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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2018 By Alan Kornman Nothing makes Palestinian-supporting BDS boycotters squeal louder than when they themselves become victims of their own tactics. Israel Strategic Affairs Ministry will deny entry for BDS activists if they fall into one of these four categories: Individuals with senior positions or sig- nificant roles in a BDS promoting organiza- tion, such as senior staff, board chairman, or board members. Key activists who take a consistent and continuous role to promote BDS. Institutional officials, such as mayors, who promote BDS in an active and ongoing way. People who arrive in Israel as representa- tives of one of the 20 designated BDS sup- porting groups. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement is a Palestinian-led economic campaign against the State of Israel. The Pal- estinian terrorist groups Hamas, Hezbollah, and the PLO are responsible for the terror- ism, murder, and violence against the Israeli people. The Palestinian BDS movement is the economic arm these Islamic terrorist groups use against Israel. When the Arab countries of the Middle East could not stop the UN from declaring Israel's Statehood in 1948, they chose war. Israel's Arab neighbors joined forces in 1948, 1967, and 1973 to once and for all destroy Israel, just as Mohammad did to the Jewish tribes of Medina (Yathrib) in 627 AD. The Israelis however, did not cooperate and die, but instead humiliated their Arab enemies on the field of battle. In the 1967 Six Day war the Israelis won additional lands in the Sinai, West Bank, Gaza, all of Jerusalem, and the Golan. The Arab Muslims tried again pose as By Jonathan S. Tobin way anti-Israel groups operating on college JNS campuses in the U.S. and elsewhere promote and practice anti-Semitism. They seek to not The term "blacklist" is one that brings up merely intimidate Jewish and other pro-Israel memories of McCarthysimtomostAmericans. students from speaking out, but also to effec- But those on a new Israeli "blacklist" who are tively make it difficult to openly live as Jews. to be blocked from entry to that country for BDS supporters are not really interested promoting boycotts are undeserving of any in changing Israeli policies. Their goal is the sympathy, elimination of Israel. That is made clear by The 20 listed groups--singled out for their JVP, which explicitly endorses the so-called support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanc- "right of return" that would mean the end of tions (BDS) movement--are a collection of vile the Jewish state as well as openly anti-Semitic hatemongers working not merely to cripple charges. Inits efforts to gainAfrican-American Israel's economy, but to isolate it and to treat backing, it has sought to blame Jews who itspeopleaspariahswhodeservetobeattacked support programs that bring American law by terrorists. So it's reasonable that the Jewish enforcement personnel to Israel for training state should decide that it would no longer al- for the killing of blacks bypolice, a newversion low people intent on doing its citizens harm of the old blood libel. to do so within its borders. Though there is a distinction between BDS That's what many defenders of Israel have and those who wish to only boycott settle- been saying and they're not wrong to make ment:s, the latter effort is also reprehensible thosepoints.Nosovereigncountryisobligated since it helps legitimize other more danger- to let thoseworking for its destruction to cross ous boycotts. Those who back that idea also its borders freely. Nations like the U.S. have fail to understand that Israel's foes make no been enforcing such restrictions, such as a distinction between Tel Aviv and Jews living ban on known Communists or supporters of in the West Bank. Islamist terror, long before President Donald Keeping people out of Israel simply for ex- Trump came along, pressiing an opinion, however odious it might But just because Israel's new regulation is be, is a mistake since the boost it gives them defensible doesn't mean it is smart. Far from far outweighs the cost of any mischief they hurting the BDS movement, the measure is might get up to once in the country. Allowing the best thing that could have happened to BDS supporters to play the martyr also gives these enemies of the Jewish state. The 20 on another excuse for newspapers like The New the blacklist, and in particular, Jewish Voice York Times to treat JVP like a legitimate or- for Peace (JVP)--the sole member of this anti- ganization rather than a group of Jews giving Israel alliance that claims to be Jewish--have covertoanti-Semitic hatemongers. Italso gives gotten more publicity out of this move than them an opportunity to falsely smear Israel as anything they could have done on their own. a tyrannical state rather than the pluralistic More importantly, the focus on their enter- democracy that it is. ingIsraelmisrepresentstherealdangerofBDS. The real answer to the libels spread by Contrary to the fears of Israeli lawmakers, the BDS groups is not a travel ban, but to tell the real threat is to Jews in the Diaspora, not those truth about Israeli democracy, the Palestin- in the Jewish state, ians' consistent rejection of peace as well as While BDS is an annoyance to Israel, it has the reasonable concerns Israelis have about done little damage to the nation's prosperous creating another terrorist state bent on their economy. Outside of publicity stunts involving destruction. Keeping out pro-BDS activists is a artists choosing not to play in Israel--often mere expressionofresentment that, though it while also appearing in nations with real hu- is understandable, hands them an undeserved man rights abuses--the movement can claim victory. Far from helping the efforts of those few successes. And for every Lorde or Roger in the Diaspora working to refute and isolate Waters who backs BDS, there are others like pro-BDS groups, especiallyvia laws that point Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rockor Ringo Starr, who out that anti-Jewish commercial boycotts come to the Jewish state and more than make are illegal, the Israeli measure is a pointless up for them. blunder that impedes their efforts. The real danger from BDS comes from the Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'S INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE x) ~ ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza ITAGE HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 email: Society Editor Office Manager Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley * Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore to wipe Israel off the map in 1973 and were again defeated. We all know that if Israel lost any of these wars against her neighbors she would cease to exist. There would be a wholesale slaughter of Israeli men, women, children, thatwould make ISIS look like amateur sadists and murderers. How the Arabs betrayed the Palestin- ians 1948 & 1967 The Arab armies instructed the Muslims living in Israel to leave their villages and return after Israel was defeated in both the 1948 and 1967 wars. Many Arab Muslims left Israel voluntarily and many stayed. You know the old saying, no good deed goes unpunished? After Israel won the 1948 War of Independence, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir declared, "The Jews should treat the remaining Arabs with civil and human equality, but it is not our job to worry about the return of those who have fled." It is that human decency shown by the Israelis to their defeated enemies that haunts them to this day. The reality set in very quickly. The Arab Muslims could not defeat the Israelis in battle so they came up with a scheme demanding all the Arab Muslims who voluntarily left Israel to have the 'Right of Return.' Over the years just about every Muslim in the Middle East declares themselves a Pales- tinian refugee along with their kids--their kids now totaling some four million people, unconfirmed sources say. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency For Palestine, created in 1949, has been provid- ing money and aid to 'Palestinian refugees,' transforming itself into a lucrative cottage industry. The UNRWAwebsite lists their 2010- 2011 budget at $1.23 billion. It has been argued the Palestinian leadership would rather keep the billion plus dollars ayear in refugee money flowing in, than risk getting cut off if a peace deal with Israel is accepted. Keeping the UN money revenue stream flowing is Hamas and the PLO maximizing their own self interests. How you ask? The Palestinians and her Arab Muslim neighbors ultimate goal is to destroy the State Of Israel. How do I know this? It's in the Hamas Charter, "The Islamic Resistance Movement be- lieves that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim genera- tions until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna). The facts and evidence presented above shows the Palestinians are not interested in peace or land, only the destruction of Israel. The Palestinians and their Arab Muslim neighbors can't destroy Israel militarily so they now use a combination of bloody violent terrorism and the BDS movement as a means to an end. As the enemies of Israel bide their time, we learned UNRWA funds Hamas and the PLO over $1 billion a year, keeping this conflict Boycotts on page 14A Jim Shipley If I forsake you My dad was not a big believer in religion. I found some of the reason when I studied the life of my grandfather, Abraham Shiplacoff. Abe was a devout Socialist of the "Old School." And, while he believed passionately in his Ju- daism-he was skeptical of all rabbis and any others in positions of power. His early years in what are now Ukraine and a stern father helped fashion his distaste for the status quo. So, my dad grew up with little regard for the religious structure of Judaism. As I reached the age of 12, the subject of Bar Mitzvah came up frequently. We did not belong to a synagogue, lived in an overwhelmingly Gentile suburb of Philadelphia called Merion, and had little exposure to all things Jewish. The exception was my grandmother, Esther Deitch. She was a true "Yiddishe Mama." I adored her. When I was about 12 or 13 she moved in with my mother's sister. Many times I would grab a bus and go to visit her after school. Usually I would hear a chopping noise coming from the kitchen. It would be my Grandma Deitch with a wooden bowl between her legs and a meat chopper in her hand. In the bowl would be a number of chicken livers, which she would be methodi- cally chopping. "Grandma!" I would call. "What are you doing?" She would sigh, never stop her methodical chopping and answer, "I got nothing to do so I'm making in the meantime, liver." I grew up thinking that the delightful chopped liver we had at Aunt Rosie's house was called "In the Meantime Liver." That was pretty much the extent of my teen age Judaism. I didn't get Bar Mitzvahd until I was in my 40s. In my early 20s, we moved to Cleveland, Ohio. My dad had landed the RCA franchise for Northern Ohio. It was a lucrative franchise in 1950 as television began to take the nation by storm. Saturation was about 10 percent when we got to Cleveland. Within three years it was approaching 50 percent. Good times for the Shipleys. Suddenly my dad became active in the Jew- ish Community. We joined the temple where the esteemed Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver was in charge. Suddenly we were going to services. Suddenly all things Jewish seemed important. Really? Part of it was that if you wanted to be re- spected by the Jewish Community of Cleveland (and invited to the best Jewish Country Club), you became active in the Jewish Community. So, our home changed from "The Jewish religion was something you don't need" to "Save the Jewish People." Truth? Bill Shipley always had the "Pintele Yid" deep inside him. That bit of down-deep Judaism that is in our DNA. It took the struggle for Israel to connect the dots for him. Me? I rode along that journey without a real deep understanding of Jewish history. Then I married Rachel. Rachel was, is and will be solid in her religion and her people- hood. While she too has no formal Jewish education, she was raised in a religious home and made the spirit of our home before, during and after the children, a center of Jewish life. We know Jews of all stripes. We revel in the attitude of the Orthodox while decrying some of the attitudes of the Ultra-Orthodox. We understand Religious Jews, Traditional Jews, Culinary Jews, Intermarried Jews - Jews. What we cannot understand are those Jews who forsake their Peoplehood. The swell of actual anti-Semitism among Jewish students on campuses around the country is inconceiv- able to us. We cannot grasp the very essence of BDS. J-Street disgusts us. There has always been a touch of self- righteousness in all Jews. It is part of our DNA from having to defend our basic right to be for thousands of years. But, for Jews to become a chorus of anti-Israel philosophy boggles my mind. Deep inside you as it was with my father is that "Pintela Yid." It took a trip to Israel to light my fire. It took numerous trips and a long friendship with Menachem Begin and his family to fully understand the need and the desire for a return to our Homeland. As a Jew--left, right or in the middle--you have a dog in this fight. President Trump has officially declared Jerusalem the Capitol of Israel. Of course Congress had done the same thing in 1995. He promised to move the embassy from Tel Aviv and then signed a six-month waiver delaying it again--and acknowledged it would take years to accomplish this. Jerusalem is the Capitol of Israel without the acknowledgement of the U.S. Congress or the president. Mr. President? You want to move the em- bassy to Jerusalem? Why not just switch the signs on the embassy in Tel Aviv with the consulate in Jerusalem? Couldn't cost more than a couple hundred bucks and it would be done. Just sayin'.