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PAGE IOA HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 Israel delivers swine flu vaccines to P.A. Israel delivered 20.000 swine flu vaccines to the Palestinian Authority ahead of the annual Muslim pil- grimage to Mecca. The Civil Administration in the West Bank. a unit in the Israeli Ministry of Defense. arranged for the entry recent- ly of 20.000 doses of swine flu vaccine into Ramallah via the Kalandiya crossing. This year. Saudi Arabian authorities have made swine flu vaccination a condition for entrance into Iqecca. Islam's holiest city. Rabbi's book gives OK to kill non-Jews Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, a rabbi in the West Bank settle- ment of Yitzhar. has written a book that says Jews can kill non-Jews who threaten Israel. Shapira. head of the Od Yo- sef Chai Yeshiva. also said in 'The King's Torah," published Nov. 9. that it is permissible to kill children if they pose a threat. Ha'aretz reported. Based on Bible quotations to which Shapira has added his own opinions, the book was" released shortly after the announcement of the arrest of an alleged Jewish terrorist who admitted to killing Palestinians and at- tacks on messianic Jews and left-wing JeWs. JCorps founder wins first Jewish Community Hero Award NEW YORK (JTA)--After weeks of deliberation and the tally of more than 600,000 online votes, the Jewish Federations of Nor th America has named ~ts first Jewish Community Hero--Ari Te- man, the founder of JGorps. A panel of judge from outside the federation system chose Teman. 27. for the $25.000 Jewish Community Heroes prize after whittling down a list of more than 400 nominees. The Jewish Federations announced the choice Nov. 10 at the closing plenary ses- sion of its General Assembly conference in Washington. The contest was part of the federation system's new multimillion-dollar market- ing and rebranding strategy to broaden its base of support. Teman's organization sets up young Jews withvolunteer opportunities in nine cities over three conti~nents all while working on virtually no budget. Teman. a standup come- dian by day, runs JCorps as a volunteer on a budget that is probably less than the award he will take home. Yet the or- ganization has enlisted some 10.000 volunteers for local community service projects -in the United States. Canada arid Israel. "This will enable us to take in a lot more volunteers rapidly without having to worry, 'Do we have to slow it down because we can't afford to bring more people in?' " Teman told JTA. Teman said he started the organization in 2007 on something of a late-night whim about how he could meet more JEwish people. The money will help the program expand and perhaps allow Teman to hire his first professional staff member. "The first year we started with $300," he said. "We like Robert A. Cumins/Jewish Federations of North America Ari Teman (r) accepts Jewish Community Heroes Award at Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 10. to say that if we had no money we could still keep running, which is great, because it means the money we put in is for growth." Hezbol.lah presses school into pulling Anne Frank WASHINGTON (JTA) Hezbollah pressured a private school in Beirut to drop from its curriculum a textbook containing excerpts of "The Diary of Anne Frank." The English-language school. Which asked not to be identified, acceded to pressure after Hezboilah's AI-Manar television station ran a segment chiding the school for including the posthumously published Ho- locaust memoir in its lessons, the French news agency AFP reported. Hezbollah, which Israel and the United States con- sider a terrorist group, called the diary's inclusion part of "an open arena for the Zionist invasion of education." Attorney Naim Kalaani. a member of a committee to ban Zionist products, told AI- Manar the use of the book in a school constituted a violation of Lebanon's penal code and "tantamount to a step toward normalization" in ties with Israel. Hezbollah could not be reachedby the station for comment. The Paris-based organiza- tion Aladdin's Project, which fights Holocaust denial and was the first to translate Anne Frank's diary into Arabic, issued a statement condemn- ing Hezbqllah's"intimidation campaign." The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors denounced what it called a disgracefulact as a"twin blow against decency. It is a bla- tant expression of Holocaust denial, and an assault on one of the greatworks of modern literature and civilization." This marks the second time in a month that Hezbol- lah has pressured a school into censoring information it dislikes. Irr October, the International College, one of Lebanon's most renowned private schools, agreed to put opaque stickers over pages of a textbook that named Hez- bollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad as terrorist organiza- tions. Obama urges Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah WASHINGTON (JTA)-- President Obama urged Leba- non's new government to comply with a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the disarming of Hezbollah. "We hope that the cabinet statement and government program will reflect a com- mitment to full implementa- tion of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1559. 1680 and 1701," the White House said in a statement Nov. 10, a day afterWestern-leaning Prime Minister Saad Hariri formed the new government. Resolution 1701, which ended Israel's 2006 war with the Hezbollah terrorist group, calls for Hezbollah's disarming. The group not only has resisted such calls but; according to sraeli and American intelligence, has massively rearmed. Hariri's new government includes Hezbollah minis- ters, including the foreign minister. Obama's statement suggested that he would not work with Hezbollah, which the United States considers a proxy of Iran. "The United States will stand by those partners who share our commitment to Lebanese sovereignty," the statement said. "We took foi'- ward to working with a new Lebanese government that is committed to extending its authority overall of Lebanon. and to advancing political and economic reforms that ben- efit the people of Lebanon." French FM: Israel's desire for peace has 'vanished' JERUSALEM (JTA) Isra- el'sdesire for peace seems to have "completely vanished." France's foreign minister said. "What really hurts me. and this shocks us. is that before there used to be a great peace movement in Israel.." Bernard Kouchner told France Inter radio Nov. 10. "There was a left that made itself heard and a real desire for peace. "It seems to me. and I hope that I am completely wrong, that this desire has com- pletely vanished, as though people no longer believe in it." Kouchner made his state- ments ahead of a scheduled meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French Presi- dent Nicolas Sarkozy set for Nov. 11. The meeting comes immediately after a sit-down between Netanyahu and President Obama in Wash- ington on Nov. 9, at which no major breakthroughs were announced. France has continued to demand that Israel halt all construction in the West Bank. which the Palestin- lans say is a precondition to restarting peace talks. Kouchner also said that he would visit the Middle East "in the coming days" and encourage Palestinian Au- thority President Mahmoud Abbas to run for re-election in January. Abbas has said he will not run. Clinton, Bush cancel lec- ture at Jewish university LOSANGELES (JTA) Bill Clinton and George W. Bush canceled a joint public lecture sponsored by the American Jewish University. The former U.S. presidents were scheduled to appear together this winter in New York and Los Angeles. The university believes that the cancellation of.the Feb. 22 event at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City rests on a misunder- standing and is wor king to reverse the presidential decisions. Tickets went on sale two weeks ago. According to Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna. the two former presidents were offended by the way promoters handled publicity for the otherjointappearance on Feb. 25 at New York's Radio City Music Hall, the Los An- geles Times reported Nov. 8. However, the arrange- ments and advance publicity for the Los Angeles event were handled independently of the New York organizers, American Jewish University President Robert Wexler said Nov. 8. McKenna said Clinton was upset because the New York promoters advertised their forum as "the hottest ticket in political history," implying a clash between the 42nd and 43rd chief executives rather than a moderated panel dis- cussion. "It's unfortunate that an overeager promoter ruined the opportunity to hear a serious discussion on the issues between two former presidents, who have a great deal of respect for each other." McKenna told the Los Ange- ~es Times. By contrast, the full-page ads for the Los Angeles event, placed in the local Jewish Journal by the university's Whizin Center for Continu- ing Education, were low-key, reprinting the presidential inaugural oath and using such headlines as "One Un- precedented Night" and "The Wait Is Over." Chavez says Ahmadinejad to visit Venezuela CARACAS (JTA)--Hugo Chavez expects Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Venezu- ela by the end of the year. the Venezuelan president said. Chavez made the an- nouncement concerning Iran's president, a key ally, on his weekly television and radio broadcast "Ale Presi-- dente" while flanked by Iran's" ambassador to Venezuela. Amad Sobani. Chavez visited Ahmadinejad in Tehran in September. Venezuela has deepened its ties with Iran in recent years, exchanging official visits and signing numerous agreements to cement eco- nomic, political and military cooperation. Both nations are strident critics of.the United States and Israel. "Iran is attacked like us by the empire," Chavez said dur- ing the program, referring to the United States. "We are accused of exporting terror- ism. but they are the killers." Iran's spreading influ- ence in South America is causing concern both in the United States and Israel. The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Latin America subcommittee. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), recently convened a meeting on the topic. Israeli President Shimon Peres is expected to raise those concerns during an official visit to Brazil and Argentina, which are home to the largest Jewish popula- tions in South America. Israel has not had diplo- matic relations with Ven- ezuela since January, when Chavez kicked out the Israeli delegation to protest Israel's war with Gaza. Mefs won't strike out Hebron Fund dinner at stadium NEW YORK (JTA)--The New York Mets will allow the Hebron Fund to host its annual dinner at a club in the team's stadium despite a protest. Eleven organizations, in- cluding Jews Against the Occupation-NYC and the American-Arab Anti-Dis- crimination Committee, had asked the Mets to cancel the Nov. 21 event at Caesar's Club in Citi Field. Shlomo Mostofsky, presi- dent of the The National Council of Young. ' Israel, praised the Mets for honor- ing their commitment in a letter address6d to the club's governing body. He called the dinner a "celebration of the human spirit," according to a Young Israel news release. "The New York Mets or- ganization is not facilitating a political event; rather it is enabling a salute to a group of men, women and children whose determination and inner strength have allowed them to remain in their com- munities, despite desperate at empfs by/sraePs adversar- ies to drive them fromtheir homes," Mostofsky wrote in a letter to Mets C EO ]Fred Wil- pen; his son Jeff, the team's chief operating officer; and President Saul Katz. The Hebron Fund is a New York-based, not-for-profit charity that aims to raise funds for the Jewish residents of the West Bank city. Fewer than 600 Jews live in a heavily guarded enclave there among some 130.000 Arabs. while an additional 6.000 Jews live in the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba. In a letter sent to the Mets. the organizations that had asked the team to cancel the event claimed that "The New York Mets will be facilitating activities that directly violate international law and the Obama administration's call for a freeze in settlement con- struction, and that actively promote racial discrimina- tion. and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes in Hebron." Mostofsky said the Mets' "refusal to be intimidated by abhorrent, acts of coercion by the groups calling for the cancellation of the Hebron Fund event is extremely noteworthy." Israel names first New Zealand envoy since 2002 SYDNEY. Australia (JTA) Israel named its first envoy to New Zealand since its embassy was closed there in 2002. Shemi Tzur, a former am- bassador to Cyprus. Finland and Estonia, is expected to take up his post next year. After the embassy in Wel- lington was closed as part of global cost-cutting mea- sures, relations between Is- rael and New Zealand plunged into deep freeze after two alleged Mossad agents were caught and jailed for trying to illegally obtain a New Zealand passport in 2004. New Zealand suspended high-level diplomatic rela- tions for more than a year until I.srael apologized in 2005. Bilateral relations have since thawed, helped in part by the defeat of Helen Clark and her largely hostile Labor Party at the 2008 polls. She was succeeffed by Conserva- tive leader John Key, the son of-a Jewish refugee from Austriawho has family living in Israel. Tzur, 64. was involved in the Middle Eastpeace confer- ence in Madrid in 1991. He is also a former diplomat in South Africa, Turkey, Austra- lia, F-iji and Uzbekistan. Norway drops war crimes case against Israel WASHINGTON (JTA) Norwegian prosecutors dropped a case alleging war crimes by 10 Israeli lea~lers' during last winter's Gaza military campaign. Chief prosecutor Siri Frigaard said recently that she is dismissing the com- plaint because "there is no good reason" for Norwegian authorities to investigate further and Norway should be judicious in deciding when to investigate alleged war crimes by individuals with no connection to the country. A group of lawyers had lodged the complaint April 22 under Norway's universal jurisdiction law. 200g law allows foreigners to face charges in Norway for war crimes committed anywhere in the world. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Min- ister Ehud Barak and opposi- tion leader 12ipi Livni were among the Israelis named.