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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 30, 2017 Leonardo Kremenchuzky/DAIA Some of the Nazi-era objects discovered by Argentine police. By JTA Staff BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA)--A cache of 75 original Nazi objects discovered earlier this month by the Argentine Federal Police has been evalu- ated as "unprecedented" and "the biggest" discovery of its type. The objects, discovered earli- er this month in a hidden room of a house in the northern part of the city, included equipment used for Nazi medical experi- ments during the Holocaust. They were analyzed a week ago at Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, Federal Po- lice Commissioner Marcelo El Haibe told JTA on Monday. The police found a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, medical devices marked with swas- tikas used to measure head and body size, Nazi puzzles for children and knives, among other objects. Among the objects discov- ered was a magnifying glass attached to a photo of Hitler using the magnifying glass. "We checked some marks and characteristics, and it is the same object that Hitler holds in his hands in the photo," El Haibe, a member of Interpol who accompanied the pieces to Lyon, told JTA. "Interpol colleagues from Germany, Israel and United States were surprised by the globally unprecedented dis- covery. No one has a record of this magnitude a discovery of original Nazis objects, and we have started a collaborative process to search the route of the objects to Argentina." According to El Haibe, who also serves as the chief of the Protection of Cultural Heritage department of the federal police, only avery high level of Nazi officer had access to this quality and quantity of objects, and apparently tried to save the objects when the Nazi regime was failing. On Monday night, the Argentine Jewish political umbrella DMAdisplayed some of the objects at its headquar- ters in theAMIAJewish center here. The AMIA building was destroyed in a 1994 terrorist bombing and rebuilt in 1999. DAIAPresidentAriel Cohen Sabban praised the police for their work in making the discovery. "From this building we spoke several times about the lack of security in this country, but today it's time to recognize the good work done by the police and the Security Ministry," he said. "These objects are an irrefut- able testimony to the Nazi horror and thatArgentinawas a refuge" for the Nazis. Before receiving an award from DAIA, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich spoke to over 200 attendees crowded in a small room where a sample of the objects were on display. She said her ministry has asked the judge in charge of investigating the discovery that all of the objects be donated to the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires, "so that all Argentinians and also visitors who come to Buenos Aires can see this shocking collection." Among the attendees were Germany Embassy officials, judges, intellectuals and busi- nessmen, as well as the Jew- ish philanthropists Eduardo Elsztain and Marcelo Mindlin, who was named recently the president of the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires. "This collection is a great responsibility; we will prepare our site to receive this con- tribution," Mindlin told JTA. "There will be a lot of fanatics that will want to enter, there will be people trying to steal objects," he added, noting that "huge security issues" must be worked out. In June 2016, a collector from Argentina paid $680,000 for a pair of Nazi-owned un- derpants and other memo- rabilia. "It's impossible that one collector would have this invaluable amount of origi- nal Nazi objects," DAIA vice president Alberto Indij told JTA. "These ]objects] likely belonged directly to Hitler or Joseph Mengele. Someone escaped with all this objects. There isn't a person that bought all this. No, these were Nazi officers trying to hide and save these objects." The magnifying glass and accompanying photo of Hitler were not put on public display, but Indij saw them at Interpol headquarters and confirmed their existence to JTA. Mengele, a doctor who per- formed experiments on Jewish prisoners, lived in Argentina for a decade after the war in the same area of Buenos Aires where the Nazi medical tools were discovered. El Haibe said there could be some link between Mengele and the re- cently discovered tools. "There are strong coin- cidences of tools, practices, locations; we are investigating this hypothesis right now," he said. "But for sure this did not belong to a low-level Nazi follower. This belongs to avery high-level Nazi official who brought them to Argentina." Argentina was a refuge for Nazis like Mengele afterWorld War II. Adolf Eichmann was captured in the northern area of Buenos Aires in 1960, and another war criminal, Erich Priebke, also lived there. A video about the Interpol evaluation, dubbed Opera- tion Near East since many objects of Asian historical sig- nificance alsowere discovered during the raids earlier this month, was released Monday by the Argentine Federal Police. The objects were found June 9 following a nine-month police investigation. They are in the custody of the justice who is tasked with investigat- ing the find, who has put a gag order on most aspects of the case. One suspect identified by the police is not in Argen- tina. There are Argentine and non-Argentine suspects being investigated, but no further details have been provided. Argentina has had an anti-discrimination law on the books since 1988 that covers the possession and sale of such objects. Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty Images Jeremy Corbyn, left, speaking to faith leaders at the Finsbury Park Mosque on June 19, 2017, after worshippers were struck by a hired van as they were leaving following Ramadan prayers. By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)--Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaffagain is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her fam- ily in her country and society because of racism. And this time, the problem is hitting nearer to home, said Klaff, 69, a yoga teacher and Jewish mother of two. Troubled by the Labour Party's recent electoral suc- cesses despite its perceived failure to tackle anti-Semitic vitriol in its ranks, Klaff felt even more concerned Sunday when London Mayor Sadiq Khan--a Muslim Labour poli- tician who on his first day in office reached out to the city's Jews--allowed hundreds of protesters to march Sunday at an anti-Israel event with flags of the Hezbollah terror- ist group. "There probably isn't a place for me here as a Jew," Klaff, who attended an unauthor- ized counterprotest against the annual Al-Quds march, told JTA. "And I'm kind of wonderingwhere's the place of anyone who belongs to West- ern, democratic civilization." In the Jewish media, few spoke out quite as pessimisti- cally as Klaff about the march or Labour's performance in the June 8 general elections, when the party gained 29 seats rather than suffer the col- lapse anticipated by critics of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. But amid record levels of anti-Semitic hate crimes, these events nonetheless compounded for many British Jews a growing sense of isola- tion and the polarizing effects of terrorism on a society that already was struggling with its impending divorce from the European Union. Corbyn, a far-left politician, ascended to leadership of Labour in 2015. Last year a parliamentary committee of inquiry determined he was not doing enough to curb the growing prevalence of anti-Semitic hate speech in his party. The previous year, Corbyn attended a memorial cer- emony for Palestinian terror- ists who were killed by Israel before the initiation of peace talks. And in 2009, Corbyn described during a speech in parliament both Hamas and Hezbollah as organizations "dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about peace and social justice and political justice." Corbyn last year said he regretted calling the militants his "friends" in the same speech. The British media gave un- precedented coverage to La- bour's anti-Semitism problem under Corbyn. Critics say he has failed not only to prevent hate speech against Jews and Israel in his party's ranks, but also to punish anyone responsible for it. A record high 1,309 anti- Semitic incidents in 2016 and growing anger over Islamist terrorism further highlighted the party's perceived failures. Subsequently, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jonathan Arkush, in an unusual state- ment for his nonpartisan group said lastyear, "Frankly, most people in the Jewish community can't trust La- bour." The rare rebuke was cited frequently by pundits who said Corbyn's Labour was unlikely to threaten the ruling Conservative Party headed by Theresa May, who called an early election. May was seeking a public reaffirmation of her leadership after replac- ing David Cameron as prime minister; he resigned after a majority of voters supported leaving the European Union. Her gambit backfired spec- tacularly. May lost her party's absolute majority in parlia- ment, forcing it to form a coalition with a smaller party from Northern Ireland and handing Corbyn an important success that shocked British Jews. Prior to the election, 77 percent of Jewish voters said they supported May's Conservatives and only 13 percent backed Labour. "We were unable to stop anti-Semitic politics being normalized on the left and we were unable to stop it from moving into the mainstream," David Hirsh, a British Jewish ( Students from San Francisco State Uni- versity and members of the local Jewish community filed a lawsuit this week, as- serting the university has an extensive history of fomenting discrimination against Jewish students. The suit alleges that SFSU and its administrators "know- ingly fostered this [anti- Semitic] discrimination and hostile environment, which has been marked by violent threats to the safety of Jewish students on campus." The California school em- braced and systematically supported "anti-Jewish hostil- ity,"with its support of student columnist and prominent sociologist at the University of London, wrote in a column in The Jewish Chronicle titled "Antisemitic Politics is the New Normal." To Klaff, "Corbyn's success, the acceptance of Hezbollah flags on the streets of London, it's the culmination of some- thing that I first started notic- ing about seven years ago, I guess, that is making me feel increasingly uncomfortable in the United Kingdom." She cited a conversation that she had recently with a yogastudent of hers, ahousing union activist in his 20s who supported Corbyn. "I told him that Corbyn is responsible for anti-Sem- itism. He wasn't interested," Klaff recalled. groups that target, threaten and intimidate Jewish stu- dents, depriving them of their civil rights, according to the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the North- ern District of California. The non-profit organization, The Lawfare Project, and the law firm Winston & Strawn LLP are representing the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs present an extensive list of incidents, dating back to 1994, in which Jewish SFSU students were discriminated against, includ- ing the hostile disruption of an April 2016 speech by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, which instigated the lawsuit. At that event, Jewish stu- Corbyn did not participate in the A1-Quds march over the weekend. But he had attended several previous events, in- cluding in 2012 when he was photographed smiling in front of a Hezbollah flag held by an A1-Quds marcher. The photographer who took the picture said Corbyn may have not been aware of the flag in the background. At Sunday's event, organiz- ers instructed participants to say they support Hezbollah's political wing but not its military one. The distinction is rejected by Hezbollah it- self, although the European Union in 2013 classified only the armed wing as a terrorist group. British on page 15A dentswere subjected to"geno- cidal chants" by a furious mob and physically threatened. The lawsuit also alleges that campus police present at the event did not intervene despite the obvious threats to the safety of Jewish students. "These defendants seem to believe that they are above the law, that discrimination against Jews is entirely accept- able," stated Amanda Berman, The Lawfare Project's Director of Legal Affairs. "It is time for profound institutional change at SFSU... Jewish victims of this pervasively hostile envi- ronment have been left with no choice but to ask a federal court to compel it."