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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 19, 2019 PAGE 3A was 9 By Marcy Oster (JTA)--The head of the Zionist Organization of Amer- ica, Morton Klein, told a con- gressional committee that the New Zealand mosque shooter was a "left-wing" terrorist, basing his assessment on the killer's discursive 74-page manifesto. Klein testified on Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism." "The New Zealand mosque murderer was actually a left- wing self-described 'eco- Fascist' who also published a manifesto praising Com- munist China as 'the nation with the closest political and social values to my own,'" he said. Experts on white national- ism believe that the Christ- church gunman's overarching motive for carrying out the massacre was the threat he perceived towhites rather than any economic philosophy, and say he likely threw multiple red herrings into his mani- festo to sow confusion. The killer, Brenton Harrison Tar- rant, also said he was inspired by the black conservative com- mentator Candace Owens, who testified at Tuesday's hearing. No mainstream analyst has suggested that Owens inspired the killer. In the manifesto, Tar- rant called President Donald Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose." Klein, a Trump supporter and longtime opponent of a Palestinian state, made a point of rejecting claims that Trump's rhetoric has contributed to a rise in white nationalist violence in the United States. "The Tree of Life synagogue massacre perpetrator was a neo-Nazi who hated Presi- dent Trump for not being anti-Semitic, called Jews in the Trump administration a 'kike infestation' and also hated anti-Trump Jews," Klein said. The alleged Pittsburgh killer depicted Trump as con- trolled by Jews, but Trump's critics say the shooter acted on the belief that Jews were organizing a migrant inva- sion of the United States. That belief was fueled in part by the unsubstantiated theory, advanced by Trump, that the Jewish billionaire George Soros funded the migrant caravan. (Officials associated with Soros denied that he or his charitable organization provided support.) Klein also said that the media misreported the con- text behind Trump's claim that there were "fine people on both sides" at the far- right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 that resulted in the death of a counterprotester. Klein seemed to reference an explanation of Trump's remarks recently popular among his supporters that the president was referring broadly to those who want Confederate monuments removed and those who op- pose removal. However, in his remarks, Trump referred multiple times to the march- ers in Charlottesville. A white national group obtained the permit for the march, where participants chanted anti- Semitic and racist slogans, and hoisted Nazi flags. On the evening before the hearing, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich tweeted that Klein and Owens would be testifying at the hearing. "Both have elevated hate rhetoric and extremism in our country," Tlaib wrote. She was probably referring to Klein's statement that 49 percent of Muslims world- wide hate Jews, including 34 percent of American Muslims. He continued, stating that the present greatest threat to Jews comes from Islamic anti-Semitism. Klein, who was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, responded in a statement to the Daily Wire: "As usual, Tlaib resorts to name calling without any facts. I know what unbridled hate looks like firsthand as I Zach Gibson/Getty Images Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing discussing hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism, April 9, 2019. lost nearly all of my family in Hitler's Holocaust." "Tlaib knows what hate looks like as she put a sticky note over Israel on a map in her office and called it Palestine and she wrote for Louis Farrakhan," he added. "Tlaib also supports BDS. Tlaib promotes anti-Semitism more than almost any other member of Congress that I've ever known." Meanwhile, YouTube dis- abled the comments on a livestream of the hearing after it was flooded with racist and anti-Semitic comments, CNN reported. "Hate speech has no place on YouTube," a YouTube spokesperson said in a state- ment. Alexandria Walden, the counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, which ownsYouTube, testified at the hearing. Facebook also was represented. "This just illustrates part of the problem we're dealing with," Rep. Jerry Nadler, D- N.Y the Judiciary Committee chairman, said during the hearing after learning of the comments from an article posted on The Washington Post website. Eileen Hershenov, senior vice president for policy at the Anti-Defamation League, told the hearing that a "driving force for the resurgence of white supremacy is the role of social media in enabling this hate to spread." Hershenov also said that there has been a rise in polarizing and hateful rhetoric on the part of candi- dates and elected leaders. "I implore you and all public leaders to consistently call out bigotry and extremism at every opportunity," she said. "We all have a responsibility to make clear that America is no place for hate." NEWTON, MASSACHU- SETTS-Taxpayers suing to stop anti-Israel and anti- Semitic history lessons in Newton Public Schools have added to their lawsuit new claims under the FirstAmend- ment's religion clauses. The amended complaint alleges that instructional and edu- cational materials used to teach about the religion of Islam in NPS ninth-grade world history classes have no secular purpose, advance religious beliefs, and coerce participation in religious exercises. As detailed in the extensively-documented 495-page complaint, public school students in Newton are evaluated and graded on how well they participate in Islamic rituals. Students are required to create banners proclaiming "there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger," and their grades are penalized if they failed to comply. Teachers present disparaging Islamic religious beliefs about Jews and Christians as fact. Stu- dents must memorize, recite, and analyze Islamic religious texts, including verses from the Qur'an such as, "Is not Allah the best of the Judges?" and, "Surely Allah is High, Great." "While teaching about religion from a literary and historic viewpoint, presented objectively as part of a secu- lar program of education, is constitutionally permissible in public schools," said Karen Hurvitz, attorney for the tax- payers, "teaching religion it- self is not. It is unconstitution- al for public schools and their employees to promote reli- gious belief, or to have the students practice religion." ineers explain why eresheet crashed into the moon Asignificant research effort by Americans for Peace and Tolerance, which was made available to the plaintiffs, brought to light the process by which these highly prob- lematic instructional and educational materials on Islam have been developed, approved, and taught at New- ton high schools. Charles Jacobs, APT's president, said, "There are reports that things like this are happening around the country. It's outrageous. I hope this lawsuit provides a model for parents across America. We stand ready to help." "There is a manipulative dynamic at Newton high schools," said APT execu- tive director Ilya Feoktistov. "The most ideologically extreme teachers develop in- structional and educational materials on controversial topics, and then influence other teachers to adopt these materials into their own cur- riculum." In addition to the First Amendment claims, plaintiffs allege that NPS, through their curricula, promote stereotypes against Jews and Israeli-Americans, in violation of the Equal Rights Amendment of the Massa- chusetts Constitution, the Massachusetts StudentAnti- Discrimination Act, and civil rights regulations. According to the complaint, students are taught that Zionism has "little connection" to Jewish history in "Palestine"; that the Jews exploited the Holocaust to gain sympathy for Zionism at the expense of "Arab plight"; and that the Israelis treat the Palestinians like the Nazis treated the Jews. Encouraged by the tax- payer lawsuit, Jewish and Israeli-American NPS stu- dents have begun to publicly speak out about the hostile environment they face in the school. Plaintiffsseekacourt ordered review of the NPS curriculum for constitutional and civil rights law violations, a declaratory judgment that NPS curricula violate the First Amendment, and an injunction against the use of unconstitutional curricula in NPS classrooms. YEHUD, Israel--Prelimi- nary data supplied by the engineering teams of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Indus- tries suggests a technical glitch in one of Beresheet's components triggered the chain of events yesterday that caused the main engine of the spacecraft to malfunction. Without the main engine working properly, it was im- possible to stop Beresheet's velocity. Beresheet overcame the issue by restarting the engine. However, by that time, its velocity was too high to slow down and the landing could not be completed as planned. Preliminary technical information collected by the teams shows that the first technical issue occurred at 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) above the moon. At 150 meters (492 feet) from the ground, when the connec- tion with the spacecraft was lost completely, Beresheet was moving vertically at 500 km/h (310.7 miles) to the inevitable collision with the lunar surface. Compre- hensive tests will be held next week to gain a better understanding of the events. "IAI, togetherwith SpaceIL, built the first Israeli space- craft, Beresheet, which suc- ceeded in traveling 400,000 kilometers (248,548.5 miles) from Israel until it touched the moon," said Harel Locker, chairman of IAI. "This is a tremendous technological achievement for the State of Israel, which is now among only seven superpowers who have reached this close to the moon. This project lasted eight years and contributed significantly to the Israeli space industry, which today became one of the leading space industries in the world. Space travel is infinite, excit- ing, and inspirational. IAI is the core of the Israeli national knowledge when it comes to space technology, and it will continue to lead Israel to more technological achievements in this field. IAI engineers and staff are working 24/7 on developing new technology for Israel and its security. For them, the sky is not the limit, it's just the beginning." ~ii~?~~y~ ~~~ ~ ~g~ r.- ~ Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, beading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) fro harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection. ] : ": : : ~" :] : : ~[ : : :" : ] ;i : ; ] :'~ ::: ][ ]~ ~ : ]: i~ i il V~IO~ : ii~i