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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 18, 2014 PAGE 15A Brandeis From page 2A between Hirsi Ali and Law- rence. But Hirsi Ali said, "I wish to dissociate myself from the university's statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision. On the contrary, I was completely shocked when President Frederick Lawrence called me--just a few hours before issuing a public state- ment--to say that such a decision had been made." The Committee for Accu- racy in Middle East Report- ing in America (CAMERA) had just hosted Hirsi Ali as a keynote speaker at its April 6 gala dinner. CAMERA Execu- tive Director Andrea Levin told that her orga- nization is "deeply dismayed at Brandeis capitulating to pressure and rescinding an honorary degree" for Hirsi Ali. "We were proud to have her keynote our annual gala dinner--just as she's spoken at many events and received awards such as one for Moral Courage from the Ameri- can Jewish Committee [in May 2006]," Levin said. "She deserves support for her ad- mirable work on behalf of women's rights and the rights of all people to live free from coercion and oppression." American Jewish Commit- tee Executive Director David Harris told, "Much as we have long been admirers of Brandeis, this is not the university's finest moment." "Since when does a uni- versity supposedly devoted to a free exchange of ideas succumb to suppression of speech?" Levin asked. Shootings From page 2A reaction to it, but neverthe- less they have a reaction. We have learned when we see those sorts of things to take them seriously." The ADL passes on such information to law enforce- ment. In other instances, there are signs that the poster is a "powder keg," Pitcavage said. Monitors, he said, look for "a long series of posts expressing --'something has to be done, it's time to do something.' They may say things to other people trying to get people involved." Potok of the law center said extensive posting on such sites is not in of itself necessarily an indicator of such violence. Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist who in 2012 killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., had been prominent among online extremists but had not ex- hibited typical signs of an imminent attack. "We had been following Page for 12 years," Potok said. "There was no indi- cation that he had finally decided to start shooting." Other times, Pitcavage said, lone wolves operate completely under the radar, with no communications preceding an attack. White supremacist Keith Luke killed two West Africans in the Boston area in 2009 and was on his way to attack a synagogue when police stopped him. "No one had ever heard of Keith Luke before," he said. "After his arrest we discovered he had spent countless hours watching white supremacist videos on YouTube." Other lone wolves em- brace the status because of its utility, Pitcavage said, noting that Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in bombings and shootings in and near Oslo on July 22, 2011, had assembled data showing that lone attacks were more successful. "The more steps there are, the more people there are," the likelier it is that the plot will be leaked, Pitcav- age said. Goldenberg, the Jewish security official, said it has become easier for potential assailants to surveil Jewish targets because of informa- tion that's easily accessed on the Internet. It's not clear what drew the assailant to the Greater Kansas City JCC, Goldenberg said, but it was notable that there were at least two events that had been publicized and were likely to draw crowds: a play and the singing audition. It was a tough balance, said Karen Aroesty, the ADL director in St. Louis, Mo., who was in touch with the Kansas City community and law enforcement in the wake of the attack. "You want communities to spread the word about the activities they are do- ing, balancing that with the kind of security that protects against" potential assailants, she said. "How do they pitch security really strongly while being warm and welcoming? That's a tough balance." Goldenberg noted the importance of training members of the Jewish com- munity. "It is empowering mem- bers of the Jewish commu- nity through education and knowledge, how to identify a suspicious person, how to face an active shooter," he said. With the caveat that he was not yet fully apprised of how the JCC shooting went down, Goldenberg noted that the building immediately went into lockdown, that the as- sailant struck from the rear-- away from security officers who would have been manning the front-- and that he did not breach the back door. "Sometimes the best de- fense is a locked door," he said. "The best defense is having a plan for a lockdown and keeping the individual outside. The individual did not gain entry to the build- ing, and that undoubtedly saved many lives." The Jewish Federations of North America, a leader in obtaining Department of Homeland Security funding for security measures for Jewish buildings, said the Overland Park shootings underscored the need for the program. "The horrific shootings in Kansas City emphasize the fact that Jewish communal institutions have been the victim of an alarming num- ber of threats and attacks," William Daroff, the Jewish Federations' Washington director, wrote in an email. "Due to those threats, the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program has provided millions of dollars to assist nonprofits in upgrading their security capacity." President Obama, who in a statement said the at- tack was "heartbreaking," pledged federal resources to the investigation. "I have asked my team to stay in close touch with our federal, state and local partners, and provide the necessary resources to sup- port the ongoing investiga- tion," he said. Sharkansky From page 4A announced, against a cell phone company owned by Abbas' son. Israel will no longer allow the erection of antennae for the companyr How's that for targeting the soft underbelly of Pal- estinian corruption, where concessions go to those well connected? There is a lot more that Israel can do, given its control over Palestine's borders. Neither Kerry nor the principal Israeli or Pal- estinian negotiators have formally called an end to the process. Israeli commenta- tors continue to ponder what can happen to bring them back to the table, at least till the end of the month, the end of the year, or the end of the Obama presidency. However, none see anything like an agree- ment that an Israeli govern- ment or Palestinian leader- ship would accept. The New Yorl Times correspondent in Israel concludes that all sides have an interest in keeping the process going, even though none see it as going anywhere. Tsipi Livni is betting her political career on yet another effort to restart the negotiations. She is demanding that the Pal- estinians retract their applications to join UN affiliated organizations, and accept the deal that Is- rael was about to offer. She criticized the Minister of Housing and Construction for announcing a new build- ing project that triggered the Palestinians breaking off the negotiations and turning to the UN. However, that project is in the neigh- borhood of Gilo, which has been part of Jerusalem for nearly half a century. With Livni seeming to accept the Palestinian (andAmerican) conception that neighbor- hoods of Jerusalem should be labeled "settlements," she is not strengthening her position among other members of the Israeli government. It is not clear if Pollard remains on the table, or if Israel would agree to release Israeli Arabs in the list of prisoners that Abbas demands. Among the charges against John Kerry is that he failed to make clear to the Palestinians that Israel had not agreed to release Israeli Arab prisoners. The issue is important to members of the govern- ment, see it as defin- ing a crucial line between Palestinian aspirations and Israeli sovereignty. Kerry has said that he remains committed to the process, but that he will consider with the President whether the United States should continue with its heavy role in the Middle East. Kerry's career may de- pend on keeping this go- ing, and neither Israeli nor Palestinians want to offend Uncle. The most likely prospect is that Americans and oth- ers will have to tolerate the anomaly of a stateless people. Those in the West Bank live as well or better than the average through- out the Middle East. They invest, receive investments from the Palestinian di- aspora, improve their liv- ing standards and travel internationally. Those of Gaza have less reason to be happy, reflecting the greater extremism of their leadership. Humanitarians will screech at us, but their day may have passed. Israel is not alone as a developed country that must cope with trouble- some neighbors. Various European coun- tries are getting tougher with illegal migrants. Australia tows them to unpleasant quarters on distant islands. The US is buffering its border with Mexico. America's internal prob- lemsare well known. Drfigs'," crime, violence, and guns for protection against all of that, with the world's highest incidence of incar- cerated people. Americans may criticize Israel for its failure to make peace with the Palestinians, but Americans have not had any better results with their own citizens. Ira Sharkansky is a pro- fessor (Emeritus) of the Department of Political Science, Hebrew Univer- sity of Jerusalem Mazzig From page 5A make a person who lives in a vibrant democracy, where he can campaign for his political positions, instead ask outside forces to pressure his country? What motivated him? Is he a post-nationalist who doesn't want Israel to exist at all? He went on making out- landish claims. He said the IDF is actually an anti-Zionist army because it operates in the West Bank. He added that there is no more terrorism today, so Israel had no reason for its security measures. He apparently forgot why there are dramatically fewer terror attacks today, or maybe he just didn't want to mention that it might be because of Israel's heightened security. The misrepresentations continued. He claimed the Palestinians have no security forces--even though they do, and my unit worked closely with those forces on a daily basis. The speaker either did not know, or was told to say that. I worked almost five years to protect civilians, human lives, and their dignity in the West Bank. I spent the most important years of my life to make sure the IDF protects human rights and lives up to the Geneva Conventions, to protect my army and my people. Yet this speaker, in a matter of 45 minutes, in- validated my entire military service, accusing me of the very things that I worked so hard to prevent. I wished I could have spo- ken up and shared the reality I knew. Instead, the organizers and sponsors made it very clear that there would be no dialogue. They handed out Cohen From page 5A ing made on a deal with the Russians--who else?--over an oil-for-goods exchange that is worth around $20 billion. From the Iranian side, this would involve exports to Russia of around 500,000 barrels a day for two to three years. Like the Aboutalebi visa Russian-Iranian arrangement led to anotherAmerican state- ment containing the phrase "serious concerns," this time from the White House. Over and above such statements, if the U.S. doesn't proactively at- tempt to block the deal, other countries will view that as a license to trade with Iran as if the sanctions regime didn't exist. appHcation, o news of th.e .... .That's..qng.reaAqn. why. it's tempting to believe that, these days, you get more out of being a rogue state than a law-abiding one. Ben Cohen is the Shill- man analyst for His writings on Jewish af- fairs and Middle Eastern politics have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, Jewish Ideas Daily and many other publications. a list of rules that included not telling anyone what was said in the room, how we needed to allow our beliefs to be challenged, and how we should be accepting of the speaker's comments. The sponsors didn't even allow us to openly ask questions. We could only write them on a piece of paper, and then they would choose which ones to ask the speaker. Clearly, they did not want the speaker to be challenged. It was very hard to un- Justice From page 12A campus Hillel and Jewish fraternity neighborhoods. He also claimed that no one would mistake the message for an anti-Semitic one. "You might look at the flier for an instant and think, 'Uh Oh. What is this?'" said the ACLU's Wunsch. "But if you looked at it at all, it's quite obvious that this is about the Palestinians and what happens to them and their derstand how the speaker represented "Breaking the Silence" when I was being silenced. I couldn't understand why the speaker was being praised that night. I couldn't under- stand why someone who was dedicated to misrepresenting Israel and its moral character was given credibility. I was hurt that I was silenced while someone lied about my experi- ence. The organizations who invited this man, J Street U and Hillel, had no interest in how I helped uphold human rights. They didn't want me to speak about it, though I openly made myself available to them that night. The organizers said they love Israel. But by praising lies and misinformation, they made it clear that their "loving Israel" is only an empty facade. Hen Mazzig is the Pacific Northwest Campus coordina- tor for StandWithUs and a member of the sixth Stand- WithUs "Israeli Soldiers Stories" tour. housing by the government of Israel." "Some people have said that Northeastern has responded this way to please some of its donors," she continued. "And if that's the basis on which they've chosen to suspend SJP, that's really shameful for a university to do." Those in charge of the Northeastern SJP's Face- book group have apparently endorsed Wunsch's conten-, tion, posting a political cartoon that depicts Aoun nailing boards on the door of the student group. Mirroring the conspiracy theory that Israel controls American foreign policy, the cartoon features a disembodied arm from the sky--with a Star of David and "The Lobby" writ- ten on its sleeve--patting Aoun on the head. A voice belonging to the arm says, "Good boy!" This article is exclusive to