06.30.05 Update

6.30.2005

Earlier Thursday, the Gaza Strip was closed to non-resident Israelis entering due to Wednesday's trouble with a group who took over an Arab home and caused violence with local Palestinians and the IDF. It was announced that sometime Friday the closure would be lifted. More from Ha'aretz here.

A fervently Orthodox man stabbed three marchers Thursday in Israel's Gay Pride parade
. (JTA) The attacker and another 13 protesters, out of about 200 protesters in all, were arrested at the annual parade, which drew some 2,000 marchers. The parade went on after Israel's Supreme Court ordered the mayor of Jerusalem, Uri Lupolianski, to lift a ban on it.

Arutz Sheva reports that Bethleham will be handed over to the PA, although the IDF is opposed.

A documentary about Jewish swimmers in prewar Vienna was named best Israeli film at the 11th annual Jewish Film Festival in Berlin. (JTA) "Watermarks" tells the story of a reunion of the Hakoah Vienna sports club, whose leaders managed to get the entire top-level swim team out of Austria with their families after Nazi Germany annexed the country in 1938. The film already has won several international and Jewish film festival awards. The annual festival ends Thursday.

A Jewish cemetery in Bolivia was desecrated recently with swastikas and Nazi slurs. (JTA) Several swastikas were painted on the walls of Cementerio Israelita in the city of Cochabamba. The vandals also wrote "Juden raus," German for "Jews out." Cochabamba is home to some 120 of the Andean mountain nation's 600 Jews.

Swimmer Mark Spitz will lead the U.S. delegation at next week's Maccabiah Games in Israel. (JTA) Spitz, who made history by winning seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, will head the delegation at the "Jewish Olympics," scheduled for July 10-21. Spitz competed in the 1965 and 1969 Maccabiah Games, winning 10 gold medals. More than 7,000 Jewish athletes from around the world are scheduled to compete at the Games.

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