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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 9, 2018 PAGE 15A From page IA On Saturday night, the conference held a moment of silence in Times Square for the murdered teens, and the next day began a campaign for members of the youth group to fulfill one Jewish commandment, or mitzvah, in the teens' memory. The group also called for schools to institute a moment of silence at the beginning of the day. Both the mitzvah cam- paign and the idea of a moment of silence in public schools--in place of prayer, which is prohibited--are longtime Chabad causes. The movement often encourages doing Jewish rituals, such as lighting Shabbat candles or laying tefillin, as a response to tragedy. Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, CTeen's president, said the group tries to avoid political issues like the gun control campaign, but acknowledged the power of the Parkland students' activism. "Teens are the leaders of today, not the leaders of tomorrow," he said. "Many of them are embracing that. The Parkland event is something that brought this onto the national stage. Teens might be getting a bump in being able to mobilize because a lot of people are looking toward them and seeing what they're going to do." Other Jewish youth groups are explicitly supporting the gun control campaign. According to the New York Jewish Week, the teen arms of the Reform, Conservative and Modern Orthodox move- ments have all signed onto the effort. "Never before have stu- dents across the country mobilized like this, and never before have the eyes of the nation been so closely trained on us as we fight for change," Zoe Turner, a member of the Reform move- ment's National Federation of Temple Youth in Florida, wrote in an essay last week. "A country-wide call to ac- tion roars loudly in all of our ears, and NFTY is heeding the call." The students at the CTeen conference, which drew 2,500 attendees, said they would also be engaging in activism, including a march in Washington, D.C sched- uled for March 24. But this weekend, Parkland survivors said, they were just grateful to be among friends who comforted them. "Everyone knows about the incident and everyone is going to help reconnect," said Maverick Reynolds, 15, who heard gunshots while hiding in a nearby classroom. "We knew it was real and it was very scary." From page 4A compel the Palestinians to realize that the rules have changed and become more flexible. We should always remember that even when the peace process was at its peak, when various speeches cast Israelis and Palestin- ians as relatives (cousins, brothers), the Palestinian demand to divide Jerusalem and allow the right of return was always lurking in the background to torpedo any move. Trump understood that immediately. You need to be in the White House and hear the president and those around him to un- derstand what historic days these are. How lucky we are that Trump has good advisers who love us. Yes, most of the mainstream thinks differently, but most of the mainstream also thinks that Jerusalem should be divided. We don't take directions from them. The Turks and the Pales- tinians have condemned the embassy move on the grounds that Washington is losing its credibilityas amediator. Some of them are even threatening that the movewillset the Middle East on fire. For now, the only thing I see lighting up is the torch Trump will light this coming Independence Day. He deserves to! And we deserve this. From page 5A throwing attacks and 45 thrown Molotov cocktails. Coddling terrorists and pretending that they are "cooperating" with one hand, while they stab Israel in the back with the other, is ludicrous. A "weakened" PA might just be what is needed to turn the vicious circle around. If the PA has no intention of stopping the incitement on TVand adio, such media can be shut down. Other sanc- tions c uld be also imposed by Israel. If they know not to mess with Israel because there will be actual financial consequences might actu- ally weaken terrorist resolve. Why does it not occur to former Israeli security offi- cials to suggest showing the P.A. that Israel will not put up with even a single terrorist incident, nor the incitement and rewarding of terrorism? What if Israel tries an approach of strength for once--the only currency respected in the Middle East--instead of trembling at the thought of what the international community could or will say? After all, it might just work. This article originally ap- peared in Mida and was provided exclusively to JNS. From page 7A bases to Israel), shot down five British-piloted Spitfires flying for the Egyptian air- force over the Sinai desert (see illustration) causing a major diplomatic embarrass- ment for the British govern- ment. Since May 2005 the Prague Military Museum has displayed a special exhibition on the Czechoslovak aid to Israel in 1948. Israel learned from the history of interwar Czecho- slovakia not to rely on anyone, least of all, the "international community" or formal alliances with the Great Powers. The long memory of the Czech people and their sense of solidarity with the modern state of Israel coupledwith the grati- tude of many Israelis to the only state that afforded real aid on the ground during the 1948 Israeli War of Indepen- dence is a lasting heritage. It explains the recent vote of the Czech Parliament to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its recommendation to the government to take steps to do so as well as the Czech vote along with other East European states such as Poland, Hungary, Romania, Latvia and even Bosnia- Hercegovina to abstain in the rec nt vote of the U.N. General Assembly criticiz- ing the United States for its statd plan to recognize Jerusalm as Israel's capital. Of colrse, historians are fond of drawing historical parallel: and others are just as fond writing "revision- ist" treitises challenging establisled views and pro- claiming that one cannot judge hi tory with hindsight. The Suceten crisis and the Munich Agreement are fer- tile ground for revisionist claims that Chamberlain did the only "right" thing because British public opin- ion would not have toler- ated potential involvement in another European or world-wide conflict. The same calls are incessantly hurled at Israel for further compromise to make room for a Palestinian state. What these historians neglect to do is to take into account the other even more probable alternative, on the other side and weigh the like- ly conclusions that: War in September 1938 would have seen a powerful Czech army of two million men in the highest state of readiness and morale, strongly entrenched enjoying topographic advan- tages dealing the German invaders massive casualties. Such casualties would have undoubtedly rocked Ger- man morale and grievously damaged the Nazis' image of invincibility. Hitler himself said in August 1939, "When after Munich we were in a posi- tion to examine Czecho- slovak military strength from within, what we saw greatly disturbed us; we had run a serious danger." The plan prepared by the Czech generals was formi- dable. At the Nuremburg trial Gen. Wilhelm Keitel, the German chief of staff, said the High command had been greatly relieved by the Munich Agreement because "We did not believe ourselves strong enough at that moment to take Czechoslovakia." Morrell's book is a collec- tor's item today. I was thrilled to remember that I had ac- quired it at a used bookstore in London for less than two pounds about 20 years ago. It now sells on Amazon for over $200. It brought history alive from an eyewitness who had amazing prescient pow- ers of observation and did not hesitate to call a spade a spade. What can be said today is that Israelis learned this lesson and are overwhelm- ingly united by their resolve to avoid the mistakes of Czechoslovakia 80 years ago. From page 13A than by encountering world Jewry," Sharansky said in a statement. "Shlichim go to Jewish communities around the globe and represent Is- raeli society. But when they come back to Israel, they are unique ambassadors for Diaspora Jewry in Israel." Russian-Jewish billion- aire Roman Abramov- ich donates $20 million to fund nuclear medi- cine research JERUSALEM (JTA)--Rus- sian-Jewish billionaire busi- nessman Roman Abramov- ich donated $20 million to fund a research center for nuclear medicine at an Israeli hospital. Abramovich, who owns Britain's Chelsea soccer club, made the donation to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, located near Tel Aviv to fund the cutting-edge research center. Nuclear medicine can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases including heart disease, cancers, strokes and Alzheimer's. Sheba has submitted its per- mit application to build a new 21,500-square-foot, three- floor, diagnostic and research center for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. The eltire basement floor will be ddicated to housing a cyclotnn, a special nuclear reactor, hich will produce small qtantities of nuclear isotopesfor use in molecular imaging, the medical center said in its announcement. Abramovich has donated a total of $57 million to projects atSheba, indudingtothe Sheba Cancer and Cancer Research Centers, the Pediatric Middle East Congenital Heart Center and the Sheba Heart Center. In 2017, Forbes estimated Abramovich's net worth at $9.1 billion, making him the 139th ri:hest person in the world. Fe is Russia's 12th richest t rson. Jewish mayor of Oak- land defends decision to tip off community to immigration raid (JTA) The Jewish mayor of Oakland defended her decision to warn the com- munity in advance of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in North- ern California. Mayor Libby Schaaf said Friday that she felt it was her duty to warn local resi- dents of the impending raid, which ended two days earlier. Schaaf posted the warning on Twitter the previous weekend. The tipoff allowed some 800 illegal immigrants to es- cape arrest, Thomas Homan, ICE's acting director, told "Fox & Friends." Homan said the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice. The four days of raids last week in Northern California resulted in the arrest of about 230 people. "I remain confident that my actions were both legal and moral," Schaaf said Friday, the Bay City News reported. "I find it difficult to believe even in today's America that informing people of their legal rights could be considered il- legal." The mayor's actions have escalated tensions between California officials and the Trump administration, The Associated Press reported. Oakland has declared itself a sanctuary city for illegal migrants. White House press secre- tary Sarah Huckabee Sand- ers at a news conference Thursday called the action "outrageous." "I think it's outrageous that a mayor would circum- vent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that," Sanders told report- ers. She said Schaaf's action was "under review," without offering any other details. From page 14A sterilized men and women by pointing x-rays at their sexual organs. Many subjects died after great suffering. At Dachau, doctors ex- perimented with methods of reviving prisoners after they had been forced to remain in a tank of ice water for hours. Other prisoners were infected with malaria to test treat- ments for the disease. Here's a description of one of the high-altitude experiments carried out at Dachau: "It was a continuous experimentwithout oxygen at a height of 12 Km. (7 miles) conducted on a 37-year-old Jew in good general condition. Breathing continued up to 30 minutes. After 4 minutes the experimental subject began to perspire and to wiggle his head, after 5 minutes cramps occurred, between 6 and 10 minutes breathing increased in speed and the experimental subject became unconscious; from 11 to 30 minutes breath- ing slowed down to three breaths per minute, finally stopping altogether." If these examples are not enough, I would refer Pales- tinians and their supporters who repeat the calumny about Jews and Nazis to the eminent philosopher, Emil Fackenheim, who offered these ditinguishing char- acteristi6 of the Holocaust: The "~na] Solution" was designed~ exterminate every single Jcvish man, woman and chil. The only Jews who wotfl have conceivably survivedif Hitler had been victoriou were those who someho~ escaped discovery by the N~is. Jewish~irth (actually mere evidenceof "Jewish blood") was suflcient to warrant the punshment of death. Fackenhdm notes that this feature dstinguished Jews from Pols and Russians-- who wereilled because there were too lany of them--and from "An.ns," who were not singled out unless they chose to single themselves out. With the possible exception of Gypsies, he adds, Jews were the only people killed for the "crime" of existing. The extermination of the Jews had no political or eco- nomic justification. It was not a means to any end; it was an end in itself. The killing of Jews was not considered just a part of the war effort, but equal to it; thus, resources that could have been used in the war were diverted instead to the program of extermination. Yes, Palestinians can claim their share of suffering, but they have never faced any- thing remotely like what the Nazis did to the Jews. The only systematic murders of Palestinians because they are Palestinians have been carried out by their fellow Arabs, not Israelis. During Israel's administra- tion of the disputed territo- ries, the Palestinian popula- tion has grown exponentially. More than 20 percent of the Israeli population are Pales- tinians who enjoy equal rights with Jewish citizens. Palestinians in the territo- ries have the right to petition Israeli courts to redress their grievances, and more than 100,000 Judea and Samaria Arabs work in Israel and Jewish settlements--with benefits similar to their Jew- ish co-workers. Palestinians are not forced to wear special clothes or badges. They have no tattoos on their forearms. They have not been sent to concentration or slave labor camps, or forced to build Israeli armaments. The only camps holding Pal- estinians today are refugee camps--and the residents are kept there by their fellow Palestinians and other Arabs. Dr. Mitchell Bard is execu- tive director of the American- Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and author/editor of24 books, including "The Arab Lobby" and the novel "After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine."