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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 16, 2017 PAGE 15A From page 13A and a public official, I should be held to a high standard in my interactions with the press and the public. My treat- ment of you did not meet that standard." The letter also said: "Not- withstanding anyone's state- ments to the contrary, you did not initiate any physical contact with me, and I had no right to assault you. I am sorry forwhat I did and the unwanted notoriety this has created for you. I take full responsibility." Jacobs testified in court on Monday. "I fully expect his thought- ful words to be followed by concrete actions once he takes his seat in Congress," he said of Gianforte's apology. Israel cracked details of ISIS laptop bomb plans leaked by Trump WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Israeli cyberintelligence re- portedly uncovered detailed Islamic State plans for bomb attacks aboard aircraft that led to the U.S. ban on laptops on flights from eight Muslim- majority nations. The revelation appeared Monday in a New York Times article about the difficulties facing the United States in using cyberwarfare to contain the influence of the terrorist group, which quickly regroups once Western intelligence agencies are able to disable its networks. One of the few recent suc- cesses, the Times said, was Israel's cyber infiltration of a small cell of terrorists in Syria working on disguising explo- sive devices as batteries for laptops. That was part of the information President Donald Trump leaked last month to top Russian officials, much to Israel's consternation, the report said. The Trump administration is considering extending the laptop ban to flights from European airports. Warren Buffett is trying to raise $200 million in Israel Bonds NEW YORK (JTA)--Busi- ness magnate Warren Buffett is encouraging the purchase of Israel Bonds at private events in New York. Guests attending the events with Buffett on Thursday have pledged to buy $1 million to $5 million in Israel Bonds in order to meet the American billionaire, whose net worth of $75.6 billion makes him the second richest person in theworld, according to Forbes magazine. Buffett, CEO of the Ameri- can conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, hosted an event last November in his home- town of Omaha, Nebraska, that led to investments of $60 million in the Jewish state. Buffett also bought $5 million worth of Israel Bonds at the event. Israel Bonds said that fol- lowing Thursday's events, Buffett was expected to have helped bring in about $200 million in bonds investments. "Israel Bonds is proud to call Warren Buffett a friend," Israel Maimon, president and CEO of Israel Bonds, said Monday in a statement. "By supporting the Israel Bonds organization through these events and investing directly in Israel Bonds him- self, Mr. Buffett is helping to ensure that the State of Israel will continue to prosper, and will continue to be a model of innovation and economic growth for decades to come," Maimon added. Buffett spoke highly of the Jewish state at the November event. "If you are looking for brains, energy and dynamism in the Middle East, Israel is the only place you need to go," the billionaire said. In 2013, Buffett made the Israeli firm Iscar his first for- eign acquisition, buying the remaining 20 percent of the metalworking company after having acquired 80 percent in 2006. Later in the same year, it was announced that Buffett would donate $10 million to the Rambam Hospital in Haifa. San Antonio elects pro- gressive mayor who cel- ebrates Jewish heritage WASHINGTON (JTA)--San Antonio elected Ron Niren- berg, an insurgent progressive and the son of a Jewish father, as mayor. Nirenberg, a councilman, defeated Ivy Taylor, the incum- bent mayor, 55-45 percent in voting in the south-central Texas city on Saturday. Taylor had establishment backing and outspent Nirenberg in the race. Nirenberg, 40, celebrated his diverse background while campaigning; his fa- ther met his mother while serving in the Peace Corps in Malaysia. The election was not run along partisan lines, but Nirenberg was seen as a pro- gressive and Taylor as more conservative. Her campaign dubbed Nirenberg "Liberal Ron." Campaign issues included law and order and transporta- tion, but national issues such as immigration and LGBT rights also played a role. Nirenberg emphatically en- dorsed a 2013 city ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity that Taylor had opposed as a council member when it was passed. Taylor also would not sup- port a lawsuit against a new Texas law that makes it a misdemeanor for municipal authorities to refuse to coop- erate with federal authorities cracking down on illegal im- migration. The law is aimed at crippling the sanctuary city movement. Nirenberg backs the lawsuit. Historians defend professor who wrote of Poles' complicity in Holocaust WARSAW, Poland (JTA)-- Polish historians defended an academic in Canada against charges that his Holocaust research falsifies the history of Poland. Historians from the Polish Center for Holocaust Research have criticized the Polish League Against Defamation for publishing a letter signed by 134 scientists and others condemning Jan Grabowski's works describing the partici- pation of Poles in the crimes committed by the Germans during World War II. Grabowski, the son of a Ho- locaust survivor, is a professor of history of the Holocaust at the University of Ottawa and the co-founder of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research. Polish nationalists have been increasingly assertive in recent years in condemning suggestions that Poland was a perpetrator nation instead ofavictim of Nazi occupation. In a statement, the Polish League Against Defamation called it "disturbing" that Grabowski's book "Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland" was honored in 2014 with an award fromYadVashem,"with which the author remains in close contact." The book, published by the Indiana University Press, documents the involvement of Poles in finding and killing Jews during the Holocaust. It draws on materials from Polish, Jewish and German sources, and focuses on ac- counts of the fates of indi- vidual Jews. The Polish League's letter was sent to the University of Ottawa, all the colleges with which Grabowski has been af- filiated and all the publishers that issued his books. The Polish Center's letter was signed by seven historians who said they are ready "to engage in a scholarly debate with competent historians." "None of the 134 signato- ries is a Holocaust historian," the center said in a statement defending Grabowski. "All these economists, linguists, oncologists, chemists, nucle- ar physicists, engineers, con- structors of electromechani- cal appliances, environmental geologists, ethnomusicolo- gists, theatrologists and priest professors present themselves as Holocaust experts, but can- not even quote the sources they refer to." From page IA eyewitness accounts of the terrorists shouting, "This is for Allah." One eyewitness reported seeing a woman be- ing stabbed "10 or 15 times" by the attackers shouting the Islamic proclamation, the BBC reported. Armed police officers ar- rived at the scenewithin eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call, and paramed- ics arrived just two minutes later to treat wounded indi- viduals. Shortly thereafter, police had neutralized three terrorists on the outskirts of the bustling Borough Market. During apolice raid Sunday on an apartment owned by the one of attackers, 12 people were arrested in connection with the terror attack. In the wake of the attack, the U.K.'s ruling Conservative party and opposition Labour party both announced a suspension in national campaigning ahead of the June 8 British general election. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, meanwhile, called the inci- dent a "cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visi- tors to our city enjoying their Saturday night." Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan wrote on Twitter, "Thiswas an attack not just against the U.K. but against Western values and democracy. Our prayers are with the victims." Islamic State had also claimed responsibility for the May 22 suicide bombing during an A.rjana Grande concert at the U.K.'s Man- caester Arena, killing 22 people and injuring 59. At the time, Erdan noted the similarity between the inci- dent and Palestinian terror attacks in Israel, writing on Facebook, "Terror is terror, in Jerusalem, Paris or as we unfortunately see again, this time in Manchester." In March, a British convert to Islam carried out a terror attack on London's Westmin- ster Bridge when he rammed into pedestrians, killing four, and then stabbed a policeman to death outside the British Parliament building. From Israel to Europe, the use of knives andvehicles--as alternatives to explosives and firearms--has become a pre- ferred method for terrorists in recent years, particularly during the Palestinian "stab- ~-~ bing intifada" against Israeli Jews in 2015 and 2016. In her condemnation of Saturday's terror attack in London, British Prime Minis- ter May said "terrorism breeds terrorism," and that terrorists often mimic each other in ideology and method. From page 5A org he would not accept an ad supporting a "convicted murderer," or an ad that was "lacking in truth or poten- tially libelous." David Portnoe, editor of the New Jersey Jew- ish Community Voice, said he has rejected ads "that target Jews for conversion." Rob Eshman, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, said his newspaper refuses ads "from groups that advocate or incite violence, racism [or] conversion out of Judaism," or ads that are "too sexually explicit." While declining to say if he would have accepted the Barghouti ad because the question is"hy- pothetical," Eshman added,"I think The Forward is a great Jewish newspaper with a long legacy of service to the Jewish community and the world." Dovid Efune, editor-in- chief of The Algemeiner, said there is "no amount of money that could convince us to run an ad like this. Frankly, it's disgraceful. Hiding behind the freedom of expression concept, The Forward has engaged in a shocking abdica- tion of moral judgement...The Constitution doesn't guaran- tee the right to terrorists to be provided aplatform by leading Jewish newspapers." Robert Cohn, former editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light and current co-chair of the American Jewish Press Asso- ciation's Committee on Ethics and Professional Standards, told JNS.org that if the ques- tion of the Barghouti ad "was brought to our committee, I might question the judgment of one who accepted such an ad, but would not want to be in a position to censure the publisher. If someone like [former Ku Klux Klan leader] David Duke wanted to place an ad, I would consider that to be crossing a line." Several other editors like- wise raised the question of whether The Forward would accept an advertisement from other extremist groups."Ifyou substitute any other minority for 'Israel' or 'Jews,' I seriously doubt The Forward or another Jewish periodical would pub- li;h an ad advocating their an- nhilation or glorifying those who do," said Ed Weintrob, editor and publisher of The Jewish Star of Long Island, N.Y. "Would The Forward, in the interests of 'freedom of expression,' accept ads from white supremacists? To ask the question is to answer it," Jason Maoz, senior editor of The Jewish Press of Brooklyn, told JNS.org. Asked by JNS.org if The Forward would publish an ad- vertisement from supporters of an imprisoned killer who tar- geted other minorities, such as Dylann Roof (perpetrator of the South Carolina church massacre) or Jeremy Christian (who was arrested in the recent Oregon train killings), Fedder- son did not directly address the question, but reiterated that the newspaper "is dedicated to free speech within and beyond the Jewish community" and is "also committed to equal advertising access." Barghouti, a leader of the Palestinian Fatah move- ment's AI-Aqsa Martyrs' Bri- gades terrorist organization, was convicted in 2004 of mas- terminding the murders of Jerusalem motorist Yula Hen; Father Georgios Tsibouktza- kis, a Greek Orthodox priest; and three Israelis who were killed in an attack at Tel Aviv's Seafood Market restaurant. He was also found guilty of an attempted suicide bombing in Jerusalem's Malha Mall. Barghouti did not contest the charges, but instead delivered a speech in court accusing the judges of being as bad as "those who drop bombs on Palestinian children." From page IA sion by the country's media commission. "Cinemas that screen the film before the com- mission approves it will be closed, as this would be considered a violation of the law," Mohammad Quteishat, director of Jordan's Media Commission, told the Petra News Agency. "Wonder Woman" was also taken off the sched- ule of a film festival in Algeria, however, festival organizers told AFP that it was pulled because of "ad- ministrative issues linked to exhibition rights." A petition titled, "Non! Pas en Alg4rie" (No, Not in Algeria), was launched last week, calling for a ban on screening the movie in the country. Lebanon banned the movie before its premiere, following a decision by the country's Ministry of Economy and Trade, which prohibits all ties with Israel. From page 1A has sung on the ice at the Solar Bears and many other community events. And, our annual theater performance is truly amazing. To see the students work together for one common goal is fantastic," added Eichenhoiz. The "HAPPY" program will allow the school to continue creating these shows and these invaluable experiences for its students. The students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando are very fortunate and grateful for this generous gift and look forward to using the funds for expanding and enhanc- ing its arts program in the future. To further support Jewish education and your local Jewish day school, to get involved or for any ques- tions, please contact Alan Rusonik, Head of School, at 407-647-0713. From page 3A munity service opportunities for older students. The Orlando Math Circle is currently inviting mem- bers of the community of all ages to collaborate on building one of the largest Sierpinski Triangle fractals ever built. For more infor- mation on the Trianglethon 2017, visit the Orlando Math Circle's website: http://www. orlandomathcircle.org/tri- anglethon-2/ FASTSIGNS Orlando Cen- tral sponsored book bundles for each student to inspire them to play with mathemat- ics this summer. From page 4A Eastern war and I think we will still be sorting in out 50 years from now." Indeed. Jonathan Feldstein was born and educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Is- rael in 2004. He is married and the father of six. He has a three-decade career in nonprofit fundraising and marketing and throughout his life and career, he has become a respected bridge between Jews and Chris- tians. He writes regularly on major Christian web sites about Israel and shares experiences of living as an O)'thodox Jew in Israel. He can be reached at FirstPer- sonlsrael@gmail, com.