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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 By Wallace Bruschweiler and Alan Kornman The definition of peace between the Palestinians and Israelis is when the two can work alongside each other, earning equal wages, benefits, and economically energizing their neighborhoods, in a &apos;so called' peaceful environment. Peace broke out in Maale Adumim, West Bank at the SodaStream factory 15 minutes west of Jerusalem. 600 West Bank Palestinians, 300 East Je- rusalem Arabs, and 300 Israeli Jews entered, without knowing, into a voluntary peace deal at " SodaStream. All this achieved without outside interference from the United Nations, United States, and UK. The SodaStream factory had an on-site synagogue and mosque. Jew and Palestinian break bread everyday sharing the same cafeteria in peace and harmony. The economy of Maale Adumim, West Bank was benefiting from the positive financial benefits Oxfam and BDS hypocrisy as SodaStream's Palestinian workers were building homes, buying local goods, and saving money for their future. How Did This Peace Work? Al Monitor asked SodaS- tream's President Daniel Birnbaum to explain how this peace worked between Israeli and Palestinian. "You know, as far as many of they (Palestinians) are concerned, the only Israelis they know are settlers and the policemen at checkpoints. Most of them had never even been to Israel until I took them on a tour last summer. Then they saw Israelis on the beach and in the street. They saw plain, ordinary people. On the other hand, it was also an opportunity for us to break through the barriers of hatred and to get to know the other side, so that we coUld finally recognize that not every Palestinian is a terror- ist. I'm proud of that. I want people to finally realize that we're talking about people and that peace is possible, despite the politicians. If there were another hundred companies like us extending a hand to the other side, we would have a peace agreement, because everybody wants it, including the Palestinians." This SodaStream economic peace effort was a glimmer of light at the end of avery dark and bloody tunnel. Then, out of nowhere, Oxfam and BDS Movement came into playwith a worldwide action that at the end of the day is hurting over 3,500 Palestinians. 900 Palestinians and Arabs betrayed by Oxfam and BDS' nonsense The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) is a global campaign to increase economic and political pressure on Israel i.e. branding Israel as an apart- heid state. BDS puts public pressure on companies like SodaStream by protesting and intimidating retailers around the world for selling their products. The BDS movement has evolved into a non-affiliated arm of Palestinian terrorism. Oxfam/BDS are hell bent on Israel's economic destruction. Sacrificing the economic fu- ture of 900 Palestinian work- ers was a very small matter to the BDS movement. Oxfam Oxfam's mission statement: "Working with thousands of local partner organizations, we work with people living in poverty striving to exercise their human rights, assert their dignity as full citizens and take control of their lives." Oxfam International in its zeal to hurt SodaStream violated its own mission statement. Oxfam went on a personal rampage mission to destroy SodaStream, in January 2014, after their international spokesperson, Ms. Scarlett Johansson, appeared in a SodaStream worldwide TV ad campaign. Oxfam got hot under the collar when Ms. Johansson's publicist gave this reason for leaving Oxfam. "Ms. Johans- son, respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years... She and Oxfam have a funda- mental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement." In a January 30, 2014 Oxfam press release the 'aid' groups politics become crystal clear, "Oxfam believes that busi- nesses, such as SodaStream, that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Pal- estinian communities thatwe work to support. Oxfam is op- posed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law." Oxfam International, with an operating budget of $1.2 Billion US and net assets of $396 Million, decided to exact their pound of flesh from SodaStream. Scarlett Johansson publicly exposed Oxfam's political bias against the State of Israel in favor ISIS is much worse than Hamas PAGE 5 of the BDS Movement. The only one's who got hurt at the end of the day were the 900 Palestinian and Arab workers who were earning four times more than the average wage in Judea and Samaria. Back to square one 'JTA reports, Daniel Birn- baum, SodaStream CEO said, "We are committed to con- tinue serving as a bridge and to sowing hope." The flames of that hope were extinguished because of outside influences from Oxfam International and BDS, both showing their anti-Semitism. "SodaStream's case, some say, is onel example of how boycotting an Israeli company doing business in the West Bank can end up hurting the very goals that boycott pro- ponents say they are trying to achieve: Palestinian rights and Israel-Palestinian peace." Conclusion SodaStream will soon be closing their West Bank plant Oxfam on page 14A By David Benkof Last Friday, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach began an advertising campaign to defend the State of Israel by arguing that Hamas and ISIS are equally vile. Ac- cording to his press release, "The ad equates ISIS and its execution of American jour- nalist James Foley and Hamas' actions in Gaza." Not only is the opinion of "America's Rabbi" wrong, it is dangerous. Let me be clear: I believe Hamas is an existential danger to the State of Israel, and I denounce that bellicose terror- ist regime vigorously. I was a strong supporter of our recent efforts in Gaza, where we prob- ably should have fought longer and harder. But ISIS represents a new kind of evil with scant prec- edent in world history. [Warning: very graphic descriptions follow.] ISIS lines its enemies up in front of ditches, makes them kneel, and shoots them from behind so they fall into pits. Sound familiar? The organization publicly crucifies their perceived en- emies, including some as young as twelve. ISIS warriors place decapi- tated heads on sticks, march- ing them through the streets. Sometimes, after they've murdered someone, they rip his brains out for all to see. ISIS captures non-Muslim women and girls and sells them into sexual slavery for as little as $25. The rest are raped and tortured in special prisons. Their soldiers have cut Christian children in half, in- cluding those as young as five. And, perhaps most impor- tantly, the would-be caliphate engaged in actual genocide (not threatened genocide) against Yazidis, an ancient Kurdish ethno-religious com- munity. Certainly, Hamas does evil things, including far milder versions of ISIS's grotesque actions. But the two organiza- tions are not even in the same category. The advertisement Rabbi Boteach placed in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and other major news- papers shows two photos: an ISIS soldier getting ready to behead Foley; and Hamas militants preparing to murder men accused of collaborating with Israel. To Rabbi Boteach, ISIS and When burning Jews isn't news By Stephen M. Flatow On Aug. 30, Palestinian terrorists set a Jewish man on fire in Jerusalem, and on Sept. 1, other Palestinian terrorists tried to set an entire bus full of Israeli Jews on fire. Yet I couldn't find any mention of these horrific at- tacks in the New York Times, the Washington Post, or any other major American news outlet. Why is it that news about burning Jews is not considered fit to print? The first of the firebomb at- tacks took place in Jerusalem's City of David neighborhood. A Molotov cocktail--a flam- ing bottle of gasoline that explodes upon contact--was hurled through the window of a historic 19th-century house known as Beit Meyuhas. One of the residents, a 45 -year- old man, was struck by the fire- bomb and set on fire. He suf- fered first and second-degree burns to his face and head. Second-degree burns often result in permanent scarring and require skin grafting. Burning one Jew is not enough to satisfy the appetite of Palestinian terrorists. On Sept. 1, two firebombs were thrown at an Israeli bus trav- eling on Route 505, between the towns of Migdalim and Kfar Tapuach. The attackers' goal was tO set the entire bus on fire and burn all of its passengers alive. They almost succeeded. The flam- ing bombs exploded as they crashed through the front windshield of the bus. Fly- ing glass slashed the driver. It was only by a miracle that he was able to stop the bus without crashing--and that the flames did not spread through the entire vehicle. Palestinian terrorists sometimes use rocks instead of firebombs. Stoning is, after all, a time-honored method of execution in that part of the world. Recently, they certainly have been trying to do just that. On Aug. 20, Palestinian rock-throwers attacked an Israeli automobile traveling near the Yitzhar junction. An 11-month-old baby was wounded. Medics on the scene were quoted as saying that it was a "miracle" she survived, since the rock that hit her was the size of a fist. Three days later, Yedaya Sharchat0n, his wife Hadas- sah, and 1-year-old daughter Nitzan were driving in the Gush Etzion region. Arab rocks smashed through the front windshield, causing Yedaya to lose control of the car. It flipped over. All three family members were in- jured; Yedaya suffered internal bleeding. It turns out that my family was on the same road as the Sharchaton's just a few days before as we headed to celebrate my granddaughter's bat mitzvah by serving hot dogs to Israeli soldiers at a base in the Hebron hills. On Aug. 29, a mob of Palestinians emerging from prayers in the AI-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount threw rocks at Israeli police officers. It would be interest- ing to know if anything in the sermons they had just heard encouraged them to try to murder Jews. Two of the rock-throwers were arrested; they were minors. One won- ders what they are learning in school about the idea of stoning Jews to death. The next day, Palestinian rock-throwers targeted Israeli policemen in another section of Jerusalem. Three of the officers were injured. Their names were not mentioned by the Israeli media. Nor were the extent of their injuries. Did one of them lose an eye? Was one of them permanently disfigured? Three more anonymous, for- gotten victims of Arab terror. On Sept. 1, the rock- throwers chose the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev. Spotting an Israeli bus coming down Uzi Narkis Street, from Pisgat Ze'ev to the adjoining Arab neighborhood of Shuafat, the would-be killers attacked. The rocks smashed the windows, one striking and injuring a 3-year-old girl. The Magen David Adom paramedics who rushed to the scene to provide emergency treatment knew that the difference between life and death for that little girl was just bad aim. So once again, they are burning and stoning Jews. Yet the New York Times and the others are not interested. Why? Because it doesn't fit their preferred narrative. Most of the editors and reporters in the mainstream media subscribe to a narrative of the Israeli-Arab conflict in which the Israelis are the ag- gressors, and the Palestinians are the victims. That narrative supports the political out- come that most editors and reporters personally endorse: an Israeli retreat to the 1967 lines, a division of Jerusalem. the rise of a Palestinian state. But when you report about Palestinians burning and stoning Israelis. that changes everything. Americans-- from the average person in the street to Members of Con- gress-regard such behavior as barbaric. They naturally conclude that giving a state to such violent extremists is crazy. Telling the truth about Palestinian behavior makes it harder to mobilize pressure on Israel to give in. That's why in the editorial offices of the New York Times and so many other newspapers, news about burning Jews isn't fit to print. Sadly, it's that simple. Stephen M. Flatow, a New Jersey attorney, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was rnur- dered by Palestinian terrorists in 1995. Hamas are twin examples of the same phenomenon. But the fact that both are part of radi- cal Islam is largely irrelevant. Technically, North Korea and South Korea are part of Ko- rea, and each has government corruption. But to paint both countries with one broad brush would be ludicrous. Even the images in the ad itself show the obtuseness of Rabbi Boteach's argument. The Hamas soldiers are kill- ing other Palestinians - using guns. Foley's murderer be- heads him with a knife, a much more barbaric and painful method of execution. Further, ISIS videotaped Foley calmly denouncing America and urg- ing President Obama stop to his attacks. Foley would only have cooperated after extreme torture and brainwashing. And the murderer threatened to behead another American if his demands were ignored. Worst, Foley was a journal- ist. We need journalists to risk their lives by going into crisis zones. They inform us about events of concern in far-off places, and gather news that can rally the public to take action. Without people like Foley, ISIS propaganda would be our only information from that part of the world. Anyone who doesn't believe in levels of evil is a moral fool. Raping a woman and killing her is awful; but raping eleven women, torturing them, and burying them alive is not equivalent- not even close. It's tempting to harness one's pet cause to something everyone agrees is wickedly brutal. But that hamstrings the ability of good people to galvanize the free world to fightone oftheworst evils ever known to man. The rise and growth of ISIS is probably this generation's greatest moral challenge. Please, people. Let's keep our eyes on the ball. David Benkof is a freelance writer living in St. Louis. He constructs the Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle, which ap- pears in this publication. Follow him on Facebook, or E-mail him at Dry Bones THE REAL HOR20 IS NOT THE HUNDREDS WHO LEFT ELOPE TO TErROrIZE SYRA AI IRA< IN ISIS