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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 8, 2019 By Stephen M. Flatow (JNS)--Like most victims of Palestinian Arab terrorism, Avraham Bromberg would have been completely forgotten if not for the persistence of the murderer's many admirers and financial sponsors. Bromberg was just 20 years old when he was murdered. The same age as my daughter, Alisa, when she was murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists in 1995. Avraham was hitchhiking. In those days, all young Israelis hitchhiked. Nobody thought of it as a potentially lethal activity. A car with Israeli license plates stopped to give him a ride. The driver and his front-seat passenger were Israeli Arabs. Avraham might have noticed that they were Arabs. But so what? After all, most Israeli Arabs aren't terrorists. But these two were. Karim Younes and his cousin, Maher Younes, kidnapped Avraham Bromberg, shot him in the head and threw him into a road- side ditch. Several days later, he died from his wounds. The Younes cousins were caught, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. That would have been the end of the story, as far as the Jewish public is concerned. Some older Israelis might still remember his name. But the number of American Jews who remem- ber Avraham Bromberg can be counted on one hand. And the number of American Jewish or Zionist organizations that have mentioned Bromberg's name in one of their fire-and- brimstone press releases is zero. So, Avraham Bromberg would be gone and utterly forgotten if not, ironically, for the Palestinian Authority. Yes, the P.A. regime that is bound by the Oslo Accords to reject terrorism, to disarm and extradite terrorists, to shut them down and outlaw them and imprison them--but instead honors them, praises them and finances them. The Jews may have forgotten Avraham The Hora dance to the moon By Mel Pearlman destination chosenby its developers minimizes fuel consumption and maximizes use of the On Feb. 21, 2019, in collaborationwith Space respective gravitational fields of the earth and X, NASA, and tracking facilities of other na- moon in order to keep payload weight down, tions, an Israeli spacecraft, carrying scientific making it one of the most efficient and cost instruments to add to our knowledge of lunar effective spacecraft ever designed. science, was successfully launched into earth There is an interesting aspect to this flight orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape that gives it a uniquely Jewish characteristic. Canaveral Air Force Station. To accomplish this minimal energy path to This spacecraft, named in Hebrew, themoon, Genesiswillcircletheearthseveral "Beresheet," meaning "Genesis," is special, times in a Hora-like dance of increasingly When, not if, it succeeds to soft-land on the larger orbits, finally extending out to approxi- moon in April, Israel will be in the company mately 250,000 miles from earth, reaching its of the United States, Russia and China as farthestpointfromearthorapogeeataprecise the only nations on earth to accomplish this point in space where it will be captured by the magnificent engineering feat. Pretty good moon's gravitation. company I would say, given the small size and The tiny spacecraft will then be pulled into population of little Israel when compared to another Hora-like orbital dance, but this,time the other three nations, into progressively tighter orbits and close Making this flight even more spectacular enough to the moon to permit retrorockets to is the fact that this will be the first privately slow its dance and softly land it on the moon's designed, financed and built spacecraft ever dance floor. to have landed on the moon. While there will be no one on the moon's The joy, enthusiasm, and sense of pride in surface to greet the Israeli spacecraft with Israel and in Jewish communities throughout song and dance, be assured the words of the theworldatthesuccessfullaunchwasastound- traditional celebratory song--sang at wed- ing. Once again, Israel has demonstrated that dings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other Jewish it is a country not to be shunned, but to be simchas--"Simon tov 'and' mazel tov" will emulated if the people around the world are ring out in Israel and in Jewish communities truly serious in advancing human progress, throughout the world. embracing technology, and moving toward a We can only hope that most of the world more peaceful globe, will recognize this worthy accomplishment I have taken particular interest in this and scientific contribution of the Jewish civilian Israeli project since its inception. It state, as well as all its other accomplish- was more than 50 years ago that I, as a young ments and contributions to the world, and physicist working for the Boeing company give it the recognition and respect it so at the Kennedy Space Center on the Apollo- richly deserves. Saturn Lunar Program, participated in the In you wish to comment or respond you very first manned launch to the moon in can reach me at melpearlman322@gmail. December 1968. NASA actually asked me to com. Please do so in a rational, thoughtful, tape an interview in Hebrew with Kol (Voice respectful and civil manner. of) Israel, the Israeli radio station coveringthe MelPearlmanholdsB.S. &M.S. degreesin launch, among more than 1,000 members of physics as well as a J.D. degree and initially the news media from around the world, came to Florida in 1966to work on the Gemini It brought back memories of the excitement andApollo space programs. He has practiced generatedbythethousandsofon-lookerswho law in Central Florida since 1972. He has came from around the world to witness that served aspresident oftheJewishFederation of launch and the launch six months later that GreaterOrlando;wasacharterboardmember, actually landed our astronauts on the moon, first Vice President andpro-bono legal coun- in what I believe was the singular greatest sel of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and scientificandengineeringachievementofthe Education Center of Central Florida, as well 20th century, asholdingmanyothercommunityleadership The flight path of Genesis to its final lunar positions. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE # ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards LORIDA 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: Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Society Editor Office Manager Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley * Mel Pearlman David Bornstein * Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Bromberg. But the Palestinians have not forgotten his murderers. Palestinian Media Watch reports that last week, a ceremony honoring Karim Younes was held at the Palestinian Ministry of Education. That's right, at the Ministry of Education. Not in some private residence. Not out in the forest. But front and center in the very seat of the Palestinian government. And who led the ceremony? Not some clerk or secretary or fringe figure, but rather, the Minister of Education himself, Sabri Saidam. As KarimYounes's mother smiled approvingly, the minister called the gathering "a gesture of loyalty to prisoner Younes and his family." Saidam added that he was "conveying the greetings of the Palestinian leadership and the Fatah Central Committee members" to the Younes family. Fatah is chaired by P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas, by the way. The ceremony was held at something called "the Martyr Yasser Arafat Auditorium." And Saidam presented the mother of the murderer with a plaque featuring a photo of Arafat. I suppose it was fitting that an event honoring a murderer should be so closely tied to the memory of one of the most notorious mass murderers of the 20th century. Minister Saidam hailed the murderer Younes as one of "the symbols who have defended the national enterprise." The ceremony was featured prominently in the official P.A. daily newspaper AI-Hayat A1-Jadida. A few days earlier, a P.A. university awarded By Noah Siegel (JTA)--The next Israeli government may include terrorists that are barred from enter- ing the United States. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu crossed every moral line for political gain in Israeli politics last week when he brokered a merger of the religious nationalist Jewish Home party with Otzma Yehudit, the racist successor to the Kach and Kahane Chai par- ties, who advocated for the "transfer" of Arabs from Israel and the occupied territories. This completes the near total rehabilitation of Kahanists into mainstream Israeli politics, despite the fact that Otzma's leader, Michael Ben Ari, has been banned from entering the United States for nearly a decade because of his links to terrorism. I know this because I made the case for his ban. In 2009, I was a U.S. Foreign Service officer in Tel Aviv fulfilling a tour in consular services. One of my duties was serving on the "Visas Viper" committee, an interagency working group atthe embassy that evaluated individual cases in the country for potential threats to U.S. citizens. The committee consisted of field officers from the major intelligence agencies, including the State and Defense departments, CIA and FBt. With a majority of agency field officers in support at post, the committee generated requests to State Department headquarters. In concert with the other major agencies, Washington would respond with a security advisory opinion--a sort of no-fly list for visas. As the representative of the consular sec- tion, it was my role to draw up the lists and supporting evidence for each case. The Viper committee would then discuss and adjudicate a ban based on the evidence provided. It was incumbent on the committee to make a strong case, as approval from D.C. was not automatic. Our meetings focused largely on lists of Palestinians affiliated with Hamas or Islamic Jihad drawn either from the public record or documentation provided by our Israeli coun- terparts. The resulting bans often were well justified---but in some cases we had our doubts. On one occasion, we were unable to honor a scholarship to a student in Gaza because of his loose affiliation with a Hamas youth group. In the 2009 Israeli elections, Ben Ari was seated as a member of Knesset on the Jewish Union list, despite his well-established con- nections to the late Rabbi Meir Kahane and his Kach party, which was banned in Israel for its racist anti-Arab agenda. It was important to me that if the Viper committee was able to judge the minor indis- cretions of a Palestinian teenager, we could certainly consider the case of a prominent Karim Younes an honorary certificate, and a program broadcast on the P.A.'s official tele- vision station showed posters glorifying him and presented fawning interviews with the killers' family members. And last year, Abbas appointed the imprisoned Karim Younes to serve on the Fatah Central Committee. Not that the other killer, Maher Younes, has been neglected. Not at all! Last year, the P.A. named a plaza after him in the city of Tulkarm.At the naming ceremony--complete with a live band and a march by Palestinian Boy Scouts--the murderer's mother cut the inaugural ribbon, and P.A. official Isam Abu Bakr declared: "We are proud of this great man, this fighter, this leader." HOW has all this despicable glorification of murderers kept Avraham Bromberg's name from being forgotten? Simple. Every Israeli or foreign news media report about the P.A. honoring the Younes' cousins has mentioned the name of their victim. And so, in abitter and ironic twist, American Jewish and Zionist leaders may have forgotten Avraham Bromberg, but the actions of his murderers and their cheerleaders have forced his name back into the news--and back into our too-short memories. Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsoredPalestinian terrorist attack in 1995. His book, "A Father's Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror," has just been published. Jewish public figure who was publicly advocat- ing racist Kahanist policies. The case was pretty straightforward and supported by everyone on the committee, which I would generally describe as strongly pro-Israel. Ben Ari joined the Kach move- ment in 1979. Kach and Kahane Chai were both designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S. government in 1997, the same year as Hamas and Hezbollah. Ben Ari has never disavowed Kach and openly considers himself a disciple and devotee of Kahane. Based on this evidence alone, the embassy's request for a visa ban was granted. We also explored a separate request for Baruch Mar- zel, another Kach enthusiast running in the election, but a ban was not possible because he was born an American citizen. Ben Ari himself may be known for his bookish demeanor, but his fellow travelers in the Jewish underground planned a series of assassinations against Palestinian mayors and a school in eastern Jerusalem. They were behind an attempt to blow up the AI-Aqsa mosque in the Old City. Most notoriously, in 1994, Kach enthusiast Baruch Goldstein killed 29 worshippers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The entire movementwas outlawed in Israel after it expressed support for the ter- rorist attack. During his time in the Knesset, Ben Ari was detained by police for defending radical settlers; he incited race riots against African immigrants in South Tel Aviv; and he called for massacres of Palestinians during Israeli military operations in Gaza. I took a small measure of personal satisfac- tion when Ben Ari was banned entry to the United States in 2012. At the time, Ben Ari marveled that Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was granted entry (for the United Nations) while he was not. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin protested on his behalf, writing in a formal letter to the U.S. ambassador: "As a public official in Israel, a close ally of the U.S he cannot be recognized as a member of a terror group or be prohibited from visiting the U.S." By Rivlin's logic, Ben Ari is no longer a terrorist simply by virtue of being elected to the Knesset. With Netanyahu's assistance, he may now go one step further by becoming part of the ruling coalition. Sadly, this says more about the radical right-wing transformation of Israel's government than it does about Ben Ari. He has been nothing if not consistent. It is disheartening that as Netanyahu em- braces the likes of Viktor Orban of Hungary and Rodrigo Duterte of the Phillipines, Israeli leaders increasingly adopt their authoritarian and ethno-nationalist approaches. Ben Ari is rightwhen he says that he does not need to rep- Siegel on page 5A