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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 11, 2019 PAGE 15A From page 1A engineering and mathemat- ics. The NGO then attracted a $100 million donation by Morris Kahn, a philanthropist and businessman, as well as donations by Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, and others. Israel's Science and Tech- nology Ministry contributed 7.5 million shekels (nearly $2 million) to the project. SpaceIL's educational pro- grams have reached approxi- mately a million Israeli pupils so far. At the same time, engineers from IAI and Spa- ceiL got to work building the spacecraft at IAI's Space Division. "Infrastructure and tech- nological know-how are needed for this project," said Doron. The unique coopera- tion between a startup NGO, whose business model is based on donations, and a large defense corporation enabled the project to literally take off. 'Once on the moon, it will conduct scientific experi- ments' No team that entered Google's competition managed to get a spacecraft to the moon in time for the deadline, but that has not stopped the Israeli initiative. The Israeli craft is due to launch in the first quarter of 2019 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to an altitude of 60,000 kilometers. From there, it will enteraseriesofwideningorbits, which will land it on the moon's Sea of Tranquility region after two months. "We have calculated the precise route that will take it on a lunar orbit," said Doron. "Once on the moon, it will conduct scientific missions with the Weizmann Institute of Science [based in Rehovot, Israel], checking the moon's magnetic fields." The lunar spacecraft has also recently been fitted with a laser reflector that will al- low NASA to have a precise reference point on the moon. "We think it will be active for a few days, before intense heat overcomes it," said Doron. But the spacecraft will also have a more enduring mission after being fitted with a time capsule that will remain on the lunar surface indefinitely. It consists of three discs, each containing hundreds of digital files, including national symbols, like Israel's Declaration of Independence, the Bible, Israel's national anthem and the Israeli flag. It will also contain cultural objects such as paintings, collected over many years from the public for sending to the moon; dictionaries in 27 languages and encyclopedias, such as Wikipedia, to reflect knowledge accumulated by all of humanity thus far, Israeli songs, the"Wayfarer's Prayer" and photographs of Israeli landscapes. "With no plans to return to Earth, the spacecraft and information within the time capsule's disks will possibly be found and distributed by future generations," said IAI. "This is another step on our way to the moon," said Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL. "Inserting the disks into the spacecraft, which is a real 'time capsule,' indicates the spacecraft's readiness to blast off from the launch site in a few weeks. SpaceIL's crews and IAI have completed test- ing of the spacecraft and its systems, and are preparing for the beginning of the amazing and complex journey that exemplifies innovation, cre- ativity and courage." Yonatan Winetraub, one of three SpaceIL founders, placed the time capsule into the spacecraft on Dec. 18. "This is a very emotional mo- ment. We do not know how long the spacecraft and the time capsule will remain on the moon," he said. "It is very possible that future genera- tions will find this informa- tion and want to learn more about this historic moment." The spacecraft, which weighs only 600 kilograms, will be the smallest to land on the moon. Most ofthisweight is fuel, and it will number only 150 kilograms when it lands. Its maximum speed will exceed 36,000 kilometers an hour. Doron concluded that"ulti- mately, this is abadge of honor for Israel's space capabilities." From page 1A with the hashtag #stronger- thanhate. Another $18,000 was pre- sented to the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday by, the company that printed the T-shirts bearing the Stronger Than Hate logo and sold them to benefit the victims fund. Alleged gunman obert Bowers was charged vith 29 counts including 11 :ounts of obstruction of execise of religious beliefs resuting in death, as well as 11 coants of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in rela- tion to a crime of violence. He reportedly shouted "All these Jews need to die" during the attack. Before the shooting, he condemned HIAS, the Jewish immigrant aid group, on his website. The Stronger than Hate logo remains on signs around Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. The Steelers said the signs are a "constant show of sup- port for those who lives were taken and support for those impacted." From page 5A Indeed, if the "West Bank" was part of the "Hashemite Kingdom" up to 1967, how did it suddenly become the Palestinians long-yearned-for homeland which, up until then, they were so willing to cede submissively to an alien potentate. Clearly then, the aspira- tions of the Palestinians From page 5A in the last several years, the Holocaust remains a truly foundational moment of our era and the source of many of the international institutions that, for good or ill, manage international relations today. Look back and you will see that the Holocaust changed a good deal more than we real- ize-for example, how we have nothing to do with their attachment to the land, but everything to do with driving the Jews from any portion of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Indeed, even within the pre-1967 lines, long before today's alleged "occupation" and "settlements" were part of the discourse, much less facts on the ground, Israel was condemned as a cdonial, fascist, expansionist pwer. The pre-1967 implcation is clear. To remove erduring "tension and turmoil' in the region, their "source" Israel) must be removed. Clearly then, th, only conceivable "plain Eiglish" translation for the "lib:ration of the homeland" musbe the "annihilation of Israel' The 1964 Palestinin Na- look at art and music, or our relationship with technology and our agonizing about in- clusiveness in our society. As we prepare to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, expect much more reflection on all that. Thirdly, if we are to teach our children the basic facts of the Holocaust, they can be boiled down like this: Six million Jews died because they were dehumanized for being Jews. Many o:them resisted, in a variety c ways. And far too many wer faced with the "choiceless coices" that symbolize the rdity of the Holocaust. Ben Cohen writes a ~eekly column for JNS on Jedsh af- fairs and Middle Easten poli- tics. His writings ha~ been published in Commentary, the New York Post, 1-1aretz, The Wall Street Journl and many other publicatias. tional Covenant was replaced by a 1968 version, which, in the guise of "the liberation of Palestine," continued to advocate the destruction of Israel as a necessary precursor for Mideast peace in blatantly explicit terms. Article 22 states that the "liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and impe- rialist presence and will con- tribute to the establishment of peace in the Middle East." Any thoughts that this reference was to the post- 1967 "occupied territories" is quickly dispelled by Article 19, which declares: "The partition of Palestine in 1947, and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time " Article 20 delves even further back into history, to 1917, to deny the validity of Jewish statehood in any por- tion of the Holy Land: "The Balfour Declaration, the Palestine Mandate System, and all that has been based on them are considered null and void. The claims of historic and spiritual ties between Jews and Palestine are not in agreement with the facts of history and the conception of what consti- tutes statehood." So, going back to our mental experiment and the original question it posed: If the 1967 Six-Day War had never taken place and the "West Bank" had remained under the rule of the Hash- emite Kingdom, where would "Palestine" be? The inevitable answer would be: Wherever the Jews are Is it too much to hope that simple truths will determine attitudes in the next election? Martin Sherman is the founder and executive direc- tor of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. From page 10A light. And I think that we have now an opportunity together to bring a lot of light to the people of Brazil and the people of Israel. This is an alliance of brothers," he added. During the event, the Brazilian state of Amazonas launched a commemorative stamp with a picture of the prime minister on it, also hon- oring Israel's 70th birthday. New Year's Eve was a day to meet businesspeople who flew to Rio from all corners of Brazil. In the next morn- ing they flew to Brasilia for Boisonaro's inauguration. "Let's unite the people, value the family, respect the religions and our Jewish- Christian tradition," Bra- zil's president said during his speech in the Brazilian congress on Jan. 1 after being greeted by the Ne- tanyahus. In the capital city, Netan- yahu held separate meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chile's Presi- dent Sebastian Pinera and the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, who recently expressed his lling- ness to move its embas, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Netanyahu said Bobnaro has accepted his invit~ion to visit Israel in March,weeks before Israel is slated hold national elections. "Until a few monts ago Brazil was the unattinable goal of Israeli diplrnacy. Overnight, it has turnd from hostile to sympathetic:' Neta- yahu said. "This is a ptrtner- ship that has been meafing to happen, meant to happ'.n, and we're going to make it iappen very fast." From page 12A starring Paul Rudd and Mi- chelle Pfeiffer--went straight to video, presumably because of financial issues unrelated to the creative end of the film. "Unfortunately, men have bigger failures and more fail- ures but get more chances," Heckerling said. So she has spent most of her creative energies recently in television directing episodes of others' shows. "I try not to be bitter. I know there are some things to be mad about, but I try to block them out of my mind where they can block creativity," she said. Heckerling may have a new project up her sleeve, but like many a superstitious Jew, she won't discuss the details. "The evil eye watches you," she said, "and if you talk about it, the evil eye will poo poo it." 5 Reasons American Standard Walk-In Tubs are Your Best Choice Backed by American Standard's 140 years of experience Ultra low entry for easy entering and exiting O Patented Quick Drain fast water removal system Q Lifetime Warranty on the bath AND installation, INCLUDING labor backed by American Standard Hydrotherapy jets for an invigorating massage Installation with Best Lifetime Warranty! From page 14A of artworks, including their enviable private collection of Dutch and Flemish Baroque art to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's Univer- sity, considered a transforma- tive gift to the museum. The Baders also funded the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2014, and donated a 15th-century castle in England to Queen's University that serves as the school's international learning center. Bader, who wrote two au- tobiographies, is survived by his wife, two sons and seven grandchildren.