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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 PAGE 3A hl Ari Fuld, of 4, e; Ari Fuld, 45, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian ter- rorist outside the Gush Etzion shopping mall on Sunday. Fuld was standing in the parking lot when the terror- ist stabbed him from behind. Fuld drew his weapon and gave chase after the terrorist, who ran toward the entrance of the mall. Fuld and another civilian shot and wounded the ter- rorist before he collapsed. Through their courageous actions, they prevented a much larger attack. He was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead after about an hour. "In the name of every citizen of Israel, I send my condolences to the family of Ari Fuld, who was murdered today in a terrorist attack in Gush Etzion," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on social media. "With his last strength, Ari fought heroically against the terrorist and prevented a greater tragedy. Ari was a wonderful father to four children. He was an advo- cate for Israel who fought to spread the truth about Israel. May his memory be a blessing." Ambassador Friedman: 'America grieves' Fuld, a resident of Efrat and a U.S. citizen, was a well- known figure in the pro-Israel advocacy world and a member of Efrat's counter-terrorism Rapid Response Team. "America grieves as one of its citizens was brutally mur- dered by a Palestinian terror- ist. Ari Fuld was a passionate defender of Israel & an Ameri- can patriot. He represented the best of both countries & will be deeply missed. May his family be comforted & his memory be blessed," U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman tweeted. Fuld's friend Lior Shurka told Tazpit Press Service that Ari "was very involved in explaining and defending the good reputation of the State of Israel." "Ari was about to have launched in a new Hasbara website in English. He was a good friend who you knew would stand by you and pro- tect you in any situation," Shurka said. 'A hero of Israel' "A lowly terrorist came up behind him, and in a cowardly way stabbed him. Ari was one of the fighters in the Efrat emergency squad. We didn't expect anything less of him. Even after he was wounded, Ari engaged with the ter- rorist and chased him as he was bleeding, and managed to respond and shoot at the terrorist. "We are confident that his death will not be in vain, and his activity will grow and intensify. We expect the government to immediately demolish the house of the terrorist and expel his family to the Gaza Strip as soon as possible," Shurka added. Minister of Education Naf- tali Bennett tweeted that Fuld was "a hero of Israel. In his death he saved lives. Ari Fuid, who was murdered today in the stabbing attack in Gush Etzion, did not stop until he neutralized the terrorist. With a stabbing in the back, he ran, pulled out a gun and shot before he collapsed, as long as the terrorist could not continue to hurt others." "The Jewish nation salutes the Fuld family and embraces it," he stated. "My heart is with the Etzion Bloc. My condolences to the victim's family. We will con- tinue to fight against terror Ari Fuld with an iron fist," Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman tweeted. say By Penny Schwartz MEDFORD, Mass. (JTA)-- Pro-Israel students at Tufts University say a new course on Palestine is one-sided and demonizes Israel, and violates the university's own policies on taking political stances. The course, taught by Thomas Abowd, a faculty member in the American Studies program, was first reported by Jewish News Syndicate. The JNS story sparked a flurry of criticism and concern from the Anti- Defamation League and pro- Israel campus organizations. Titled "Colonizing Pal- estine," the course is of- fered through the l~eral arts ~['S Colonialism Studies and ross tisted with Women's, Gender and Sexuality studies. A course description says it will "ex- plore the history and culture of modern Palestine and the centrality of colonialism in the making of this contested and symbolically potent territory." The description also says that students "will address crucial questions relating to this embattled nation, the Israeli state which illegally occupies Palestine, and the broader global forces that impinge on Palestinians and Israelis." In a statement shared with JTA, the Hillel chapter at Tufts said that while it supports academic freedom, it characterized the course description as "prejudicial and unnecessarily provocative." Tufts Friends of Israel, a student group, wrote in a statement to the university's president, Anthony Monaco, that the course as described prejudges the Israeli-Palestin- ian debate. "A course must aid a stu- dent's pursuit of knowledge and provide the information and tools to arrive at their own conclusions," the group wrote. Ben Shapiro, a junior from LOS Angeles and co-president of Tufts Friends of Israel, says the group is still waiting for a response. "Our main issue [is that the course] denies Jewish indige- neity to Israel and presents a one-sided narrative as truth," Shapiro said. Tufts Friends of Israel also said that the course breaches a 2017 statement by the Office of the President that reads: "While members of our community vigorously debate international politics, Tufts University does not adopt institutional positions with respect to specific geo- political issues." The statement, however, came in a letter by the presi- dent rejecting a resolution by the university's undergradu- ate student government call- ing on Tufts to divest from entities doing business with the Israeli government. It is not clear whether offering a course, however one-sided, suggests that a university has adopted an "institutional position" on the subject being taught. leavin: JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israel closed its embassy in Paraguay following an announcement by the South American coun- try that it was relocating its embassy back to Tel Aviv four months after moving to Jerusalem. The move comes as Para- guay joins the effort to bring peace to the Middle East. "Paraguay wants to con- tribute to an intensification of regional diplomatic efforts to achieve a broad, fair and last- ing peace in the Middle East," Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni told reporters on Wednesday. Shortly after the an- nouncement of the return to Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan- yahu recalled his country's ambassador to Paraguay and then ordered the Israeli em- bassy closed. Netanyahu also holds the foreign minister's portfolio. "Israel views with great severity the unusual deci- sion of Paraguay, which will cloud bilateral relations," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Paraguay opened its new embassy in Jerusalem in May, a week after the United States moved its embassy to the capital from Tel Aviv and days after Guatemala. A previ- ous embassy in a Jerusalem The university sees the course as one among many options that offer students an opportunity to "become familiar with a variety of perspectives on important and complex issues facing our global society," according to a statement provided to JTA from Patrick Collins, the school's executive director of public relations. "University-facilitated dis- cussion of these issues does not imply endorsement of a particularview, andwe antici- pate and welcome the Tufts' community's vigorous discus- sion ofvaryingviewpoints and beliefs," the statement says. By midweek, fewer than five students had signed up for the course, Shapiro said, reviewing online course reg- istrations. Collins was unable to con- firm how many students had enrolled or pin down whether there is a minimum number required for a class to be of- fered. Founded in 1852, Tufts, some six miles north of Boston, has more than 5,500 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students, with a faculty of just over 1,500. In an email, Collins pro- vided descriptions of several university courses that ad- dress a range of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including one at its prestigious graduate program at the Fletcher School that is open to un- dergraduates. He also cited an array of courses in Judaic suburb was closed in 2012 in retaliation for Israel shut- tering its diplomatic mission in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion as part of a round of budget cuts. A new Para- guayan embassy opened ayear later near Tel Aviv. Then-President Horacio Cartes, who left office in mid- August when the government of Mario Abdo Benitez took over, announced in late April during an event in Asuncion marking Israel's 70th Inde- pendence Day that he planned to move the embassy before the end of his term. It is not known if Cartes consulted with Benftez before announc- ing the move. studies and political science that address Israeli politics and culture. Abowd is the author of the 2014 book "Colonial Jerusalem." He supports the academic boycott against Israel and signed a boycott statement byAnthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Aca- demic Institutions. In an email, Abowd declined a request from JTA to discuss his course and a response to the objections raised. "I'm going to have to decline an interview with you due mostly to the sheer volume of requests I've been receiving of late," Abowd wrote. News aboutthe course drew an immediate rebuke from Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti Defamation League and a Tufts alum. "We support academic freedom but @TuftsUniver- sity must ensure that classes examining the complex Is- raeli-Palestinian conflict are not one sided platform for propaganda that demonize Is- rael and empower anti-Israeli activists," Greenblattwrote in an Aug. 16 Twitter post. Shapiro was not persuaded by the administration's re- By Ariel Kahana, Erez Linn and Israel Hayom Staff (JNS)--A bipartisan bill that would cement U.S. mili- tary aid to Israel into law has passed a major hurdle on Wednesday night. The U.S. House of Repre- sentative approved the mea- sure, known as the Ileana Ros-Lehtinen U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Autho- rization Act of 2018, several weeks after it passed the Sen- ate. It will now head for the president's desk. Under the proposed leg- islation, the $38 billion in military aid over 10 years spelled out under the 2016 Memorandum of Understand- ingwould be funded through a special mechanism thatwould be separate from the annual budget. The bill's official name was changed to honor Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), as the outspokenly pro-Israel con- sponse that the school offers numerous options that exam- ine the contemporary Middle East. Judaic Studies courses are often about religion, his- tory or cultural topics. They "do not have to do with modern Israel," he said. The current Judaic Studies catalog offers a course on Is- raeli film "dealingwith Israeli and Palestinian history and daily life from the late 19th century to the present." The Fletcher School is offering a course this fall titled "Nego- tiation and Mediation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Past Lessons And Future Opportunities" that promises to "explore the Israeli and Palestinian narratives." Tufts Friends of Israel is not trying to shut down Abowd's course and will not mount a protest, Shapiro said, since classes won't begin until after Labor Day and he has yet to see a syllabus. Instead, the group is turning its attention to the question of how new courses win approval. The group is also gather- ing signatures online for a letter calling on the Tufts administration to reaffirm its opposition to academic boycotts against Israel. gresswoman is not running for re-election this fall. "[She] has been a stalwart friend of Israel throughout her time in Congress, and it is a fitting honor that this bill to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship bears her name," said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.). "Israel is under constant threat from every direction.A threat to Israel, our strategic ally in a turbulent region, is also a threat to our national security." The bill would give Israel in- creased access to sophisticat- ed U.S. technology to ensure it maintains its qualitative edge in the region through the U.S. war-reserve stockpile in Israel, which Israeli forces can use under certain conditions. It also authorizes the presi- dent to bolster the stockpile with $1 billion worth of weaponry, as well as with precision-guided munitions to use against the Hezbollah terror group based in Leba- non. The bill further allows The school has taken a stance against academic and economic boycotts against Is- rael dating back to 2013, when it issued a statement strongly opposing the American Stud- ies Association's resolution for an academic boycott, and most recently in 2017. Robert Trestan, the ex- ecutive director of the Anti- Defamation League's Boston office, said the controversy raises an important question about the college's process for course approval--especially the way the school promotes and advertises its classes. "No one is saying that this is a forbidden topic or restricting a professor's ability to teach about the subject matter," Trestan told JTA in a phone conversation. But, he said, the course description "states as fact that Israel is committing illegal acts," and draws judgments and conclusions "before the first class is in session." "It's important to insure that when [Tufts] does adver- tise a class, it's inviting for all students and sends a message that all views and perspectives are welcome for discussion," Trestan said. "This course seems to do the opposite." $38 the president to establish a collaborative U.S.-Israel counter-drone program. The law ensures that U.S. aid would not be cut as long as the memorandum comes into effect starting in 2019, ensuring that the funds would not be influenced by the bud- get wars between Congress and the White House. It also means that presidents would not be able to suspend U.S. aid as a means of pressuring Israel. "With this measure, we are codifying the assistance levels in the latest 10-year U.S.-Israel memorandum of understanding, which aims to strengthen our already robust relationship, especially on defense matters," chair- man of the House's Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said on Wednesday. "This bill also works to build on the United States' and Israel's successful history of Aid on page 14A