Envoy Lauds U.N. Officer
Jerusalern/JTA —The next United
Nations secretary-general can be
expected to be friendly to Israel,
Israel's U.N. envoy said.
South Korean Foreign Minister Ban
Ki-Moon was named this week to
succeed U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan at the end of the year. Dan
Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the
United Nations, welcomed the appoint-
ment Tuesday. "I received a very posi-
tive impression of him:' Gillerman said
in an interview with Ma'ariv's Web
"With respect to Israel, he has a
great deal of understanding and sym-
pathy for the Israeli positions. I believe
that he will be a very thoughtful, pro-
fessional man, with a clear vision of
the arena. People who are serious are
good for us, by definition."
to see her, Maariv reported Monday.
This provision satisfies Orthodox
requirements of modesty. The rooms
also have the options of stands for
women's wigs and piped-in Chasidic
music. According to the newspaper, the
renovations cost Bikur Cholim some
$1.3 million, most of it donated
Sukkot Record At Wall
Jerusalem/JTA — A record number
of Jews turned out for Sukkot services
at Jerusalem's Western Wall. An esti-
mated 65,000 worshipers attended
Monday's prayers at Judaism's most
important site, which included the
traditional blessing of the Cohanim,
or high priests. Rabbi Shmuel
Rabinowitz, director of the Western
Wall and Holy Places authority,
described it as the largest turnout in a
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Israel: Weak For Peace?
Damascus/JTA — Syria's president
cast doubt on Israel's ability to enter
peace talks with his country. Bashar
Assad said in a BBC interview broad-
cast late Monday that while he saw the
aftermath of the Lebanon war as an
opportunity for peace talks with Israel,
"that doesn't mean you have the envi-
ronment to achieve it:"
"We don't know if this government
is strong enough to move toward
peace," Assad said, apparent alluding to
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's
falling popularity. He also accused the
United States of lacking the "vision"
needed to engage Syria.
Since the end of the Lebanon war,
Assad has made several statements
suggesting a willingness to resume
peace talks with Israel that broke down
in 2000, but also threatening to go to
war unless Damascus regains control
of all of the Golan Heights.
Israel Opens Maternity Ward
Jerusalem/JTA — An Israeli hospital
unveiled a maternity ward designed
for fervently Orthodox Jews.
The five new delivery rooms at
Jerusalem's Bikur Cholim Hospital fea-
ture a special partition, which allows
the birthing mother to see her hus-
band sitting beside her, but not for him
Mass Grave Uncovered
Berlin/JTA — The remains of more
than 50 people, many of them chil-
dren, were discovered in a mass grave
in Germany, authorities say. Experts
suspect the dead in the city of Menden
were victims of the Nazis' so-called
euthanasia program, in which disabled
people were murdered. Two more sites
are being searched for remains.
The discovery was made by work-
ers from an agency that cares for
wartime graves. It's estimated that at
least 100,000 handicapped people were
murdered between fall 1939 and sum-
mer 1941. Protests by German church
leaders brought the euthanasia pro-
gram publicly to an end, though some
parts of the program continued until
the end of the war.
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New York/JTA — An international
ad campaign will target anti-Semitism.
The ads, produced by Russell
Simmons, a hip-hop mogul who is co-
leader of The Foundation for Ethnic
Understanding, feature Simmons
and rapper Jay-Z encouraging young
people to fight anti-Semitism in their
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