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September 13, 2002 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-13

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News Digest

Netanyahu Had
Iraqi Assurance

he was seen as more pro-Israel and tougher
on Palestinian Authority leader Yasser

Jerusalem7JTA — Former Israeli Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said
Saddam Hussein secretly communicated
with him in 1998 to stave off worries
about a possible Iraqi attack on Israel.
Netanyahu said it was thought at the
time that Hussein might launch a missile
attack on Israel, as he had done during
the 1991 Persian Gulf War, because of
tensions over U.N. weapons inspections.
Netanyahu said the Iraqi president sent
a secret message assuring Israel that he
had no such intention. "I sent him a mes-
sage and told him that this was a very
wise decision on his part, so that he could
understand what the significance would
be if he acted against us," Netanyahu told
Army Radio.

Book Describes
`Brazilian Schindler'

Rabbi Recounts
Victims' Names

New York/JTA —Rabbi Joseph Potasnik,
chaplain of the New York Fire Department,
helped read the names of World Trade
Center victims on the anniversary of the
Sept. 11 attacks.
Rabbi Potasnik attended a Ground Zero
memorial ceremony in lower Manhattan
with New York Police Department chaplain
Rabbi Alvin Kass and New York Army
National Guard chaplain Rabbi Jacob
Goldstein, plus dozens of dignitaries. A hot
wind blew dust and mourners' roses across
the razed dirt and rock floor of Ground
Zero as mourners asked Rabbi Potasnik to
make sure he pronounced the names of
their loved ones correctly. Their requests
underscored that each victim is more than a
name on a list, he said.
"The most important part of the whole
day is recalling those lost lives."

Sununu Wins
N.H. Primary

New York/JTA — A New Hampshire con-
gressman won a Republican senatorial pri-
mary race that focused in part on terrorism
and the Middle East conflict.
Sen. Bob Smith lost his re-election bid to
Rep. John Sununu, who is of Palestinian
and Lebanese background, after accusing
Sununu of being soft on terrorism. Sununu
has come under fire for supporting U.S. aid
to the Palestinian Authority, though
he also has voted for U.S. aid to Israel and
has returned campaign contributions from
Arab leaders who backed Hamas. The
Jewish community backed Smith because

Rio De Janeiro/JTA — A new book sheds
light on the man known as the "Brazilian
Quixote in the Darkness, by historian
Fabio Koifman, describes how Luis Martins
de Sot 72 Dantas saved some 425 Jews from
the Holocaust by granting them diplomatic
visas to enter Brazil.
Souza Dantas, who was in charge of the
Brazilian diplomatic mission in France dur-
ing World War II, later said he had been
inspired by a "Christian feeling of mercy."

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Iraq Brands 9-11
As 'Punishment'

Jerusalem/JTA — Iraqi newspapers
marked the anniversary of Sept. N
with banner headlines describing last
year's terrorist attack on the United
States as "God's Punishment."
The daily Al-Jumhuriya, in a front-
page editorial, said the lesson the
United States should have drawn from
Sept. 11 was that its policies inspire
hatred. Many Arabs have linked last
year's attack to a feeling in Islamic
countries that Washington unfairly
sides with Israel against the

Vandals Attack
Shoah Memorial

Berlin/JTA — Vandals desecrated a
Holocaust memorial near Berlin.
The vandals scrawled swastikas and set
fire to a museum commemorating the
April 1945 death march of 45,000 con-
centration camp inmates. Officials said
the memorial at Belower Wald near
Berlin was badly damaged in the Sept. 5

High-Tech Jewish
Network To Launch

New York/JTA — A network for Jews
in the high-tech sector is about to be
launched. Dubbed "Blue Knot: The
Jewish Tech Initiative," the network
will be unveiled at the annual comput-
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