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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 21,2017 PAGE 13A Palestinian firebomb- ing suspect shot by Israeli soldiers dies of his wounds (JTA)--A Palestinian teen- agerwhowas shot last month by Israeli troops while riding in a vehicle where passengers allegedly threw firebombs at Israelis has died of his injuries. Jassem Muhammad Na- khla, 17, died Monday in a Tel Aviv hospital after being shot in the head and foot on March 23 near the al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central West Bank, the Maan news agency reported Tuesday based on information it re- ceived from the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Nakhla was in the vehicle with three other Palestinian teenagers near the West Bank settlement of Belt El, where an Israeli military spokesper- son said the three passengers threw firebombs at Israelis. One passenger, Muham- mad Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Hattab, 17, died that day. The others, Muhammad Hat- tab and Muhammad Moussa Nakhla, both 18, were also seriouslY wounded. According to Maan, Nakhla is the 18th Palestinian con- firmed killed by Israeli forces this year. The number of recorded terrorist attacks by Palestin- ians on Israelis increased last month by 15 percent from the previous month to 119, Israel's security agency, the Shin Bet, said in its monthly report published earlier this week. The incidents ' resulted in no fatalities among victims but did end with six people wounded. The 20 attacks recorded in Jerusalem in March con stitute a 30 percent increase over the 14 incidents docu- mented there in February. Of the 119 attacks recorded in March, 93 involved the hurling of firebombs. British woman in her 20s killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack; Pales- tinian man held (JTA)--A British woman in her 20s studying in Israel was stabbed to death in Jerusalem allegedly by a Palestinian. The woman, named by Israel's envoy to the United Kingdom as Hannah Bladon, died following the Friday at- tack. She had been taken to the hospital in critical condi- tion after suffering multiple stab wounds aboard the city's light rail, Israel Radio reported. Police said she was attacked by a 57-year-old man from eastern Jerusalem's Ras al Amud neighborhood. Yoram Halevi, commander of the Jerusalem District of the Israel Police, told the radio station that the sus- pect is mentally ill and has a criminal record for domestic violence. He was apprehended at the scene. "We know he recently tried to commit suicide," Halevi said. Israel's envoy to the U,K, Mark Regev, condemned the attack on Twitter. "My thoughts are with the family and friends of UK student Hannah Bladon, who was murdered in a senseless act of terror in Jerusalem today," he wrote. Following the attack, po- lic.e increased security in and around the light rail, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld wrote on Twitter. The victim is a citizen of the United Kingdom studying in Israel, according to The Jerusalem Post. The number of recorded terrorist attacks by Palestin- ians on Israelis increased last month by 15 percent from the previous month to 119 incidents, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, said in its monthly report published earlier this week. No one was killed; six were injured. The 20 attacks recorded in Jerusalem in March con- stitute a 30 percent increase over the 14 there in February. Trump's inauguration rabbi to be first non-cit- izen honored on Israel's Independence Day (JTA)--Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wi- esenthal Center, is slated to become the first non-Israeli to light a torch during Israel's main Independence Day cer- emony in Jerusalem. Hier, who in January de- livered a prayer during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washing- ton, D.C., is one of three individuals selected for the honor by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Cal- calist financial supplement of the Yediot Acharonot daily reported Friday. Culture Minister Miri Regev decided last year to include non-Israeli Jews in the Independence Day torch lighting, saying their partici- pation would symbolize the stake that Jewish people-all over the world have in the Jewish state. This year's theme for the ceremony is "Jerusalem: the Eternal Capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish People." During his 2-minute prayer at the inauguration, Hier recited the Psalm 137 passage reading "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. The doer of all these shall never falter." Hier founded the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1977 as an organization devoted to fighting anti-Semitism, bringing Nazis to justice and promoting tolerance through the Los Angeles- based Museum of Tolerance. Longstanding plans to build another museum in Jerusa- lem have foundered, in part over objections that is to be located on land that includes part of a historic Muslim cemetery. Another honoree this year at the ceremony ig said to be Amnon Shashua, a computer science professor at the He- brew University in Jerusalem and co-founder of the Mobil- eye and OrCam startups. Yehoram Gaon, a Jerusa- lem-born singer and actor, re- portedly is the third honoree. The official list of torch lighters is scheduled to be published next week follow- ing its final approval by the selection committee, Calcal- ist reported. 5 House Democrats: Revoke Jared Kushner's security clearance over alleged Russia ties (JTA)--Five House Demo- crats called for Jared Kush- ner's security clearance to be revoked over his alleged ties to Russia. In a letter to FBI Director James Comey and Charles Phalen, director of the Na- tional Background Investiga- tions Bureau, the lawmakers expressed concerns over the alleged failure of the presi- dent's son-in-law and s nior adviser to disclose that he had had contacts with foreign officials on a questionnaire used for national security positions. Passages from the letter were published in an article Thursday on the news site The Hill. The lawmakers who signed the letter are Reps. Don Beyer of Virginia, Ted Lieu of California, Jamie Raskin of Maryland, Jerrold Nadler of New York and Peter Welch of Vermont. The New York Times re- ported lastweek that Kushner omitted having communicat- ed with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Sergey Gorkov, the head of the government-owned Vnesheconombank. Ex-national security ad- viser Michael Flynn resigned following reports that he failed to disclose to senior White House officials, in- cluding Vice President Mike Pence, information about his contacts with Kislyak before the president's inauguration. Attorney General Jeff Ses- sions recused himself last month from the Russia inves- tigation after disclosures that he concealed his meetings with the ambassador dur- ing his Senate confirmation hearings. "We are concerned that Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar decep- tion," the lawmakers wrote in their letter. "Given the severity of the allegations and still unan- swered questions about this administration's recently uncovered covert dealing with Russian government and intelligence officials, we are requesting that Mr. Kushner's interim top-secret security clearance be sus- pended pending a review of Mr. Kushner's compliance with the laws and regulation governing security clear- ances." Kushner's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told the Times that Kushner would be happy to provide further information about his foreign contacts to the FBI. The Senate Intelligence Committee also plans to interview Kushner as part of its investigation into ties between the Trump adminis- tration and Russia, according to the Times. Vilnius University to honor Jewish Holocaust victimsmunless they fought Nazis (JTA)--Vilnius University in Lithuania said it would award academic degrees post- humously to Jewish students who were murdered in the Holocaust--unless theywere partisans. In a statement published Wednesday on its website announcing the initiative titled Recovering Memory, the university encouraged relatives of Holocaust vic- tims to apply for recognition through a special procedure set up this year. But in a twist connected to the Lithuanian state's complicated attitude to its EU adopts anti-boycott wartime history, the pro stance in official com- cedure excludes any Jewish inertial policy student who fought with (JTA)--In a reaction to at- communist or pro-Soviet tempts in Europe to boycott partisans against the Nazis. Israel, the European Union's Diplomas will not be issued report on commercial corn- "if evidence of collaboration petition for the first time with political and police included a rejection of such structures of totalitarian initiatives. regimes is determined," the The reference to boycotts, procedure states, which does not name Israel Virtually all resistance specifically, was introduced movements in Lithuania earlier this year into the draft during World War II were sup- of the Report on Competition ported or otherwise linked to Policy for 2016 by a pro- the Soviet Union. Israel European Parliament In Lithuania, both the So- lawmaker from Italy Fulvio viet Union and Nazi Germany Martusciello, JTA learned are defined as totalitarian Wednesday. regimes by state historians. The clause on boycotts Prosecutorsin20081aunched states that the European a controversial probe against Commission"Underlines the three Jewish partisans who need to fight against unfair were suspected ofwar crimes, collective boycotts, defined Theinvestigationwasdropped as a situation in which a following an international groupofcompetitorsagreeto uproar, exclude an actual or potential Lithuania is among several competitor, as restrictions of Eastern EurOpean nations competition by object." promotingwhatsomehistori- A spokesman for Mar- anscallthe"doublegenocide" tusciello, the chair of the narrative, or the "red brown European Parliament's Del- equivalence," which is seen egation for Relations with as designed to establish a Israel, confirmed that he moral equivalence between introduced the clause to Nazi Germany and the Soviet "translate for the first time Union. into EU commercial policy Lithuania is the only coun- the stated objections of EU try in the world that defines leaders to BDS," an acronym its domination by the Soviets for the Boycott, Divestment as a form of genocide, and Sanctions movement Efraim Zuroff, a Nazi hunt- against Israel. er and head of the Israel office Martusciello introduced of the Simon Wiesenthal the clause not in his capac- Center, has accused Lithu- ity at the delegation--a body anian officials of pursuing responsible for maintaining this equivalence toobfuscate anddevelopingparliamentar- the Lithuanian pomlation's ian ties between Jerusalem widespread collgooration and Brussels--but as rap- with Nazi occupation force porteur for the Competi- including in the murder of 95 tion Policy Report in the percent of Lithuania's prewar Economic Committee The Jewishpopulationof230,000. clause was introduced with "It is an effort by the Lithu- the support of Martusciello's anianstate topaintLithuania political group--the EPP as a victim without coming center-right bloc, which is to terms to the roles of many the Parliament's largest. Lithuanians as pe:petrators Martin Schulz, the former in the service of tle Nazis," president of the European he said. Parliament, has in the past Academic degre6 will be said the European Union denied also to Holeaust vic- will not Support attempts to tiros if they were ismissed boycott Israel. Several EU or ended their stuces "after politicians have expressed Vilnius University ,as closed their objections to such by Nazi occupyin uthori- initiatives in speeches. How- ties" on March 17, 43, the ever, the stance has not been university said, or ithey left carried over to official Euro- "voluntarily." pean Parliament documents Students expellefor poor reflectingaconsensuswithin scholastic perforrmce will its increasingly influential also not be recogned, nor legislature. will those with "cenin facts Separately, Martusciello is in their biography'that are alsofightingagainstagainsta "incompatible wittthe con- plan to remove Israel in 2017 tent and the conc0t of the from a list of countries eli- Memory Diploma." gible for credit benefits from The decision to ot r recog- the European Investment nition to students ,ho meet Bank.The Budget Committee thecriteriafollowectrequest of the European Parliament last year by an Israe medical is also considering removing professor, Moshe Loidot, for Brunei, Iceland, Singapore, recognition of his lte uncle, Chile and South Korea in who studied chenistry at addition to Israel, to exclude the institution befce he was high-income countries with murdered in the Hdocaust. high credit rating. It is also Lapidot acceptel the di- considering adding Iran to plomaforhislateun:le, whom the list, a member of the he had never met, during a committee told JTA. ceremony earlier ttis month But Martusciello is argu- at the Israeli Errbassy in ing for keeping Israel on the Vilnius. list, "as this will benefit to Lapidot's uncle, Chlaun Palestine, Jordan and Other Mei tovskis, became the first counterparts in such an student to posthumously re- unstable region," he wrote ceiveadegree--inthe uncle's in the justification for the case, a bachelor of sciences-- amendment he is seeking to under the initiative. Archival the draft of the list for 2018. gaps complicate attempts to Jesse Lurie, longtime identify all the Jewish stu- Hadassah Magazine edl- dents on the list of students tor, dies at 103 during the Holocaust years, (JTA)--Jesse Lurie, the the statement said. longtime executive editor of Hadassah Magazine and a peace activist, has died at 103. Lurie, an Israeli American, was the magazine's founding executive editor in 1947 and held the post for 33 years. He professionalized a publica- tion that had been run by volunteers since its launch in 1914. Lurie also served as a cor- respondent for The Jerusalem Post covering the United States; according to a Post article about his passing pub- lished Thursday. One of his six brothers, Ted, was among the founding journalists of The Palestine Post, which would become The Jerusalem Post and he would serve as editor- in-chief. Lurie traveled extensively in the Jewishworld, including Soviet Russia, writing about people he met, the political situations in those countries and how they affected the Jewish population. He was an ardent campaigner for peace- ful coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel, and was among those who supported the founding of Neve Shalom, the cooperative village co- habitated by Jews and Arabs. As one who also supported and encouraged media diver- sity in Israel among Jews and Arabs, he created the Eliav- Sartawi Award'forjournalism in Israel throug Common Ground, an organization with which he was closely associated in his efforts to encourage conflict resolution in the country. Lurie was keen for Israel to establish more integrated schools in which Arabs and Jews study together. As for Israel's future, Lurie said in a 2014 interview while visiting the country that he was sure it would remain secure, but was not overly hopeful of great progress on the peace front. "Israel has been living in a bubble for 20 years or more, and will continue to live in a bubble for some time," he said. Lawmakers, Samantha Power call on Trump to fill anti-Semitism envoy post NEW YORK (JTA)--Two Democratic congressmen and Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, have called on President Donald Trump to fill a State Department position tasked with fighting anti-Semitism worldwide. On Thursday, JTA reported that the office of the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and CombatAnti-Semitism could be left empty indefinitely. Trump has yet to fill the en- voy post, and the office's staff is set to be eliminated later this month due to a wider State Department directive. The envoy is traditionally responsible for keeping tabs on global anti-Semitism and advising other countries in fighting it. In response tothe report, Reps. Nita Lowey of New York and Ted Deutch of Florida called on Trump to fill the post immediately. "It is deeply concerning that President Trump report- edly has no plans to name a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, particularlyduring a time of increasing anti-Semitic inci- JTA on page 15A