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PAGE 4A By Ben Cohen HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2014 Against antiSemitism, self-defense is no offense clashes "in support of Israel's ongoing bombing campaign that has thus far claimed the lives of almost 200 Palestinians." The Daily Mail, meanwhile, harrumphed at the spectacle of"a group of 150 Jewish men.., brandishing iron bars and cans of pepper spray as they clashed with pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Paris." What isn't in doubt is that a mob of violent anti-Semites tried to storm the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue in central Paris. Equally, there is no doubt that a group of brave young Jews associatedwith Betar, the Jewish Defense League, and the SPCJ, the official defense arm of the French Jewish community, repelled the attempted pogrom through a show of physical force. Writing in Commentary magazine, my friend Michel Gurfinkiel noted that "older Jewish men and women, some in their late 40s or early 50s, fought back as well." Hence, there is a question that is more pressing than whether Jews should leave Eu- rope, and it's this one: Should we take more responsibility for the physical defense of our community and its property, even if that means we land on the wrong side of the law? There are many reasons why we should avoid such an outcome, some of them credible, others less so. Groups like the SPCJ in France and The debate about whether Jews have a future in Europe has once again surfaced, as Israel's Operation Protective Edge gained momentum in response to Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza. The two issues are connected for a simple reason: on July 13, a large number of pro- Palestinian demonstrators in Paris decided to attack a synagogue in the French capital, thereby demonstrating that these days, as- piring pogromists are more likely to wear a Palestinian keffiyeh than a swastika armband. I had originally intended to write about whether Europe's Jews should stay where they are, or make aliyah to Israel. But while I was sifting through the various news articles concerning the attack in Paris, I came across an alternative version of that episode that changed my focus. In this tendentious narrative--embraced by both the left-wing anti-Semitic website Mondoweiss and the right-wing British Daily Mail tabloid--the violence was in fact provoked by Jewish extremists on the scene. According to Mondoweiss, the French branch of the Jew- ish Defense League and its allies initiated the Accusations against Israel latest disservice to coiner 'genocide' autumn, Lemkin used the word "genocide" for the first time, in his book "Axis Rule in Occu- pied Europe." The 700-page tome chronicled, in painstaking detail, all the laws and regulations imposed by the Nazis and their collaborators to facilitate the annihilation of the Jews. In December 1948, Lemkin's campaign was crowned with success when the United Nations adopted the Genocide Convention. It defined genocide as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethni- cal [sic], racial or religious group, as such." Obviously, no reasonable person can believe Israel' actions in Gaza fit that definition. Then again, the world is filled with unreasonable people. But the likes of Erdogan, Abbas, and the ANC are not the only ones who have done Lemkin's legacy a disservice. There are government officials who have refused to apply the label for political reasons. Susan Rice, who today is the president's na- tional security adviser, was director of African Affairs for the National Security Council in 1994, when the genocide in Rwanda began. In one policy discussion, she argued against calling it "genocide," because, as she put it, "If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] elections?" And at the other extreme, there are those who casually apply the label where it doesn't be- long. Prof. Richard Breitman recently claimed that "American presidents" have "abetted genocidal violence by the government of Sri Lanka." Genocide Watch, however, reports that while both sides in the Sri Lankan civil war "have committed atrocities," they fell short of genocide. Other human rights groups have reached the same conclusion. For the term "genocide" to have any mean- ing, it must be used strictly in situations that indisputably warrant such a determination, according to the legal definition. Applying it or withholding it based on political considerations will render the term useless. Dr. Rafael Medoff is director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, www. By Rafael Medoff Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo- gan claims Israel is carrying out "systematic genocide" in Gaza. South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), asserts that Israel's actions in Gaza "remind [us] of the atrocities of Nazi Germany." PalestinianAuthor- ity (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is accusing Israel of"genocide," and the PA's newspaper is calling the current war "Israel's Holocaust." It seems as if every time Israel defends itself, somebodypojnts an accusing finger and ye!!s "Genocidd' Raphael Lemkin, who coined that term 70 years ago this autumn, would have been appalled by such abuse of his life's work. During the 1930s, Lemkin, a Polish Jewish attorney and expert on the development of lan- guages, trudged from law conference to law con- ference across Europe, making the case for legal mechanisms to define and combat mass murder. Lemkin was galvanized by the failure of the international community to prosecute Turkish officials involved in tt ". genocide of approximately one millionArmeniansbetween 1914 and 1918. No doubt Lemkin would have been disap- pointed by President Barack Obama's decision to refrain from recognizing the Armenian genocide. The Obama administration has even refused to permit the public display of an elaborate rug sent by Armenian orphans to the White House in 1925 as a gesture of apprecia tion for U.S. relief assistance. Apparently, the administration fears Turkey would be offended if the rug is exhibited, since its display will remind the world of the Armenian genocide. Lemkin realized that a new word was needed for the unique crime of attempting to destroy an entire racial, ethnic, or religious group. He took his inspiration from George Eastman, who invented the word "Kodak" because he needed a short, unique, and easy-to-pronounce name for his camera. Lemkin coined the term "genocide" even as a new mass murder, the Holocaust, was un- folding before his eyes. Seventy years ago this THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. I   CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE   ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 43 Press Awards HE ITAGE 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, EO. 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 ernail: II Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor Assistant Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Society Editor Bookkeeping Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Loft Apple Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkanslgy David Bornstein Ed Zieglerr Production Department David Lehman Gil Dornbroslky Joyce Gore the Community Security Trust in Britain have done a tremendous job of enhancing security at Jewish institutions, working closely with local authorities in the process. Why, then, take actions that risk those relationships? Surely, in democratic societies, we resolve our differences through politics, and we let the police take care of law and order? Then there's the fact that Jewish commu- nities, and particularly their leaders, tend to take a conservative approach. Especially in America, Jewish advocacy revolves around gala fundraising dinners, conferences, and photo opportunities with foreign leaders. Throwing tables, chairs, kicks, and punches at anti- Semitic thugs isn't quite our style. Now, all those considerations are sound ones. But what happens when you have dem- onstrators chanting in Arabic, as they did in Paris, "Itbah al Yahudl" ("Death to the Jews!')? How do we respond when some politicians, as was the case in France, claim that we should expect such attacks if we turn our synagogues into adjuncts of the state of Israel? In those circumstances, I think, we have to fight back. We shouldn't provoke violence, but we should be ready to defend ourselves against attacks, particularly when the police fail to do their job. It's important to remember that this isn't the first time Jews have faced this sort of dilemma. In the late 1940s, in London's East End, the British Union of Fascists returned to the streets, harassing Jewish businesses and beating up Jews, frequently citing the conflict between the authorities in the British Mandate of Palestine and the Zionist Yishuv as justification. At a meeting of 43 Jews in the area, who later became known as the "43 Group," it was decided that enough was enough. The result wasn't pretty. "In October 1947, the 43 Group was attacking an average of 15 outdoor fascist meetings aweek, and by whatever means, caus- ing more than half to close down prematurely," wrote Morris Beckman in his memoir of the 43 Group's exploits. Those "means" included knives knuckledusters and bricks. And it worked. By the end of 1949, the fascists had been driven out of east London. In these dark days, the experience of the 43 Group reminds us that in the not-so-distant past, Jews have refused to accept their lot as passive victims. The challenge now is balanc- ing our respect for the law of the land with our resolve not to allow our synagogues to be burned or ransacked, as they were less than a century ago in Europe. Used sparingly and when necessary, self- defense is no offense. And if it contributes to the authorities' taking pre-emptive action against anti-Semitic demonstrations--as has occurred in France, where the police have banned an- other anti-Semitic rally scheduled for this past weekend in Paris--then so much the better. Ben Cohen is the Shillman analyst for and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Haaretz, and other publications. His book, "Some Of My Best Friends: A Journey Through Twenty-First Century Antisemitism" (Edition Critic, 2014), is now available through Amazon. By Ed Ziegler and Contemporary Threat." When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societ- Anyone who follows the actions in the Middle ies agree to Muslim demands for their religic)Us East or Islamic communities readily becomes aware that Muslims continuously make de- mands on their non-Islamic neighbors. One would assume they come to western- ized countries like the U.S. for a better way of life. Yet through their ongoing demands it appears they want to convert our lives to the strict oppressive Islamic life style they've left. For example, the Council on American- Islamic Relation's (CAIR-MI) Executive Direc- tor Dawud Walid, sent a complaint letter to the Michigan Roseville Public Schools stating that "School staff and teachers are not to serve as advocates for one particular religion by passing out slips inviting parents to give permission for their children to attend religious instruction." Yet he offered a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices" a book that elevates Islam. As is common for Muslim communities, Muslims in New York City are demanding spe- cial treatment at the expense of non-Muslims. They demand public schools cater to their religious food limitations. They prepared a video showing kids telling how heartbreaking it is to have toeat peanut butter and jelly, or bring something from home. It makes them feel different. Interesting that their Arabic clothing (i.e. hajib) does not make them feel different. The vegetarian options offered are insuf- ficient to satisfy their demands. Could it be that their intention is to have non-Muslims submit to Islam one step at a time? During the public comment period in February 2014, at the Dearborn city council meeting, a Muslim, Mr. Hassan, demanded that the city institute sharia patrols to keep young people out of parks and to prevent the sale of "offensive" magazines in stores. Mr. Hassan also wants the city to institute sharia compliant patrols to establish sharia compliant censorship at libraries. Fortunately, the city council shot down Hassan's de- mands, muslims-demanding-their-own-sharia- patrols-in-michigan/ It has been confirmed by a number of studies that Muslim demands increase as the percent- age of Muslims increases. The following is from an Atlas Shrugs' post adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book: "Slavery, Terrorism & Islam: Historical Roots privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well. Here's how it works. As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2 percent in any given country, they will, be for the most part, regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in: United States 0.6 percent, Australia 1.5 percent, Canada 1.7 percent. At 2 pe(cent to 5 percent, they begin to proselytize other ethnic minorities and recruit from within jails and street gangs. This is hap- pening in: Denmark 2 percent, Germany 3.7 percent, United Kingdom 2.7 percent. From 5 percent on, they exercise an inordi- nate influence in proportion to their percent- age of the population. For example, they will pressure super- markets for the introduction of halal food on supermarket shelves. They will threaten for failure to comply. This will secure food preparation jobs for Muslims. This occurred in: France 8 percent Philippines 5 percent, Sweden 5 percent. At this point, they will demand the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world. See more at: atlas_shrugsmuslim-immigration/#sthash. ISGbWPP8.dpuf Another example of their demands is in Brid- geview, IL. A Muslim school wanted its girls' basketball team to play road games against non-Muslim schools insisting that men and teenage boys are banned from observing their daughters and sisters. Again non-Muslims are being pressured to adhere to the Muslim faith. In Australia, Muslims succeeded in requiring anyone using a public swimming pool to wear Muslim approved clothing during the period of Ramadan. Muslim leaders around the world, such as Anjem Choudary, in Britain, want to stop everyone from celebrating Christmas and wishing " Merry Christmas." He threatened that there would be "hell to pay." When will we stop submitting and retain our cherished way of life? Ed Ziegler can be reached at Brooklynl3@ or by calling him at 352- 750-3298.