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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 23, 2018 PAGE 17A David Friedman rips PA for not condemn- ing deadly attacks on 3 Israelis. Abbas calls the ambassador 'son of a dog.' JERUSALEM (JTA)--The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, criticized the Palestinian Authority for not condemning two terror attacks in recent days that left three Israelis dead. Later Monday, at the open- ing ofa Pal~stinian leadership meeting, P.A. President Mah- moud Abbas called Friedman a"son of a dog" and a "settler" after noting that the ambas- sador views settlements as legitimate and supported them as a private citizen, The Times of Israel reported. "Son of a dog" is a mild pejorative in Arabic, accord- ing to The Jerusalem Post. Friedman responded while at an anti-Semitism confer- ence in Jerusalem using the term "son of a bitch," The Jerusalem Post reported. He added~ "Anti-Semitism or political discourse? I leave this up to you." Friedman had posted his original remarks on Twitter very early Monday morning. "Tragedy in Israel. 2 young soldiers, Netanel Kahalani and Ziv Daos, murdered in the North, and father of 4, Adiel Kolman, murdered in Jerusalem, by Palestinian terrorists. Such brutality and no condemnation from the PA! I pray for the families and the wounded--so much sadness," he wrote. Kolman was stabbed by a Palestinian assailant from the West Bank on Sunday afternoon and succumbed to his injuries that night. Hun- dreds attended his funeral Monday morning in the West Bank settlement of Kochav HaShachar. Kahalani and Daos were killed in a car-ramming at- tack in the West Bank on Friday in which two other sol- diers were seriously injured. Last month, Friedman in a tweet accused unnamed Palestinian leaders of prais- ing a terror attack that left a West Bank rabbi dead. A spokesman for Hamas had praised the murder of Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal; no members of the Palestinian Authority praised the attack. Ronald Lauder, in rare criticism, rebukes Netanyahu over settle- ments and Orthodox hegemony WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Ronald Lauder, the president oftheWorldJewish Congress, said Israeli government poli- cies threaten the country's democratic character and even its existence. Openly breaking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an op-ed pub- lished Monday in The New York Times, Lauder also pressed hard for a two- state solution--a significant stance because the cosmetics billionaire has the ear of President Donald Trump, who is about to unveil a Middle East peace proposal. Trump has said he is agnos- tic about whether two states is the preferred outcome for Israel and the Palestinians, and Netanyahu over the past year has retreated from endorsing two states. Much of the column was an excoriation of Netanyahu's policy in terms more com- monly heard on the pro-Israel left, including the argument that Israel cannot be both a Jewish state and a democracy unless it relinquises control of the lives of the Palestinians living in the West Bank. "The Jewish democratic state faces two grave threats that I believe could endanger its very existence," Lauder wrote. "The first threat is the pos- sible demise of the two-state solution. I am conservative and a Republican, and I have supported the Likud party since the 1980s. But the real- ity is that 13 million people live between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. And almost half of them are Palestinian." Lauder alluded to his closeness to Trump and to Palestinian Authority Presi- dent Mahmoud Abbas, and implicitly chided Netanyahu for his repeated claims that the only thing obstructing peace is Palestinian recal- citrance. "President Trump and his team are wholly committed to Middle East peace," Lauder said. "Contrary to news media reports, senior Palestin- Jan leaders are, they have personally told me, ready to begin direct negotiations immediately." Lauder also objected to the control that the Orthodox in Israel have over a range of issues including marriage and organized prayer at the Western Wall. "By submitting to the pres- sures exerted by a minority in Israel, the Jewish state is alienating a large segment of the Jewish people," he said. "The crisis is espe- cially pronounced among the younger generation, which is predominantly secular." Lauder was close to Ne- tanyahu for decades, backing him during his first run for prime minister in 1996 and defending him in Diaspora arenas. Over the past several years, there have been signs that they have grown apart, stemming from Lauder's refusal seven years ago to block a report unflattering to Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, that was broadcast on an Israeli television channel in which Lauder had a part ownership stake. Lauder, chairman emeri- tus of the Est~e Lauder cos- metic empire and president of the World Jewish Congress since 2007, has also been one of the most consistent voices of support for Trump in the Jewish. community. The two have been friends since the 1980s, when they both emerged as influential moguls on the New York political and social scenes In 2001, Lauder, then chairman of the Conference of Presidents of MajorAmeri- can Jewish Organizations, the foreign policy umbrella for the Jewish community, drew sharp criticism from the body's constituent groups when he appeared at a rally in Israel against the then government's proposed peace plan and its concessions to the Palestinians. Israeli mayor refuses to deliver remarks in~ Poland censored under new Holocaust law JERUSALEM (JTA)--In perhaps the first direct test of Poland's new Holocaust rhetoric law, an Israeli mayor pulled out of a ceremony there claiming censorship. Eli Dukorsky, mayor of the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Bialik, was to deliver a speech in the Polish town of Radomsko to Israeli high school students. He canceled his participation in Monday's ceremony rather than deliver a speech he said was censored, Hadashot news first reported. Radomsko and Kiryat Bialik are sister cities. The speech, which had been provided to Radomsko authorities on Friday so it could be translated into Polish, was changed in ac- cordance with a controversial new law that criminalizes claims that the Polish nation or state was responsible for Nazi crimes. Dukorsky was asked to omit parts of his speech in which he referred to Poles who turned Jews over to the Nazis, as well as the number of Jews murdered by Poles. The mayor also was asked to substitute the word Ukrai- nians for Poles when taking about complicity and use the term German 'qazis instead of Nazis, according to the report. He reportedl~ asked Israel's Foreign Ministy if he should deliver the cersored speech and was told it was not rec- ommended. "We reject any attempt at censorship," Foreign Minis- try spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told ffadashot. "We support the mayor's right to deliver his speech as he planned and to not leave out any word, not even a single letter." Dukorsky later delivered his original speech to the Israeli students in a private ceremony. He told the stu- dents about the censorship controversy. Violators of the law that went into effec: at the begin- ning of the month could face up to three years in prison, though government officials say prosecution under the law is unlikely. President Andrzej Duda signed the controversial legislation last month after both houses of parliament passed the measure. Duda also sent law for review to his country's Constitutional Tribunal, which has yet to issue a ruling. Critics of t~ law include Israeli leaders, Yad Vashem, the U.S. State Department and Jewish groups. European countries re. portedly propose plan to keep US in Iran nuclear deal (JTA)--Several European countries reportedly have proposed new sanctions on Iran in a bid to keep the United States in the 2015 nuclear deal. The new Etropean sanc- tions would pmish Iran for its ballistic mssiles that it publicly testedand its inter- ference in Syra's civil war, according to a confidential document seerby Reuters. In January, the Trump administrationsaid it would halt providin,~ sanctions relief to Iran ruder the deal by May 12 unhss the Euro- pean powers that signed the pact in July 2015 agreed to "fix the terrible flaws." The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and six world powers--Britain, Chi- na, France, Germany, Russia and the United States--could collapse if the U.S. pulls out. The joint document by Britain, France and Germany said they were engaged in "in- tensive talks with the Trump administration to achieve a clear and lasting reaffirma- tion of U.S. support for the (nuclear) agreement beyond May 12," Reuters reported. Foreign ministers of Eu- ropean Union countries were set to discuss the proposal on Monday in a closed door meeting, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed diplomat. The document also in- dicates that the European powers would not be breaking the terms of the nuclear deal by adopting new sanctions that are not nuclear-related and that new sanctions are justified because Iran "did not commit further to stop undertaking ballistic mis- sile destabilizing activities" under the nuclear agreement. Meanwhile, on Sunday, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Commit- tee, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn in an interview on the CBS news program "Face the Nation" said he thinks that President Donald Trump will pull the U.S. out of the Iran deal in May. "Right now it doesn't feel like it's gonna be extended," Corker said. "I think the president likely will move away from it, unless our Eu- ropean counterparts really come together on a frame- work. And it doesn't feel to me that they are." Corker added that he did not think the United States pulling out of a nuclear deal with Iran would affect possible negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Israeli father of 4 dies of wounds in Jerusalem stabbing attack JERUSALEM (JTA)--An Israeli civilian guard stabbed by a Palestinian assailant in Jerusalem has died of his wounds. Adiel Kolman, 32, a father of four from the West Bank settlement of Kochav Ha- shachar, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night in the hospital He was a civil- ian security guard but was unarmed and not on the job when he was stabbed several times in his upper body that afternoon in the Old City. Kolman had worked in the archaeological digs at the City of David for the past five years, according to The Times of Israel. The stabber, who was first identified as a Turkish na- tional visiting Israel, was later identified as Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, 28, a Palestinian man from a northern West Bank village near Nablus. He was shot and killed at the scene by an Israel Police officer. Fadel had entered Jerusa- lem using a five-day permit that allowed him to look for work, according to the Israel SecurityAgency, or Shin Bet. The father of two, his brother and uncle are part of Hamas' leadership inthe West Bank, Haaretz reported. He was not active in Hamas, however, according to the newspaper. Hamas praised the at- tack, saying it was an action to mark 100 days since the Trump administration rec- ognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced it would move the U.S. Embassy there. Palestinian groups, including Hamas, had desig- nated Friday as a Day of Rage to protest the announcement. Parts of the Old City were closed down after the attack. "Four more children lost their father last night. For the bereaved the pain is un- bearable," Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, said in a state- ment. He called the attack "brutal and abhorrent." The attack comes two days after two Israeli soldiers were killed and two left in serious condition in a Palestinian car-ramming attack in the West Bank. Kelth Elllson says critics pressing him on Farrakhan ties are trying to divide blacks and Jews WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic Party, said he has never had a relationship with Louis Farrakhan, the virulently anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam. He accused critics who are pressing him to explain his relationship to Farrakhan of trying to divide Jews and blacks, but also only alluded to his longtirne association with the Nation of Islam. "I do not have and have never had a relationship with Mr. Farrakhan, but I have been in the same room as him," Ellison, D-Minn wrote over the weekend on Medium, the blogging website. "The right's attempt to split the Jewish and Black communities is not going to work," he said. "Now more than ever, when the right- wing is working to divide us by skin color, faith traditions and by our place of birth, human solidarity is critical to seeing us through this perilous time." Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, said his encounters with Farrakhan since Ellison's election to Congress in 2006 have been perfunctory, if that. "About a decade ago, he and I had a brief, chance encounter in Washington, D.C " Ellison said, an ap- parent reference to a video that emerged recently of Farrakhan and Ellison in the same room at a mosque in Virginia's Washington suburbs. "In 2013, I attended a meeting in New York City with Iranian President Has- san Rouhani and nearly 50 others where I advocated for the release of an American political prisoner," Ellison said, referring to reports that recently re-emerged of the dinner in New York, which was held during the U.N. General Assembly. "I didn't know Mr. Farrakhan would be there and did not speak to him at the event." Ellison also for the first time unequivocally denied Farrakhan's claim that the two met in a Washington hotel room in 2015 or 2016. "Contrary to recent re- ports, I have not been in any meeting with him since then," he said, referring to the 2013 U.N. gathering, "and he and I have no communication of any kind." Ellison condemned Far- rakhan's anti-Semitism, referring to the letter he wrote to Minnesota's Jewish community in 2006 denounc- ing Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam and anti-Semitism. "In a speech just last month he again attacked Jewish people with intoler- ant and divisive language," he said, referring to a Far- rakhan speech that drew attention because a leader of the Women's March was present. Jewish Democrats wel- comed Ellison's posting as well as other statements from African-American lawmakers whom conservatives have targeted in recent weeks for alleged ties with Farrakhan. "Ellison's statement leaves noambiguity that he does not accept Farrakhan's hateful and divisive preaching and we appreciate him reiterating this conviction. We also have been pleased to read similarly unsolicited statements from Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) in re- cent weeks," said a statement from the Jewish Democratic Council of America. In the Medium article, EI- lison only alludes to his own longtime relationship with the Nation of Islam. "If you are a Black man from my generation, you re- member the march," he said, referring to the 1995 Million Man March initiated by Far- rakhan. "I helped organize the march in my local com- munity in Minneapolis. And I marched in it, alongwith civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks and Jesse Jackson." Ellison's affiliation with the Nation of Islam lasted about a decade, and he was advocating for the group as late as 1998. Mayim Biallk meets Israeli president in Jerusalem JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's president welcomed American actress Mayim Bialik to his residence in Jerusalem. On Sunday, Reuven Rivlin told Bialik that he had heard so much from his grandchil- dren about her, her work as an actress and her strong support for Israel. The star of the hit television series "The Big Bang Theory" is in Israel to participate in the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, which starts Monday in Jerusalem. "My family came to live in Israel when I was born, and they lived in a few places around the country, so I grew up with a strong Zionist identity," she told Rivlin. Bialik, 41, has a doctorate in neuroscience and plays neuroscientist Amy Fowler- Farrah on her show. A di- vorced mother of two sons, she was raised Reform and now practices Modern Or- thodoxy. In many interviews she has described herself as a Zionist and has family living in Israel. Earlier this month, Bialik asked her followers on Face- book to nominate her to light the torch reserved for a rep- JTA on page 18A