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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 4, 2014 PAGE 15A Teens From page 1A In addition to the breaking news, condolences started pouring in from various Jewish and political groups. The Jewish Federations of North America and the worldwide Jewish commu- nity joined with the State of Israel today in grief and hor- ror following the announce- ment of the tragic deaths of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar. Michael Siegal, chair of the Jewish Federations Board of Trustees, issued the following statement: "It is simply unimagi- nable that anyone could commit such a heinous and despicable act such as this. As Jews, as mothers and fa- thers, as sons and daughters, and simply as people, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad at this time. There is no reason - none - why a tragedy like this should have occurred. The Jewish Federations stand alongside our brothers and sisters across the world and in Israel in condemnation of this senseless murder, and we pray that those respon- sible are swiftly brought to justice." Frank Dimant, CEO, B'nai Brith Canada: "Today's news confirmed our darkest fears--something that no parent should ever know. We join together with all Canadians in expressing our deepest sympathies at the loss of these three young boys." World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said "We are beyond shocked, outraged and heartbroken by these despicable murders. Once again, Hamas has re- vealed its true colors: This group blatantly disregards human life, and it doesn't even refrain from hijacking innocent teenagers. Those who committed this heinous crime must be hunted down and brought to justice. "Clearly, Hamas is a ter- rorist organization, and it must be dismantled, and it is the responsibility of Mah- moud Abbas to remove all Hamas-linked officials from his government immediately and fight terrorism vigor- ously and urgently. Abu Ma- zen needs to show leadership now," Lauder declared. He also urged the international community, and in particu- lar the United States and the European Union, to halt all financial support for the Palestinian Authority until Hamas is excluded from all government bodies. "This murder must spur the world into action, and the fight against fanatic, extremist groups such as Hamas must be stepped up urgently." Housing and Construc- tion Minister Uri Ariel on Monday told the Jerusalem Post that Israel was in "heavy mourning" after the bodies of the three Israeli teens kidnapped in Judea-Samaria earlier this month were dis- covered earlier in the day. "The Jewish people are united in prayer and a broth- erhood that should always exist," the Bayit Yehudi minister said. "In times of war, we must strike terrorists mercilessly on the one hand, and to give a proper Zionist answer on the other hand," Ariel said, suggesting that Israel should increase building in the settlements in response to the murder of the three teenagers. The Republican Jewish Coalition Chairman David Flaum said: "On behalf of the leaders, members, and staff of the Re- publican Jewish Coalition, I offer our sincere condolences to the Frenkel, Shaar, and Yifrah families. Along with Jews around the world, we shared in the hope that Naf- tall, Gilad, and Eyal would return home safely. We are deeply saddened by the loss of the three young men. "The Israeli government made every effort to find the boys after they were kid- napped on June 12. We hope that the people responsible for their kidnapping and murder will be swiftly found and brought to justice. "May the Frenkel, Shaar, and Yifrah families be com- forted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem." Robert G. Sugarman, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman, of Conference of Presidents of Major Ameri- can Jewish Organizations Issued the following state- ment: "We are horrified and devastated by the reports, now confirmed, that the three boys Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel, kidnapped on June 12th, have been found dead in the Hebron area. We have communicated our condo- lences and solidarity to the families and Government of Israel and pray that they will be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jeru- salem. Those responsible for this heinous and barbaric crime and those who aid and abet them, support them, and inspire them must be brought to swift justice and be punished to the fullest extent of the law. It is time that the world stand in unity against those who advocate and execute, as well as jus- tify, the murder of innocent young people who are bru- tally butchered in Israel or anywhere. It cannot be met by indifference or pro-forma expressions of sympathy. For too long the threats against Israel, including missiles and terrorism, have elicited limited responses, with the roles of victims and perpetra- tors inverted. It must stop. "For now we mourn to- gether with all the people of Israel and all who value hu- man life. May their memories be for a blessing." While in Israel as part of a congressional fact- finding mission and were to meet with the families on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chair- man of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Rep. Ted Deutch (D- FL), ranking member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued this statement: "No words can ad- equately express the sorrow and sadness we feel for the families of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, the people of Israel and the entire Jewish community worldwide. This is a day of tragedy and mourning; the world has lost three beloved sons, friends, and beautiful souls who were taken from us too early, but will forever live on in our hearts and minds. We will continue to support the Government of Israel in its efforts to bring the per- petrators to justice, and we offer the people of Israel our deepest and most heartfelt condolences as we grieve with them. If it is determined that Hamas is behind this horrific tragedy, Abu Mazen must immediately break up the unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas, a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization." The Jewish Council for Public Affairs President Rabbi Steve Gutow expressed profound sorrow and said, "We extend our condolences to the families for their unspeakable pain. Nothing can undo the tragedy of their murders. "They were just boys. They had their futures inhumanely robbed from them. We are torn to pieces with sadness. Our grief is matched by a resolve to support the effort to find those whose are re- sponsible and expeditiously bring them to justice." "This is the saddest pos- sible news for the families of these young boys, Israelis, and all of us around the world who have been praying for their safe return since they disappeared two weeks ago," said JCPA Chair Susan W. Turnbull. The Jewish National Fund announced that in tribute to their memories, JNFwill cre- ate gardens to honor Naftali z'l, Gilad z"l and Eyal z"l. Other groups who imme- diately sent press releases expressing their shock and sorrow include B'nai B'rith International, Agudath Is- rael, The Aleph Society Inc. and International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Eviction From page 2A termath worried "about just expressing their Jewishness on their campus," she added. AMCHA makes the case that at federally funded universities, Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act--which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color or national origin by feder- ally funded programs--can apply on college campuses if a group is being singled out with harassment, intimida- tion, or by otherwise nega- tively impacting students' rights to a normal academic experience. This kind of harassment is evident, Brett Cohen said, not only in the mock evic- tion cases but also in other SJP anti-Israel protests and incidents on campuses, such as the recent University of Blech California, Los Angeles stu- dent government elections, in which SJP asked candidates to sign a pledge that they would not take educational trips to Israel. Laura Adkins, a pro-Israel NYU student activist wrote an op-ed about the mock evic- tion notices on her campus for the Times of Israel, told that while opinions remain divided on whether Jewish students were specifi- cally targeted by the notices, she believes they were in fact targeted, especially because the flyers used the term "Ju- daization." "Additionally, one of the two dorms, the Palladium, is well-known to be a dorm that lots of Jewish students choose, in no small part due to the presence of a Shabbat elevator (which automatically stops on each floor so that Shabbat-observant students don't need to press a button)," she said. Though the university contested this by saying the elevator exists because of a stairway that exits to the street and cannot be accessed through the lobby behind the security desk, the wall next to the elevator has a plaque written by NYU's Rabbi Ye- huda Sarna. Rayna Rose Exelbird, the StandWithUs Emerson fellow at Florida Atlantic University and the current social media manager for Howls for Israel on her campus, told that when SJP members dis- tributed mock evictions at her campus in 2012, she felt targeted given her experience as an Israel advocate. Although non-Jewish stu- dents also found the notices posted on their doors, "it deft- nitely wasn't a coincidence that my door was included in their activities," she said, adding that she could not find any other notices posted on doors on her floor. Mock eviction notices have also been posted in dormito- ries at Claremont Colleges, a California-based consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions. The Claremont McKenna College cafeteria was the site of a 2013 incident in which an Israeli professor tried to get SJP activists to move a pro- test away from the entrance, so that students would not be blocked from entering and forced to participate in a protest against their own interests. The professor got into altercation with an SJP student, calling him a "little cockroach," which led to an accusation of racism against Arab students. The profes- sor, however, denied the accusation and said he was provoked. In the wake of that inci- dent, mock eviction notices appeared at the Claremont Colleges. The Office of Stu- dents Affairs at one of the consortium's schools, Pitzer College, "did respond swiftly and called for the fake evic- tion notices to be taken down, highlighting the violation in policy," said Elliott Hamilton, a rising senior at Pitzer, co-president of Claremont Students for Israel, and a founding member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity chapter at the Claremont Colleges. But while the administra- tion "did a good job of getting the flyers taken down, they did not openly condemn the students of SJP for violating college policy," Hamilton told While Hamilton does not believe SJP specifically tar- geted Jewish students at the Claremont Colleges, he said that "did not stop Jewish stu- dents from feeling targeted, hated, and vilified." Kenneth L. Marcus, presi- dent and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Cen- ter for Human Rights Under Law and former staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, told that university leaders "must ban these eviction notices if they enforce their policies on fly- ers against any other group." Those leaders, he said, should also "take these eviction no- tices as a teachable moment to explain that hostility to Israel often crosses the line into anti-Semitism." From page 5A individuals, henceforth to be known only by their tattooed numbers. The Holocaust only be- came real to many when it went from the tragedy of 6 million to the profoundly moving story of Anne Frank, one precocious and pro- foundly talented young girl whose dreams were turned to ashes in the flames of the crematoria. Of all the cruel comments to surface from the world's reaction to last week's tragic events, perhaps this captures best why it still does not deserve to be called civilized. "Only three youngsters" the New York Times claims, as it proceeds once again to criticize the "overreaction" of a Jewish people who treasure every child as a world, every Adam as a potential progenitor of countless generations to come. It is only the remarkable response of Jews around the world that gives me a measure of hope for the future. And for that reason I have every con- fidence that God will answer our prayers for good and for blessing. Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a frequent contributor to Aish, is a professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University and an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, and lecturer. Author of 14 highly acclaimed books with combined sales of over a half million copies, his newest, "The World From A Spiritual Perspective," is a collection of over 100 of his best Aish articles. See his website at Children From page 12A Palestinians. At the same time a Palestinian mother was at Wolfson with her child. "She was sitting outside the ward and she was completely white," says Houri. "I had to calm her down. Here, now, people don't seem to be in much anxiety. Their main concern is that people at home might get hurt, not that they are here amongst israelis." Does all this work with Gaza have an impact on the situation? "Judging by the amount of missiles that have fallen on Israel, it doesn't seem to," says Houri ruefully. "We just have to do what we can. People know the reality. It's not just one child from Gaza thatwe've operated on, it's not something that can be hidden away. We've operated on hun- dreds of children. We've had all kinds of reactions over the years. At Wolfson, Palestinian and Israeli mothers sit down and talk to each other for the first time." Another baby saved SACH is always in need of more funds. While some money comes from the Pal- estinian Authority, which helps support surgery for Arab children from Judea and Samaria, most of the budget comes from fundraising. The organization has now begun a $20 million fund- raising campaign with the aim of building a worldwide center of competence at Wolfson that will serve as a model for similar centers in developing countries. Wolf- so:,, which serves the poorer neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv, Holon and Bat Yam, has little in the way of luxuries. Parents who come with their children have to sleep in a tiny room crammedwith four makeshift beds, and a curtain for a door. If SACH can raise enough money, the new center will offer state of the art child oriented medical facilities, enabling them to carry out up to 400 pediatric heart surgeries a year. Aswe finish, Houri goes on a quick tour of the intensive care ward before returning to his office. He stops by Losen. She looks tiny on the hospital bed and is wired up to dozens of machines. She's crying fretfully as a nurse alters her pain medication. "You see that blue line?" Houri says, pointing to one of the monitors. "It shows the saturation of oxygen in her blood. It's 99; that's normal. Before the operation it was just 60. She's a bit miserable now, because she's in pain. But she looks excellent." he says with evident satisfaction. In the meantime, Mo- hamed is still anxiously waiting for his turn. If his blood tests improve, the operation should go ahead next week. His grandfather, who worked for 40 years in Israel, hopes that one day the situation between Gaza and Israel will improve. "I used to travel all over the country for work and then go home afterwards," he says passionately. "I'm hoping that these days will come again."