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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 18, 2014 David Bornstein When giants ruled Giants did exist, at least at one time. Trust He and my father went to law schooltogether me, I know.And I'm not referring to dinosaurs, atthe University of Chicago, and remainedbest or childhood fantasies or fairy tales or even friends the rest of their lives, My father was NBA players. I'm talking about giants. I grew bright and did very well. Phil was brighter. My up with them, and now one of the last great father went to work for a left wing law firm in ones has passed away. New York, but soon was pulled back to Central There are many who consider my father a Florida by family and the citrus industry. Phil giant, and in some ways, in this community, he wenttoworkfor theAmerican Jewish Congress was. A builder of institutions. A leader. A vision- and never looked back. ary. But he was my father, and as such I saw and Keep in mind that the American Jewish, understood his failings and foibles and missteps Congress was the bold, controversial Jewish as well as his successes. To me, he was a man. organization in the early and mid20th century. But my father had a friend who was around When other Jewish leaders espoused quiet my entire life. When we vacationed at the compromise, the AJC was loud, boisterous, beach, or visited New York City or Israel, he almost flamboyant in its support of Zionism, was there. He was one of the most brilliant, civil rights, separation of church and state dynamic men I ever knew, and probably ever and social action to combat racism and anti- will. His name was Phil Baum, and he died Semitism. recently, on March 27, 2014. In posthumous articles, author Jerome Chanescalledhim"oneofthelastofthegiants table in a restaurant. Not too close to the ofJewishpublicaffairs.WhenPresident Harry kitchen doors, but right in the heart of the S. Truman was undecided on the question of action. When he laughed, he filled the room. supporting a new Jewish state, Baum wrote He had thin, curly hair, and was probably the first memo making the legal case that Is- bald for years, but he combed and piled it rael constituted a"state" under international on his head so carefully you couldn't tell. He law. Hewrote the seminal legal memorandum was a big man, a big presence, dynamic and arguing in favor of Israel's jurisdiction in the unabashed in his belief in his opinions and capture of Adolf Eichmann. He was one of his rightness. I remember being constantly the first to design public demonstrations as challenged by him, never in a condescend- central to the advocacy strategy on behalf ing manner, but in engrossing intellectual of Soviet Jews. In 1957, after the Sinai war dialogues that kept me dancing and alert. the previous year, Baum began managing I could never not pay attention. If I did, I international affairs for AJCongress, and was lost. He had the quickest mind I ever it was in this arena -- Israel, Soviet Jewry, encountered, andbeingaroundhimwaslike Ethiopia and other captive communities -- chasinga runaway train: breathless, exciting, he truly made his mark. Boycotts and loan- energizing, and always fun. guarantees, Jackson-Vanik and Awacs, arms Phil and Bette never had children, and for sales and glasnost--he put his stamp on the the world that's a loss as well. He might not international agenda." have had the time or attention or desire to Naomi Levine, former national executive devote to babies, but not having his progeny directoroftheAmericanJewishCongress, said in our gene pool is a setback. I spoke to Bette "he brought to his work the deepest passion shortly after Phil died, and she told me she and commitment to the survival of the Jew- thought the world had forgotten them. Phil ish people and Israel. He wrote like an angel, suffered with the dementia of old age his last expressing difficult ideas with almost poetic few years. But she was amazed, stunned by simplicity. As a lawyer, he was extraordinary.., the number of calls she'd received, and I'm He never sought publicity and most of your just glad I represented our family and became readers today never heard of him. I write here part of that outpouring of love and respect. in his honor because it is important today to Men like Phil should never be forgotten, understand the Jewish community and its even though their likes may never walk the priorities inthe'40s,'50s, and'60s. Philhelped earth again. define those priorities." And that's the good word. I knew Phil a little differently. When he Send your thoughts, comments, and and his wife Bette vacationed with us he critiques to the Heritage or email dsb328@ always took forever choosing the exact right Letter from Israel mortem, perhaps a bit early By Ira Sharkansky worse After years of relative quiet and eco- nomic development in the West Bank, there John Kerry's peace process is dying. Or it has been an upsurge in violence. Rather than was born dead, despite having parents who applause, Kerry and Obamawill deserve con- praised its prospects. The fault is not Israel's, demnation forwhatever Israeliand Palestinian nor Palestine's, but John Kerry's. Or maybe deaths come from this. Barack Obama's, due to his appointing a vi- At its heart, the failure reflects mutual sionary for a job that is supposed to be serious, distrust, derived principally from the lack of Kerry's various ideas join the collection resolveamongPalestinianstodealwithIsrael. amassed since the ~1930s, Jresembling the ltisnotnew, andhasallowedacreepingspread jumble of the Jewish graveyard of Prague, ofsettlementsthatmakesaPalestinianresoive with stones leaning one on the other and to take what they can get even less likely. hardly room to set foot among them. An item Not too far in the background are the in the Washington Post called the process a severe conflicts among Muslims, which-- fool's errand, perhaps provoked by a visionary and naive Israeli skeptics doubted Kerry's chances American president--have erupted to new from the beginning. Their numbers have heights of casualties. What has come from grown. In recent days only the most die-hard Arab Spring make Israelis even more wary leftists and optimists have spoken of what of helping to create another Muslim state, Israel could do to bring about an agreement, especially one that declares that it wants no Given Jewish history, it should be no Israeli residents. surprise that skepticism is part of Israel's ThelatestPalestiniandemandsdonotmake national culture. Cynicism is a close cousin them more attractive. The list now includes of skepticism, and the shallowness of Kerry a state with the borders of 1967, a capital in and his American colleagues have provided Jerusalem, no mention of giving up the rights ample reasons for disrespect, bordering on of refugees, recognizing Israel as a Jewish ridicule. Moshe Ya'alon is not the only Israeli state, or agreeing to end the conflict if those to have described the U.S. Secretary of State demands are accepteck as messianic. Abbas' demands recall the comment of Among the faults of the Obama-Kerry team Chaim Herzog when he was ambassador to is investing a great,deal of political capital in the UN, and on the table was the resolution Israel-Palestine when other pressing issue that Zionism is racism. Let is pass, Herzog seemed more capable of responding to Ameri- advised at a certain point. It would be better can influence. Among them are soothing the to have something so extreme as to make it ruffled feathers of Saudi Arabia, and getting easy to ridicule and oppose. back ontrackwith Egypt. The Americanshave The next step, according to what we hear also failed to lessen the carnage in Syria, or fromrankingPalestinians, willbeaccusations prevent continuedbloodshedinLibya, Iraq, and of war crimes. Afghanistan. They have done little more than Naftali Bennet has alreadyannounced, in blusterwith respect to Russiaand the Ukraine, response, that he has begun to prepare a coun- and do not seem likely to lessen the nuclear ter case against Abbas for sponsoring terror. threats associated with Iran or North Korea. Initial sanctions have already been Kerry has not only failed with respect to Israel and Palestine. He has made things Sharkansky on page 15A THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 43 Press Awards 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 EO. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 email: Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor Assistant Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Chris DeSouza Society Editor Bookkeeping Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Lori ~p|e Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bomstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Islamic enclaves in America By Ed Ziegler heavy concentration of Islamic people are migrating such as in Brooklyn and Queens, Many Islamic leaders have repeatedly stated N.Y. It is common to see groups of young men loud and clear that Islam will dominate the sporting full beards and traditional Islamic world. To achieve this goal, where Muslims mi- attire walking to the Hazrat-I-Abubakr Sadiq grate, frequently their leaders foster isolation mosque for daily prayers five times a day. At from the native population. In these enclaves, times, it seems that Americans are the outsid- or zones, they look to establish and enforce ers and treated with suspicion if not outright Sharia instead of the law of the land. Believe contempt by the immigrants. it, because it is happening here in the U.S. as It is normal for immigrants to seekout their well as the entire world, own. What makes these Muslim areas different, To understand what can and is happening and of concern, is their push to implement here in the U.S. we" are well advised to look Islamic (Sharia) law over local law. at what has happened in countries such as Americanvaluesarebeingreplacedbyvalues France and England. and culture imported from the streets of Kabul. According to French journalist and histo- Muslims demandingtoleYance of their culture rian, Alexandre Adler, there are many French and religion, while exhibiting intolerance of suburbs that have become Muslim controlled American culture and values is evident. no-go zones. He stated, "The violence in these There are radical organizations such as areas can't be explained away only as social As-Sabigu, headedbylmamAbdulAlimMusa, problems." He also stated, "that it's due to who calls for installing Islamic law worldwide the Muslim doctrine that wherever Muslims andbuildingIslamiccommunitieswherelslam spread it is Islam land." lives. They provide a step-by-step guide to There are at least 750 such no-go zones create Islamic communities as self governing throughout France. These are violent areas areas within America. where police, firemen and ambulances refuse According to a 2005 government report to enter unless they have absolutely no other concerning the Muslims of America group, option. These zones are under Islamic control (Jamaat ul-Fuqra) it is believed they have and non-Muslims are advised not to enter, terrorist training compounds here in the U.S. InEngland, Islamiclawhasbeenenforceable In the Catskills Mountains of New York nationwide. There are no-go zones, Muslim there is al Fuqra's Muslim compound called enclaves in the London boroughs of Tower Islamberg. It has been reported that non- Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Bradford. In Muslims are not allowed to enter without Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands prior permission, which is usually not given. and Sweden, the governments have allowed Although gunfire has been heard the authori- unassimilated Muslim immigrants to carve ties cannot enter because there is no known out Sharia zones where government law is lawbeingviolated.Asof2002therewereahalf no longer enforced, even for violent crimes dozen Fuqra residential compounds in rural such as murder, hamlets across the country housing hundreds Here in the U.S. look at what is happening of members.According to intelligence sources, in Dearborn, Mch., with a population that is some of their members have been trained in 45 percent Muslim. It can be considered a the use ofweapons and explosives in Pakistan. no-go zone. It is an area (http://www.clarion- In York County, Texas, Sheriff Bruce Bry- ant said, "Islamville is not a location we just christians-dearborn-michigan) where police sit back and ignore." The 34-acre site is a did not protect Christians carrying pro Jesus self-contained Islamic community. All of the signs. The Muslim crowd threw rocks, bottles residents at Islamville accept Sheikh Mubarek and eggs at the Christians. Repeatedly, the Ali Gilani as their leader. Again non-Muslims Christians asked for protection from Wayne are refused admittance. The local undertaker County Sheriff'sDepartment (WCSD)officers says he is not allowed past the gate when whowerepresent. Repeatedly theywere denied delivering a deceased. protection. If you have read articles like mine, you'll In June 2007 David Gaubatz, director of note, it is becoming evident Chat we are in the counter intelligence and counterterrorism for midst of an unconventional war. The enemy theSocietyofAmericansforNationalExistence are the Islamic fanatics and their supporters and former senior U.S. intelligence official, who are using our laws, customs and our reported on their investigation of Mosques compassion to achieve their goal, to take over and Islamic Centers. It was concluded that America. We can no longer turn a blind eye between 400 to 500 radical Islamic centers and sit idly by doing nothing. in the U.S., purportedly preach an extreme You can respond to Ed Ziegler at Brook- version of Islam andparamilitary training, or call him at 352- There are areas throughout the U.S. where 750-3298.