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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 PAGE 13A Arab-lsraelis riot to protest killing by Israel Police JERUSALEM (JTA)--At least 20 Arab-Israelis were arrested during riots in the Arab-Israeli town of Kfar Kana in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a resident by Israel Police. On Sunday, the Arab- Israeli community declared a nationwide strike to protest the killing last Friday night of Kheir Hamdan, 22. Riots were also taking place in other Arab-Israeli cities. In the face of the riots, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to strip the citizenship of those who call for the destruction of the State of Israel. Police shot Hamdan after he brandished a knife and slammed his fist on the windows of a police van in Kfar Kana after a relative was arrested for using a stun gre- nade. Police in the northern Israeli town said they feared they were in danger. A surveillance video re- leased the following day showed Hamdan walking away from the police van when he was shot. Israel's Iustice Ministry said in a statement released Saturday night that the Po- lice Internal Investigations Department at the State Attorney's Office--a civil, independent investigations unit--is looking into the in- cident. The Israel Police also have launched an investiga- tion, according to reports. Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday that Israel will not tolerate riots. "We will take determined action against those who throw stones, firebombs and fireworks, and block roads, and against demonstrations that call for our destruction," he said. "We are not prepared to tolerate more demonstra- tions in the heart of our cit- ies in which Hamas or ISIS flags arewaved and calls are made to redeem Palestine with blood and fire, calling in effect for the destruction of the State of Israel. "I have instructed the interior minister to use all means, including evaluating the possibility of revoking the citizenship of those who call for the destruction of the State of Israel." Hamdan's father, Rauf, told reporters, "Whoever did this act is not human. The incident will not only inter- est residents of Kfar Kana, but all of Palestine." The mayor of Kfar Kana called the shooting "murder in cold blood." Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ahmad Tibi in a tweet called the incident "a mafia-style execution." Israeli gov't minister Amir Peretz quits over 2016 budget JERUSALEM (JTA)--Amir Peretz, Israel's environ- mental protection minister, resigned from the govern- ment over the proposed 2015 budget. Peretz, of the centrist Hatnua party that is part of the government coalition, announced he was stepping down at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday. His resignation goes into effect on Tuesday. Saying the 328 billion shekel (approximately $86 billion) budget does not help the poorest Israelis, Peretz in an interview on Israel's Channel 2 on Saturday night said he would "not be a part of a government that continues in this direction." At the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly said after Peretz criticized the government and announced his resignation, "I thank you for acknowledging that your place is not around the Cabinet table." Peretz was bound by the coalition agreement to vote for the budget on Monday. If he had not resigned, and voted against the budget, he would have been removed from his position. Hatnua has six seats in the govern- ment. Economy Minister Yair Lapid presented the budget on Sunday to President Re- uven Rivlin. Meanwhile, a minister in Yesh Atid, which has 19 seats--one more than Ne- tanyahu's Likud--said his centrist party was deciding whether to remain in the government. Science Minister Yaakov Peri said in an interview on Army Radio that Netan- yahu's continued shifting rightward is making it dif- ficult for Yesh Atid. Court frees scores of Eritrean, Sudanese asy- lum seekers in Israel .(JTA)--Israel will release 138 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers who the na- tion's Supreme Court ruled were being held illegally. Thursday's ruling was in response to a petltion filed by the nonprofit organization The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants. Following the decision, the Population and Immigra- tion Authority said that the inmates would be released by Tuesday and issued new tem- porary residence permits. Most citizens of Eritrea and Sudan living in Israel carry such permits. The asylum seekers were first incarcerated in ac- cordance with the Anti- Infiltration Law, which allowed Israeli officials to hold individuals deemed to be "infiltrators" for more than three years in deten- tion centers. The law was amended in 2013 and allowed the state to detain illegal mi- grants without trial for one year. That section was then struck down in September. The asylum seekers were held at the Saharonim Prison in 2012 before being trans- ferred to the Holot Detention Center in southern Israel last December. The petition filed by the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants argued that the state had held the asylum seekers beyond the legal time limit. "There can be no dispute over the fact that incarcera- tion for 12 long months, add- ed to by ayear in a detention center, as was carried out under the prevailing law, is extremely unreasonable and disproportionate," the court said in its ruling, Haaretz reported. "It is unthinkable that this court has repeat- edly struck down this law, yet the petitioners are still imprisoned." Gaza commemoration for Arafat canceled fol- lowing attacks on Fatah leaders JERUSALEM (JTA)--A commemoration rally in Gaza for the late Palestinian Fatah party leader Yasser Arafat was canceled after at- tacks on Fatah leaders there. The event set for Tuesday was canceled on Sunday, two days after the homes and cars of Fatah leaders were blown up, as well as the stage where the commemoration was to take place. Hamas has denied respon- sibility for the attacks. A crowd of hundreds of thousands was expected to attend the rally, which was being held on the 10th an- niversary of Arafat's death, Reuters reported. "After the series of explo- sions and assaults against Fatah leaders, we have been notified I~y Hamas' political and security officials that security services won't be able to take-charge of se- curity arrangements dur- ing the Arafat anniversary ceremony," a senior Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip told the Palestinian Maan news agency. It would have been the first time that a public com- memoration of Arafat's death would be held in Gaza since it was taken over by Hamas in 2007. In June, Hamas and Fatah formed a unity government under Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. U.S. Supreme Court justices talk Jewish at G.A. opening OXON HILL, Md. (JTA) - U.S. Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer and Elana Kagan talked about their Jewish identities at the open- ing plenary of the 2014 Gen- eral Assembly conference of the Jewish Federations of North America. Speaking before a crowd of more than 2,000 at the conference center just out- side Washington, Breyer said the most remarkable thing about there being three Jews among the nine Supreme Court justices is how unremarkable it is in America today. Kagan, the other justice on the panel discussion mod- erated by NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg, said that her Jewish identity was the one thing that didn't come up during her confirmation process. "The one thing nobody ever said, the one thing I never heard was, 'We don't need a third Jewish justice,' or 'There's a problem with that,'" she said. "So that's a wonderful thing. My grand- mother would have said 'Only in America.'" Kagan also talked about her bat mitzvah, crediting Rabbi Shlomo Riskin - then of the Lincoln Square Syna- gogue on Manhattan's Upper West Side (and now rabbi in Efrat, West Bank), with enabling the ceremony even though that sort of thing was not done in Orthodox synagogues back when Ka- gan was a kid. The bat mitzvah wasn't exactly identical to her brother's, Kagan said - it was called a bat Torah, took place on Friday night rather than Saturday and had her chanting the haftarah por- tion rather than the Torah portion - but it was mean- ingful and groundbreaking nonetheless. "We reached a kind of deal: It wasn't a full bar mitzvah, but it was something," she said. "Rabbi Riskin was very gracious, and I think it was good for the synagogue." Breyer said that when he thinks about what it means to be Jewish in the court, he thinks about the Jewish tradition of tzedakah. "It's not quite charity," he said, "and it's not quite rule of law either, but it's part of trying to create a better world." " Breyer said the great divi- sions of the world today are between those who believe in the rule of law and those who don't. "And that is a battle, and we're on the right side of that," he said. The theme of this year's General Assembly is "The world is our backyard," and speakers will include Vice President Joe Biden and, via satellite, Israeli Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu. "This year's G.A. will re- mind us of why federation is relevant and critical," G.A. co-chair Howard Friedman said. Northeastern U. presi- dent decries swastikas drawn on Jewish event fliers (JTA}--The president of Northeastern University called the defacing of fliers advertising an event about Israel "an affront to our entire community." Swastikas were drawn on two fliers promoting a visit to the Boston campus by an Israeli army lieutenant colo- nel sponsored by the Alliance for Israel at Northeastern and the Louis D. Brandeis Center. The event, set for Monday, reportedly will go on as planned. An email from the school's president, Joseph Aoun, was sent near midnight Friday to the Northeastern com- munity. "Let there be no doubt: we have absolutely no tol- erance for anti-Semitism, prejudice, and hate crimes of any kind, including this incident," Aoun wrote in the email, which had the subject line "An affront to our com- munity." He said the campus Police Department was investigat- ing the case and had some evidence. "Let me also affirm my support for all groups, in- cluding the organizers of Monday's event, to operate and speak freely in an at- mosphere of mutual respect and understanding, and free from intimidation," Aoun wrote. Lindsey Graham: New Senate will push con- gressional review of Iran deal WASHINGTON (JTA)-- The incoming Republican majority in the Senate will advance a bill that would subject any Iran nuclear deal to congressional review, a top senator said. "If there is a deal, if it is a good deal, I will go for it," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R- S.C.) said Saturday at the inaugural conference in Washington of the Israeli American Council. "If it is a bad deal, I will kill it," said Graham, who as chairman of the foreign operations subcommittee of the incoming Senate's Ap- propriations Committee will wield considerable power in foreign policy. He said his bill would be cosponsored with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the incoming Foreign Rela- tions Committee chairman.' The Obama administra- tion, with the outgoing Democratic Senate majority, until now has managed to minimize Congress' influ- ence on the talks underway between Iran and the major world powers. Nov. 24 is the deadline for a nuclear deal, and American negotiators ~n recent weeks have sound- ed more optimistic about achieving an agreement. Graham alluded to frus- tration until now by most of the Republican caucus and some Democrats at the Democratic leadership's refusal to bring to a vote enhanded sanctions legisla- tion that the White House had opposed. "In January of next year, we're going to stop talking and start voting," he said. Graham's remarks earned cheers from the audience at the conference. The Israeli American Council seeks to advance the interests of Israeli Americans within the Jewish community and more broad!y. Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, described the difference be- tween Israel and the United States over Iran as a"serious disagreement." "We don't merely want to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon today, we want to make sure that Iran does not have the capability to build a nuclear weapon tomorrow," Dermer said. "And we believe that goal is achievable by keeping strong sanctions and other pressures, and only reducing those pressures when Iran fully dismantles its nuclear weapons capability. "A deal that removes those sanctions and leaves Iran's nuclear program essentially intact is a bad deal as far as Israel is concerned." U.S. and other nations' officials have said that a nuclear deal with Iran will likely allow Iran to con- tinue enriching uranium at minimum levels, with a tough inspections regime in place, but Israel believes any enrichment capacity leaves Iran as anuclear threshold state. "The idea that instead of dismantling Iran's nuclear weapons program, and intel- ligence and U.N. inspectors will do the job, does not give Israel much comfort," he said. Dermer spent a consider- able portion of his speech pushing back against the notion arising out of a series of recent diplomatic disputes that U.S.-Israel relations were at a nadir. He listed disputes going back to 1948 with other administrations that were seen as pro-Israel and praising the Obama administration's "unprec- edented" levels of military and intelligence cooperation with Israel. Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate who was defeated by Obama in 2012, opened the conference Friday with a blistering criti- cism of Obama in the light of the revelation that the presi- dent wrote Iran's supreme leader a letter saying that any U.S.-Iran cooperation on combating Sunni Islamist extremists was contingent on a nuclear deal. "That the president would write a letter of this nature, in effect legitimizing a na- tion and a leadership that is violating international norms and is threatening the world, is so far beyond the pale, I was stunned. I was speechless," Romney said. "The right kind of approach in dealing with Iran is that we consider them a pariah, their leaders are shunned and we exert that kind of moral suasion on them." Obama: 'Still a big gap' in negotiations with Iran (JTA)--President Obama tamped down expectations about brokering a nuclear deal with Iran before the upcoming deadline. "There's still a big gap," Obama told "Face the Na- tion" host Bob Schieffer on Sunday on the 60th an- niversary broadcast of the CBS program. "We may not be able to get there." Nov. 24 is the deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. Ameri- can negotiators in recent weeks have sounded more optimistic about achieving an agreement. Obama said there have been "significant negotia- tions." Israel rejects any deal that allows Iran to continue enriching uranium at even minimal levels, which it is believed that a nuclear deal with Iran will include. Israel believes any enrich- ment capacity leaves Iran as a nuclear threshold state. Meanwhile, Iran's su- preme leader, Ayatollah All Khamenei, posted Sunday on his official Twitter account a plan to eliminate Israel, or what he called the "fake Zionist regime." "The elimination of Israel does not mean the massacre of the Jewish people in the region," he said. The plan, which Khamenei believes will be palatable to the international commu- nity, calls for a referendum by "all the original people of Palestine including Mus- lims, Christians and Jews wherever they are." "Naturally, the Jewish immigrants who have been persuaded into emigration to Palestine do not have the right to take part in this referendum," according to the nine-point plan. Khamenei said the plan "can be properly understood by global public opinion, and can enjoy the support of the independent nations and governments." His plan rejects a "classi- cal war" or an arbitration by the United Nations or other international organizations. Dutch Protestant Church pulls out of Briefs on page 14A