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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 1, 2014 WARSAW, Poland--The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) recognized 40 non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews duringWWII in one of the largest-ever gath- erings of Holocaust rescuers at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel recently. These righteous gen- tiles, all of whom are well into their 80s including one who just turned 97, are dwindling in number, such that the JFR luncheon is likely to be among the last of commemorations of its kind. The event was attended by government officials, foreign diplomats and com- munity leaders, including United States Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull, Polish righteous gentiles honored as role models for future generations Israel Ambassador to Poland Zvi Rav-Ner, Polish Consul General to New York City Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, Po- land's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, and President of the Polish Society of the Righteous Dr. An na Stupnicka Bando, all of whom expressed their gratitude to the righ- teous gentiles. "The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous is proud to recognize Polish rescuers as role models for future gen- erations," said Executive Vice President of the JFR Stanlee Stahl. "The noble deeds of these righteous gentiles made it possible for Jews to survive the horror of the Holocaust. Their unselfish acts gave persecuted Jews hope then and continue to provide hope today." The JFR provides monthly financial support to some 300 aged and needy Polish rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. In the calendar year 2014, the JFR will send a total of approximately $1 million to rescuers living in Poland. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous was created in 1986 to provide financial assistance to non-Jews who risked their lives and often the lives of their families to shelter and rescue Jews dur- ing the Holocaust. Today, the JFR supports some 575 aged and needy rescuers in 21 (L-r), United States Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull, President of the Polish Society of the Righteous Dr. Anna Stupnicka Bando, Executive Vice President of JFR Stanlee Stahl, Polish Consul General to New York City Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, and Israel Ambassador to Poland Zvi Rav-Ner. countries. The Foundation program for middle and high the legacy of the rescuers by also runs an internationally schoolteachersandHolocaust teaching the history of the lauded Holocaust education centerpersonnelwhopreserve Holocaust. UC president urged to intervene in student BDS battles NEW YORK--Emotionally charged student government debates over resolutions urg- ing divestment in companies doing business with Israel have become a perennial dis- traction across the University of California system, and the head of a prominent national security think tank has urged UC President Janet Napolitano to become personally involved. "As a former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, I know you appreci- ate the serious consequences of an international campaign to undermine the next genera- tion's support for America's only ally in the Middle East," wrote Dr. Herbert London, founder and president of the London Center for Policy Research. HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 Noting that student gov- ernments at five of the 10 UC campuses have approved the highly contentious res- olutions in recent years (Berkeley, Irvine, Riverside, San Diego and Santa Cruz), London called the so-called "boycott, divestment and sanctions" (BDS) move- ment a "highly organized, well-funded campaign of lobbying and parliamentary manipulation." Urging Napolitano to "be- come personally involved in setting the record straight," London suggested that her "personal engagement in these discussions will reas- sure taxpayers, donors and alumni alike that one of the world's premiere public university systems is not about to permit a narrative of outright lies, distortions and misunderstanding to hijack our support for our embattled ally." London applauded the UC system for its "long history of engagement with Israel," including student exchanges and international academic partnerships. The full text of Dr. London's Spring into Action with 7/00tO rla n doAc .com Air Conditioning & Home Automation ,, Profess.onal Cleaning letter to President Napolitano dated July, 10 follows: "Dear President Napoli- tano: "I am writing this pub- lic statement to call your attention to a disturbing development on several of the University of California system campuses, and to urge that you become personally involved. "Following a highly orga- nized, well-funded campaign of lobbying and parliamentary manipulation, a handful of pro-Palestinian activists have secured resolutions by a num- ber of UC student government organizations supporting the anti-Israel international Boy- cott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. At present, student governments at UC Berkeley, Irvine, Riverside, San Diego and Santa Cruz have each passed resolutions urging the economic isolation of Israeli businesses, financial institutions and universities. "These activists have man- aged to persuade majorities in the student governing bodies that Israel is an "occupying power" in the West Bank. With ridiculous comparisons to South African Apartheid and reciting the mantra of colonialism, exploitation and racism, they have--with little or no substantive de- bate--convinced their fellow students that Israel should be isolated as a pariah state. "As a former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security I know you appreci- ate the serious consequences of an international campaign to undermine the nextgenera- tion's support for America's only ally in the Middle East. I urge you to become personally involved in setting the record straight. "Beyond the obvious aca- demic objective of educating our students in intelligent, informed debate, your engage- ment in these discussionswill reassure taxpayers, donors and alumni alike that one of the world's premiere public university systems is not about to permit a narrative of outright lies, distortions and misunderstanding to hijack support for our embattled ally. "If, as I expect, the BDS movement continues its ef- forts on other UC campuses in the academic year ahead, I urge you to engage in the discussion. Let's inform these students that, yes, Israel has imperfections, but it remains an extraordinary example of what free men and women can accomplish, even in adversity and under siege. "These student council de- cisions could be a catalyst for civil discourse--a condition unknown to many students. As I see it, students should be free to express any opinion, including misguided opinion. But having aview point is not the same as having the facts to bolster it. "The University of Cali- fornia system has a long history of engagement with Israel that includes academic partnerships and programs for international study. I urge you to redouble these important efforts, with an eye toward letting students see for themselves the marvels of this unique nation, and to observe firsthand the con- trast between Israel and the stultifying atmosphere of its neighbors." Anti-lsrael protests spread throughout Europe (JNS.org) A number of anti- Israel protests have continued throughout Europe, with sev- eral of them turning violent, drawing condemnation and shock from European Jewish leaders. In Germany, several anti- Semitic and anti-Israel inci- dents have been escalating, with protests occurring daily throughout the country. At some protests, anti-Semitic slogans such as "gas the Jews" have been reported. According to reports, the protesters are largely com- posed of Muslim immigrants to Germany and neo-Nazi groups. In response to the violence and protests in Germany, the president of the Central Council of Jews in German'y, Dieter Graumann, cited the "explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews, which shocks and dismays all of us." "We would never in our lives have thought it possible anymore that anti-Semitic views of the nastiest and most primitive kind can be chanted on German streets," Graumann said. In France, which saw its third anti-Israel protest in a week turn violent; pro-Pal- estinian protesters attacked Jewish shops and other busi- nesses in the Jewish Parisian suburb of Sarcelles on Mon- day, AFP reported. "It is unacceptable to target synagogues or shops simply because they are managed by Jews," French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. Thousands of others also demonstrated against Israel in Vienna, Amsterdam, and several other European cit- ies. Additionally, Gerry Ad- ams, the leader of Ireland's nationalist Sinn Fein party called on Irish legislators to "stand in solidarity" with the Palestinians during a session of parliament, the Irish Times Wikimedia Commons Gerry Adams (pictured), the leader of Ireland's na- tionalist Sinn Fein party, called on Irish legislators to "stand in solidarity" with the Palestinians during a session of parliament. reported. Adams also called on the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador to the country.