Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 59, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 20, 2005 Page: 1 of 24
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Thursday, January 20,2005
10 Shevat 5765
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VOLUME 59 NO. 3
brief as Israel
calls for a
By Dan Baron
SDEROT, Israel, (JTA) —The opti-
mism that accompanied Mahmoud
Abbas' recent election to the post of
Palestinian Authority president
appears to be vanishing.
In the latest evidence of the pres-
sures that both Abbas and Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon are
facing, a dusty Israeli border town
went on strike this week.
Sderot's businesses and munic-
ipal services were shut Monday in a
strike declared to mourn six resi-
dents lost to Palestinian terror and
demand action from the govern-
Yeshiva students held a prayer
vigil in the main square.
Children, on an impromptu day
off from school, spoke of mounting
a protest march toward Beit
Hanoun, a Palestinian town just
over the nearby Gaza Strip
boundary favored by Hamas for
launching its rocket and mortar
"Without even noticing, the
Israeli government has turned
20,000 townspeople into hostages,"
said Itzik Ohayon, whose son Afik
was killed by a Hamas-made
Kassam rocket last year. "I am sorry
to say it, but this is not a civilized
Many in Sderot, a hardscrabble
industrial town that has slumped
into poverty during the last four
violent years, accused Sharon of
ignoring them and of failing to pro-
vide a military solution .
The strike occurred just a day
after the prime minister gave Israeli
security forces an unofficial carte
blanche to crack down on Pales-
tinian terrorists. This move would
lift restrictions put on them after
Yasser Arafat's death last November
in an attempt to boost Abbas.
Although Israeli troops killed
see CRACKDOWN p. 2
Ageless mentoring: On Tuesday mornings you can usually find 91-year-old Margie Lipman helping 6-year-old Benjamin
and some of his classmates polish their reading skills at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Elementary School in Dallas.
"This is something you can do and you don't have to be a genius and you don't have to be perfectly able-bodied," she
said. "It's really a pleasure." Lipman and other local seniors mentor students through the "Off Our Rocker" program.
Photo: Steve Israel
See story on p. 14
AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD
Sixty years after Shoah, project hopes to commemorate victims
By Daniella Peled
LONDON (JTA) — A new British-
based project to mark the 60th
anniversary of the end of World War
II aims to commemorate Holocaust
victims through an innovative global
Jewish learning initiative.
The program, 60 Days For 60
Years, centers on a book of the same
title, made up of 60 essays by leading
Jewish figures such as Nobel prize-
winner Elie Wiesel, Britain's
Orthodox Chief Rabbi Jonathan
Sacks and historian Sir Martin
Each essay aims to provide inspi-
rational thoughts on concepts crucial
to Judaism, addressing issues such as
free will, Jewish survival, science and
religion, with participants encour-
aged to study one topic a day in
memory of those who perished.
Describing 60 Days For 60 Years as
"a visionary project," Sacks said, "It
seeks to respond to the tragedy of the
Shoah by encouraging us to learn
about our heritage and affirm our
Jewish identity. It asks us to
remember for the sake of life.
"Above all, it shows that 60 years
after the unspeakable tragedy of the
Shoah, the Jewish people lives."
The project, which launches Jan.
25 and runs until March 25, is being
led by Tribe, the youth branch of
Britain's United Synagogue, and
emphasizes the plight of young
Holocaust victims. United Syna-
gogue represents 65 Orthodox sbuls
in Great Britain.
Each paperback is accompanied
by a card bearing the name, picture
and birthplace of a youngster who
died in the Holocaust, with the idea
that every participant will learn in
memory of that child.
Synagogues will adopt a different
European town or village to honor,
symbolizing Jewish continuity in
Europe 60 years after the Nazi
To encourage further investiga-
tion, each essay is accompanied by a
bibliography and ideas for additional
study; some of the authors made
their e-mail addresses available so
readers can question them directly.
"The response from young mem-
bers of the United Synagogue and
organizations around the Jewish
world has already been tremendous,"
said David Kaplan, Tribe's managing
director, adding that advance orders
of the book have already topped
The project is set to reach areas as
diverse as North America, New
Zealand and Denmark, with copies
distributed to community members
via schools, shuls and other groups.
Organizers hope the book will be
see PROJECT p. 2
By Steve Israel
DALLAS — Global terrorism,
Jewish complacency and "the most
attacks against Jews at any time
since Kristallnacht [in 1939]"
should serve as a call to action for
the current generation, a leading
Jewish figure warned here last week.
"I'm not saying that we're facing
1939, but increasingly it's looking
like 1932 [when Hitler began
blaming Jews for societal prob-
lems]," Malcolm Hoenlein told a
Bnai Zion audience at Temple
Shalom. Hoenlein is executive vice
chairman of the Conference of
Presidents of Major American
Hoenlein urged Jews to awaken
from indifference and to combat
these and other threats to them and
their descendants: a worldwide
electronic blanket of anti-Semitic
propaganda coming from Moslem
nations, Moslem populations
growing in size and influence in
European countries and unsup-
portive European governments.
"It is not a coincidence that the
upsurge in anti-Semitism is hap-
pening in many of the countries
where you have a sharp increase in
Moslem populations," he told
nearly 200 listeners. "It is not just
the Moslems who are doing it. You
see a combination of traditional
anti-Semitism together with this
Moslem incitement coming largely
from the Middle East but broadcast
now around the world. And there's
a series, now being broadcast,
showing how Palestinian children's
eyes are being taken by the govern-
ment of Israel" and other similarly
vicious propaganda, he said.
"Is there any wonder we would
have an increase in anti-Semitism
with this constant stoking of the
fires?" Hoenlein asked.
He warned against Jews who
"don't understand the world as it is,
not as we would like it to be.. .I'm
see HOENLEIN p. 2
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