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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-03-26

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March 26 • 2009




Police Close P.A. Events

Kerry's Brother Takes Post

Jerusalem/JTA — Jerusalem police
shut down events scheduled for a
Palestinian Authority-sponsored fes-
The Palestinian Culture Festival,
to honor Jerusalem as the "capital of
Arab culture,” kicked off March 21 in
the Palestinian headquarters in the
West Bank city of Ramallah. Events
were scheduled as well for Jerusalem,
Nazareth, Bethlehem, Gaza and
Jerusalem police shut down at least
eight events and arrested 20 organiz-
ers. It is illegal for the Palestinian
Authority to hold events in the munic-
ipality of Jerusalem or other areas
under Israeli sovereignty, according to
agreements signed by Israel and the

Washington/JTA — John Kerry's
Jewish brother was named to a top
post at the Commerce Department.
President Obama named Cam Kerry,
a vice chairman of the National Jewish
Democratic Council, as general coun-
sel of the Commerce Department.
Kerry is a partner in the Boston
office of the Mintz Levin law firm
and has taught telecommunications
law as an adjunct professor at Suffolk
University Law School.
National Jewish Democratic Council
chairman Marc Stanley commended
the selection.
Cam Kerry converted to Judaism 25
years ago when he married his wife,
Kathy Weinman.

Haifa Mall Attack Averted

Jerusalem/JTA — Israeli security forc-
es prevented a serious car bombing at
a major Haifa mall.
The explosives-laden car was dis-
covered March 21 in the parking lot
of the Lev Hamifratz shopping cen-
ter after one of the bombs partially
Police immediately evacuated the
mall and police sappers deactivated
the remaining bombs.
The mall and surrounding area
reopened March 22. A train station is
located at the mall, which is adjacent
to Haifa's central bus station.

Sex Segregated Bus Opposed


Jerusalem/JTA — Orthodox Jews said
they will continue to run a new bus
line with segregated seating to the
Kotel (Western Wall) despite opposi-
Israel's Transportation Ministry has
opposed the line, which has manda-
tory separate seating for men and
women between Jerusalem's haredi
neighborhoods and the Western Wall.
The buses began running March 19.
The ministry has tried to stop the
bus line, even though the issue has
been frozen pending a Supreme Court
decision on the matter.
The Supreme Court in January
ordered the Transportation Ministry
to look into issues regarding bus
routes in religious communities after
a petition was filed by religious author
Naomi Ragen and the Religious Action
Center on behalf of women who were
attacked for not sitting in the back of
the bus.

Jewish Studies In Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine/JTA — A center for
Jewish studies opened in a northwest-
ern Ukrainian city.
The Center of Jewish Studies was
inaugurated at the Ivan Franko State
University in Zhytomyr.
About 100 scientists, researchers
and students from Ukraine, Poland
and Israel gathered at the university
for a conference to promote Jewish
history and culture.

Israel's Critics

The Charge
Former U.S. Middle East diplomat
Charles Freeman, who recently
withdrew his name from consider-
ation for a top Obama administra-
tion post, was quoted earlier this
month as saying that the "Israel
lobby" has a "hammer lock" on
both public discussion and policy
of America in the Middle East.

The Answer
Blaming pro-Israel activists for the
lack of criticism of Israel found in
Congress, the administration and
the U.S. public ignores the freedom
of thought and the political diver-
sity that exist in America. Freeman
is an Arabist who simply cannot
accept that his arguments don't win
the debate.

— Allan Gale, Jewish Community

Relations Council

of Metropolitan Detroit

© Jewish Renaissance Media, March 26, 2009

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