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PAG E 4A By Khaled Abu Toameh HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 1,201:3 Palestinians plan violence to force the U.S. to extract concessions from Israel and clashes with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). In recent days, dozens of Palestinianprotesters have been injured in clashes with IDF soldiers in various parts of the West Bank. The protests are being held in solidarity with four hunger strikers. -m Before that, the PA used the issue of settle- ments as a reason to call for widespread protests in the West Bank. Before that, the PA leadership encouraged Palestinians to protest against Israeli "plans" to destroy the Aqsa Mosque and replace it with the Third Temple. By encouraging a "popular intifada," the PA leadership is hoping to bring the Palestinian issue back to the top of the agenda of the U.S. administration and Israel. PA officials have in recent months expresd concern over the lack of interest in the Palestin- ian issue both in the U.S. and Israel. The Palestinians have been absent from speeches delivered by Obama over the past few months, and the majority of parties that ran in the last Israeli elections did not even mention the Palestinian issue. But now that all eyes are once again turned toward the Middle East in anticipation of Obama's There are many signs that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is seeking to escalate tensions in the West Bank ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the region next month. Although the PA probably does not want an all-out confrontation between Palestinians and Israelis at this stage, some PA officials in Ramallah believe that a "mini-intifada" would serve the Palestinians' interests, especially on the eve of Obama's visit. The officials hope that scenes of daily clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank will prompt Obama to exert pressure on the Israeli government to make far-reaching concessions to the PA. This is why the PAleadership has been encour- aging its constituents lately to wage a "popular intifada"against Israel, each time finding another excuse to initiate confrontations between Pales- tinians and Israel. Now the PA is using the issue of Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike in Israeli prisons as an excuse to call for street protests our Children atrisk? By Ed Ziegler the guise of free speech. Americans for Peace and Tolerance released a video showing Northeastern University faculty (professor Denis Sullivan and others) abuse academic freedom to promote anti-lsrael anti-Semitic lies as defined by the U.S. State Department. http://www.israelnationalnews. com/News/News.aspx/160347 You might wonder whether California State University is serious about eliminating anti-Sem- itism at the university. They appointed professor Manzar Forroohar to chair the committee aimed at combating anti-Semitism in the CSU system. This professor serves on organizing committees of two prominent, anti-Israel Boycott, Divest- ment and Sanction groups, the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and the Israel Divestment Campaign. At Florida Atlantic University the Students for Justice in Palestine posted mock eviction notices on 200 dorm rooms. Joseph Sabagm, ZOA regional director, said, "The notices were meant to demonize Israel. What the university needs to understand is that anti-Semitic bigotry is no less morally deplorable when camouflaged as anti-Israelism." Every year, campus hate groups such as the Muslim Students Association, with about 600 chapters and 150 affiliated chapters, and Stu- dents for Justice in Palestine with more than 80 chapters, join a festival of lies calledJ'Israel Apartheid Week" whose theme is that Israel is an apartheid state and calls for the elimination of the State. In spite of the fact that Israel is the most tolerantand diverse state in the Middle East. If you truly care for your children and grand- children, you must realize that blatant, violent anti-Semitism terrorizes and endangers Jewish students. Jews and righteous people everywhere must take note and push back against anti- Semitic forces, letting the world know that such behavior is not OK. Contact your college and alumni association and tell them you are against anti-Semitism and will not support the school if they allow it on campus. Ed Ziegler is past president of the New Jewish Congregation's Brotherhood. He can be reached at Like it or not anti-Semitism has become commonplace in many of our universities--on campus and in the classroom. The Nov. 2012 edition of The Jewish Daily Forward reported that at Wheaton College anti- Semitic graffiti was found written on the back door of the Jewish Life House. Residents say they have been targeted before, Wheaton president R6nald Crutcher informed the student body that, "This will not be tolerated." In 2010, a man committed a series of anti- Semitic acts of vandalism on Indiana's cam- pus, forcing the FBI to take notice. Within a single week, the man 'threw rocks twice at the campus Chabad House and once at the Hillel House, breaking windows. Former Hampshire College students Lihi Benisty and Samantha Mandeles paint a truly disturbing picture of the atmosphere on campus of hatred toward Jews and Israel. Being pro -Israel activists, Benisty and Mandeles faced harass- ment and intimidation by Students for Justice in Palestine, which is linked to the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood network. The week follow- ing an event featuring Israeli soldier Sgt. Kenny Sachs, Benisty was harassed every night. She was called apartheid lover, genocide supporter and Zionist racist. In an apparent anti-Semitic hate crime at Michigan State University, after telling two men he was Jewish, 19-year-old sophomore Zachary Tennen was beaten unconscious. To finish their brutality they stapled his mouth. More disturbing was that around 20 people purport- edly watched without attempting to intervene. Rutgers University sponsored an event "Stu- dents United for Middle Eastern Justice" as a free event and open to the public: A sign at the door suggested a donation of $5-$20 be made: Pro-Israel supporters were asked to stand in a separate line and wait for seating. Meanwhile, those in anti-Israel apparel, keffiyahs and hijabs, were taken aside, given greenwristbands, labeled as event "staff' and given free entrance. The con- cern here is that Rutgers'University has provided a safe haven for racism and anti-Semitism under THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. I   CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE   ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 41 Press Awards Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor Assistant Editor Gene Starn Mike Etzkin Kim Fischer Society Editor Bookkeeping Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Barbara do Carmo Marci Gaeser Richard Ries Contributing Colunmists Jim Shipley ira Sharkansky Tim Boxer David Bomstein Terri Fine Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman David Gaudio Teri Ml:ks Elaine Schooping Gil Dombrosky CaroT Pope 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 FJorida Jewish News, Inc., 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 10L 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: planned visit, the PA is working hard to draw the world's attention to the Palestinian issue, and hoping to achieve its goal by encouraging clashes between Palestinian protesters and the IDF and Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Although the violencehas thus far remained on a low flame, it is expected to intensify a s the date of Obama's visit approaches. The belief in the PA is that the violence on the ground will push Obama to exert pressure on the Iraeli government to comply with the Palestinian conditions for resuming the peace process, namely a full cessation of settlement construction and the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. There is also talk in Ramallah about organiz- i'ng demonstrations during Obama's visit to the West Bank, where he is scheduled to meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The demonstra- tions will be held to protest against U.S. "bias" in favor of Israel. The pA leadership is hoping that the anti-U.S. protests will scare Obama and force him to exert even more pressure on Israel. The PA's message to Ob.ama: You must act quickly against Israel before things get out of hand. It now remains to be seen whether Obamais aware of this attempt to put pressure on him, or whether he will continue to turn a blind eye to the PA's new-old tactic of initiating an escalation with thehope of extracting concessions from the U.S. and Israel. Originally published by the Gatestone Insti- tute, Khaled Abu Toameh, an Israeli Arab, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly" three decades, including for the Jerusalem Post since2002. By Ira Sharkansky The coming attraction is Barack Obama's visit to Israel. It reminds me of what I learned in Kenya 40 years ago. A presidential visit was an opportunity for the provinces. There would be money for paving the streets and repairing the buildings, as well as banners and flags, and telling the residents they were expected to line the streets and applaud the great man. Here the equivalent of fixing the streets and buildings is the opportunity for politicians, Commentators, and activists from across the spectrum to urge their panaceas as fitting the great man's agenda. And that agenda is ? ? ? There are some who think the principal reason for the visit is Iran. That is the idea of Israelis on the right, most prominently Benyamin Netan- yahu, who do notwant to move on anything else. There are some who think that the principal reason is Palestine. The Palestinians are prominent in that camp. Since their UN victory and the announcement of Obama's visit, they have been heating the air with marches, demonstrations, an uptick in violence, and mass enthusiasm about ending "occupation" (which some define as Israel's existence), and supporting a hand fuil of secu- rity prisoners doing their part via an extended hunger strike. Just yesterday, Palestinians received the gift of death from another prisoner, who was not involved in the hunger strike. Ranking Pales- tinians have proclaimed that he died of torture. Israelis are saying that it was a sudden death due to heart failure. Officials have invited the man's family members, his attorney, and a physician representing the Palestine Authority to attend the autopsy. No matter what the findings, the chants will be that Israel killed him. Also involved are two films nominated for Oscars in the category of documentaries, that appeal to those inclined to bash Israel. The Gatekeepers presents interviews with retired heads of Israeli security units. Five Broken Cameras is the work ofa PalestJn- ian amateur photographer along with a profes- sional Israeli editor (producing an argument as to whether it is an Israeli or Palestinian film) showing several years' demonstrations against the construction of the security barrier on land claimed by a Palestinian village alongside the new haredi city of Modiin Iiit. Both films make Israelis uncomfortable, or satisfied, most likely depending on pre-existing attitudes. .... "The Gatekeepers'shows thoughtful individu- als who dealt with difficult decisions, revealing ambivalence and remorse about the conditions in which Israel exists, and their own lack of capac- ity-along with everyone else's--to fix things in an appropriate manner. In"Five Broken Cameras,"we see angry Pales- tinians outweighed by Israeli soldiers and police.' An Israeli can see each film as justification for guilt. Or compare the thoughtfulness of ranking officials and the clumsy efforts at crowd control by police and soldiers to more than 60,000 deaths in Syria and perhaps a million in Iraq.. The President's visit is one of the reasons that several of Bibi's obvious partners has so far refused to join his coalition. Tsipi Livni could not overlook the obvious opportunity to get something for her six MKs. With the arrangements for a Presidential visit in high gear, the Prime Minister needs a govern- ment in order to speak withthe President about Israeli-American cooperation. The visit is four weeks away, and Bibi has three more weeks to put together a coalition. So the price is high for Lapid's, Benet's, and Mofaz's cooperation. The Israeli left is making the same point as the Palestinians- the President wants to quiet the Middle East by pressuring Israel to make peacewith the Palestinians. Israel must make an offer that the Palestinians cannot reject without earning widespread condemnation. There are several reasons for jest. There is nothing Israel can offer short of send- ing its people back to Poland, Iraq, et. al. that will satisfy Palestinian rejectionists. There is no connection between Palestine and the rest of the Middle East. The Economist has it right. A recent article deals with Syria, but could also be written about every other country in the region. Each has been cobbled together from a collection of contentious ethnic and re- ligious minorities. Syria and Iraq are currently unravelingoralready unraveled. Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Iran and Palestine suffer from the same condition. Afghanistan neverwas a country with a functioning central government. The plight of the Palestinians is a convenient symbol for autocrats sitting on their socialvolca- noes who hope to postpone the next rebellion. The problems in each of those places dwarf whatever can be said about their concern for Palestine. " Barack Obama may have learned something about the Middle East since his Cairo speech of 2009. He has spoken about downsizing aspira- tions. Yet John Kerry is hoping for a Palestinian State before the end of his term. No doubt there is the pressure within the Oval Office, by indi- viduals far from this region, to make one more grand effort to use Palestine as the key to quiet the Middle East. The Economist is familiar with the European colonial tradition that sought years ago to deal with various parts of the Middle East by the simple device of national governments put on top of diverse populations. Perhaps some on the staff recognize that their own analysis runs counter to their usual line of urging Israel to solve what no one can. As in the case of Kenyatta's visit to a distant province, Israelis will get the flags up on the routes to be traveled by the President. There will be opportunities for the residents to applaud, with ranks of American and Israeli security personnel protecting the great man and his huge entourage. We can expect a rich collection of signs calling for an end of occupation, a Palestinian state, peace, Iran, and who knows what else. But there may not be an Israeli government at the end of the red carpet. Has someone on high considered that com- motions due to the visit may prevent the creation of an Israeli government? And that the appropri- ate response is to postpone the event, and let the various parts of the Middle East attend to themselves? It is time for someone to update that song in "Fiddler on the Roof, that asks God to bless and keep the Czar--far away from us. I Letter from Israel ] Getting ready for the President