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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 10, 2017 PAGE 15A From page 1A bomb threats against the ADL and multiple Jewish Com- munity Centers in addition to cyberstalking," the state- ment said. "These actions are heinous and should be fully investigated and prosecuted. "We have no information about the charges against Thompson other than what is included in the criminal complaint." According to the ADL, Thompson was being tracked by the ADL's Center on Ex- tremism, "which had followed his past activities, including his deceptive and at times false reports for a news web- site about Dylann Roof, the perpetrator of the church shooting in Charleston, SC. Most recently, Thompson allegedly announced in No- vember 2016 that he was run- ning for mayor of St. Louis, to 'fight back against Trumpian fascism and socio-economic terrorism.' Thompson also claimed that he wanted to dismantle the system of 'racial supremacy and greedy capital- ism that is stacked against us.' He created a Gofundme page to raise $5,000 for his osten- sible election bid. He got $25. He has tweeted various rants against white people, calling them 'trash' and saying they 'have no shame.'" Thompson allegedly "emailed ADL's midtown Manhattan office Feb. 21, indicating that his former girlfriend was 'behind the bomb threats against Jews. She lives in New York City and is making more bomb threats tomorrow.' The following day the ADL received a phone call claiming that explosive material had been placed in the building," the ADL stated. New York City Police Com- missioner James O'Neill said that "The defendant caused havoc, expending hundreds of hours of police and law enforcement resources to respond and investigate these threats. We will continue to pursue those who pedal fear, making false claims about serious crimes." Thompson has been ac- cused of making threats over the last month against the Anti-Defamation League offices in New York, a Jewish history museum in New York, as well as Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and Jewish schools in New York, Michi- gan, Dallas and San Diego. A total of 101 bomb threats against 81 different Jewish institutions have been made since the beginning of the year, according to the JCC Association of NorthAmerica. The most recent wave of bomb threats occurred Feb. 27. Also on Friday, Jewish leaders met with FBI Director James Comey to discuss the range of threats targeted at Jewish institutions in the past two months. The discussion included the current situa- tion and potential strategies for future collaboration, the groups reported. Representatives from the organizations "left with the highest confidence that the FBI is taking every possible measure to resolve the matter as quickly as possible," Stephen M. Creenberg, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman, of the Confer- enccof the Presidents of Major Amican Jewish Organiza- tion: said in a statement. From page 1A by SAGE in 2012. His second book, "Symbolism in Ter- rorism: Motivation, Com- munication, and Behavior," was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2014. In 2011, Dr. Matusitz's re- search was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Since 2014, he has collaborated with a representative of the Defense Research & Development Or- ganization (DRDO), Ministry of Defense, in India to examine suicide terrorism. Occasionally, Dr. Matusitz is the featured speaker at law enforcement workshops and training sessions. He has delivered presentations on terrorism to agencies such as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, and local sheriff's offices. Since his tenure at UCF, Dr. Matusitz has received multiple faculty awards. In 2012, he was honored with a prestigious teaching award by the College of Sciences (COS). In 2014, he received a teach- ing award by the Nicholson School of Communication: the "Excellence in Teaching Award for 2013-2014." And in 2015, hewas the winner of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for COS. This program is open to the community at no cost. Dona- tions are greatly appreciated. Reservations are requested. Please contact Sandi Solo- mon at 407-831-0176 or san- Fomded by Eva London Ritt, Diara Scimone, Judy Shuj- man and Sandi Solomon, the 2onistas are a coalition of Chritian and Jewish women unitd for Israel. Advocacy, Awa~ness andActivism is the driviag force behind the Zi- onisas. Men are welcome to joinls. From page 4A of Israel--the very same for- mula that drives the BDS hate campaign against Israel and gives it the undeserved gloss of human rights. For more than 40 years-- longer, when you remember that the U.N. set up its first Israel-bashing committee, the.., wait for it... Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Human Rights Prac- tices Affecting the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories--yes, SCIIHRPOAOT--in 1968, the U.S., Israel and other demo- cratic nations have devoted precious resources to the U.N. even as it deepened its insti- tutionalized anti-Zionism. Since 1979, the CEIRPP has been serviced by a Division for Palestinian Rights, churning out an endless stream of anti- Israel propaganda through international conferences and publications. (And no, there isn't a divi- sion for Tibetan rights, or for Kurdish rights.) All this costs around $6 million annually. In interna- tional organizational terms, that's unremarkable, but when you consider how the money is spent, it's little short of obscene. One would like to imagine that fact is one that President Trump will grasp instinctively, and act upon accordingly. Ben Cohen, senior edi- tor of & The Tower Magazine, writes a weekly column for on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writ- ings have been published in Commentary, the New YorkPost, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal, and many othe'publications. He is the auttor of "Some of My Best Friezds: A Journey Through Twe2ty-First Century An- tisenitism" (Edition Critic, 2014. From page 5A American Jewish world. The Anti-Defamation League has called it "the most influential anti-Zionist group in the United States." JVP is well- known for supporting the an- ti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and wholeheartedly endors- ing the Black Lives Matter platform, which charges Israel with "genocide" and "apartheid." In other words, the "Jewish" in JVP's title is essentially a cover for anti- Israel activities. The problem is when left- wing Jewish groups that are not as radical as JVP start to treat JVP as legitimate, instead of as a pariah. Note, for example, that JVP's director spoke at J Street's 2011 national conference. After Odeh speaks at the JVP gathering in March, she will surely look for other audiences in the Jew- ish community. She needs them to soften her image and create pressure against her deportation. Mainstream Jewish liberal groups need to understand that Odeh represents a red line. Anyone who gives a platform to this convicted murderer will be crossing that line. If groups like Americans for Peace Now, Ameinu (Labor Zionists) and others in their camp want to maintain their credibility and be taken seriously in the Jew- ish community, they need to make it unequivocally clear, right now, that they reject JVP's hosting of Odeh and will never have anything to do with her. Stephen M. Flatow, a vice presdent of the Religious Zionsts of America, is an attoney in New Jersey and the Mher of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestin- ian terrorist attack in 1995. From page 5A They all refused. And when Pollard was finally paroled in November 2015 his nightmare of perse- cution didn't end. Instead he was given draconian parole conditions that no prisoners are subjected to in state or federal prisons. Not only is Pollard barred from leaving the country, he is barred from leaving Manhattan. He cannot practice Juda- ism because he is confined to his apartment from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. so he can- not attend morning and evening prayers. He cannot keep Shabbat because he is required to wear a GPS tracking device that he must charge in an electrical outlet every few hours, including on Shabbat when such ac- tivities are prohibited. He cannot get a job because anyone who hires him will be required to allow the government total access to their computer network. Pollard's disproportion- ate punishment is a powerful expression of official, state- sanctioned anti-Semitism in America. And since 1985, it has served as a warning to American Jews and as a license to anti-Semites like Menendez to discriminate against American Jews. For 30 years, as Pollard served out his life sentence at a maximum-security prison, no one needed to do anything more than men- tion his name to put fear into the hearts of American Jews. The message was clear. It doesn't matter what you do. We will destroy your life if you are too supportive of Israel. During his meeting with Trump, Netanyahu chose not to bring up Pollard and Pollard's scandalous parole terms. Instead, Netanyahu sufficed with discussing Pollard's plight at his meet- ing with Vice President Mike Pence. According to media reports, the two men agreed that Ambassador Ron Dermer will work with the adminis- tration on the issue. What that means was left open to interpretation. Given the devastating role the Pollard affair has played in U.S.-Israel relations, it is understandable that Ne- tanyahu wouldn't want to bring up Pollard at his first meeting with Trump. Who wants to bring up unpleasant subjects when you're trying to build a new relationship with a new U.S. president? But while understand- able, Netanyahu's decision to minimize his discussions of Pollard's plight and then delegate the issue to his am- bassador was the wrong way to build that relationship. Every day Pollard is sub- jected to prejudicial treat- ment by the U.S. justice system is another day that the U.S. is officially perse- cuting an American Jew, not because he breached his oath to protect U.S. secrets, but because he did so as a Jew. And as Menendez's bigotry toward Friedman made clear, every day that this continues is a day when it is acceptable to slander loyal American Jews simply because they passionately support Is- rael. Every day that Pollard languishes under effective house arrest is another day when it is acceptable to ques- tion the good intentions of America's greatest ally in the Middle East. In other words, to rebuild its alliance with the U.S., Is- rael needs more than awarm embrace at the White House. It needs to receive Pollard at Ben Gurion Airport. Caroline B. Glick is a columnist with The Jeru- salem Post. From page 7A Both groups claim superior- ity and dispute each other's numbers, but everyone agrees the total number of women playing is more than 12,000. It is also clear the sport is growing rapidly, and even reaching into Israel's most tra- ditional communities. Many Orthodox Jewish women play catchball in headscarves and skirts. And there is a mostly Druze team in Daliyan al- Carmel in northern Israel. When Anaia Halabi, a 35 -year- old school counselor, started the team seven years ago, it was a radical idea. "For women to leave their husbands and their children to play was a big change for the village," she said. "It is not considered suitable for women to be outside the home at night. Not all the husbands approve." But over time, Halabi said, the husbands have grown more accepting, and the local municipality began paying for a van to transport the team to games outside the village. At the same time, the team has arranged not to play late night games, and a three-club local league has been formed to allow women to compete without leaving the village. With the sport firmly es- tablished in Israel, the Is- rael Catchball Association has started looking overseas. Part of the motivation is that to qualify as an official sport and receive funding from the Israeli government, catchball must be played competitively in at least 52 countries. So far, the only leagues the associa- tion knows of outside Israel are in Mexico and the United States. But they are encour- aging the sport in more than half a dozen other countries, mostly through Israeli expats. Gal Reshef, a 35-year- old Israeli lawyer, founded a catchball group in Boston in 2015 and last year expanded it into the U.S.A. Catchball Association in partnership with the Israel Catchball As- sociation. She said the vast majority of the nearly 100 women in the Bostonet Catch- ball Association, as well as in the handful of other teams across the country, are Israe- lis. But Reshef is confident catchball will, urn, catch on with American women, too. "I think in the States, the situation is the same as in Israel. If you're a middle-aged woman who didn't have the chance to play sports growing up, there are very few opt ions," she said. "The great thing is anyone can play catchball, and it creates an amazing uplifting community." At least one Bostonet team is slated to participate in the catchball exhibition tourna- ment at the Maccabiah Games in July. Thirty-six Israeli teams will be there, along with a couple from London and Berlin. Reshef predicted that by the time the next games roll around in four years, teams from around the world will be playing catchball in the real tournament--and after that, maybe the Olympics. Every do)' that you're outside, you're expand to dcmgerousbut invisible, ultrowolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV rodiotio can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other ee disorders. Protectin9 your eyes is important to maintaining eye hearth now old in the future, Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) Iron hun-~ful UV roys. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV Fotect ion.