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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 18, 2014 Myrna Ossin decided to adapt her shortbread cookie recipe for Passover. "The original recipe called for two teaspoons of fresh rosemary leaves or crushed lavender leaves from my garden. I then saw another recipe made with tea leaves and decided to try using Earl Grey tea leaves to give the cookies a special flavor. If you have another favorite tea flavor that you enjoy, you can experiment," she said. Passover Shortbread Cookies with Earl Grey Tea 2 1/4 cups flour (Use 1/4 cup potato starch mixed with cup cake matzo meal for each cup of flour.) 2 T. Earl Grey tea leaves (contents of 2 tea bags) 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar (See note below.) 2 sticks cold butter Place butter in the processor with the sugar and salt. 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Cover with another sheet of paper and press or roll into a fiat disk about 1/4-inch thick. Place dough disk on a cookie tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, or just using the rolled dough from between the plastic wrap, cut out shapes with a 2-inch cookie cutter. I often use a butterfly or a heart cookie cutter that I save just for Passover. Place cookies on a baking sheet covered in parchment or silicone baking sheets. Re-rofl dough as needed. I often avoid rolling out the dough a second time by just moving the leftover scraps and pressing them together to make new cookies. Sprinkle cookies lightly with granulated sugar. Place tray of unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before baking to get an extra flaky By Dmitriy Shapiro Washington Jewish Week American universities have long been a place of political engagement, where rhetoric far from the sphere of main- stream political discourse is often the norm. But the recent suspension of a pro- Palestinian student group has thrust Boston's Northeastern University into a national debate on what constitutes free speech and what crosses into anti-Semitism and in- timidation. The situation recently gained national attention af- ter the Northeastern chapter of Students for Justice in Pal- estine (SJP)--ranked by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the top ]0anti-Israel groups in ,the U.S.mslipped y LET MY 47 YEARS OF INSURANCE EXPERIENCE WORK FOR YOU I WILL REVIEW YOUR COVERAGES AND INSURANCE EXPOSURES TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS BY MEETING YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS! We offer All Forms of Insurance Products for Every Business - Large and Small Retailers, Manufacturers, Contractors, Service Industries, Restaurants, Child Care, Physicians, Attorneys, Engineers, Builders Call Today To Schedule A No Obligation Appointment At Your Convenience Marshall L. Helbraun Representing The Sihle Insurance Group, Inc. An Independant Insurance Agency Phone: 1-800-432-6652 (407) 761-3521 (cell phone) 600 mock eviction notices under dorm room doors. SJP claims the fliers were intended to symbolize what the group says are arbitrary evictions of Arab residents of Israel. The action, however, spurred a swift rebuke from university administrators, who suspended SJP for one academic year. "The undergraduate Stu- dents for Justice in Palestine organization at Northeastern has been temporarily sus- pended for multiple violations of university policy over an extended period of time," said a March 17 statement from the university's administration. "This decision was handed down only after a careful and thorough review of the facts, and only after repeated efforts by university officials to guide the leadership of the under- graduate SJP organization." According to Renata Nyul, director of communications at Northeastern, SJP'sviolations spanned a period of two years and "included vandalism of university property, disrupt- ing the events of other student organizations, not getting the appropriate permits when required, distributing un- authorized materials inside residence halls and sliding them under the doors of private rooms, not providing a 'civility statement' which was required after a previous sanction [and] not meeting with university advisers." Nyul pointed to the univer- sity's Student Organization Resource Guide, which among other things prohibits "dorm storming"--sliding fliers under residents' doors. Northeastern law student and SJP leader Max Geller does not deny that his organization distributed the fliers without permission. But he said SJP is careful in choosing which methods to spread its mes- sage and tl at the university does not enforce the rules for other organizations. He also denied SJP's involvement in the vandalism accusations. "We are'calculated and we would never do something so belligerent as defacing school property," said Geller."Iwould like to say, for the record, that it never happened and we were never formerly charged with that [vandalism]. They are sort of tacking it on to make a scene like we're out of control and we're undisciplined with our decisions aboutwhere and when to engage in speech." According to Geller, student organizations at the univer- sity hand out unauthorized fliers all the time, but are cookie. You can use colored sugars to make them more festive. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove immediately to cool. This recipe makes 2 dozen. When cooled, store cookies in a cookie tin or place them on a plastic plate and put them in a sealed plastic bag to store in the freezer. Cookie dough or cookies can also be frozen for easy entertaining: Note: To make kosher confectioners' sugar that does not have cornstarch in it, place one cup of granulated sugar and 1 tsp. potato starch in a blender and process on high until the sugar becomes powdery. Save the leftover to use in decorating other desserts. Myrna Ossin is the author of"Favorite Recipes from Central Florida" and the editor of "Culinary Arts and Crafts." She is about to publish "Lists for Living, Lists for Life," based on her lectures over the last 45 years. 's actions at civil not suspended for it. Nyul denied Geller's claim, saying that since 2008, 18 student 'organizations have either been sanctioned or suspended for failing toabide by "policies and procedures outlined" in the guide. Still, SJP's situation has attracted supporters such as the Massachusetts chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and the American Civil Liberties Union. "The bottom line is our three legal organizations view this as interference with free- dom of expression on a uni- versity campus," said ACLU Massachusetts staff attorney Sarah Wunsch. "It's totally at odds with the nature of vhat a university is supposed to be about." But Jewish organizations on and off campus are claim- ing that SJP's actions are going beyond acceptable speech--crossing the line into intimidation of Jewish students on campus. Kenneth Marcus, president and general counsel at the Louis Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and former staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, says that SJP's actions are part of a national trend among pro-Palestinian activists to create a hostile environment for Jewish and pro-Israel students. At first most visible at West Coast universities, such actions have spread to the East Coast, said Marcus. Some universities, he charged, are afraid to handle the problem. Marcus said that under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the university could expose itself to legal action if it does not prevent students being subjected to a hostile environment due to their ethnic or ancestral characteristics. "One of our concerns around the country is that administrations have much more difficulty dealing with anti-Semitism when Israel is involved, or when the perpetrators are members of other minority groups," he explained. "We,re constantly hearing across the country that administrators are re- luctant to take action against Palestinian or Muslim orga- nizations for fear that they would be considered racist if they did so. "The question for federal agencies is whether the situa- tion has gotten so out of hand that a reasonable student in the position of a Northeast- ern undergraduate would have less opportunity to get an equal education," Marcus added. Although Northeast- ern is a private institution, it must still abide by non- discrimination law because it receives federal funding. Although the university acted in response to the Feb- ruary incident, Northeastern has been accused in the past of not fostering a welcom- ing environment for Jewish students. In July 2013, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) conducted interviews of Jewish students at North- eastern and sent a letter to university president Joseph Aoun describing instances the singling out and the intimi- dation of Jewish students by members of the student body and some professors. Aoun did, not respond to the letter. Susan Tuchman, director of4he ZOA s !Center for Law and Justice, commended the university's latest action to enforce its rules. "My understanding is that the university is holding that group [SJP] to the same rules and policies that apply to everybody on campus, and that's the right thing to do," said Tuchman. Tuchman said the purpose of the 2013 letter was to encourage the university to take action, adding that the standard ZOA uses to describe the difference between anti- Zionism and anti-Semitism is not just based on the orga- nization's beliefs. She pointed to a study released by the U.S. State Department in 2008 on what it called the "new anti- Semitism." "According to the EUMC [European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia] definition," the report con- cludes, "regardless of the motive, anti-Zionist and anti- Israel criticism become anti- Semiticwhen they entail: De- nying the Jewish people their right to self-determination; applying double standards to Israel; using the symbols and images associatedwith classic anti-Semitism to character- ize Israel or Israelis; drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis; or holding Jews collec- tively responsible for actions of the state of Israel." SJP's Geller denied that Jewish students were spe- cifically targeted by the flyer drop and said the organiza- tion purposely avoided the Justice on page 15A