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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 2017 PAGE 15A From page 1A of Homeland Security. He said there was no information as to the perpetrator, but noted an increase in social media threats, particularly from the far right. "The neo-Nazi or white supremacist hate groups seem to be becoming much more vocal," he said. "Their threats are much more specific, in some cases.., leaving very specific threats against Jew- ish communities--bombing threats, harassment." Operations at the Gordon JCC in Nashville returned to normal approximately an hour after a receptionist received a call stating that there was a bomb in the building, said Mark Freed- man, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennes- see. The threat was delivered in a woman's voice, but it was unclear whether the call was live or recorded, he told JTA. Freedman said the com- munity, which was targeted in last week's series of threats, would not be intimidated by the incidents, which he termed "telephone terror- ism." "These people, whoever they are, that are making these threats are trying to intimidate, create anxiety and fear, and we are going to do what we have to do to ensure the safety and security of our valued members and constituents, but we are not going to give in to what they are trying to create, which is to drive us away from our valued institutions," he said. "Clearly it's a pattern of intimidation, and it's likely to continue in the current atmosphere that we have in this country, where hate groups feel that they can come after good-standing members of the community." The bomb threats Wednes- day are the latest incident in a recent wave of increased anti-Semitism in the U.S. The Anti-Defamation League doc- umented rising anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter last year, as well as a spike in hate crimes following the presidential election. Elise Jarvis, associate director for communal se- curity at the ADL, said she anticipates more incidents like this in the future. "These things often come in cycles," she told JTA on Wednesday. "All these things, when you bring them to- gether, it paints an intense picture." Goldenberg also described an intensity of threats. "We have seen in the last several weeks an uptick in activities and threats to Jewish institutions across the United States," he said. "There has been a tremen- dous amount of rhetoric out there." Jarvis said institutions need more training in how to deal with bomb threats, including which questions to ask the caller--where the bomb is, for example-- and how to handle other threats like suspicious mail. If staff are aware of security procedures, she said, being prepared doesn't have to be costly. "We need to be providing a lot more training, specifically on how to respond to bomb threats," Jarvis said. "The longer you can keep someone on the phone, the better." The Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Christine De- Souza contributed to this article. From page 1A radical Islam, and his quote of one of our favorite lines from Psalm 133, often sung by the Jewish people, about dwelling together in unity," the state- ment from ZOA President Morton Klein and Chairman Michael Goldblatt said. The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which opposes bigotry and promotes Holocaust remembrance, castigated Trump's speech for failing to reassure the minori- ties the president's statements targeted during his campaign. The statement also linked the president to the "air-right," a loose movement that traffics in white nationalism. "He gave the most hateful speech based on alt-right nationalism we could have feared," the center's executive director, Steven Goldstein, said in a statement. "Mr. President, you cannot make America great again if you make it exclusionary again. You did nothing to heal the wounds you inflicted upon women, people of color, LGBT people, immigrants, refugees and the differently abled." From page 5A Imam Musri, but any reason- able person would want that little detail of calling for the murder of an entire demo- graphic cleared up before inviting him to speak at your mosque, instead of giving the Hate Sheikh a clever pass. Imam Musri--I find your cavalier attitude toward your brother A1-Nabulsi's hate speech and incitement to violence pathologically dis- turbing. Musri's refusing to con- demnA1-Nabulsi's hate speech against the Jews specifically, creates a dilemma for many in the Orlando Jewish lead- ership. For example, Musri co- hosts an interfaith radio show on National Public Radio with Rabbi Steven Engel of the Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Engel must decide if his personal friendship with Musri is more important than his asso- ciation with a radical Syrian cleric who says all Jews are legitimate targets for mar- tyrdom operations and death. Musri had the opportunity to condemn A1-Nabulsi on Channel 9 News but never did, one must ask why? Engel and his congregation must ask why? The afternoon of Al-Nabul- si's lecture at Musri's mosque, we went to ask that exact ques- tion, but never got the chance. Before entering the mosque, we were confronted by Bassem Chaaban, director of Outreach for Musri's mosque. Chaaban told us, "This is a private event and not open to the public.., it was not ad- vertised to the public and for our members only." We were denied entry and asked to leave. Nowhere on Musri's flyer for the hate Sheikh event does it say 'private' or RSVP required. The A1-Nabulsi lecture was advertised on the ISCF Facebook page. Clearly Chaaban, acting on Musri's behalf, only wanted Muslim's in attendance, all others not welcome. AI-Nabulsi's anti-gay com- ments Al-Nabulsi said on video tape that, "All homosexuals deserve the death penalty." The only person from Orlando's gay community who publicly condemned Al-Nabulsi was Randy Ross, the Orange County leader for President Donald Trump's election campaign. How deep does the hate and intolerance run in the Central Florida Muslim com- munity? There are three mosques and the American Muslim Leadership Council ofTampawho holdAl-Nabulsi in such high regard they in- vited him to speak, knowing his visceral hatred for Jews and gays. Conclusion Musri was the voice of the Orlando Muslim community after the Pulse Nightclub terrorist attack. Musri spoke a message of love, together- ness, and that Islam had nothing to do with the attack by ISIS Jihadi Omar Mateen. Musri did an interview next to the Pulse Nightclub with Tim Vargas, local gay leader, and George Stephanopoulos. He stated how the Pulse Nightclub shooter did not represent Islam and how the Muslim community stands with the gay community and the entire Orlando commu- nity at large. That was a good and much needed message, only now we learn Musri was not tell- ing the truth. If Musri was truthful in his interview with Stephanopoulos, today he would have condemned AI-Nabulsi publicly for his call to murder gays and Jews. Musri invited a hate cleric to his mosque as an honored guest for his thousands of Muslim congregants, now he must account for his actions. This is serious business be- cause Musri is well respected in the Jewish, Christian, gay, and interfaith communities. Musri has built these rela- tionships over many years telling these local leaders exactly what they need to hear to build bridges of friendship. Then while Musri thinks nobody is looking, he shows what lies underneath his slick polished veneer. Underneath that veneer of bridge build- ing is a man who reveres an Islamic scholar who calls for the murder of Jews and gays. Musri had the opportunity to set the record straight condemning A1-Nabulsi with Channel 9 News reporter Field Sutton, but he did not. How many followers of Islam in Central Florida who went to hear the hate Sheikh speak agree with his views on the killing of Jews and gays? How many people who hear Al-Nabulsi's incitement to violence against Jews and gays will act upon it? In light of the Pulse nightclub terror- ist attack, Ft. Lauderdale air- port attack, San Bernardino attack, Ft. Hood terrorist attack, bomb scares to three Jewish facilities in Orlando, this question can no longer be ignored. This column originally appeared on Family Se- curity Matters. Reprinted under Creative Commons License: Attribution. From page 13A world," Agence-France Presse reported Friday. The "would-be dictator... didn't expect to win, he was surprised," the Hungarian- born financier and Jewish philanthropist told an audi- ence of business leaders and journalists at the site of the World Economic Forum. "I personally have confi~ dence that he's going to fail... because his ideas that guide him are inherently self-con- tradictory," said Soros, adding that the members of Trump's Cabinet are each fighting for different interests. But he predicted the loss of the United States' "posi- tive influence in the world in favor of an open society," which would have "a very far-reaching effect in Europe and other parts of the world." Soros, who was a supporter of Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, during last year's campaign, lost nearly a billion dollars as a conse- quence of the market rally prompted by Trump's surprise election victory, according to news reports. But the positive reaction in financial markets would not last long, Soros predicted, because ultimately they do not like uncertainty. U.S. stocks retreated and the dollar fell against most currencies Thursday in the final session before Trump's inauguration on Friday. Soros also predicted the failure of British Prime Min- ister Theresa May, who last year replaced David Cameron following a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union. Cam- eron, who supported remain- ing, resigned after a majority voted in favor of a British exit, or Brexit, from the bloc. Voters were "in denial" about the financial conse- quences of leaving the Euro- pean Union, he said. "It's unlikely that Prime Minister May is actually going to remain in power," he added. "The current economic situ- ation is not as bad as it was predicted, they live in hope, but as the currency depreci- ates, and inflation will be the driving force, that will lead to declining living standards." Tests in 1973 convinced CIA of Uri Geller's para- normal powers (JTA)--Uri Geller, an Israel- born celebrity who claims to have paranormal telepathic powers, convinced CIA re- searchers in the 1970s that he indeed possessed such abilities. Famed for his spoon-bend- ing skills, Geller underwent a week of experiments at the Stanford Research Institute in 1973, according to a report Thursday on Sky News based on 800,000 declassified CIA documents put online earlier this week. The Geller tests form part of the Stargate program, which investigated psychic powers and looked into how any such abilities could be weaponized by the CIA, the British broadcaster reported. Over the course of eight days, Geller was subjected to vari- ous experiments conducted by scientists, including image and word tests. "As a result of Geller's success in this experimental period, we consider that he has demonstrated his para- normal perception ability in a convincing and unambigu- ous manner," CIA researchers wrote. During the experiment a scientist would pick a word at random from the dictionary before drawing a picture of the word and sticking it on the door of the sealed room in which Geller was placed. Geller would then be asked to draw the same image us- ing his paranormal powers to sense the picture created by the examiner. Successful tests included felt tip pen sketches of the so- lar system, a bunch of grapes and a swan. The cache of documents was declassified after a two- year campaign by freedom- of-information activists and a lawsuit against the CIA. Others released papers in- clude the recipe for invisible ink and information about UFOs. Canceled in 1998 due to negligible results, the Stargate Project "never provided an adequate basis for actionable intelligence operations." While the information was previously available for public viewing, it could only be viewed on one of four comput- ers in a library at the National Archives in Maryland. The full declassified CREST archive (the CIA Records Search Tool) is now available on the CIA Library website. 2 states From page 14A age to the 'Two-State Solu- tion'--the fetishized fantasy of a peaceful PLO state," he wrote JTA in an email. Whether the "two state is dead" crowd wins the bigger game depends on an overcom- ing a number of formidable obstacles. Congressional leaders, even in this most polarizing of eras, still seek bipartisanship. Whatever the tensions be- tween Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama in recent years, congressional Democrats have shown they favor pro-Israel resolutions as long as they endorse two states. And Republican lead- ers like Royce and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the ma- jority leader who announced Thursday's vote, will always be willing to tweak language to get the overwhelming majori- ties that show they are bridge builders. Additionally, AIPAC's role in this signifies the importance that the American Jewish establishment still attaches to a two-state outcome. "Simply calling for a de- militarized and democratic Palestinian state living side by side in peace and harmony with Israel doesn't necessar- ily translate into enduring reality," American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris told JTA. "We're talking about the Middle East, after all. But given the weak alternatives, this approach still seems the most feasible, particularly if Israel's Jewish and democratic character are to be preserved for future generations." Then there's Netanyahu, who still embraces the no- tion of two states, however much his party and governing coalition have abandoned the policy. David Makovsky, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Netanyahu may encourage the Trump administration to preserve two states as an outcome by reviving President George W. Bush's 2004 ap- proach. In an April 14, 2004 letter to then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Bush essentially recognized settlement blocs bordering the 1967 lines as likely to remain in Israel, and opposed expansion of settle- ments beyond the security fence now bisecting the West bank. "A reaffirmation of the Bush letter would help es- tablish U.S. policy at a time when a U.S. administration will be preoccupiedwith other more urgent priorities," said Makovsky, who was a mem- ber of the State Department team that last tried to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace in 2013-14. "This would be convenient for Netanyahu and Trump and would retain the viability of two states." Why would Trump defy his closest Jewish advis- ers and continue to bank on a two-state outcome? Trump has proven unpre- dictable. He said several times while campaigning that he would like to take a stab at this most knotty of American foreign policy challenges. And the AJC's Harris and Makovksy, in separate interviews, cited another factor in the president-elect's biography: He can't resist the challenge of a deal that has so far defeated all comers.