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.j" PAGE 14A From page IA Basketball player and coach Larry Brown, swimmers Jason Lezak and Mark Spitz, and gymnast Mitch Gaylord are among the many Jewish athleteswho have competed in the Maccabiah Games before going on to achieve fame in the broader international sports arena. A mix of modern-day Is- raeli and international Jewish sports stars will compete in the 2017 games and partici- pate in the opening ceremo- nies, including Israeli Olympic judo bronze medalists Ori Sasson and Yarden Gerbi, Israeli Paralympics rower Mo- ran Samuel, Israeli rhythmic gymnast Neta Rivkin, Israeli NBAstarOmriCasspi, Ameri- can Olympic gold medalist swimmer Anthony Ervin, and French Olympic gold medalist swimmer Fabien Gilot. Commenting on the sig- nificance of diaspora Jews' participation in the Macca- biah Games alongside Israeli athletes, Jeffrey Gurock, a professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University, told JNS. org, "In the 1930s, when the Jews were vulnerable, the Maccabiah provided an op- portunity for Jewish athletes to project strength and pride to the world." "Today it is no less im- portant for American Jew- ish sportspeople to affirm through participation in these games their solidarity with a strong Israel, even as the Jew- ish state faces foes in so many world arenas," Gurock added. During the 2017 games, contestants will compete in 43 different sports in the categories of Youth, Open, Masters and Paralympics. In the host city, some 3,000 athletes will participate in 14sports at Jerusalem's Pais Arena and other venues. Ad- ditional competitions will be held at 68 sports complexes throughout Israel. Soccer is the largest contest in the Maccabiah Games, with more than 1,400 athletes from 20 countries participating. In addition to the athletes, as HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 30, 2017 many as 20,000 international fans are expected to attend the games, injecting around $100 million into Israel's economy. "I am ecstatic that on the 50th year of the unification of Jerusalem, we are opening the biggest Maccabiah yet," Amir Peled, chairman of the Maccabiah Games, told JNS. org. "The Maccabiah is the essence of the values I believe in: Zionism, Judaism, brother- hood, peoplehood and sports. The Maccabiah is the one place that Jews from all over the world can come together and bond, and there's no better place to do so than Jerusalem." Yossi Sharabi, director general of the Israeli Min- istry of Culture and Sport, said the athletic competition "strengthens the connection between the Jewish communi- ties around the world." He told, "It is only natural that in the 50th year of the reunification of Jerusa- lem, a significant milestone for the Jews of the worldwher- ever they are, the celebrations will be united and will take place in the city of Jerusalem." From page 1A claim early Saturday morn- ing, with a spokesman calling it an "attempt to muddy the waters." The attack was car- ried out by "two Palestinians from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a third from Hamas," Sami Abou Zouhri said. For their part Israeli officials, including in the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, and Israel Defense Forces were unimpressed by either group's declarations They said the attackers ap- peared to have been part of a local cell with no organi- zational backing. "As we understand it, there is no connection be- tween ISIS or Hamas to what happened," a high-ranking military official told JTA Sunday on condition of anonymity. "We understand at the moment that it's a local initiative, a local terrorist cell, without any connection to any terrorist organization." But Callimachi said it was unusual for. the Islamic State to falsely claim an attack and it was unclear what the group would gain from doing so in Friday's attacks, which she described as "small potatoes." She noted that many attacks connected to the Islamic State are deemed initially to be the work of lone wolves, with evidence of ties to the group only emerging later, often too late to make headlines. "Contrary to public per- ception, ISIS does not claim every attack," she said. "They actually have a very good track record--there are far more instances of attacks ISIS did but never claimed than the opposite. "It doesn't make sense that they would want to [falsely] claim this small attack in a territory where they have already been ac- cused of inspiring attacks at a time when they have had major attacks in places like Europe and Iran." Callimachi also pointed out that the Islamic State has repeatedly threatened Israel, including in a De- cember 2015 video believed to feature its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The group eventually followed through against other countries it menaced, she said, including the United Kingdom and Iran. Local officials con- firmed the group's claims of a car ramming and stab- bing in London on June 3 that killed eight people and a shooting in Tehran on June 7 that killed 18, as well as of two deadly attacks in Britain earlier this year. .Following the Iran at- tack, Michael S. Smith II, an adviser on terrorism to the U.S. Congress, had predicted Israel would be next. Increased use of Hebrew on Islamic State communication channels 'hinted to him that some- thing was afoot. W~ith the group suffering military losses in Syria and Iraq, he said, targeting Israel is a good way to win recruits and distinguish itself from Competitors. Smith speculated that both Israeli and Hamas officials were hesitant to credit the Islamic State with the Jerusalem attack for fear of giving it a propa- ganda victory. He reasoned that neither party wants to see Hamas -- which Smith says ideologically "agrees with the Islamic State more than it disagrees"--face competition to take an even more violent approach to its conflict with Israel. "I would suspect.there's recognition that jumping to claim an attack was Islamic State would be strategically problem- atic," he told JTA. "Israel and Hamas leadership, although probably not coordinating their re- sponse, have similar sets of concerns here--namely that the dynamic becomes one where there is a need for more conflict to assert Palestinian leadership." Current and former Is- raeli officials who work in counterterrorism acknowl- edged there is still much they do not know about Friday's attacks. But some voiced skepticism that the Islamic State could make inroads among the Palestin- ians, who have generally re- jected the group's ideology. Even if it did, they suggested the group would not signifi- cantly alter Israel's already challenging security reality. Islamic State affiliates have claimed rocket fire into Israel, and officials deemed at least two terrorist attacks in the country last year to have been inspired by the group. Yet Palestin- ian violence against Israel and Zionism long predates the Islamic State, and large numbers of Palestinian youths have been launching lone wolf attacks against Israelis since October 2015, moved by personal and po- litical frustrations. Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Monday that while Israel had no evidence the Jerusalem at- tackers were linked to any organization, it takes the Islamic State threat "very seriously" and allocates "significant resources" to thwarting attacks at home and abroad. He said Israel is at less risk from the Islamic State than other countries in part because of its well- established defenses and policy of deterrence. "As far as terror in general is concerned, we feel that Israel is better organized to deal with it as a result of experience and creativity and innovation, in terms of relevant legislation, which is very important, and also in terms of public aware- ness and fast response by military, police and armed civilians with military expe- rience," Katz told JTA in an email exchange. !'Although even with all that, we are unfortunately unable to completely prevent attacks like the one in Jerusalem, which took once again the life of a young police- woman." Asked if Israel should be more concerned about the Islamic State; Amos Yadlin, a retired major general who served as Israel's chief of military intelligence, reiter- ated his oft-stated view that the group is "not a criti- cal threat." The second in- tifada, a bloody Palestinian uprising between 2000 and 2005, taught the country how to handle terrorism, he said, leaving him to worry about other security challenges in his current role as head of the head of the influential Institute for National Security Studies think tank. "With all due respect, we face much bigger con- cerns than some stabbings," Yadlin told JTA, pointing especially to Iran-and its patron in Lebanon, the Shi- ite Islamist militant group Hezbollah. "The rest of the world is already fighting ISIS, but with these other terrorists we're alone." 498256731 157834629 632179584 569342817 371698245 284517396 926781453 745923168 813465972 From page 1A claim and hurt negotiations, the Times of Israel reported. "We didn't want to share it," said Mickey Bergman, who worked on negotiations for Warmbier's release, re- ferring to Warmbier's faith. "The family chose, right- fully so, not to share that information while he was in captivity.., because they didn't want to embarrass ]North Korea] by explaining that he actually was Jewish" and not affiliated with the Friendship United Methodist Church. "That's why that part of the story was kept quiet," added Bergman, who is executive director of The Richardson Center--an organization that works to negotiate for people who are held prisoner or hostage by hostile regimes. Warmbier was remem- bered by friends and loved ones at a public memorial From page 4A "The Labour must rebuild trust with you, the Jewish community--it can't be ac- ceptable that there is any community that feels the Labour party is not on their side," he said. There was another remark from Khan that caught my eye: officiated by his college Hil- lel rabbi. Rabbi Jake Rubin, ex- ecutivedirectoroftheBrody Jewish Center at the Uni- versity of Virginia, called Warmbier '!one of the most intellectually curious people I've ever met" during the service held June 22 at Wyoming High School near Cincinnati, The Associated Press reported. Some 2,000 people at- tended the public service at the high school and more mourners lined the street. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from the Cin- cinnati area, told reporters outside that North Korea must be held accountable for Warmbier's detention and death. "This college kid never should have been detained in the first place," said Port- man, who met secretly with North Korean officials in New York last December to press for Warmbier's release. He said North Korea's treat- ment of Warmbier demon- strated "a basic disregard for human rights, for human dignity." Warmbier traveled to North Korea for a five-day New Year's tour of the country organized by Young Pioneer Tours. Ten other U.S. citizens were in his tour group. During his stay at the Yanggakdo Interna- tional Hotel in Pyongyang, Warmbier allegedly tried to steal a propaganda sign from a staff-only floor of the hotel, supposedly as a souvenir. A video purporting to show the theft was released by state-run Korean Central News Agency on March 18, 2016. In the 18-second low- resolution video, an unrec- ognizable figure removes the sign from the wall and places it on the floor, leaning it against the wall. This action is shown twice, followed by a higher-resolution picture of the sign on the wall. The face of the person removing the poster is not visible during the video clip. Two months after his imprisonment, Warmbier suffered severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. North Korean au- thorities said Warmbier's coma was a result of botu- lism and a sleeping pill, although U.S. physicians found no evidence of botu- lism. The United States made diplomatic efforts to seek Warmbier's release, and Warmbier was released in June 2017, after nearly 18 months in captivity. Warm- bier arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 13 and was taken to University of Cin- cinnati Medical Center for immediate evaluation and treatment. Warmbier died on June 19, 2017, six days after his return to the United States. Some U.S. officials blamed North Korea for his death. "There is no hierarchy in rac- ism. Racism is racism." That is an exquisitely bold statement for someone to make in the age ofintersectionality--which argues there is, in fact, a hier- archy in racism, and that Jews are very low down on it--and it is also a message Labour needs to absorb. Khan's challenge to his party on the anti-Semitism issue is particularly sig- nificant during a week When even liberals in America are cooing on their .admiration for Corbyn--and this should be borne in mind by those tempted to side with President Donald Trump in his bizarre Twitter campaign against the London mayor. Friends can be found where you least expect them, after all. Ben Cohen writes a weekly column for on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writings have been published in Com- mentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.