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PAGE 20A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 3~, 2012 Computer woes force Likud to extend primary vote JERUSALEM (JTA)--Vot- ing was extended by a day in Likud Party primary bal- loting following computer malfunctions at several polling stations. The Likud Election Com- mittee made the announce- ment following malfunctions at several stations, including the 80 computerized voting systems at Jerusalem's main polling station at the Inter- national Convention Center. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chairman of the ruling Likud, had said earlier in the day that the voting wofild be extended to midnight. The problems led to calls by party leaders to postpone the balloting after voters were turned away at some polling stations or left with- out casting their ballots after waiting a long time. The party's 123,351 mem- bers are voting to select the Knesset list ahead of the Jan. Ahmet Davutoglu Muslim imam in Gaza has issued a religious edict, or fatwa, that says it is a sin to violate the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Suleiman al-Daya issued the fatwa on Saturday night, according to Haaretz, after a top Hamas official said the terrorist organization would continue to stockpile arms although it was prohibited 22 national elections. The under the agreement bro- kered last week by Egypt. "Honoring the truce, which was sponsored by our Egyptian brethren, is the duty of each and every one of us," al-Daya said in his edict. "Violating it shall constitute a sin." Israeli satellites spot Iranian ship loading Gaza-- bound missiles JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- raeli spy satellites reportedly detected a ship docked at an Iranian port being loaded with missiles likely bound for Gaza. The ship was being loaded with rockets and other muni- tions approximately a week ago, according to the Sunday Times British newspaper. Among the missiles believed to be loade.d onto the cargo polls opened at 9 a.m. Some 97 Likud candidates are competing for 25 realistic spots on the Likud's Knes- set list. Meanwhile, Yair Lapid, tiead of the newly formed centrist party Yesh Atid, or There is a Future, said Sunday that he had offered former Kadima Party head Tzipi Livni the second slot on his party's list, and promised that she would be a full part- ner in all major decisions. "Splitting the centrist bloc is not good for Israel, and I am calling her to join forces and change the country together," he wrote on his Facebook page. Gaza imam's edict: Violating cease-fire would be a sin JERUSALEM (JTA)--A ship were Fajr-5 rockets, which were fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the recent Gaza operation, and the long-range Shahab-3 ballistic missiles. According to reports, the ship would reach Gazavia the Red Sea, Sudan and Egypt. The ship was beingloaded as cease-fi :e talks between Hamas in Gaza and Israel were under way. Arab from eastern Jerusa- lem charged with spying for Hezbollah JERUSALEM (JTA)nAn Arab from eastern Jerusalem was charged with spying on Israeli sites for Hezbollah. Azam Mashahra of the Jabel Mukaber village was charged Sunday in Jerusa- lem District Court of making contact with a foreign agent, passing information to the enemy, conspiracy to deliver information to the enemy and traveling to an enemy country without permission, according to The Jerusalem Post. Mashahra reportedly ad- mitted during interrogation after his arrest to passing information to Hezbollah. Turkey, Israel resume reconciliation talks JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael and Turkey resumed in- formal reconciliation talks. Turkey's foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, con- firmed to CNN on Sunday reports that the two coun- tries were discussing how to repair the relationship be- tween the governments that broke down over Israel's raid on the Mavi Marmara ship. 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FIDF is 501 (c)3 a non-political not for profit organization Contributions are tax de~uctable to the extent permitted by law. into waters near the Gaza Strip in circumvention of Israel's naval blockade of the coastal strip. Turkey has demandedthat Israel apologize for the raid, compensate the families of those killed and halt its blockade of Gaza. Israel has offered to fulfill the first two of the requests. Palestinians, Arab Israeli arrested for Tel Aviv bus bombing .(JTA)--Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency arrested several Palestin- ians and an Arab Israeli for allegedly blowing up a bus in Tel Aviv. The Shin Bet revealed that its agents had arrested the suspects, including an Arab Israeli, for the attack last week on a bus, Israeli media reported. The security service did not say how many suspects were arrested. The Arab-Israeli suspect, a resident of Taibeh near Kfar Saba, placed the explo- sive device on the bus and notified his commander by phone, who set it off, the Shin Bet said. Of the 28 Israelis wounded in the bombing, five re- mained hospitalized on Nov. 22, one in serious condition. The Israeli suspect was born in the West Bank and acquired Israeli citizenship through the family unifica- tion process, which natural- izes Palestinians married to Israelis, according to the news site Ynet. The bomb reportedly was built in the West Bank and transported to Israel in a car belonging to the employer of the Arab Israeli suspect without the employer's knowledge. In preliminary interroga- tions, the cell's members said they were connected to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The Shin Bet said the interrogation was ongoing and that further arrests were expected. Some 9,000 children from southern Israel get day of fun JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Jewish Agency for Israel took 9,000 children and teenagers from southern Israel for a day of fun. The children and teen- agers on Nov. 22 visited entertainment venues in the center and north of the country following eight days of nearly constant rocket bombardment from Gaza during Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense. The costs for the Jewish Agency's respite activities were paid for by the Jew- ish Federations in North America, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Federation CJA and the Jewish Federa- tions of Canada-UIA. The event was held the day after a cease-fire went into effect last week between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Italy's Jewish leaders denounce mounting anti- Semitism (JTA)--In the wake of mounting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents, Italy's Jewish leadership "force- fully denounced" a "spiral of violence" that has erupted in the country over the past few weeks. "It would be too long to enumerate the individual episodes, but we cannot re- frain from drawing attention to a climate of tension that is increasingly worrying," said a statement by Renzo Gattegna, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Com- munities. Apparently prompted by Israel's ramped-up military operation to stop escalated rocket attacks from Gaza, anti-Semitic slogans were scrawled on synagogues in several cities. The latest was in Genoa, where the slogan "Israel is a Nazi state" was discovered on the front door of the Synagogue on Saturday. Bialik and husband divorc- ing (JTA)--"Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik said she and her husband are divorc- ing. Bialik, who practices Mod- ern Orthodox Judaism, and Michael Stone will divorce over "irreconcilable differ- ences," Bialik wrote on her website. The couple have been married for, nine years and have two children. Bialik, who also starred in the popular sitcom "Blos- som," said on her website that the couple's attachment parenting did not play a role in the decision to divorce, TMZ reported. "Relationships are compli- cated no matter what style of parenting you choose," she wrote. Senators Carflin and Col- lins warn Abbas about U.N. bid (JTA)--U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Susan Collins sent a letter to Palestin- ian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposing any unilateral attempts to pursue non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly. The letter, sent Nov. 21, said that, "Palestinian state- hood can only be realized as a result of a broader peace agreement negotiated with the Israelis, not through unilateral measures at the United Nations." Cardin (D-Md.) and Collins (R-Maine), who co-authored a Senate resolution denounc- ing the statehood bid, which passed unanimously in June and was co-sponsored by 90 senators, also warned Ab- bas that "any such efforts may cause consequences in regards to U.S. policy and foreign aid." A bid in the General As- sembly is likely to be ap- proved. Last year, the United States used its veto to pre- vent a similar statehood bid in the U.N. Security Council. No country has a veto in the General Assembly. Jewish students attacked outside school in subur- ban Paris. (JTA)--Students and fac- ulty of a predominantly Jewish school near Paris reported two attacks and a break-in in the space of 48 hours. The first attack against students of the ORT high school in Montreuil, an eastern suburb of the French capital, occurred on Nov. 19 just outside the institution's gates, according to a statement issued by the school. Six young men started hitting a small group of students "in a very determined way and without any provoca- tion or even exchanging words." Pupils who rushed to their schoolmates' aid, including one non-Jewish ORT student of Turkish descent, also were attacked, according to ORT. The attackers slammed one of them against a parking meter. "He was severely beaten by the attackers, who fractured his nose and broke several of his teeth," according to ORT's report on the incident. Police were called to the scene but the attackers had already left. The following day, a 17-year-old Jewish female ORT student was attacked verbally and physically in a Metro station. The girl said she was waiting for a friend at Montreuil station when she was approached by a group of five men who she described as "North African." The report said the five men, one of them wearing a keffiyeh, a tra- ditional Arab headdress, shoved her and told her to keep quiet or they would push her on the rails when the Metro train comes "like they did in Gaza." A third incident was discovered the same day when security guards tried to detain a man in his 30s who was spotted on school premises. He fled after telling the guards he was Muslim and that his pres- ence there showed they had security failures, the report said. Salesman charged in shooting of Brooklyn store owners (JTA)--A New York cloth- ing salesman was charged with shooting to death three Brooklyn store owners, two of them Orthodox Jews. New York police last week charged Salvatore Perrone, 63, with murder. The vic- tims were of Middle Eastern descent. Perrone reportedly made statements that incriminat- ed himself when questioned by police, Reuters reported. A duffel bag belonging to Perrone was found at his girlfriend's apartment and contained a firearm with his fingerprints and shell casings that matched those found at the crime scene,'a 12-inch kitchen knife with dried blood and two fold- ing knives with seven-inch blades. The latest murder was on Nov. 16 in the Flatbush store of Rahmatolla Vahidipour, 78, of Great Neck, N.Y., in suburban Long Island. Vahidipour was shot in the head and chest in his She She Boutique, and then dragged to the :back of the store and covered with clothes, according to the New York Daily News. Vahidipour, who came to the United States from Iran, was scheduled to attend the bar mitzvah of one of his nine grandchildren, according to the newspaper. In August, Isaac Kadare, 59, an Orthodox Jew born in Egypt, was shot in the head and stabbed in the neck in his Amazing 99 Cent Deals store in Bensonhurst. A month earlier, Mohammed Gebeli, 65, a Muslim originally from Egypt. was shot in the neck and killed in his clothing store in Bay Ridge.