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" PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2019 lS a By Jackson Richman (JNS)--Congresswoman l ashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) met with Abbas Hamideh, a Pal- estinian activist who has said that Israel is a "terrorist entity," over the weekend. "I was honored to be at Congresswoman @RashidaT- taib swearing in ceremony in #Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the country. #Palestine #TweetYourThobe #RashidaT- laib," Hamideh tweeted. Hamideh, executive direc- tor of the U. S.-based Palestine - Right to Return Coalition, has equated Zionists to Nazis, said Israel has a "delusional ISIS- like ideology" and labeled the nation's founding a "crime." The meeting on Saturday sparked condemnation from the pro-Israel community. "Unfortunately, we re- ally aren't surprised. Tlaib is turning out to be the exact person we were warning she is. What is perhaps the worst part about this is, Democrats won't do a single thing about it, nor will Democratic Jewish groups," Republican Jewish Coalition spokesperson Neil Strauss told JNS. "And it's all because they're afraid to stand up to their rabidly anti-Israel, far-left base." However, the Jewish Demo- cratic Council of America slammed Tlaib and Hamideh. "JDCA stands unequivo- cally against Abbas Hami- deh's radical record and his extremist anti-Israel views which should be condemned by all," the organization told JNS. "Since August of last year, JDCA has repeat- edly stated our strong policy disagreements with Rep. Rashida Tlaib and we urge her to make clear where she stands with regard to Abbas Hamideh." Max Samarov, StandWi- thUs executive director of Research and Campus Strat- egy, told JNS: "It is disturbing that a member of Congress would pose with an extremist who glorified child murderer Samir Kuntar as a 'legendary Hezbollah martyr.' Political leaders should not associate with racists or supporters of terrorism." Christians United for Israel "has decided that we are not going to dignify Rep. Tlaib's steady drumbeat of appalling statements and actions with a response," spokesperson Ari Morgenstern told JNS. Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein told JNS that his organization "condemns Rashida Tlaib for meeting with a fellow anti- Semite seeking Israel's de- struction, Abbas Hamideh, founder of Al-Awda--The Palestine Right of Return Coalition. This [is] further evidence of her hatred of Jews and the Jewish state of Israel." "Tlaib supports BDS and openly calls for the replace- ment of Israel by an Arab- dominated state, thus seeking to deny Jews the sovereign independence she demands for Palestinian Arabs," he continued. "She lies about Israel, claiming it discrimi- nates against those 'darker skinned.'" "The ZOAurges Democratic Congressional leaders Sena- Abbas Hamideh/Twitter Executive director of the Palestine Right to Return Coalition Abbas Hamideh poses with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) at a swearing-in ceremony and private dinner in Detroit on Jan. 12, 2019. tor Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats to condemn Tlaib for her vicious anti- Israel words and deeds," he added. Last week, in response to a bill in the Senate that includes combating the anti- Israel BDS movement, Tlaib attacked Republican lawmak- ers and opponents of BDS by tweeting: "They forgot what country they represent." She continued, "This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away." New England By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)--New England Pa- triots owner Robert Kraft is the winner of the $1 million Genesis Prize, the so-called Jewish Nobel. Kraft, 77, will be giving the money "to initiatives combat- ing anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice as well as attempts to de-legitimize the State of Israel," according to a statement. Genesis Prize chairman and co-founder Stan Po- lovets in the announcement Wednesday called the Jewish- American NFL owner and businessman "one of the world's most generous phi- lanthropists whose charitable giving reflects the Jewish value of tikkun olam- repair- ing the world." The award honors individu- .als who serve "as an inspira- tion to the next generation of Jews through their outstand- ing professional achievement alongwith their commitment to Jewish values and the Jew- ish people." Over decades, the Kraft family has given more than halfa billion dollars to causes including health care, educa- tion, the Jewish community, Christian organizations and local needs. With a net worth of $6.6 billion, Kraft is the 79th rich- est American, according to Forbes. 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Last year, the foundation recognized Natalie Portman but canceled the ceremony after the actress said she would not travel to Israel to By Gabe Friedman (JTA)--In a tense exchange on "The View," co-host Meghan McCain confronted TamikaMallory about her sup- port of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader known for his history of virulent anti- Semitic comments. Mallory's response is sure to add fuel to accusations that she is too soft on Farrakhan and has not sufficiently condemned anti-Semitism. "I don't agree with many of Minister Farrakhan's state- ments," Mallory said in the exchange. "Specifically about Jewish people?" McCain asked. "As I said, I don't agree with many of Minister Far- Robert Kraft receive the award in protest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policies. The prize, started in 2013, is financed through a per- manent endowment of $100 million established by The Genesis Prize Foundation. rakhan's statements," Mallory responded. "Do you condemn them?" McCain asked. "I don't agree with these statements " Mallory said. "You won't condemn it," McCain interjected. "No, no, to be very clear, it's not my language, it's not the way that I speak," Mallory responded. Co-host Sunny Hostin had previously asked Mallory about her labeling of Farra- khan as the GOAT, an acronym for the "greatest of all time," in a Facebook post from 2017. "I didn't call him the great- est of all time because of his rhetoric, I called him the greatest of all time because of what he's done in black communities," she said to audience applause. McCain then brought up a recent Tablet magazine article alleging that Mal- lory and Women's March co-founder Carmen Perez made anti-Semitic comments at an early Women's March meeting. Another Women's March co-founder, Bob Bland, said the sources referenced in the Tablet article "did not tell the truth." Bland went further, say- ing the Women's March unequivocally condemns anti-Semitism. When McCain asked if she specifically con- demns Farrakhan's remarks about Jews, she said yes-- something Mallory failed to do at any point in the interview.