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Style L’chaim! ‘Chosen Beer’ turns 15 Page 10 JANUARY 5, 2012 tevet 10, 5772 Vol. 55, No. 34 Pittsburgh, PA Coincidence? $1.50 Israeli dance troupe organizers hope to teach teens a step or two BY TOBY TABACHNICK Staff Writer JAFI photo An open area in the Eshkol Region of Israel. Two phosphorous mortars struck an open field in Eshkol Sunday. There were no injuries or damages, but the head of the Eshkol Regional Council has complained to the United Nations about Palestinian use of a banned substance. Phosphorous shells from Gaza strike Israel as peace talks resume BY STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Gazan terrorists fired two mortar shells containing white phosphorous at a community in southern Israel Sunday prompting a war crimes complaint against the Palestinian Authority being filed at the United Nations. Coincidentally, the attack came the same week as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Amman, Jordan, for face-to-face talks on the resumption of the peace process. There was no indication the attack was related to the talks, which were hosted by Jordan’s King Abdullah II, though a Hamas spokesman criticized the talks Tuesday as well as the Palestinian Authority’s participation them. The shells landed in an open field in the Eshkol Region, causing no injuries or damage. Nevertheless, Ynetnews reported that the Negev District Police examined the explosives and confirmed they did contain white phosphorous, “which is banned by international law for use inside dense population concentrations.” White phosphorous, also known as Willy Pete, is a colorless, white or yellow waxy solid with a garlic-like odor. Manufactured from phosphate rocks, it reacts rapidly with oxygen, easily catching fire at temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above room temperature. The substance can lead to burns, irritation, damage to the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs or bones for those exposed to it — even death, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registration. JTA reported that the head of the Eshkol Regional Council, Chaim Jelin, filed the complaint with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He also said it is the fourth time white phosphorous shells have been fired at Please see Phosphorous, page 19. Thanks to the efforts of two Pittsburghers with a passion for Israeli culture, Jewish teenagers are invited to join a newly forming Israeli folk dance troupe that will represent the Jewish community at a variety of upcoming events, including the 2012 Pittsburgh International Folk Festival in May. Lee Feldman, who has been running the Israel booth at the Folk Festival since 2006, along with local dance teacher Lynn Berman, hope to create long-term local appreciation for Israeli dance and representation of Israel through the dance troupe. In addition to performances at the Folk Festival, Feldman and Berman anticipate the troupe dancing at the Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations to be held this spring at the Jewish Community Centers in Squirrel Hill and the South Hills. Berman, who tried unsuccesfully to organize a teen Israeli dance troupe through J-Site this past September, is hoping this new effort will generate more interest. “Only two kids signed up [for the JSite dance class], which was not enough,” she said. “It’s not clear why there were not more. But this dance troupe is really important to Lee because of his involvement with the Folk Festival. It is his hope to try to find enough kids who are interested.” The Pittsburgh Folk Festival Inc. is a nonprofit organization that began in 1956, with 17 nationalities represented. Its purpose is to promote “unity in diversity” by presenting an annual festival of cultures. The festival now highlights the cultural diversity of more than 30 nationalities in the Pittsburgh area. Please see Dance, page 19. B USINES S 15/C L AS SIFIED 17/O BITUARIES 18/C OMMUNITY 10 Dining Guide 14/O PINION 6/R EAL E STATE 16/S TYLE 12 Times To Remember KINDLE SABBATH CANDLES: 4:50 p.m. EST. SABBATH ENDS: 5:54 p.m. EST.

The Jewish Chronicle January 5, 2012

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