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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 PAGE 3.A. By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)--German prosecu- tors have identified three suspects from a 2014 list of nine alleged Holocaust-era war criminals accused of shooting countless Jews. Kurt G Herbert W. and Wilhelm Karl Friedrich Hoff- meister, allegedly members of the firing squads that mur- dered Jews in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust, have been under pretrial investiga- tion for months for allegedwar Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo (JTA)--Mexico City elected a Jewish woman as mayor Sunday--setting two firsts for the largest city in North America. A woman had previously been appointed Mexico City's mayor on an interim basis for a year in 1999, but Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo is the first woman to be publicly elected to,he office The city, home to around 50,000 Jews, has also never had a Jewish mayor. Sheinbaum, 55, the grand- daughter of Jewish immi- grants from Lithuania and Bulgaria, is a scientist who holds a doctorate in engi- neering and physics. She is a member of the leftist National Regeneration Movement par- ty and has close ties to Andres JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's Knesset passed legisla- tion on Monday that requires the government to deduct the amount of money that the Palestinian Authority gives to terrorists and their families from the taxes it collects on the Palestinians' behalf. The so-called anti-Pay for Slay law passed a final read- ing in the Knesset following a two-hour debate by avote of 87-15. Every Knesset faction except the left-wing Meretz party and the Arab Joint List passed the law Stuart Force, the father of Taylor Force, the American student who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist on the Tel Aviv boardwalk in March 2016 while in Israel for a study trip, was on hand for the vote. The Taylor Force Act, which ends U.S. aid to the Palestin- ian Authority unless the P.A. stops paying stipends to Pal- estinian terrorists and their families, reportedly prompted the Israeli legislation. The Congress passed the measure in March as part of the omni- bus spending bill for this year. The Palestinian Authority has refused to stop the pay- ments to Palestinian terror- (JTA)--Australia has stopped giving direct aid to the Palestinian Authority due to concerns that the money is being used to pay Palestinian terrorists and their families. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a state- mentMonday thatthe country was cutting its funding to the World Bank's Palestinian Recovery and Development Program fund. Australia will redirect that $10 million in Australian currency ($7.4 million U.S.) to the U.N. Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories, which supplies Palestinians with health care, food, water and shelter. Bishop wrote to the Pales- tinian Authority in late May to ensure that Australian fund- ing was not supporting terror- ists and is now "concerned" over where that money goes. "I am confident that previ- ous Australian funding to the PA through the World Bank has been used as intended," she wrote. "However, I am concerned that in provid- ing funds for this aspect of the PA's operations there is an opportunity for it to use its own budget to activities that Australia would never support." Israel has long maintained that the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud crimes and participation in genocide, the Simon Wiesen- thai Center's Eastern Europe director, Efraim Zuroff, told JTA on Thursday. Each case is being handled by a different regional prosecutor's office, he said. Manuel Lopez Obrador, the party's leader and Mexico's newly elected president. The party has promised to bring significant cha~ge to the country by cutting down on crime and governmental corruption. "Just because I might look like a skinny scientist doesn't mean I'm not going to crack down on crime here. I will," Sheinbaum said at a recent rally according to multiple reports. Sheinbaum, who previously served as Mexico's secretary of the environment, said at a recent speech that she celebrated Jewish holidays growing up. Lopez Obrador's landslide victory, which puts a leftist party in charge for the first time in generations, could usher in a new era of politics in Mexico, which has been ruled by traditional, main- stream parties for nearly two decades. ists or the families left behind by terrorists killed as part of their attacks. Since 1994, Israel has collected customs duties on goods sent to the Palestin- ians through Israeli ports and transferred the tens of millions of dollars each year to the Palestinian Authority. Last year, the Palestinian Authority paid about $198 million to a fund for the fami- lies of terrorists killed during their attacks and about $160 million to Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, The Times of Israel reported, citing Is- raeli Defense Ministry figures. Abbas, encourage terror at- tacks against Israelis by giving perpetrators and their fami- lies financial rewards. Israeli lawmakers are advancing a law to slash funds to the P.A. by the same amount it uses to pay terrorists, and the United States, in the Taylor Force Act, cut funding to the P.A. over the payments to convicted terrorists and their families. "Any assistance provided by the Palestine Liberation Orga- nization to those convicted of politically motivated violence is an affront to Australian values and undermines the prospect of meaningful peace between Israel and the Pales- tinians," Bishop said. Whereas five of the names on the list that Zuroff gave German prosecutors in 2014 were not located, they were able to identify three who they suspectwere former members of the Einsatzgruppe C death squad, which took part in the massacre of tens of thou- sands of Jews in Babi Yar, Ukraine, in September 1941. The investigation against two of the three men was launched after the ARD tele- vision channel interviewed them in September. They admitted to being members of that group on camera. All three men are in their 90s. Zuroff said he could not comment on the length of time that the investigations are taking. "I don't have the informa- tion necessary to make that call," he told JTA. But, he said, "The German perpetra- tors of the Holocaust showed great determination in killing Jews. I hope German pros- ecutors today demonstrate the same sense of urgency in serving justice to those war criminals." The path to prosecuting common executioners like Einsatzgruppen troops was paved with the 2011 convic- tion in Munich of former concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk as an ac- complice in the murders of nearly 30,000 Jews in the Sobibor death camp in Poland. It set a precedent in that being a guard at a death camp was sufficient to prove complicity in murder. Previous prosecutions of Nazi criminals were focused on the architects of the genocide, leading to "very few convictions" of people who actually did the killing, some- times of hundreds of Jews in a single day, Zuroff said. Highest paid Palestinian terrorist family about to get a raise By United with Israel, with files from Palestin- ian Media Watch Last month, Islam Abu Hmeid murdered an Israeli soldier, earning him a spot among four of his brothers, all of whom are serving mul- tiple life sentences in Israeli prisons. Hmeid, who tossed a marble block from a roof at Israeli staff sergeant Ronen Lubar- sky, killing the soldier, con- fessed to the crime and is scheduled to be indicted on Thursday. With the latest Hmeid brother heading for the slam- mer for a murderous terror attack, the terrorists' mother, LatifaAbu Hmeid, can expect a significant increase in the funds the clan reaps, which are doled out from coffers that PA law designates for re- warding terrorists and their families. After the murder, Pales- tinian Authority (PA) offi- cials honored the terrorists' mother, Latifa Abu Hmeid, with visits, lauding her as "a crown on all of our heads" and a "fighter" from whom "we draw our determination and our strength." The PA's efforts are not limited to lavishing praise on Latifa, but also include cumulative payments to her and her family of $1,007,611 as of press time, reported terror watchdog Palestinian Media Watch. In May 2018 alone, the PA AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed Mother of 5 Palestinian terrorists, Latifa Abu Hmeid. paid the Hmeid family close to $10,000 (34,400 shekels), with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas meeting with Latifa to endorse her as a role model twice in the past year. Prior to Islam Abu Hmeid's murderous attack, Abbas hosted Latifa, who goes by the monkier "Khansa of Pal- estine," a reference to a figure from early Islamwho rejoiced when her four sons died as "martyrs" in battle. In 2011, the PA honored the terrorists' mother with a symbolic role in the PA's push for statehood at the UN. Seeking Jewish Gestational Carrier MUST be able to provide proof of religion. If GC is married, must be married to non-Jewish spouse. Single, divorced or widowed is fine. Minimum of 1 prior full-term pregnancy. You should be 21-40 yrs old, & have a strong support system. Healthy, kind, communicative & understanding. 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