joseph invites members its work happening off the with Scientology and Bud- to purchase instructional streets. dhism before a classmate books andDVDs, attendlocal "Missions to Jews have "led her to Christ" in the evangelismeventsanddonate become more sophisticated 1980s.Nowshe feels calledto money toward her efforts, and better funded," says "witness," or share her faith, After a standing ovation, Amy-Jill Levine, a professor "to the Jew first," as the New several people approach Jo- Testament commands, seph. Shirley Brathwaite, a New ways on page 14A