October 4, 2007
Briefs: Clinton backs Israel attack on Syria, Abbas to Hamas: Never Again
(Page 2 - Previous Page)In their paper, the group is critical of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's frequent trips to the Middle East, suggesting that an outside party, preferably Blair, work with the Palestinians and the Israelis full-time to draft statements of understanding before the talks begin.
Those statements would include agreed-upon borders, a solution for refugees and an agreement to two capitals in Jerusalem. The plan also outlines a possible role for Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and has the capacity to undermine the peace talks with potentially violent consequences. The ambassadors urge that Hamas be asked to sign on to the statements of understanding.
Religious Hate Now a Crime in U.K.
Incitement to religious hatred is now a criminal offense in England and Wales. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act creates a new category of offense, "intentionally stirring up religious hatred against people on religious grounds." It closes a loophole in the existing legislation, according to the British Home Office, a government agency charged with protecting the public.
British Leaders Slam Irving
David Irving's attempt at a comeback has been met with disgust and disbelief in Britain. The convicted Holocaust denier's recent announcement that he will rejoin the lecture circuit has provoked loud reactions from Jewish, anti-fascist and educational groups in Britain. His first address, in Coventry on Sept. 28, was interrupted by protesters.
Irving, who reportedly is living near Windsor in a 10-bedroom house, announced he would launch a series of speaking tours in British cities and universities, as well as offer new books to potential readers.
Seven Israelis on Forbes' Rich List
Seven Israelis appear on the Forbes magazine list of the richest Middle East billionaires. A Saudia Arabian investor, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, tops the list of the richest in the region. Business tycoon Stef Wertheimer is ranked 10th. Shari Arison, owner of Bank Hapoalim, is No. 11 and the only woman. She is followed by diamond mogul Lev Leviev at 12, real estate king Yitzhak Tshuva at 13 and Yuli Sami Ofer at 14. Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan completes the list at No. 20.
Dylan Davens in Atlanta
Bob Dylan stopped into an Atlanta shul for Yom Kippur services.
The folk legend attended services at the Chabad-Lubavitch of Atlanta, according to Chabad.org. Dylan was born Jewish but has dabbled in several faiths.
He arrived at morning services wearing a ski cap and a tallit, and stayed for the duration, the Web site said. Dylan was called to the Torah for an aliyah by his Hebrew name, Zushe ben Avraham, according to the Chabad outpost's rabbi, Yossi Lew.
Dylan was in Atlanta for a concert following the holiday.
Staff for Dylan, who was in town on a concert tour, found the synagogue through Chabad's online directory, according to the website, Chabad.org.
Fans Fighting for Tel Aviv Diamond
Baseball supporters launched a campaign to stop the city of Tel Aviv from destroying its lone baseball field. The baseball field at Sportek in Hayarkon Park was renovated this year with funds donated by North American Jews for use by the new Israel Baseball League. Now that the inaugural season is over, the municipality wants to take down the outfield fence and allow the grounds to become uneven again, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post. Local baseball fans and the nonprofit Israel Association for Baseball have been using the field for years and also have asked the city to reconsider. The league had many disputes with the city during the baseball season, which as a result opened late in Tel Aviv. It will not be using the field next season.
Briefs courtesy of Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
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