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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2018 PAGE 15A From page 1A raise the money," Kancher estimated, "and when we have enough money to 'turn dirt,' we will sign the lease and they will turn the keys over to us." Kancher said that once they have the keys, it will take 18 months to two years to complete the renovations and additional build-on. So for at least perhaps five years, "it's business as usual" at the Maitland location, said Kancher. What will happen to the building currently located on the JCC/Federation campus? There is no debt owed to the Federation, according to Paul Lefton, Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando director of marketing and communica- tion, the Holocaust Center owns the building. "We are glad they are grow- ing and will continue to work with them," Lefton stated. It is too early to make any decisions concerning what the Federation will do with the building. The Center, which is cur- rently 7,000 square feet, will be approximately 35,000 square feet at its new location. The museum will also have more exposure to the 66 mil- lion visitors to Orlando every year, which is a positive note to Thomas Chatmon, execu- tive director of the Downtown Development Board and Community Redevelopment Agency, who is committed to bring culture and arts to downtown. Mayor Buddy Dyer is also onboard with the agreement, calling it a "perfect fit" for the downtown area. "Our move to downtown Orlando is significant for Central Florida and the Jew- ish community," Freid said. "It reflects our community's commitment to the values of respect and inclusion for all people, and that we can draw lessons from the Holocaust to bring those values to life, which is exactly what our founder, Tess Wise conveyed from day one." Fund raising efforts have already begun. "This project is truly about community, and that's why we're approaching the capi- tal campaign effort a little differently," explained Freid. "Instead of a single campaign chair, this campaign is being led by a dedicated group of leaders that reflect the broad appeal, and what we expect to be broad support, for the new, expanded Holocaust Center." The HMREC Board of Direc- tors recently installed its new officers, with Ellen Lang elect- ed as president. Lang is the daughter of HMREC founders, Abe and Tess Wise. The couple purchased the Jerusalem stone of the Memorial Wall of the present museum building and their son, Steven, who lives in Israel, facilitated the cutting of the stone in Israel. As execu- HMREC at its present location on The Roth Family JCC campus. tive director, Tess was always the moving force behind the museum and focused on it as a mother tends to her child. And now, her daughterwill oversee the museum's expansion and new location. "We are profoundly grate- ful to the City of Orlando for its generous support and making it possible for us to grow our physical space as well as our impact combat- ing hate and preserving civil and human rights," Lang told the Heritage. "This process is the result of several years of strategic planning and evaluation. This new phase will take several years, butwe believe becoming part of the downtown community will increase public accessibility as well as visibility of our work." From page 3A gave preliminary approval to a law restricting the entry of foreign BDS advocates, the ADL and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) expressed disapproval. When contacted by JNS this week for their posi- tion on the new government decision--which is more limited than the Knesset bill because it specifically names 20 groups, rather than being a blanket ban--both the ADL and AJC did not respond. Left-of-center groups, meanwhile, strongly criti- cized the Israeli government's move. Americans for Peace Now asserted in a press release that "boycotts are a legitimate form of peaceful, political expression, which must be protected in any democracy." Itwarned that the Israeli deci- sion "increases the isolation of Palestinians living under occupation" and could lead to "the specter of Jews--or non- Jews--being interrogated about their political beliefs at Ben Gurion Airport." But the Strategic Affairs Ministry spokesperson told JNS that the new regulations "explicitly exclude political criticism of Israel as a cri- terion for consideration in naming an organization." In an interview with JNS, Paul Scham, president of Partners for Progressive Israel, argued that "calling BDS 'economic terrorism' is simply demagoguery," be- cause in his view, "there is no plausible connection between the presence ofa BDS activist and Israeli security." Leaders of organizations representing Reform and Conservative Judaism de- clined to comment on the Israeli government decision, while Orthodox groups were supportive of the move. A spokesman for the Orthodox Union (OU) told JNS, "The OU's position on this, as with awide range of other decisions made by the Israeli leadership, is to defer to the decisions of the duly elected democratic government of the State of Israel." Rabbi Pesach Lerner, presi- dent of the Coalition for Jew- ish Values, which represents several hundred Orthodox rabbis nationwide, said, "It is routine for democratic coun- tries to ban foreign nationals who wish to harm it. it would be irresponsible for a nation not to engage in elementary self-preservation. The goal of BDS is to destroy Israel, and it is prudent for Israel to respond as it has." Section 212 of the current U.S. immigration law autho- rizes the exclusion of foreign citizens who are suspected of intending to engage in "any activity" related to "sabotage" of the government. It also prohibits the entry of anyone who "endorses of espouses terrorist activity," even if they are not involved in actual terrorism. Restrictions on admission to the U.K. are even broader. Section 2 of the relevant British law states that a for- eigner can be prevented from entering the country if the authorities decide that "the applicant's character, con- duct or associations" make it "undesirable" to grant entry. Kampeas From page 5A is on the skids, Abbas has re- flexively blamed its structure, which he says favors Israeli settlement expansion and Palestinian disempowerment, and called for a diminished U.S. role. "It is impossible, and I repeat--it is impossible--to return to the cycle of negotia- tions that failed to deal with the substance of the matter and the fundamental ques- tion," he told the U.N. General Assembly in September 2014 following the collapse ear- lier in the year of the Obama administration-led peace talks and the Gaza War that ensued in the summer of the same year. He also called for a greater U.N. role in peace- making. Abbas subsequently re- treated from that posture, em- bracing renewed talks under the Trump administration. Notably the PLO has not taken substantive steps to end the peace process. (A subsequent vote by the Central Council recommending an end to recognition of Israel was nonbinding and symbolic.) So why is this speech attracting so much at- tention? Abbas resurrected just about every anti-Jewish trope in the Palestinian na- tionalist playbook: that there was no Jewish connection to Israel, that Zionism was a European colonialist plot, that Jews preferred Hitler's Europe to the renascent Zionist project in Palestine, even that Israel is drugging Palestinian youths. "We condemn unequivo- cally President Abbas' recent statements rejecting the Jew- ish people's connections with Israel, denying the legitimacy of a Jewish State of Israel, and promulgating conspiracy theories about the creation of the State of Israel," the Reform movement said in a statement. "Such statements and actions undercut possibilities for a peace process thatalone holds the path to a viable and inde- pendent Palestinian state." J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group that in recent moyths has focused its criticism m the Israeli and U.S. governnents, called the speech"unac~ptable."Abbas' frustration, he group said, was"no excus~ for calling into question eitier the Jewish connection b, or Palestinian recognition 4, the state of Israel--or fo language and proposals th~ are justifiably earning widepread condem- nation." But like tis declarations of the deatt of the peace process, nora of Abbas' gibes were new. They have cropped up repeatedly in Palestinian propaganda, especially after negotiations go south Follow- ing the collapse of the 2000 Camp David talks, the late Palestinian leader YasserAra- fat stepped up his claims that Israelis falsified archaeologi- cal evidence of a Jewish past in the land of Israel. Arafat's wife, Suha, was infamous for her spurious allegation that Israel was somehow poisoning Palestinian youths. What stood out in Abbas' speech was how he compiled a single golden oldies collec- tion of anti-Jewish myths and fabrications. "What we heard yesterday from Mahmoud Abbas was terrible," Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told a delega- tion of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. "He returned back to the ideas he expressed decades ago, when they were no less terrible. To say Israel is the result of a Western conspiracy to settle Jews in land belonging to Arab populations? To say that the Jewish people has no connec- tion with the land of Israel? He forgot many things, and said exactly the things that led him to be accused years ago of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial." How is Israel's govern- ment reacting? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Ab- bas' comments but has not proposed any changes in Israeli policy nor any departure from the Kushner peace initiative. Netanyahu's reaction, nota- bly, was jammed into a video postcard greeting from India, where he otherwise extolled the virtues of touring that country. "He has revealed the truth," Netanyahu said of Abbas. "He has torn off the mask and shown to the public the simple truth that I have been work- ing to instill for many long years: The root of the conflict between us and the Palestin- ians is their steadfast refusal to recognize the Jewish state in any borders whatsoever." How is the United States reacting? Abbas said of Trump, "May your house be demolished." It's not clear whether he was referring to the White House, Trump Tower or wishing for an end to the Trump dynastY. In any case, Trump and his spokesmen seemed unfazed. "Clearly emotions are run- ning high in the region and we certainly accept that," said Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman. "I'd like to caution folks in the region and particularly Mr. Abbas that some of those things [he said] would be considered inflammatory and inciteful and divisive. We would like to see a peace process go forward." Indeed, Greenblatt's first stop when he gets to Israel will be to meet with repre- sentatives of the Quartet, the grouping of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations that guides the peace process. "Jason will be attending a regular meeting of the Quartet envoys to exchange information and continue our engagement on advancing peace," a senior White House official told JTA. From page 5A those suggested by Yehuda Kurtzer and Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, who have called for the creation of a neutral platform for those seeking redress without fear of retri- bution. We may also consider the use of ombudsmen or new tools like AllVoices, an app-based reporting service under development. Equal opportunity Beyond these five areas, the most important way to create sustainable change in our community is to ensure that women are treated equi- tably and have opportunities to advance to top leadership roles. Starting today, we must advocate for pay equity for comparable roles. We must include more women on CEO search committees and candi- date interview lists. We must mentor and sponsor women in advancing in their careers. We must, as Advancing Women Professionals has taught us, make the choice not to serve on or support panels, com- mittees and initiatives where women are not represented. When we raise up women, we raise up everyone--especially those of diverse, underrepre- sented backgrounds. Indeed, we can make an inclusive, safe and respectful environment a key element of great Jewish workplaces. In doing so, we will create spaces free from harassment, gender disparagement and bias; and usher in a new era of leadership that better reflects and supports the people and communities we serve. Lisa Eisen is the vice president of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a global organi- zation committed to igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positive change," www. ~ ~ ~. ~,~. ~ ~!. i~ ~, Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and ether eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection.