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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 7, 2017 PAGE 17A Jewish center in Swedento sue Germany in the United among liberal American Jews anti-Semitic vandalism at Jewish parents pull sonIsrael, the Columbia Spectator decides to close after States over objects allegedly recentlybysayingthatwomen three U.S. Jewish cemeteries, from Berlin school overreported. anti-Semitic threats obtained from their ances- whoareuncriticallypro-Israel told the crowd: "If what is be- anti-SemiUc harassment Prior to the vote, council (JTA)--A Jewish center in tors under duress during the cannot be feminist because ing asked of me by those who (JTA)--Allegations of anti- members heard presentations northern Sweden will close Nazi era. they are ignoring the rights pronouncethemselvesandcall Semitic harassment of a from various student groups, after receiving anti-Semitic In what lawyers for theof Palestinian women, themselves Zionist isthatI, as Jewish student in Germany including ColumbiaUniversity threats, complainants are calling a Meanwhile, during Odeh's a Palestinian American, have that forced him to leave his Apartheid Divest, Students The members of the Judisk landmark decision, the Dis- address, the Israel advocacy to somehow leave out a part school has spurred demands Supporting Israel, Students for F6reningen, or Jewish As- trict Court for the District of groupStandWithUsheldame- of my identity so you can be for a federal investigation by JusticeinPalestineandJewish sociation, in Umea, decided ColumbiaruledMarch31that morial ceremony at the same welcomedinaspacetoworkon Germany's top Jewish leader. Voice for Peace. Sunday at a meeting to shut claims regarding a collection hotel for Edward Joffe and justice, then that's not going The student's parents said Students at Toronto down its building and end its knownasthe Guelph Treasure Leon Kanner, the two men to be the right space for you." they pulled their 14-year-old university vote to adopt activities, The Local-Sweden can be filed in a U.S. court, killed in the 1969 bombing "We, as Palestinian Ameri- son from the Friedenauer broad definition of anti- reported. Three years ago, a German in Jerusalem for which Odeh cans, as Arab Americans, as Community School in March Semitism The association has re-investigative commission was convicted by an Israeli MuslimAmericans, wewillnot afterfourmonthsofverbaland (JTA)---Thestudentunionat ceived threatening emails, found that the original own- militarycourt.Thegrouphad change who we are to make physical harassment, culmi- Ryerson University in Toronto and the building was vandal- ers of the collection, which been denied a request to rent anybody feel comfortable, nating in a brutal attack. The has voted to adopt a broad izedwithstickersofswastikas theDresdnerBankpurchased a conference room at the If you ain't all in, then this parents had chosen the school definition of anti-Semitism. and spray-painted threats on behalf of Hitler's deputy, insistence of Jewish Voice ain't the movement for you," because of its multicultural The definition adopted last such as "we know where you Hermann Goering, in 1935, for Peace. she said. student body, and the harass- week includes the denial of live," The Local reported, were not forced to sell it by Odehspokeabouthavingto StandWithUsrentedaregu-ment came from students of the Jewish right to self-deter- citing the Swedish-language the Nazis. leave the United States. lar hotel room and held its ArabandTurkishbackground, mination, the application of SVT News V sterbotten. It is the first time that a "I thought when I came to memorial there, they reported, double standards to the State "Too many things have court has held that Germany the U.S., and made it my sec- In a statement, the Joffe In March, according to the of Israel, the comparison of happened lately which mean can be sued for the return of ond home, itwould be the last family described Jewish Voice parents, "he was attacked and contemporary Israeli policies that Jewish parents don't Nazi-looted art and artifacts stationinajourneyofstruggle for Peace as "another deeply almost strangled, and [one of to that of the Nazis, and the feel safe having their kids at under the Foreign Sovereign thatIsharedwithmyPalestin- misguided so-called 'Jewish' thepupils] pulled a toy gun on use of symbols or imagery the schools," Umea Jewish Immunities Act. ian people in response to the organization." himthatlookedlikearealgun, associated with classic anti- Association spokeswomanFor several years, heirs Nakba [catastrophe] and the "She will soon be forgotten And the whole crowd of kids Semitic tropes, according to Carinne Sj6berg told SVT. to the consortium of Jewish occupation of 1967," she told byher supporters who have so laughed. He was completely Bnai Brith Canada. "Our children shouldn't live collectors that bought the the audience of about 1,000, misguidedlychampionedher," shaken." Thedefinitionisinlinewith in a world where they have to 82-piece collection in 1929 referring to the Palestinians' the statement said of Odeh, Early on, when some pupils the one used by the govern- beashamed for what theyare, as an investment have been perception of Israel's found- "but the memory of Edward learned the boy was Jewish, ments of Canadaand Ontario. butit'snotpossibletooperate demanding the return of the ing, including their forced and Leon will live on forever." onevhohadbeenfriendlytold "After all of the shameful if people are scared." portion sold to Goering. They andvoluntarydisplacementto Dutch couple drops him they couldn't be friends incidents to occur on campus " are all Holocaust survivor, 91,have estimated its value at neighboring countries, lawsuit for removal of anymore because Jews this year, it was especially celebrates her bat mitz- approximately $227 million. She added: "Now I face a Holocaust memorial murderers." important for the RSU to yah in Buenos Aires The collection is on display similarNakba, forced to leave (JTA)--ADutchcouplewho Jo efSchuster, head of the adopt a robust definition of BUENOSAIRES,Argentina at Berlin's Bode Museum. the country and the life that I sued the municipality of Am- Cent'alCouncilofJewsin Ger- anti-Semitism," said Tamar (JTA)--Eugenia Unger, who Attorneys filed the suit in built for myself over 23 years sterdam over the placing of a man:, demanded on Monday Jaclyn Lyons, vice president of usually displays the number the United States in February intheU.S.,butIwillcontinue postcard-sized Holocaust me- that the education ministry communications for Students tattooed on her arm by the 2015againstGermanyandthe my struggle forjustice for my morialplaqueneartheirhome investigate the incident and Supporting Israel at Ryerson. Nazis, covered it with her Prussian Cultural Heritage people wherever I land." havedroppedtheirmotionasa the response of the school, "This definition will prove Shabbat clothes and her tal- Foundation, one year after Odeh, a leader of the grass- result of harsh criticism, and state clearly where any critical in holding bigots ac- lit as she celebrated her bat the Limbach Commission,roots International Women's The couple, who live in the failingsmightbe.Healsoasked countablefortheiractionsand mitzvah eight decades late. the German advisory board Strike, told the audience that upscale Old South neighbor- Muslim leaders in Germany to preventing these hateful acts Unger, 91, a Poland native for Holocaust-related claims, Americansare"inthestreets" hood of the Dutch capital, combat "anti-Semitic tenden- fromcontinuinginthefuture." who survived the Majdanek rejectedtheplaintiffs'conten- resisting President Donald told the Volkskrant daily on cies in their ranks with all Students Supporting Israel andAuschwitzconcentration tion that the 1935 sale had Trump every day. Sundaythatthesuitprompted the determination they can had attempted to convince the camps and often talks about been forced. She continued:"Of course, criticism in the Dutch media mus er." Ryerson Students' Union to her experiencesat the Buenos In its ruling last week, the Zionists aren't going to stop and beyond ever since it was The school leadership said adopt a similar definition in Aires Holocaust Museum and court rejected the German their land grab in Palestine reported Friday. on its website that the alleged 2014, but was rejected. in schools, was called to the defendants' contention that either. The Palestinians there "We'reshockedbythewayinperpetrators in the incident The Centre for Israel and Torah on Saturday at the the Limbach Commission and the Palestinians and our which the publicity regarding would be held accountable. Jewish Affairs said it was not Herzliya Jewish community recommendation bars later supporters here have to stop this issue has led to misunder- Principal Uwe Runkel told the aware of any other university center and temple in Buenos litigation in a U.S. court. It therewith our resistance and standings," wrote the couple, London Jewish Chronicle that student union in Canada to Aires alsoagreedwiththe plaintiffs our organization." who requested anonymity, he "deeply regrets" the inci- adopt the Ottawa Protocol as She told the Argentine that the sale may be consid- In 1970, Odeh was sen- They added that "because of dents and wishes the student itsdefinitionofanti-Semitism, radio program Radio Cultura ered a taking of property in tencedto life in prison for two the death of our child, the had not left the school, the Canadian Jewish News on Thursdayofher upcoming violationofinternationallaw, bombing attacks on behalf stumbling cobblestone is too Theboy told the newspaper reported. ocelebrationthat"theculmina- Reactingtotheruling, Her- of the Popular Front for the emotional." that the latest incident was At the Ryerson union's tion ofmywhole life is my bat mann Parzinger, head of the Liberation of Palestine and They were referring to the shocking, "but I didn't have semiannual general meeting mitzvah. It is a ritual that is Prussian Cultural Heritage spentl0yearsinprisonbefore 4-square-inch brass plaque timetothinkwhat'shappening in November, a resolution to veryimportantinJewishlife." Foundation, said in a March being released in a prisoner that city workers put in the at the time. Now when I look commemorateHolocaustEdu- The temple also organized 31 statement that he did exchange in 1980. sidewalk near their doorway back, I think, oh my God." cationWeeksparkedawalkout a birthday celebration for not believe the case belongs In 2015, she was sentenced in 2014 bearing the name of His parents had contacted led by the Students for Justice Unger, a co-founder of the in a U.S. court. He said the in the U.S. to 18 months in JoachimElte, aJewishaccoun- an organization that brings in Palestine and the Muslim HolocaustMuseumofBuenosfoundation would "look at prison for covering up her tant who lived in the couple's Jews and Muslims into public Students Association to stop Airesin2000,onFridaynight. the decision carefully and conviction and imprisonment building on 3 Sint Maes St. schools, and the father's par- a vote. The student board ap- Unger, bornEugeniaRotsz- consider further steps." in Israelwhen she entered the before he was deported to a ents, who are Holocaust sur- provedtheresolutionlessthan tejn in Warsaw, lived in the Parzinger also emphasized countryin1995andappliedfor Nazi concentration camp dur- vivors, had metwith pupils at a month later. Warsaw Ghetto as a teen and that the foundation does not citizenship in 2004, but the ingWorldWarIIandmurdered theschool.Noneofthishelped The union voted to join the was later taken to the two believe evidence shows that conviction was later vacated in 1945. improve the atmosphere, they Boycott, DivestmentandSanc- Nazi camps with her family, the sale was forced, to allow Odeh to show that she Amsterdam has approxi- said. tionsmovementagainstIsrael including her parents, two Rasmea Odeh, Linda suffered from post traumatic mately 400 memorial cobble- The boy, whose mother is inApri12014with a resolution brothers and a sister. Unger is Sarsour slam 'Zionists'stressdisorderoverheralleged stones--part of over 50,000 British, hasbeenenroiledinan that prohibits the student theonlymemberofherfamily at Jewish Voice for Peace mistreatment while inprison, artifacts installed since 1996 English-languagehighschool. group from having ties with who survivedthe Holocaust. summit In a statement welcom- by a German artist in 18 Columbia student coun-companies that do business in When she was liberated by (JTA)--APalestinianwom-ing Odeh as a speaker at the countries across Europe in oil votes down adding Israel, including Home Depot, Soviet forces, she weighed anwhoisbeing forcedtoleave conference, JVP officials said front of the former homes of BDS referendum Costco and Sears. slightly more than 59 pounds, the United States for not tell- that the accusations against the Holocaust victims whose NEW YORK (JTA)--A stu-Singapore deporting After a journey across ing immigration authorities her were the result of "per- names are engraved on the dent council at a Columbia imam who spoke against central Europe, she lived for that she was imprisoned in secution" by Israel and the cobblestones. University college voted not Jews, Christians two years in a refugee camp Israel for two terror attacks United States. The City of Amsterdam to adca question asking about (JTA)--An Indian imam in in Modena, Italy, where she told a U.S. Jewish group that "We are eager to hear from recently moved Elte's cobble- suppt for the Boycott, Di- Singaporewhowasorderedde- metherfuturehusband, David they must stop the"Zionists" Odeh, a feminist leader in stonefartherfromthecouple's vestmntandSanctionsmove- ported after speaking against Unger. Both immigrated to from their "land grab."the Palestinian and Arab- doorway at their request, but mentoastudentreferendum. Jews and Christians during a Argentina in 1949. Rasmea Odeh was the American community in declined their requests to ThColumbiaCollegecoun-sermon visited a synagogue She was part of the group keynote speaker on Sunday Chicago, precisely because haveitremoved.Subsequently cil dcided Monday that it to apologize for his remarks. that founded the in Chicago at a summit of she has survived decades of they sued the city; a judge had wouknot include the resolu- Nalla Mohamed Abdul Ja- Unger now has two sons the Jewish Voice for Peace, a Israeli and U.S. government referred their lawsuit to a civil tion, vhich was proposed by meel pleaded guilty last week and six grandsons, and has group that backs the Boycott, persecution and oppression, court, the sUdent group Apartheid in a state court to a charge of written three books about Divestment and Sanctions and also because she lives Elte'sgrandsonalsoliveson Dives, tothebaliot, according promoting enmity between her experiences. In 2011, she movement against Israel. and breathes the essential Sint Maes Street, according to to Columbia Spectator.differentgroups ongrounds of was declared Outstanding Odeh, 69, accepted a plea work ofcommunityorganiz- the Volkskrant. Criics of the resolution religionorraceforhisremarks Personality by the Buenos bargainlastmonththatforces ing--having spent her life as Approximately 75 percent said is wording would divide made at a mosque in January. Aires city parliament, her to leave the country and both a lawyer and organizer of the 140,000 Jews who lived students, especially using the He was fined $2,860, which Jewish descendants can strips her U.S. citizenship, for the empowerment of Arab in the Netherlands when Ger- term 'apartheid," to describe hepaid, and ordered deported, sue Germany for return She had been fighting in the women," according to the many invaded the country in Israei. Proponents said it the Ministry of Home Affairs of Nazi-looted collection, courts for years, statement. 1940 were murdered in the was not intended to change said in a statement, the news US court rules Also speaking at the con- Sarsour, an organizer of Holocaust. The Netherlands anyone's opinion but rather agency AFP reported. (JTA)--A U.S. court hasference was the Palestin- the Women's March on Wash- had the highest death rate that the results would provide During a prayer session, cleared the way for descen- ian-American activist Linda ington who recently raised in Nazi-occupied Western informationthatcouldbeused dants of Jewish art collectors Sarsour, who raised hackles thousands of dollars to repair Europe. toencouragedivestmentfrom ,erA on page 18A