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PAGE 4A Attack attack attack By Ed Ziegler By searching the Internet it is easy to confirm that a very large number of Muslims continue to generate murderous terrorist at- tacks. The vast majority of these attacks are perpetrated on infidels (non-Muslims) who are peaceful and unarmed. It is not uncommon that these fanatics state a reason for the attack that has nothing to do with the victims. A typical example was on June 23 the reported that gunmen killed 10 Chinese and Ukrainian tourists, at a base camp The tourists were preparing to climb Nanga Parbat Mountain in Pakistan. A spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban, an Islamic terrorist group, said the attack was in retalia- tion for the killing of its second-in-command, Waliur Rehman. In May beforeit' reported that, in Stockholm, some 200-plus Muslimyouthswere rioting, hurling rocks at the police. In addition, these fanatics set fire to downtown buildings and firebombed vehicles in city suburbs with Molotov cocktails. It is believed the riots were sparked by calls from a Swedish minister to limit Muslim immigration. In August 2012 the Spa.nish authorities investigated the deaths of more than a dozen dogs in Lerida. All the dogs were poisoned. It is believed that Muslim immigrants killed the dogs because Islam teaches dogs are "un- clean." Over the next several months, people walking their dogs were harassed and attacked by Muslims. Then you have the horrific attacks such as the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing killing three and injuring 254. The believed bombers'--Muslim brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev--actions show an utter disregard for human life. After several weeks in a hospital a 38-year- old victim, Michelle L'Heureaux, lashed out at the accused bombers' mother, Zubeidat Tsarneva, for her jihad ranting and denials. Furthermore, Michelle voiced a strong opinion that we must discontinue being "politically correct" and start speaking out. Jewish leaders must be vocal in backing Kerry's mission By Ephraim Sneh and Robert K. Lifton and Palestinian leadership with a made in (JTA)--Secretary of State John Kerry's recent four days of meetings in Jerusalem and Amman yielded no breakthrough and no Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. One hurdle he must overcome: 42 of the 120 members of the Israeli Knesset vehemently oppose a two-state solution. Though those 42 members comprise only one-third of the Knesset, they hold nearly every important position in the government and the Knesset, and have a stranglehold on the actions of the government. They are strongly committed to settlements and occupation. (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not included in this list, according to his own statements.) On the other hand, the center-left half of the Knesset has not been able to focus public attention on the major issue: Will Israel survive as a Jewish and democratic state? As a result, the current Israeli government is unwilling to take the actions needed to attain a two-state solution, the only way to secure Israel's survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people. Yet two-thirds of the Israeli public support a two-state solution, according to most of the re- liable polls, including one released this month, and 51 percent believe that the settlements are the main obstacle to a two-state solution. On the Palestinian side, where 53 percent support a two-state solution, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is still committed to a negotiated solution. But he is struggling to maintain the dominance of his Fatah movement against its archrival Hamas, which vehemently opposes a two- state solution. Kerry's commendable efforts in the region can change this gloomy reality and overcome the prevailing pessimism, but mainstream voices in the American Jewish community must actively support his initiatives. American Jewish leaders and organizations ned to urge the Obama administration to bolster Kerry's mission and transform it into a much more proactive one. For example, he should present both Israeli America, "take it or leave it" offer. If it is based on the fall 2008 understandings between then- Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Abbas, the gap between the parties is bridgeable. One of the main reasons the administra- tion has not been tough or more proactive is the perception that doing so would harm President Obama politically. Obama's political opponents have succeeded in portraying the Jewish community as staunch supporters not only of Netanyahu, but also of the 42 ultra- right-wing Knesset members of the Likud and Naftali Bennett's parties who shalSe Israel's policies. This perception is mistaken. But it is causing Kerry to operate with one hand tied behind his back. It is the timid behavior of the mainstream American Jewish community that is allowing this to happen. With only a few exceptions, community leaders and organizations have not publicly supported Kerry's efforts; they have not condemned the expansion of settle- ments or the soft treatment of settlers'violence against Palestinians; they have not called on Netanyahu to repudiate statements by his own ministers that undermine the two-state solution. American Jews can no longer be the silent majority. This is a critical moment for the viability of the two-state solution. A detailed offer now from Kerry will compel the Israeli public to decide whether or not it wants an agreement with he Palestinians -- a clear choice they have not been given since May 1992, when Yitzhak Rabin ran against and defeated Likud leader Yitzhak Shamir. The late Rabin believed that the Oslo Agree- ment was a strategic imperative for Israel in order to face its most dangerous foe, Iran. To be ble to confront Iran, he believed, Israel must make peace with its immediate neighbors. The expanding sectarian conflict in the Middle East between Sunni and Shia adherents, the upheavals in Syria and Egypt, and the recent softening of the Arab Peace Initiative present an opportunity to the United States and Israel to address the Palestinian and Attack on page 19A . * THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. [   CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE   ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 4] Press Awards HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 email: Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor Assistant Editor Gene Starn Mike Etzkin Kim Fischer Society Editor Bookkeeping Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Barbara do Carmo Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman David Gaudio Elaine Schooping Gil Dombrosky I HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 19, 2013 On June 28, Reuters reported the China state media announced a death toll of 35 from unrest in the western Xinjiang region. China denounced the Muslim terrorist attack as the deadliest in four years. Xinjian is home to a large Muslim Uighur community. Many Muslims claim the Chinese govern- ment imposes restrictions on their culture, language and religion. It is common for Islamic communities, worldwide, to demand being allowed to maintain their culture, even if it is contrary to the law of the country to which they have migrated. Meanwhile China says it grants Muslims wide-rangiflg freedoms and accuses the extremists of separatism. In Madrid one of the deadliest attacks oc- curred in 2004. Ten bombs were exploded on four packed commuter trains at the height of the morning rush hour, killing 191 people and wounding 1,700. In London suicide bombers caused blasts on four public transports during the morn- ing rush hour on July 7, 2005. They killed 52 unarmed civilians and injured about 700 people. In the week of June 22, 2013 there were 72 Jihad attacks, 620 people critically wounded and 367 killed. states that the Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 21,125 deadly attacks since 9/11/01. As we know the murderous attacks are made by both groups and individuals. On Feb. 20, 2013 ABC reported that a Muslim, Yusuf Ibrahim, was arrested for the murder and be- heading of two Coptic Christians in New Jersey. In June 2013, in Germany, a Libyan refugee threatened people with knives while holding a Quran and shouting "Allahau Akbar," (God Is Great), which is frequently shouted by fanatic Muslims in justifying their actions. For more than 20 years we have thought that being ultra-nice to these Islamic fanatics will cause them to become nice as well. It is time for all Americans to accept the fact that being politically correct and catering to the jihadists will not stop their attacks and com- mitting wanton murder. Ed Ziegler is past president of the New Jewish Congregation's Brotherhood. He can be reached at American Jewry's 'leadership cliff' By Ga Rosenblatt New York Jewish Week Is the American Jewish community about to go over "the leadership cliff?" That phrase, which appears in a sober new study by the Jewish People Policy Institute, an independent think tank, reflects a grow- ing sense that at a time when as many as 90 percent of the top executives of our largest national Jewish organizations, major seminar- ies, big-city federations and JCCs will retire in the next few years, there is a serious lack of preparation for the transition, with potentially dire consequences for the communal future. The 26-page JPPI report, prepared by Barry Rosenberg, former CEO of the St. Louis Jewish Federation, speaks of "crisis" and "dysfunction" in describing Jewish organizations in terms of personnel and structure. Among the problems cited are a weak "pipeline" of trained profes- sionals; a concern about "the relevance and sustainability of the current Jewish organiza- tional network;" a"weak and problematic'i pool of qualified and motivated volunteer leaders; and the prospect of a younger generation of talented Jewish nonprofit professionals not interested in coming on board mainstream organizations they view as bloated, ideologi- -cally stagnant and resistant to change. Particularly telling about the report's per- ception of young American Jews today is this assessment: "With reduced levels of affilia- tion and loyalty to traditional institutions, interfaith marriage and growing discomfort with Israeli politics, it is less likely that young Jews will proactively seek a career in Jewish organization." The report asserts that the community "will require an army of professional, volun-- teer and informal leaders who possess a deep understanding of the current context, and the passion, will and skill to take on the task of sustaining a thriving Jewish people." Among the short-term recommendations called for: look to recruit professionals from outside the Jewish community and retiring "baby boomers" looking for "encore careers." But the strongly held view is that long-term solutions are needed, including the creation of a national center for executive development to train and inspire professionals; makingavailable visits to Israel for extended periods to help pro- fessionals better understand the culture there; encouraging and supporting the advancement of women; enhancing the image and status of Jewish organizational work; promoting more equitable power sharing between professional and lay leaders; and expanding and deepening efforts to develop volunteer leaders beyond the "young leadership" model. "Sadly today," the report concludes, "we are inadequate" to the "challenge and a broad, sustained and urgent focus on leadership is required." But at least one under-40 leader in the Jew- ish community believes that the JPPI approach and recommendations underscore rather than address the problem. Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, in an essay in e Jewish Philanthropy, sharply criticized the report, saying it failed to recognize that mainstream Jewish organizations and the CEOs that have led them for decades are not equipped for tomorrow's realities. The problem isn't just leadership succes- sion, says Kurtzer, but seeking to sustain organizations that are increasingly irrelevant to a younger generation uninterested in affiliating" with "infrastructure-heavy Jew- ish institutions." Instead, the future points to the "thriving innovation sector that is creative and nimble," he writes, and not to "self-replacement, or worse, self-replication" of and by older CEOs who have been in their posts at mainstream organizations for decades. Kurtzer argues that "the center of gravity in Jewish life" has already shifted from the big institutions to "sites of true creativity, energy and vibrant leadership." His message: get on board or step aside. Rabbi Ellie Kaunfer, co-founder and execu- tive director of Machon Hadar in Manhattan, made a similar point, though not as bluntly, at a panel on the changing of the guard of Jewish leadership, held at the recent Israel Presidential Conference in Jerusalem. "Which legacy organizations are inspiring young people?" he asked rhetorically, making the point that only groups that have a young fol- lowing will survive. "No one worries about the survival of the high-tech industry," he noted. Fellow panelist Malcolm Hoenlein, who has been executive vice chairman of the Confer- ence of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations for 27 years, said the qualities to look for in a leader are passion and a desire to.bring Jews together. He cited the words of Moses, who told his successor, Joshua, simply "chazak v'ematz," be strong and of good courage. Today, Hoenlein said, "we have failed to educate two generations" about Jewish life and Israel. Every generation faces challenges, he notec'l, and the key is to give young people a cause to believe in based on Jewish history, values and meaning. It's true that change has always been a part of Jewish history. Indeed, in a recent Torah portion, Moses asks God to choose a successor for him when he learns that, after 40 years, he will not be the one to bring the people to the Promised Land. Someone "who shall take them out and lead them in," Moses requests, so they will not be "like sheep that have no shepherd." God tells Moses to choose Joshua, his faith- ful lieutenant, and have him stand before the people and "commission him in their sight, invest him with some of your authority." So Moses laid his hands upon Joshua and com- missioned him in front of the people, and they accepted him. Maybe that style would still work today if we were assured God was doing the choosing. But in our open society, closed-door decisions are frowned upon by young people. And they would be appalled to learn that many of our Jewish organizations hold elections closer to the Kremlin's style of democracy than our own. In the end, the true leaders, as always, will be those who are inspired--and ca.n inspire others, transmitting a vision of Jewis purpose that can link our proud past to our hopeful future. The real crisis is in assuring they will have a substantial, educated and caring con- stituency to follow them. Gary Rosenblatt is editor and publisher of The New York Jewish Week, from which this article was reprinted by You can reach him at Gary@jewishweelcrg.