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N Editorials ..................................... 4A Op-Ed .......................................... 5A Calendar ...................................... 6A Scene Around ............................. 9A Synagogue Directory ................ 11A JTA News Briefs ........................ 13A Federation delegation on leadership mission i Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando President Rhonda Forest (from left), board member Lawrence Haber and Executive Director Olga Yorish meet July 5 in Budapest with Taly Shred, director of Hungary's Joint Distribution Committee, to learn about the Jewish community in Budapest and the work JDC is doing there in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America. Forest, Haber and Yorish were en route to the Ukraine, then Israel, as part of JFNA's 2017 Leadership Mission. The mission offers top Federation lay and prafesMona~teaders the opportunity to travel and work together alongside teams from other North American cities. After three days in the Ukraine, the Israel on Thursday, July 13, and took part in a full day of site visits to projects run by Federation of the By Alex Traiman JNS.org An upcoming vote by the United Nations cultural body UNESCO on whether to declare Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs as an endangered Palestinian heritage site is the latest example of "narrative warfare" against Israel and Jews, legal experts say. As part of an ongoing Pales- tinian-engineered diplomatic campaign, an "emergency resolution" UNESCO pre- sented to its World Heritage Committee claims Israel is causing "irreversible negative effecton the integrity, authen- ticity and/or the distinctive character of the property," which the resolution refers to not as the Cave of the Pa- triarchs, but as the Ibrahimi Mosque. The Hebron site is where the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs Abraham and O 8 z 0 o : Sarah, I saa and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah are believed to be buried. The vote is tentatively scheduled to take place during UNESCO's July 2-12 summit in Krakow, Poland. "Anyone who comes to the Cave of the Patriarchs can see that the building is well-maintained, and open for members of all faiths to pray," said Yishai Fleisher, international spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron, who noted that the site's largest room is reserved almost exclusively for use as a mosque by local Arabs. Further, Fleisher explained that like the Western Wall, "the Cave of the Patriarchs monument was built by a Jewish king"---King Herod, more than 2,000 years ago. "Suggesting first, that the site of the burial of the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs is a Palestinian heritage site, and then suggesting t.hat the site is in danger, is a fraudulent interpretation of history. It is a classic case of the narrative warfare the Palestinians are waging on the Jewish people," Fleisher, a trained lawyer, told JNS.org. In May, UNESCO's Execu- tive Board passed a resolution denying Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. Last October, UNESCO passed two separate resolutions ignoring Jewish ties to Jerusalem's holy sites. Israel needs seven opposing votes in the committee to block the Cave of the Patri- archs resolution. None of the 10 countries opposing May's resolution against Israeli sov- ereignty are part of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, which seemingly stacks the odds against Israel in the upcoming vote. A Jewish man prays at the Sarah in Hebron's Cave of the 'Fake history' The claims that UNESCO submitted for the resolution included pictures of neglected areas of Palestinian-con- trolled Hebron thatwere being passed offas parts of Hebron's small, Jewish-controlled Old City, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely noted. "We have become used to the concept of 'fake news,'" she said. "Well, welcome to 'fake history.'" Irony of the vote According to Eugene Kon- torovich, a senior researcher at the Kohelet Policy Forum think tank and a professor of law at Northwestern University, the Palestinians are "essentially turning the U.N. specialized agencies into an echo chamber for the most extreme, deranged anti-science claims, and making a laughingstock of the U.N." "It is particularly ironic that the U.N.'s economic, science and culture organization is taking as anti-science a mea- sure as one can get, because there is no debate amongst historians about the Jewish Mendy Hechtman/Flash90 tomb of the biblical matriarch Patriarchs, Nov. 25, 2016. connection to the Cave of the Patriarchs," Kontorovich told JNS.org. "As a matter of historical science, that is not disputed." "The Cave of the Patriarchs has been there for over 3,500 years (predating King Herod's monument at the site), so it is very strange that all of a sud- den there is an emergency," Kontorovich said. Kontorovich pointed out that UNESCO has drafted a resolution targeting the one holy site at which members of any faith can openly come to pray, and have for decades. "It is ironic that this is be- ing treated is an emergency, because what we see is in areas where there is Palestinian or Muslim control, Jews cannot freely access for prayer, such as the Temple Mount, and more acutely, the Tomb of Joseph in Shechem. That would be a true issue for UNESCO to address," he said. 'Pogrom on Jewish his- tory' Kontorovich said the "tru- UNESCO on page 15A Ben Friedman The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has hired Ben Friedman as its new director of Community Relations and Leadership Development. He replaces Marli Porth, who has moved out of state with her family. In his new role, Friedman coordinates the Federation's Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership De- velopment Program, among other duties. He brings legal experience and passion for advocacy to JFGO, having Eric Geboff, executive di- rector of JFS Orlando, an- nounced today that Rosie Miller has joined the Winter Park-based nonprofit, human service agency as development director. Miller brings a rich and impressive resume of local and national nonprofit ex- perience that spans over 15 years to JFS Orlando. She will spearhead the development and marketing efforts for the agency and have oversight of donor development, steward- ship and cultivation. Prior to joining JFS Or- lando, Miller served as the director of Development and Strategic Partnerships for The Assistance Fund Inc. for six years. At The Assistance Fund Inc., she increased annual ap- peal revenue by more than 120 percent over the previous year and helped secure over four million in donations. During her eight-year tenure at Girl Scouts of Citrus, Miller held multiple fundraising roles from development manager to chief development officer. Her development career also includes stops at the Orlando Science Center and Hope and Help Center of Central Florida. "We are extremely excited to have Rosie join our orga- nization and look forward to the immediate impact she will have on our agency's develop- ment goals," said Geboff. "She has an excellent track record worked most recently as an associate at The Raben Group, a national public affairs and political strategy firm. He honed his research and writing skills in the federal government, on Capitol Hill and in policy organizations. At The Raben Group, Friedman focused on political strategy, coalition building and legisla- tive analysis. He has worked with the American Immigra- tion Lawyers Association on the organization's strategic plan, and with FairVote to reform the U.S. electoral process through bipartisan political party engagement and legislative initiatives. Friedman holds a Juris Doctor from American Uni- versity Washington College of Law. While earning his J.D., he authored an independent research project on gerry- mandering in congressional districts, participated in the WCL Program on Law and Government, and sat on the board of American Univer- sity's Chapter of the American Constitution Society. Friedman is a proud native of Florida and was raised in Friedman one, page 15A Development Director Rosie Miller of increasing fundraising revenue at each of the or- ganization's she has worked for. We believe strongly that her innovative and strategic thinking can elevate JFS Or- lando's fundraising efforts." Miller serves on several lo- cal and national committees and boards including the American Cancer Society, Pride Live Nation and the United Way. Originally from New York City and a gradu- ate of St. Peter's College, she currently resides in Lake Mary with her husband and has two grown sons. ,ii"4