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Edi,o,ia,s 4A N Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A . (JNS)--The death toll from flash floods that hit a group of teenage hikers in southern Israel Thursday rose from nine to 10 after a body found overnight was identified as the last missing teen Friday morning. The ten victims, nine girls and one boy of around 18 years old, were killed during a field trip Thursday during flash floods that pummeled Israel. A group of 25 students, ages 17 and 18, who were accepted to the Bnei Tzion pre-military academy in Tel Aviv for the coming year, were hiking in the Judean Desert along the Nahal Tzafit riverbed trail, that emp- ties into the Dead Sea. Fifteen other students missing for several hours, were rescued during a massive search and rescue operation that included Israeli Police, the Air Force's 669 rescue team and a regional search and rescue unit. Two were lightly wounded. Israel's Ministry of Education claims Nearly eight years ago, four women met and discussed what they could do to support Israel and how they could encourage others, whether Jewish or Christian, to join them. Thus, the organization "Zionistas" was born. The founders--Sandi Solomon, Eva Ritt, Judy Shujman, and Diana Scimone--had the foresight and dedication to Scene of disaster during flooding in Israel's south. Gill Yaart/Flash90 The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is hosting "Israel at 70," featuring Yossi Klein Ha- levi on Tuesday, May 15. The event will be held at The Roth Family JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. At 5:45 p.m. there will be a Club member pre-reception and book signing. The pro- gram will begin at 7 p.m. This event is open to the com- munity. There will be dessert and coffee. Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jeru- salem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute's Muslim Leader- ship Initiative. Yossi is the author of "Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem" and "Divided a Nation," published by Harp- erCollins in 2013, which won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. Halevi writes for the op-ed pages of lead- Yossi Klein Halevi ing American newspapers. Halevi's first book, "Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist," told the story of his teenage at- traction to, and subsequent disillusionment with Jewish militancy. The New York Times called it "a book of burning importance." His next book is being released in May and titled "Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor." Formore information about the event, call 954-382-6110. The young people killed in a flash flood Aprii 27, 2018, that it was not made aware of the trip, as per protocol. Its director has been arrested for suspected negligent man- slaughter. Minister of Education Naftali Bennett said in a statement, "A heavy tragedy has struck the state of Israel. Our hearts are with the families of the teenagers who found their deaths in flash floods in the south," while adding that "the M inistry of Floods on page 14A grow the organization to over 250 people. Recently the Zionistas board reached out to the Zion- ist Organization of America, one of the oldest pro-Israel organizations in the country, to find out if they could trans- form the Zionistas group into an active ZOA chapter. The group is pleased to announce that because of By World Israel News In a US State Department annual report on human rights, the controversial term "occupied" was largely eliminated in references to various territories in and adjacent to Israel. While the term "occupied" had been used in such reports since the Carter administration, the 2017 version drops this term, which is generally used pejoratively to criticize Israeli policy following mili- tary victories through which the Jewish state acquired control of various territories. Whereas previous pub- lications of the report on Map of Judea and Samaria. the community's involvement The founders of the Zionistas (l-r), Judy Shujman, Sandi human rights had a section department in December to these past eight years, they Solomon, Eva Ritt andDiane Scimone. on "Israel and the Occu- stop using the "misleading" are able to continue pro-Israel pied Territories," thisyear's term "occupied" in refer- efforts, activism, and educa- combatingwhatitperceivesas ZOA's Center for Law and document refers instead to ences to Judea and Samaria. tion here in Central Florida anti-Israel bias in the media, Justice is committed to se- "Israel, GolanHeights, West At the time, Friedman "= through ZOA. textbooks, travel guides, and curing the safety of all Jews, Bank and Gaza." remarked in an interview, Helpingwithtransitioning on college campuses. They fearlessly tackling every form In addition, the report"I think the settlements [in =-- Zionistas into a ZOA group also sponsor educational and ofanti-Semitism, onacollege contains a new note about Judea andSamaria]arepart "--" and continuing pro-Israel cultural programs in Israel. campus, in the media, or in the status of Jerusalem, in of Israel," which "was always activities, areDr. DanielLay- ZOA lobbyists in Wash- your neighborhood. Learn light of President Trump's the expectation when [UN] ish of Orlando, Joe Davis of ington, DC, maintain strong more about ZOA's Center for decision on Dec. 6, 2017, to Resolution 242 was adopted." Orlando, andSharonaWhisler ties to U.S. legislators and Law and Justice here https:// recognize Jerusalem as the He added, "The 1967borders co in South Florida). considered and that the bond ZOA s Campus Division and Israeli residents of Jerusalem supposed to be some expecta- (swhisler@zoa.org),executive law makers, ensuring that zoa.org/center-for-law-and- capital of Israel. It statesthat were viewed by everybody as directorofZOAFlorida(based Israel's interests are always justice! "issues primarily related to not secure. There was always- m For more than 120 years, between The United States ZOA's Fuel for Truth program are covered in the 'Israel tion of [Israeli] expansion" ZOAhas been the preeminent, and Israel remains solid. For for young professionals, is and the Golan Heights' sec- into Judea and Samaria. z unapologetic advocate for a those who are interested in educating and empowering tion. It is the position of "It is about time that the I-- strong, independent, sovereign lobbying with ZOA this year, the next generation of Zion- the United States that the State Department stopped (2) and safe Jewish homeland in please register for ZOA's Lob- ists, providing them with the specific boundaries of Israeli Israel, with an undivided Je- bying Mission to Capitol Hill, knowledge and the skills nec- sovereignty in Jerusalem Judea on page 15A i 8 rusalem as its capital and with usingthislinkhttps://zoa.org/ essarytoensurethatourZion- are subject to final status the right to protect its citizens, mission-events/zoa-mission- ist mission is eternal. Learn negotiations between the i Ill The organization works to to-washington/washington- more about ZOA Campus parties." ) "'l~ strengthen U.S.-Israel rela- mission-2018/. They'd love to here http://campus.zoa.org/ The change comes after tions through various edu- have a strong Central Florida US Ambassador to Israel cational activities, as well as representation! Zionistas on page 14A David Friedman advised the