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ZBT kicked off UF campus for incident against wounded veterans

GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida chapter of Zeta Beta Tau has closed in the wake of allegations that they harassed and disrespected wounded veterans while in Panama City Beach, officials from the national organization and UF announced Tuesday, April 28.

The closure of the historically Jewish fraternity comes a week after UF chapter members, along with members of Emory University ZBT, were accused of misconduct including spitting on a veteran and his service dog, urinating on the American flag and throwing items off the balcony at the vets. ZBT members attending its spring formal and about 60 vets at the Warrior Beach Retreat were staying at the same hotel.

“I continue to be saddened and disappointed by the reported mistreatment and disrespect of our military veterans,” UF President Kent Fuchs said. “Our university has always honored, and will always honor, the service of veterans. The reported conduct of this fraternity contradicts the values of service and respect that are at the center of this university.”

ZBT Fraternity International President Matthew J. Rubins joined Fuchs in expressing his dismay at the situation. “We are absolutely disgusted by the accusations that have been made regarding the behavior of certain members of this chapter,” he said.

ZBT International also announced the suspension of activities at Emory, but the April 28 statement made no mention of further actions against that chapter. However, officials said they were continuing their investigation.

Despite 5 years in Cuban jail, Alan Gross lobbies for easing U.S. restrictions

Alan Gross, the Jewish-American government contractor who was jailed in Cuba for five years as a spy, is lobbying for easing trade and travel restrictions between the island nation and the United States.

Appearing at a fundraiser for New Cuba PAC, which is pushing more access for Americans to Cuba, Gross led an “off-the-record discussion on modernizing U.S.- Cuba policy,” according to The New York Times. Gross’ attorney Scott Gilbert, who hosted the fundraiser, told the Times that Gross would like to return to Cuba if it would help promote good relations. Gilbert also said that Gross had “transcended the imprisonment he suffered for five years” and has promised since his release to “do what he could to promote a more constructive relationship” between the United States and Cuba.

Gross, 66, was released from prison in December. He was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and charged with crimes against the state after setting up Internet access for the Jewish community there while working as a contractor for USAID.

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