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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 28, 2017 PAGE 15A From page 1A tiating Friday night's attack, 19-year-old Palestinian ter- rorist Omar al-Abed wrote on underwent surgery Saturday morning. The Palestinian terrorist, Abed, knocked on the door and burst into the Salomon fam- ily's home as they gathered around the table for a festive Facebook,"There is no life af- Shabbat meal, celebrating terwhat is seen in [the Temple the birth of a new grandson. Mount compound's] AI-Aqsa As Abed entered, armed with [mosque]." Abed added, "All I a knife, Elad's wife rushed a haveisasharpenedknife, and group of children tosafetyin it responds to the call of A1- a nearby room, holding the Aqsa... God will take revenge on you." The J0rdanian-run islamic Waqf, which administers the Temple Mount, is not "addressing Israel's security needs,or that the metal detec- tors were installed as a result of terrorism coming out of the Temple Mount plaza," said Dan Diker, director of the Political Warfare project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). Waqf officials are "express- ing their sense of humiliation from having to go through these unilaterally imposed Israeli security measures, and they see this as a fundamental breaking of the status quo" at the holy site, Diker told JNS. org, adding, "If they perceive that their Islamic sense of honor is being crossed, it is a very difficult challenge [for Israel] to confront and overcome." At the same time, Diker said the current tension surround- ing the Temple Mount "does not necessarily mean we are going towards a full-blown conflagration," and that a further escalation in violence is "not self-evident." 'Scenes of a bloodbath' The three victims in Friday night's Halamish terror attack were Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 46, and his son Elad, 36.Yosef'swife, Tova, 68, was wounded and rushed to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where she door shut while calling the police. The terrorist stabbed four members of the family before a neighbor, who over- heard screaming, ran over and shot him. "The scenes of a bloodbath that greeted us when we ar- rived on Saturday evening at the Salomon home shocked us all to the core--even the most veteran ZAKA volunteers," Yehuda Meshi Zahav, chair- man of the ZAKA emergency response group, told JNS. org. "It was painstaking work to gather up so much blood, but we were determined to fin- ish so that the victims could be buried as soon as possible, in keeping with Jewish law." Israel makes 'preventive efforts' as tension escalates Abed, who was treated for his wounds at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, is in the Israeli defense establish- ment's custody. He was ar- rested several months ago by PalestinianAuthority security forces on suspicion of plot- ting terror attacks. An Israeli military official said the ter- rorist's parents were known supporters of the Palestinian terror group Hamas. Early Saturday morning, IDF troops raided the Abed family home in the village of Kaubar, searching for weap- ons and additional suspects. The IDFsurveyed the home for demolition and arrested the terrorist's brother, 21-year-old Monir al-Abed, on suspicion of aiding Omar in the attack. Further, the IDF and Is- rael's Shin B et security agency arrested 29 Hamas members, including some of the terror group's senior officials, in overnight raids in the dis- puted territories. "The wave of detentions... was part of the preventive ef- forts of the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Defense Forces against the terrorist organizations, particularly during the past week and due to the tension surrounding the Temple Mount and the unrest in the area," the Shin Bet said. Deteriorating Israeli-Pal- estinian relations When news of the Halamish terror attack reached Hamas- controlled Gaza, jubilant Pal- estinians took to the streets to celebrate and hand out sweets. Hamas praised the "heroic" attack, while Palestinians in Gaza fired a rocket at the Israeli city of Ashkelon early Sunday morning. The rocket "exploded mid-air" and caused no injuries or damage, the IDF said. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, announced the cancellation of security co- ordination with Israel as part of a general freeze in com- munication with the Jewish state. It was the first freeze of Israel-PAsecurity cooperation announced by Abbas since he assumed office in 2005. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will manage without coordi- nating security with the PA, slammed Abbas for failing to condemn Friday night's terror attack. "He's not a partner, he's not looking for peace," Lieberman said of Abbas, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. Regarding the current es- calation of Israeli-Palestinian tension, the JCPA's Diker said, Yehezkiel ltkin/ZAKA The ZAKA volunteer emergency response group--including its chairman, Yehuda Meshi Zahav (pictured in front, center)--cleans up the scene of Friday night's deadly Palestinian terror attack at the Salomon family home in Halamish. Zahav said the "scenes of a blood- bath.., shocked us all to the core--even the most veteran ZAKA volunteers." "Any time you have terror attacks against Israel, which puts Israel in the position of having to defend itself in terms of passive and active measures, it always looks like things are escalating." "We've learned from expe- rience," he said, "that these things don't necessarily indi- cate that there's going to be a major war." From page IA pray at the A1-Aqsa mosque. This is limiting to freedom of religion, faith and worship." The Turkish Chief Rabbin- ate Foundation condemned the protest and urged authori- ties to take action. "We are condemning the provocative act in front of the Neve Shalom synagogue and expecting related authorities to do what's necessary," the foundation posted on Twitter. Other protests against Is- rael were held in the Lebanese city of Beirut and the Malay- sian city of Kuala Lumpur. The A1-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount. From page 3A says "has at times provided a platform for anti-Semitism." Former Union of Reform Judaism President Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who was part of the July 12 JBS panel, said he has received harassing emails in response to some of his articles, but "they come from individuals, not organizations, and they don't bother me." "Generally speaking, I believe that we are blessed with a lively and open discus- sion in the American Jewish community, and I don't see much evidence that freedom of speech is endangered in any way," Yoffie said. Another participant in the JBS television discussion, Amanda Berman, director of legal affairs at The Lawfare Project, told there is "a censorship problem re- lated to Jewish and pro-Israel advocacy, but Sam Norich's position on that problem is entirely inverted." She pointed to recent instances in which pro-Israel speakers and events on college cam- puses have been disrupted or shut down "by raging mobs chanting genocidal slogans and expletives." Instead of focusing on such activities, The Forward "has now set a precedent [by publishing the Barghouti advertisement] that its pages are a welcome place for terrorists aiming to perpetuate genocidal viewpoints and outright lies," Berman said. "No one silenced The For- ward," said New York Uni- versity legal scholar Thane Rosenbaum, who also took part in the July 12 JBS panel discussion. "They made this decision without anyone's help. Iftheywere a true Jewish news source, they would have practiced self-censorship, and not given voice and moral support to a killer of Jews." From page 4A International media have noticed, but not made a big deal about the attack from the Temple Mount or what has occurred subsequently. It's a curious contrast with the chronic concern with a peace process, or the plight of Palestinianswithout astate. It helps to define the borders be- tween symbolic and practical politics, what's fashionable, or how much people are willing to spend on a distant issue that activists seek to make significant. Israeli media is sharing Old City developments with several police investigations that may be getting closer to the Prime Minister. We're also reading about the detritus apparent here and elsewhere, i.e., traffic accidents, domes- tic violence, and unpleasant weather. A couple of items reflect the nature of the Middle East other than Israel's conflict with Arabs. A young Christian woman was killed by relatives, seemingly because she threatened the family's honor by falling in love with a Muslim. And a middle-age Arab woman was killed as a feud between families in her village escalated to firearms. So what else is new? Comments welcome. From page 5A trying to integrate Israel into the Eurail system so that stu- dents could use passes to get to Israel inexpensively, perhaps by ship (I used my pass in 1980 to go from Greece to Egypt), and gain free or discounted access to Israeli trains. I don't know if anything like this is possible, but it might be worth revisiting. Back in 1986, I was also unimpressed with the qual- ity of the material available to students. I argued that we needed to develop information discussing the major issues in away "American students can understand and appreciate." Today, we have a surfeit of material, however, we can still do better. For example, AICE's Jewish Virtual Library offers students everything they need to know on topics from anti-Semitism to Zionism, and has more than 800,000 visitors per month, but it is severely understaffed and underfunded. AICE also publishes Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the "bible" for activists. Myths, then published by AIPAC, helped launch my career as a campus activist when I was an undergrad at UC Santa Barbara searching for answers to Israel's detractors. Unfortu- nately, the book is no longer given to students by AIPAC, as it was in my day, and too few students are familiar with the information it contains. One last recommendation that I made that has also largely been ignored to the detriment of the cause is to recruit students to become more active in the Jewish com- munity. I observed that stu- dents saw the establishment as a plutocracy. If anything, this perception may be worse today. I stand by the sugges- tion I made at that time: "We have to bring college students onto the boards of the various organizations so that they will not only feel like a part of the Jewish community at-large, but will also be able to express the needs and concerns of the campus community directly to the people who can provide the resources needed to fight the war on the campuses." Dr. Mitchell Bard is the author~editor of 24 books including the 2017 edition of Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict, The Arab Lobby, and the novel After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine. From page 5A that Macron himself de- nounced. Indeed, the modern murderous anti-Semitism in France and Europe is rooted in Islamic circles, and this must be stated clearly, as the president of the Representa- tive Council of French Jewish Institutions did. Macron has taken it upon himself to bring about an all-encompassing internal reconciliation so that all the French may find their place. This reconciliation necessi- tates bravely coping with big problems facing immigrant Muslim communities in France and Europe. But it must be stated that those who wish to see us abandon humanity, democracy and liberty all generally come from a specific religious background. Ignoring this fact or denying it will only exacerbate the problem. Internal reconciliation will be facilitated not just by acknowledging that Muslims are victims of European rac- ism, but also by demanding that Muslims take respon- sibility for the radicalism in their communities and encouraging them to inte- grate into European societ- ies rather than trying to change them. Eldad Beck is a promi- nent Israeli journalist and author. He studied Arabic and Islam at the Sorbonne University in Paris; he was Middle East affairs corre- spondent of lDF Radio and the newspaper "Hadashot," as well as the Paris-based correspondent of lDF Radio, the Jerusalem Report, the Jerusalem Post, and lsrael's Channel 2.