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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 21,20~ Ill JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish TelegraphicAgency's news briefs for Tuesday, November 18, 2003. Istanbul bombing victims buried The six Jewish victims of Saturday's twin synagogue bombings in Istanbui were laid to rest. The Jewish vic- tims of the attacks, which killed 24 people, were buried next to the 22 victims of a 1986 bombing at Istanbul's Neve Shalom Synagogue. The coffins of the six killed Saturday were draped in Turkey's flag. Secret spat A Likud lawmaker called for Yossi Sarid to be kicked out of the Knesset for allegedly threatening to expose a secret Israeli weapon. Army Radio said Sarid, a member of the left-wing Meretz Party, demanded during a recent private session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Com- mittee that the military go public with its method for tracking and killing Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip or else he would publicize it. Panel chairman Yuval Steinitz responded by calling for Sarid's dismissal, the radio re- ported Tuesday. Reuters recently reported that Israel had developed a unique helicopter-launched missile that homes in on targets using a camera mounted on its nose. Mental state One in seven Israelis is clinically depressed, a new study found. The poll of 500 respondents, published Tuesday to mark Israeli Mental Health Week, indicated that 10 per- cent of the population feels "life is not worth living," while a full 60 percent showed symptoms of depression. The New Wave polling firm determined that 13 percent of Israelis could be considered clinically depressed. Referring to the country's security and economic woes, Israeli pharmaceu- tical expert Dr. Orna Dolberg told the Ma'ariv newspaper, "The depression data in Israel are not surprising, perhaps, ut should serve as a warning." They're not the Beatles Czech Jewish leaders called for authorities to ban a Czech rock band whose songs are said to incite hate. The call came following a performance by the rock group Agrese 95 at a private party last weekend. Tomas Jelinek, chairman of Prague's Jewish community, said the band sang a number of racist songs, including one that sug- gested torching a synagogue. Czech police said they took no action because they could not identify the lyrics clearly. Two years ago, Czech police also took no action against a Slovak band called Juden Mord, or "Death to Jews," which played at a concert south of Prague. mun Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans I 10% Discount on . Jl 'lserwces and merchandise'm on any new I ! Pre-need contracts. J I I 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director a case By Rachel Pomerance defending such high-profile Even if Jewish groups in- clients as Patty Hearst, O.J. vested in creating academic NEW YORK (JTA)--It was Simpson and Michael Milkin, chairs on Israel, there's not the week between Rosh Dershowitz feels he's well- "an abundant pool of trained Hashanah and Yore Kippur qualified to promote Israel's academicswhocouldevenfill" when a Harvard student rights on the college scene-- them, Firestone said. knockedonAlanDershowitz's where self-styled It's "going to take time to door and asked the esteemed "progressives" criticize the hopefully train people from law professor for forgiveness. Middle East's lone democracy different disciplines," he said. Why? but remain silent about or even Many pro-Israel faculty con- For not speaking up for Is- justify authoritarian and re- sider it a breach ofprofession- rael, the Jewish student ex- pressive Arab regimes, alism to speak out on political plained. He knows he should "I do it because I'm a lib- issues. be more supportive of Israel, eral,'Dershowitzsaid."Bylib- Norman Stillrnan, the but doing so might prevent eral standards, you have to Schusterman/Josey chair of him from getting dates,support Israel." Dershowitz's Judaic history at the Univer- Dershowitz said the student efforts come as pro-Israel ac- sity of Oklahoma said most told him. tivists on campus complain of "try not to bring our political The idea that support for hostile attitudes toward Israel views blatantly into either the Israel could place a student amongfacultymembers.They classroom or to the campus, outside the social pale infuri- despair that many faculty because in a sense that would ated Dershowitz and inspired members lend their backing vitiate our bona tides as aca- him to generate more support to the Palestinian cause, while demics who study the area." for Israel among college stu- those who sympathize with Tamar Rudavsky, professor of dents. Israel remain silent, philosophy and director of the In his newest book, "The "The faculty issue contin- MeltonCenterforJewishStud- Case For Israel," Dershowitz uestobeadoggingissue,"said ies at Ohio State University, outlines the most frequent Wayne Firestone, director of said, '~/hy don't we all do the accusations against the Jew- the Israel on Campus Coali- Dershowitz thing and jump ishstate--suchas charges that tion, an umbrella group for 26 onto the Israel bandwagon?" Israel is a colonialist country Jewish organizations. "I think there are lots of ways that displaced and practiced "What you're trying to re- to accomplish that goal," she genocide against indigenous verseissomethingthatstarted said, "and some of our faculty Palestinians--and then dis- in the 1970swithArabpetro- choose less obvious---but sects them with the crisp in- dollars being recycled and maybe ultimately more suc- telligence that has made him turned into academic chairs cessful--ways to accomplish such a successful defense law- in universities around the what we think is the ultimate yer. country," Firestone said, goal ofa university education: Infact, Dershowitzbelieves, whichfosteredapro-Arabide- to look at issues from both when all countries' behavior ology among faculty, sides critically." But Edward arejudged by the same ethical Inaddition, inthepost-Viet- Beck, a faculty member at standards, Israelmeritspraise. nam era it has become fash- Penn State University, said With college campuses now ionable on college campuses pro-Israel faculty are "really fertile ground for pro-Pales- to support the perceived un- afraid to come out of the fox- tinian agitation, Dershowitz derdog in international con- holes." Scholars for Peace in hasembarkedonatourofcam- flicts--especially when the the Middle East, agroupBeck puses throughout North stronger party is allied with created to "educate, network America and England. the United States. and empower faculty people A civil libertarian famed for The solution is not simple, to advocate for Israel," has re- By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)---Three possible candi- dates to succeed Ariel Sharon spent last week cultivating a constituency crucial to any- one seeking to become prime minister of Israel: the U.S. gov- ernment. One attribute Bush admin- istration officials were seek- ing was a willingness to ad- vance Israel-Palestinian peace talks. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Finance Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu and Educa- tion Minister Limor Livnat all were in Washington last week for long-planned visits--but the coincidence of their ar- rival at a time when Sharon is in political trouble at home inevitably raised the issue of their future ambitions. "There can be no doubt that they have that in mind," Is- raeli political analyst Yossi Alpher said of hopes for the premiership. "All three are se- rious contenders." An ability to work well with Washington is considered an electoral asset in Israel. Dis- cord between Washington and Jerusalem helped scuttle re- election bids by Yitzhak Shamir in 1992 and Netanyahu in 1999. Sharon's policies vis-a-vis the Palestinians have not been well received in Washington recently, and the Bush administration's frustration with the lack of progress on the Israeli-Palestinian front is evident in its encouragement of independent peace negotia- tions. That sentiment was af- firmed by an administration photo by Brian Hendler/JTA Finance Minister BEN- JAMIN NETANYAHU. official who noted the recent praise by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Deputy De- fense Secretary PaulWolfowitz for informal Israeli-Palestin- ian peace proposals. The official said the admin- istration was not worried that Israelis would perceive such support as interference be- cause Israel knows it has a strongally in the United States, and because Sharon is coming under domestic pressure to ac- celerate negotiations with the Palestinians. Sharon's domestic popular- ity has suffered from a combi- nation of influence-peddling allegations against his sons, the economic situation in Is- rael and increasing disquiet in the army with perceived hard- line policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Troubles at home spelled opportunity for the ministers here. Two of the ministers who came brought PowerPoint pre- sentations of proposals for new cruited only 550 activists fro among the 33,000 facultY members he has solicited. In part, he blames the "estalP lished Jewish communitY.' "Pro-Israel faculty are veil am bivalent right now, but theY haven't felt nurtured and suP" ported and surrounded to step forward. They're in a hostile environment," Beck said. Firestone said many pro-Is" rael faculty members prefer t0 stay above the political fray. | Dershowitz said that pre"i cisely by taking political posy | tions, pro-Israel professorS| could serve as role models f0! | involved [ students to become i in public affairs. The proble | he said, is that a campaign 0l| academic McCarthyism stY"! mies open dialogue. I While there's a "silent plU'| rality of pro-Israel faculty io| universities around the couP," | try, Dershowitz said, there.S| a systemahc attack to rot1 i date" them. 1 His own efforts ha, brought more personal atta l and threats of discipline ( termination than any casein| Unte has taken on, he says. I! reac} As a tenured professortiesfi has taught at Harvard for buii0 years, he's not worried. 13 | S~ys , "what young faculty wants to endure what" "--I vel '| help f G1 to endure? he aks.I time Each time he speaks up t" Israel, Dershowitz said, he ] Jona a batch f %vhispe f' ph ne A 1 think from pro- Israel faculty tha l hey ing him for his public sta,blue he told JTA in a recent inter See "Dershowitz" on page 20 $cho(3 Playe~ ISrael Plant~ to Wal ISrael ~Vater East policies tll~ll toutedMiddle Palestinian indePCe! dence and self- reliance = Livnat met Nov. 13 withtl | Education Secretary Rodtl - il and addressed the conSe | tive Hudson Institute last rf, l B day about the intersectiOa;| y I tween education and meeting Nov. 13 with S dent Bush's national seCt~| ho Pea RiC~,~q[ nael adviser, Condoleezza "i I ~o" deliverin what was, for l,| ted t g car l l ! reate tentsandpurposes, a Orc- speech to a group of se~a~A| ~. ~s The showpiece of hi~| ,~t. 1 was an appearance Nov. ~'~ Ih~ ~ ve . tio .l'Cou r'owen'oint presenta proposal fora rail link the Red Sea and the ranean Sea--the kindot l economic vision he effectively throughoutla '/ br. E litical career. -tg, l an Netanyahu stressedtW /, raelan planwouldneed . ak support and left little 7 that he was the man through--as prime ( A key element of his pit%l '/ sent a pledge to include the:'#/ tio tinians in an ensuir; Y " itte -' nomlc miracle, e