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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 12, 2018 PAGE 3.a By Aryeh Savir World Israel News The Palestinians rejected President DonaldTrump's threat to cut US aid to the Palestinian Authority over its refusal to return to the negotiations table, saying their "rights are not for sale." Trump tweeted Tuesday that "we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don't even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel." "We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the ne- gotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longerwilling to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?" he stated on Twitter. Earlier, at a press confer- ence at the United Nations, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made similar remarks in response to questions about the future of US aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. "The Palestinians now have to show to the world that they want to Come to the table. As of now, they're not coming to the table but they asked for aid. We're not giving the aid, we're going to make sure that they come to the table andwe want to move forward with the peace process," she said. Trump "doesn't want to give any additional funding, or stop funding, until the Palestinians agree to come back to the negotiation table, and what we saw with the [UN Jerusalem[ resolutionwas not helpful to the situation," Haley said. "We're trying to move for a peace process, but if that doesn't happen, the president is not going to continue to fund that situation." PLO Executive Commit- tee member Hanan Ashrawi described Trump's tweet as "blackmail." "We will not be black- mailed," she said. "President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice. Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions." Ashrawi charged Trump with violating international law, saying he "single-handed- ly destroyed the very founda- tions of peace and condoned Israel's illegal annexation of the city" by recognizing Je- rusalem as Israel capital last month. The Palestinians an- nounced on several occasions that they have abandoned the US-led peace negotiations after Trump's declaration on Jerusalem and instead will act to obtain full Palestinian PLO executive Hanan Ashrawi United Nations membership, seek further Security Council resolutions and prosecute Israel at the International Criminal Court. These moves are meant to "face all these [US] plans aimed at liquidat- ing the Patestinian national project," Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said Tuesday. Such moves breach the Palestinians' obligations un- der 1993 Oslo peace accords. awareness JERUSALEM (JTA)--In- ternational Jewish student leaders will launch an interna- tional anti-Semitism aware- ness campaign on campuses worldwide and vowed to reject any attempts to deny the Ar- menian genocide. The World Union of Jewish Students at its 44th World Congress, a five-day assem- bly that ended Monday, also Report: derail UN .WASHINGTON (JTA) Ef- forts by the Trump transi- tion team to kill a 2016 UN Security Council resolution slamming Israel's settlement policies were more widespread than was previously known, according to a Wall Street Journal report The report Friday said the effort encompassed a number of transition officials beyond Michael Flynn, the national security adviser-designate who was previously known to have made the effort. Also involved in the effort were Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, who directed Flynn to make the calls, and Nikki Haley, the designated ambassador to the United Nations who put in a call to her outgoing counterpart, Samantha Power. In November, Flynn plead- By Ebin Sandier World Israel News At a press conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley fielded questions about the fate of US funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency, the primary UN agency re- sponsible for funneling aid to the Palestinians. In a video posted by Re- uters, Haley responded to a question regarding whether the US would continue to fund the agency in light of the Palestinians' threat to "unleash all the weapons we have in the UN," by saying, "[President Trump] doesn't aimed to seek partnership with organizations fighting for religious pluralism in Israel and committed not to work with members or af- filiates of Austria's populist Freedom Party, or FPO, which is part of the new government coalition. The group said it would boycott FPO officials. Some 157 Jewish college students from 36 countries served as delegates to the congress. The students came from Eastern, Central and Western Europe, North and South America, Australasia, South Africa, India, Turkey and Israel. The group declared March Anti-Semitism Awareness Month and laid the ground- work to coordinate its cam- paign in partnership with transition to a number of government ministries and campus orga- nizations. At its general assembly, which was part of the con- gress, the WUJS elected a new president: Avigayil Benstein, 24, is completing her undergraduate degree in international relations and Middle East studies at Hebrew University in Jeru- salem. She was born and raised in Israel, and served as a foreign press liaison in the Kingdom, succeeds Yosef Tarshish, 26, The American Union of Jewish Students voted in the election for the first time after being promoted to partial member from observer status. The;esolutions on FPO and the Armenian genocide were among a number of binding policy motions passed at the General Assembly. The one on Austria declars against the normalization of right-wing extremism in light of the for- European deskofthe Israel mationofthenewgovernmer t ti-lsrael resolution e*en ,O 00s s o e, e,in Austria that in ludes: son,s office iiil " WUJS resolved i: d aught e r o( Jg : iumt f ffo}n the andto condemn and reject ed guilty to lying to the FBI tion may have violated the United States and the United any attempt to deny, distort about a call he made to the Russian ambassador at the time asking him to stop the December 2016 vote. Flynn's wrongdoing rests in the lie, not in the actual call. Kushner is believed to be a target of the same federal investigative team that ex- tracted the guilty plea from Flynn. The team, led by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, is looking into allei gations of collusion between the Trump campaign and transition teams and Rus- sia. Flynn quit as national security adviser after serving only several weeks because of questions about his contacts with Russian officials. Some observers have said that the Trump team's intensive foreign policy moves during the transi- Logan Act, a law on the books since the 18th century that has never been successfully prosecuted. The law, which bans private citizens from conducting foreign policy, is now widely considered unprosecutable, especially when transition officials are involved, as they may be considered employees of an incoming government. The Trump team made the effort--ultimately un- successful-at the behest of Israeli Prime Minister Benja- min Netanyahu. The Obama administration did not vote for the censure, but also did not use the U.S. veto to stop the resolution. It was the only time in two terms that the Obama administration had allowed through a UN resolution opposed by Israel. BUY want to give any additional funding, or stop funding, until the Palestinians agree to come back to the negotiation table, and what we saw with the [UN Jerusalem[ resolutionwas not helpful to the situation." "We're trying to move for a peace process, but if that doesn't happen, the president is not going to continue to fund that situation," Haley emphasized, without clarify- ing whether the term "situa- tion" referred specifically to UNRWA's operations. Haley stressed that the US seeks the resumption of the peace process, stressing, "The Palestinians now have to show the world they want to come to the table. As of now, they're not coming to the table, but they ask for aid. We're not giving the aid, we're going to make sure they come to the table and we want to move forward with the peace process." Haley's responses were provided against the backdrop of an announcement in De- cember that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital and plans to move its embassy there, which was met by a UN resolution condemning the move. The Palestinians an- nounced shortly thereafter that the US will no longer play a role in mediating an agreement with Israel. or ignore its historical reality. Another resolution called to raise consciousness and en- courage public discourse on matters of Jewish pluralism in the State of Israel, and to seek partnership with organi- zations fighting for religious pluralism in Israel. WUJS is the international umbrella organization sup- porting independent Jewish student associations all over the world. Itwas established in 1924 by Hersch Lauterpacht, and previous WUJS leaders in-' clude Albert Einstein, Chaim Bialik, Sigmund Freud and Chaim Weizmann, as well as David Ben-Gurion, and A.B. Yehoshua. .-: , J The once a year citrus sensation! 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