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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 21, 2017 PAGE 15A Strong City From page 1A port and guidance are rights, not luxuries. And that every city can be a Strong City." One of the organizations that have partnered with Strong City is YEP. The Youth Empowerment Project guides young people through community-based education, mentoring and employment readiness programs to help them develop their skills and strengthen their ties to family and community. "By partnering with or- ganizations on the ground, we're creating new channels for people to connect to their community and empower change." Gold firmly believes that people's time, money and professional expertise can give children a future they never dreamed pos- sible. For those who would like to become a "citizen of Strong City" and join a network of people all across the country working to build strong com- munities, one city at a time, donations can be made at www.mystrongcity.org One-hundred percent of all donations go into the hands of Strong City's community partners. From page 1A Chapter, explained that HaZamir is open to Jewish musical teens in grades 9 - 12 who can match pitch and hold their own in a 4-part arrangement. Those looking for additional challenges and opportunities can audition for the honors Chamber Choir or try out for solos in the gala concert. HaZamir also offers a college credit program for juniors and seniors as well as a Teen Leadership Initiative. Rawiszer shared, "All eli- gible teens and their parents are warmly welcomed and will have an opportunity to learn more about the HaZa- mir program." Congregation of Reform Judaism is located at 928 Malone Dr., Orlando. HaZamir is a project of the Zamir Choral Foundation, Matthew Lazar, Founder & Director. Last Word From page 8A Velasco offered the Prayer for the Soul of the Departed. He affirmed, "I am solemnly behind the Jewish people and Israel." "I came out to show my support because these days, we see less and less support for Israel," Rev. Jerry Caesar of Addison, Ill., told Haym Salomon Center. "I came out to support these two young men, whose lives were taken way before their time." Capturing the essence of the service in her final words, Shapiro said, "I thank you for being here today to help us remember, to remember and honor the stories of two beautiful young men and to hold dear memory itself--as memory is our ultimate vin- dication. Let's remember, so the executioner doesn't get the last word. The last word belongs to the victims." JVP did not respond to requests for comment. Last month, Odeh pied guilty to unlawful procure- ment of naturalization. She is being stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported to Jordan. Paul Miller is president and executive director of the Haym Salomon Center news and public policy group. J Street From page 9A We saw fringe voices being made the norm." Like Clemmons, Israel contends that its military governance of the West Bank is not an occupation, though much of the world disagrees. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who has ad- vocated annexing the terri- tory, said in 2015 that Israel should "refute the myth of occupation." "The Western Wall is not oc- cupied," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last December in his criticism of a U.N. Security Council resolu- tion condemning Israeli West Bank settlements. "The Jew- ish Quarter is not occupied. The other places are not oc- cupied either." BUt the United Nations, international courts and most countries do consider the West Bank occupied. Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the West Bank was oc- cupied territory in 2004, and Israeli politicians on the right and left have also used the term. Ariel Sharon, a former architect of the settlement movement, acknowledged the occupation as prime minister, two years before he led Israel to withdraw from Gaza. "We may not like the word, butwhat's happening is under occupation," Sharon said in 2003 as a stone-faced Netan- yahu, then finance minister, looked on. "To hold 3 1/2 million Palestinians under occupation, in my opinion, is a terrible thing. It can't continue without end." J Street has been an out- spoken critic of what it calls "the occupation" since its founding in 2008. While lead- ing American Jewish groups tend to stay silent on Israeli West Bank policy, J Street has irked many Jews on the right for its vociferous opposition to Netanyahu. Unlikevirtually all leading American Jewish organizations, J Street sup- portedthe Security Council resolution on settlements. But regardless of what they think of J Street, or whether they use the word "occupa- tion," Jewish leaders across the board virtually agreed that the group and its af- filiates are not anti-Semitic. Several called the statement by Clemmons inappropriate. Even Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America--a group that insists "there is no Israeli occupation of Judea/Samaria," using names for the West Bank favored by Israel's right--said that while he considers J Street "extremely hostile to Israel," neither the group nor its students are anti-Semitic. "I've never used the term anti-Semitic to describe them," Klein told JTA on Wednesday regarding J Street, adding that he did not consider J Street U stu- dents anti-Semitic or even anti-Israel. "Many of these students love Israel and care about Israel. They're just not knowledgeable." Other groups condemned Clemmons for the accusa- tion, and called for respect across ideologies within the pro-Israel movement. Condemnations came from major centrist Jewish groups like Hillel International, the Israel Action Network and the Anti-Defamation League. The World Jewish Congress, which co-sponsored the U.N. event, sent JTA a statement calling for welcoming diverse opinions in the Jewish com- munity. "ADL firmly holds that in order to fight the scourge of delegitimization, the Jewish community needs to invest in building a broad tent," ADL CEO Jonathan Green- blatt said in a statement Wednesday, echoing a report his group co-wrote this year on how to best combat BDS. "Demonizing members of the communitywho hold alterna- tive views does the opposite of this. It is the responsibility of leaders to insist on a civil discourse." Clemmons did receive praise from South Caro- lina's two local Jewish fed- erations--in Columbia and Charleston--for his legisla- tive work supporting Israel. But Judi Corsaro, CEO of the Charleston federation, added in an email to JTA that "J Street is not an anti-Semitic organization." "I see that he's referring to Natan Sharansky's criteria for when people step over the line," said Barry Abels, executive director of the Columbia federation, who would not comment directly on the accusation. "Alan is very supportive of the Jew- ish community. He's very supportive of Israel. I think he's not comfortable with the terms when people talk about Israel as an occupier." Aspokesperson for the Jew- ish Agency for Israel, which Sharansky chairs, likewise would not comment directly on Clemmons' charge, and as a response, pointed to a speech Sharansky gave earlier in the U.N. summit praising pro-Israel work on campus. Sharansky compli- mented a handful of centrist and right-wing campus Israel groups, but J Street Uwas not one of them. The Israeli Mission to the U.N. also did not comment. From page UA lution "autistic" in 2015 (he did). And it offered sensitivity training to President Donald Trump when he appeared to mock a disabled reporter on the campaign trail (Trump denies he was mocking the reporter's disability). Ruderman says more phi- lanthropists should follow the foundation's lead in using their bully pulpit to advocate for issues. Given the power large donors hold in the Jew- ish community, Ruderman feels philanthropists have a duty to speak to and engage with its grantees' constitu- ents. "I see many many founda- tions shy away from advocacy because they have an adversity to being in the public in away that will engender criticism," he said. "Philanthropists have the bully pulpit. They should be doing their own advocacy. They are significant enough in terms of their wealth and business background to be able to make very powerful statements and to be able to back that up. And I see very few willing to do that." From page 14A she said. "We simply became grown-ups overnight. It was the only way to survive." During their meeting, Otto Frank told Konig that he intended to edit his daugh- ter's diaries--therewere three of them--into a book. During their conversation, he said he was still thinking of omitting some of the personal details that Anne included in the diaries, including her tense relationship with her mother and her account of getting her first period. Ultimately, though, he in- cluded these details--count- less readers of Anne Frank's book regard them as crucial to achieving the personal connection many of them feel to her. "The Diary of a Young Girl" is perhaps the world's most-read manuscript about the Holocaust; it has been translated into 70 languages in dozens of countries. After the war, Konig worked as a bilingual (Eng- lish-Dutch) secretary in England. She married a British man and moved to Brazil in the 1950s. She and her husband have three children and five grand- children, as well as several great-grandchildren. But it wasn't until a decade ago that Konig felt the drive to bear testimony--similar to what Otto Frank felt when he published Anne's diary and set up the educational Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. "I saw he was the excep- tion," Konig said of Otto Frank. "Most Holocaust survi- vors decided not to talk about it, maybe it was too painful. Maybe itwas too complicated. In the Netherlands there was a sense that Jews shouldn't make too much of a fuss about their own tragedy when everyone suffered." Gradually, Konig began speaking at schools - first the ones her grandchildren attended. Then she was invited to speak about the Holocaust on Brazilian television and other media. She went on to speak at schools in the United States and Europe, and give interviews to leading media in her native Netherlands. In 2015, Konig published a book in Brazil titled "I Sur- vived the Holocaust." It has since been published in Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish. She said she is looking to have it published in English as well. "It became clear to me that we, the survivors, have a duty to the victims, even when it's an unpleasant one," Konig said. The Jews, she said, "are not so vulnerable anymore in a world that has a strong Israel and its robust voice." But other minorities, she adds, "are as vulnerable as we were." In her talks at high schools, Konig tries to impress upon her listeners how the Holo- caustwas the result ofademo- cratic transition of power. "Two weeks after he took office," she said of AdolfHitler, "he revoked the constitu- tion, closed parliament and declared himself a dictator. When your time comes to vote, be sure to exercise it wisely." When she speaks in the Netherlands, Konig said part of what she regards as her duty is to talk about the checkered history of the population of that country, where both Nazi collaboration and heroism were prevalent. The Netherlands has an outsize number of Righteous among the Nations--non Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. More than a fifth of all the 26,513 Riglteous recognized by Israel ar from the Netherlands, a naton of 17 millionpeople. Its l~lly of 5,595 RighlJeous is the scond- largest in the worldafter Poland's 6,706. But the Netherlanc also has the highest deat rate of Jews in Nazi-occapied Western Europe. The~eno- cide, which resulted n the murder of 75 perc~at of the country's pre-iolo- caust Jewish populaton of 140,000, was facilita~d by JTA From page 134 dents at home and ab'oad," Lowey said in a stat, ment Friday. "The presidentmust show he takes the rse of anti-Semitism seriouly by immediately appointng a special envoy to monit.r and combat anti-Semitisn and fully staffing the S)ecial Envoy's office." Power, who served as U.N. ambassador during President Barack Obama's second term, also demanded Trump appoint an envoy. "If this office is gutteJ, ter- rible," Power tweeted ~urs- day. "Anti-semitism is strging Dutch police, collaborators and headhunters, and was followed by callous treat- ment of those who survived. Thousands were required to pay taxes on properties while they were in camps or in hiding, and fined for missing payments because of this reason. Konig herself had to pay the equivalent of thousands of dollars in medical bills for her own rehabilitation after returning from Bergen- Belsen, she said. This appears to have left her bitter toward the Dutch state. "I never went back and I never considered going back to that country, where most of the Jews were killed," she said. "In fact, I left as soon as I could." Yet Konig draws a distinc- tion between the country and its people. "I don't think the Dutch wanted to kill us. They were acting out of fear," she said. "And people will do most ev- erything when they are afraid" inworld. Entire Trump admin needs to focus on it & envoy position must be kept." Lowey linked the news to White House press sec- retary Sean Spicer's gaffe this week in which he falsely claimed that Adolf Hitler didn't use chemical weapons against civilians. She said Trump has sent "mixed messages" regard- ing anti-Semitism. "From his reluctance to disavow David Duke during the early days of his presi- dential campaign through his chief spokesman's recent attempt to minimize the horrors of the Holocaust, President Trump has sent mixed messages regarding his commitment to combat- ting anti-Semitism," Lowey's statement said. The last person to fill the post was Ira Forman, who was appointed by Obama in 2013 and served until Trump's inauguration. Forman and his predecessors contributed to State Department reports on human rights and religious discrimination. They also worked through other govern- ment bodies to ensure that Jewish communities globally were protected from violence and helped Jewish refugees escape danger.