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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2012 By Wayne Firestone Here are the surprising truths. According to and Mark J. Penn a just-released survey of 600 U.S'. Jewish un- dergraduates and graduate students conducted WASHINGTON (JTA)--The older generation by Penn Schoen & Berland, nearly half of all always thinks of the younger generation as Jewish college students today participate in losing its traditional values, wondering "Why Hillel events--a 36 percent increase from the can't they be just like us?" last time PSB did this poll in 2005. More than But in a time of expanding globalism, open half of students said they would participate in a social networking and greater geographi- Hilleleventinthenextmonth--upfromonly36 cal disbursement, a surprising finding of a percent seven years ago. And nearly 75 percent recent poll we conducted shows that Jewish of students said they viewed Hillel and "Hillel consciousness among millennials--young people" favorably, an increase of more than 20 adults in college and graduate school--is percentsince2005.ThenextmostimportantJexb- rising, not falling. As perhaps part of a global ish institution on campus was Chabad, which is trend toward religion in general, we believe alsogrowinginpopularitywithcollegestudents. the survey indicates that the next generation The rise in Jewish activism also is tied to of Jews may be increasingly into being Jewish strong support for Israel. Fully 78 percent of and following Jewish traditions. Jewish students today say that support for a i .i on By Mark Pitcavage power hip-hop artists, though most white supremacists dislike hip-hop. NEWYORK (JTA)--Muchhasbeenwritten At any given time, about 100 to 150 white and said of late about the underground white power bands are active-in the United States. supremacist subculture in which Wisconsin The bands' own names defiantly express shooter Wade Page immersed himself, and feelings of hate or violence: examples other his owninvolvementwithwhitepower music, than those mentioned previously include But one aspect of that subculture has not Aggravated Assault, Angry Aryans, Attack, been given the attention it deserves. In that Definite Hate. Force Fed Hate. Fueled by subculture.there alsoisa powerfulundercur- Hate and Hate Crime. Most of these bands rent of anti-Semitism, are the white supremacist equivalents of ga- The anti-Semitism is unmistakable in rage bands nobody is getting rich from the band names such as Jew Slaughter, Final. music. Behind them are small record labels Solution and Ethnic Cleansing. The latter or distributors that specializeinwhite power boasts of albums called "Piles of Dead Jews" music such as Label 56. TightrOpe Records. and "Hitler was Right." ~ Final Stand Records and others. An()ther longstanding white supremacist Many bands are associated with racist band, Bully Boys, has recorded songs called skinhead groups such as Volksfront. the "Fire Up the Ovens" and "Six Million More." Vinlanders Social' Club or. especially, the In the first one. the group sings aboutleaving Hammerskins. who dominate much of the "no stone unturned until the last Jewburns." white power music scene. Many bands are And in "Six Million More," they sing:. Hammerskins-affiliated, while the group itself "They're on the media night and day look- organizes hate music concerts, including ing for our'sympathy Hammerfest, its largest annua.l, event. YeahtheHolocaust.thecryStaInightdon't White power music conveyed'many rues- mean a thirig to me sages. Obviously it conveys hatred: antago- No. the world can't take much more of this nism toward Jews, immigrants, nonwhites. Zionist intgrvention Muslims gays and left-wingers. But songs The only fool proof plan is mass extermi- canconvey other messages, too. Somewhite nation." power songs may glorify heroes or martyrs These bands and others like them are of the white supremacist movement. Some part of a thriving" subculture: some white are essentially self-promotional, praising a supremacists drive for hundreds of miles group or leader. to attend their concerts. Their fans gather Songs that urge or celebrate generic together, many sporting shaved heads and violence also are common, emerging from covered with tattoos. The men pump. their a subculture in which violence is easily con- fists in the air and dance raucously in front doned. A number of songs attempt to convey of a stage festooned with Nazi flags and racist some sense of commonality, to strengthen the skinhead symbols, while others, including sense that listeners are in a movement with a few women, watch around the perimeter, shared ideas, goals or perceived enemies Onstage, the music is deafening~urgingwhite such as Jews. people "to stand up and fight." What are the effects ofwhitepower music? Apart from the concerts, which rarely at- It's often hard to know exactly how music tract crowds of more than a couple hundred, of any kind may affect someone. Music is the music reaches others who purchase or universally acknowledged as powerful, yet download it from the Internet. Since white its effects are.often indirect. power music arrived in the United States in Hate music does sometimes create direct the late 1970s, it has become a pillar of the effects. Incidents of hate crimes being com- subculturepermeatingthewhitesupremacist mitted by people who had just been at a movement, hate music event have been reported. More The music comes in many flavors. The old- indirectly, hate music certainly contributes est is a racist form of OiL associated with the to the shared ideas and notions of the white originalskinheadsubculture in GreatBritain. supremacist movement, including its willing Also popular is hatecore awhite supremacist acceptance of violence. version ofhardcore punk. Awhite supremacist Not only was Wade Page, the white suprema- form of death metal music, known as Na- cist responsible for the massacre at a Sikh tional Socialist Black Metal Music. or NSBM, temple in Wisconsin, part of this subculture. has become popular. There are other small subgenres of hate music even a few white Music on page 19A THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE lVANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE ~ ~ ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 40 Press Awards Editor/Publisher~ leffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor Assistant Editor Gene Starn Mike Etzkin Kim Fischer HERITAGE Florida Jewish News I 1SN 0199-0721 I is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the test 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 1407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX t407) 831-0507 email: Society Editor" Bookkeeping Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Barbara do Carmo Marci Gaeser Richard Ries Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky Tim Boxer David Bornstein Terri Fine Ed Ziegler Production Dep~tment David Lehman David Gaudio Teri Marks Elaine 8chooping Gil Dombrosky Caroline Pope Israel is important to them--virtually the same percentage that says social justice (and having a sense of responsibility for the Jewish people) is important. The success of Hillel is based on a six-year ef- fort that started with the sophisticated deploy- ment of early social networking techniques. The idea was simple--to use snowballing student connections as the. path to bringing in more students. Hillel not only seized on this insight, but also took it backward from virtual to real--training and employing nearly 1,000 Jewish students to engage about 35,000 uninvolved Jewish peers on more than 70 campuses across the globe. In every case, the goal was to help the unengaged students meet, explore and connect to Jewish life on their own terms. It turns out that peers not only can reach students in ways that institu- tions can't, but {hey also can do it creatively, imaginatively and with lasting effect. Second, Hillel hypothesized that in addition to going broader, it also could go deeper. On 10 pilot campuses, it placed Jewish educators and rabbis trained to engage students in study and conversation, encouraging students to ask the big questions that make college such a potent place for development and growth. As students progress in their education, they are more likely to participate in Jewish events on campuses, and such participation reaches its zenith among graduate students. By Ed Ziegler For many years our elected officials have stated that Israel is an important ally to the United States. As with any political issue the~'e are differences of opinions. The treatment of Israel is one such issue. The opimon, actions and lack of actions toward Israel by the current admiflistration presents a picture of how the President considers Israel. While campaigning for the presidency in 2008 the then Senator Barack Obama said. "We must preserve Israel's identity as a Jewish state with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. and it must remain undivided." In August 2012 Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, avoided a direct answer as to which city the U.S. recognizes as the capital of Israel. It should have been an easy answer since, in 1995, Congress passed a law that states the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In 2010 President Obama humiliated Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu by not extending the usual red carpet treatment given to visiting dig- nitaries, and this to an ally. There was no press conference, no photographed handshake and Netanyahu was taken through a side entrance. President Obama also decided not to eat (as normal) with the dignitary (Netanyahu) and ate with his family instead. During 2009, 2010 and 2011 President Obama visited approximately 46 countries includ- ing Saudi Arabia. Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq and Egypt where he bowed to King Abdullah showing respect to a higher leader. Yet In the three plus years he did not make time to visit Israel supposedly a good ally. In a highly unusual set of actions during the same period, three members of Obama's administration publically attacked Israel. Sec- retary of State Hillary Clinton ordered Israel to stop building a settlement in Jerusalem. She also insti'ucted Israel to issue a formal pledge that peace talks would focus on core issues such as the future of Jerusalem and the borders of a Palestinian state. What about the Palestinians recognizing the state of Israel and its borders? The President's senior advisor, DavidAxelrod. attacked the building of Israeli settlements on NBC TV's "Meet the Press." It is extremely unusual for a White House official to launch an attack on a close U.S. ally on television. Next. during a Fox News interview House press secretary Robert Gibbs attacked Israel for weakening "the trust that's needed for both sides to come together and have honest discus- sions about peace in the Middle East." Gibbs also stated that Benjamin Netanyahu should start "coming to the table with constructive ideas for constructive and trustful dialogue about moving the peace process forward." Thus implying Israel is hampering the peace talks and not the Palestinians. It is interesting to And this increase in interest is across Reform, Conservative and Orthodox students, as well as those self-defined as "just Jewish." The greater success of Jewish-based orga- nizations on campus is no doubt the result of innovative work by those organizations, but it also signals some real changes going on un- derneath. Universalism may have reached its limits, with the reassertion of a greater sense of ethnic ~nd religious identity growing in its place. Social networking makes it easier for groups to come together and find .their com- monality; threats to Israel and the potential growth of nuclear weapons in the region give an urgency to that connection. Birthright Israel is also giving many an up-close and personal experience. So just when we all thought young people were most likely to blendfin even further and abandon purely Jewish institutions, instead we are seeing them reassert their Jewish identity, their support for Israel and, perhaps most important, seek out connections with one another to feel part of a larger community they can call their own. Wayne Firestone is president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Mark J. Penn is corporate vice president for strategic and special projects at Microsoft. He was formerly CEO of the polling firm Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, which conducted the survey. Obama's Israel note that rarely does the Obama administration say anything negative about Islamic countries or Islamic terrorist organizations or of their refusal to negotiate with Israel. In 2011 The Obama White House went before the Supreme Court to defend its refusal to list "Jerusalem. Israel" on the passports of Ameri- cans born in the Israeli capital. According to Adina Kutnicki. a Zionist Conservative blogger, the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem eliminated Hebrew and replaced it with speaking Arabic following President Obama's directive, In April 2012 New York Sen. Chuck Schumer harshly criticized the Obama administration's attempts to exert pressure on Israel. This made him the highest-ranking Democrat to object to Obama's policies toward Israel. Schumer, along with the majority of mem- bers of the House and Senate. signed letters to President Obama politely suggesting the U.S. keep its disagreementswith Israel private, a tacit objection to the administration's very public rebuke of the Jewish State over construction in Jerusalem. In July 2012 reported that former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton called Barack Obama "the most hostile President to- ward Israel since the Jewish state was created." saying his policies have "actually set the peace process back" in the Middle East. Responding to Vice President Joe Biden's claim that Obama "has done more for Israel's security than any president since Harry Truman," Bolton declared. "That's just ridiculous." Bolton added, the reported administration's intelligence leaks could hurt Israel's chances of successfully knocking out Iran's nuclear facili- ties. Israel has made arrangements to use an Azerbaijan air base to re-fuel F-16 and F15 jets. Bolton sees the administration's leak of sensitive information as part of a larger problem. It has been well established that the U.N. is highly biased against Israel. Here is one example where the Obamaadministration supported the United Nations to set up an independent com- mission, to investigate Israel's behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. This is an extraordinary action singling out one country (Israel), sirice all kinds of much worse incidents happen around theworldwithout spurring U.N. investigations. Secondly the investigation will clearly be one- sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas. The internationally known commentator and columnist Charles Krauthammer. who is also a Harvard trained psy'chiatrist and a Jew, said that any Jewthat votes for Obama again has been in a coma the last 3 1/2 years when it comes to President Obama's negative attitude toward Israel and the damage he has done to the security of Israel. Ed Ziegler is past president of the New Jewish Congregation's brotherhood. He can be reached at