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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 PAGE 13A Thousands mourn Ari Fuld, prominent Israel activist stabbed to death by Palestinian JERUSALEM (JTA)--For more than four hours, thou- sands mourned at a West Bank cemetery for Ari Fuld, the victim of a terrorist stabbing who is being called a hero and "a lion of Israel," a play on his name, which means lion. Many waved Israeli flags during and after the funeral for the U.S.-born Israel activist killed outside a shopping mall near Efrat, the Etzion bloc town where he lived. The funeral for Fuld, a 45-year-old father of four, be- gan close to midnight Sunday, less than a day after he was attacked by a teenage Palestin- ian assailant. The mourners wouldn't leave until the wee hours of Monday. Fuld's widow, Miriam, de- livered one of many eulogies by family members. "I don't know how I will go on without you," she said. "We were born 24 hours apart from one another. We didn't know it would end like this. You fought for what you believed in. I promise to take care of the children. Your job is to look after us from above. "You were always running towards danger instead of away from it, and you never backed down from a fight because you knew you were in the right. You fought for what you believed in. You've left behind a legacy for the entire world to savor, videos and stories thatwe will be tell- ing for many years to come." "Futd~s father, Rabbi Yonah Fuld, called his son a "true hero." "Zion cries and the land of Israel cries. Ari influenced thousands of people all over the world," his father said. "He was so strong, he was so full of life. He celebrated every moment, every breath. How that voice can be silent? "He gave his life to sanctify God, to sanctify the land. If you would have asked him, that's way he would have said he wanted to go." Fuld, a dual American- Israeli citizen, chased after his attacker and shot him before falling to the ground. He was declared dead at a Jerusalem hospital. He worked for Standing Together, a nongovern- mental organization that provides support for Is- raeli soldiers. Fuld was well known for his social media posts defending Israel and its military. He was scheduled to leave in the coming weeks on a speaking tour in the United States. In addition, he reportedly was about to launch a new Israel advocacy website in English. Several lawmakers and government ministers at- tended the funeral, many of whom had visited the family during the day prior to the funeral. He was a member of the National Union Party, which is part of the Jewish Home Knesset faction. He also was eulogized on social media and in newspa- pers in Israel. "Israel lost a great hero today but not really. We didn't lose him. He'sjust been moved to a new position," blogger Paula R. Stern wrote in a post on Facebook. "Maybe you could say he's been promoted. He's now a Guardian. He was always one who guarded Is- rael, now he watches over us from above." Former Knesset member Dov Lipman wrote an ap- preciation of Fuld in The Jerusalem Post. "Ari and I had our disagree- ments, and he would argue his points with firmness, clarity and strength," Lipman wrote. "He believed that he had to convince me to change my mind, and did not want to finish the debate with a 'let's agree to disagree' In certain cases, he believed that my stance was dangerous for the state and people of Israel, and he would continue pressing to win me over--Aft would not let me get away without answering his pointed and poignant questions." Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu in a tweet Sunday before the funeral called Fuld a "great Israeli hero" and said he met with his parents and brothers. "I hugged them in the name of the entire nation in this time of terrible grief," Ne- tanyahu wrote. "We are alive thanks to heroes like Ari. We will remember him forever." Israel soldiers on Monday raided :he home of the as- sailant Khalil Jabarin, 17, in the ,illage of Yatta near Hebror. and measured it in prepration for demoli- tion--sandard practice for the hones of terrorists who murder Israelis. The home reportelly is slated to be razed e'en though Jabarin's parentstold Palestinian and Israeli .~curity forces about their sol's plans to commit a terror atack. HaarCz cited a source close to the Ja~arin family as saying that the:een informed his par- ents thz he planned to carry out an ttack at the Tomb of the Patlarchs in Hebron. He was notound near the tomb, and the~ carried out the at- tack near Efrat. Woody.~llen's wife Soon Yi Preln defends him agains accusations of child ~xual abuse (JTA)-Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of filmmaker Woody Al- len, defmded her husband of 25 year~ against charges that he sexually abused his adopted daughter when she was 7. "What's happened toWoody is so u~setting, so unjust," Previn, 47, told New York magazine in an interview published in the Sept. 17 issue and posted on the magazine's Vulturewebsite late lastweek. "[Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn't." Previn is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and her ex-husband Andre Previn. She met Allen when the filmmaker was Farrow's boyfriend. Allen and Farrow have a biological son and also adopted two children. In May, in the wake of ac- cusations by dozens of women against movie producer Har- vey Weinstein and the launch of the #MeToo movement, Al- len's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow revived her accusation that the acclaimed director had molested her in Farrow's home when she was 7 years old in 1992. Allen has denied that he ever molested his adopted daughter, and an investiga- tion in 1993 determined that Dylan Farrow was coached to make the accusation, which she denies. The New York article was written by Daphne Merkin, who said in the piece that she has been friends with Allen for more than 40 years. The revelation has led to ac- cusations of bad journalism policies againstthe magazine. These are the first com- ments that Previn has made on her relationship with Allen and the accusations against him in their years together. Allen and Previn began their relationship in 1991, when Allen still had some kind of relationship with Far- row, and when Previn was a freshman in college studying art. They had planned to keep their relationship a secret and guessed that it would end quickly. Upon discovering the relationship, Farrow called it a virtual case of incest because of the complicated relation- ship between Allen and the women. Previn said that Farrow was abusive and considered her to be "retarded," but that she and Allen did not start a relationship to punish Farrow. "I wasn't the one who went after Woody--where would I get the nerve? He pursued me," she told Merkin. "That's why the relationship has worked: I felt valued. It's quite flattering for me. He's usually a meek person, and he took a big leap." Allen's adopted son Moses has defended him, saying most recently in a blogpost in May that he was present when the molestation of Dylan Farrow is said to have taken place, and that no such assault occurred. His biological son Ronan Farrow, who goes by his middle name after growing up as Satchel, has defended his sister in the controversy. Ronan Farrow is the author of several ground- breaking articles in the New Yorker on high-profile men accused of sexually abusing women. Several stars of Allen mov- ies have repudiated him in re- cent months or donated their earnings from Allen films to organizations that support women who have been sexu- ally abused or marginalized. New York couple die in crash of small plane near Boston (JTA)--A married couple from New York were killed when their small plane crashed near Boston. Dr. Michael Graver, 65, and Jodi Cohen, 52, of Long Island, were killed Saturday morning when the plane crashed into the woods in Woburn, Massachusetts. Graver, an experienced pi- lot, was flying the plane when it crashed about seven miles from the airport and minutes before it was scheduled to land, NBC New York reported. No one on the ground was injured in the crash and no homes in the residential area were damaged, according to reports. The couple were scheduled to meet Graver's son, Adam, 33, of Washington state, for lunch in Boston, where he was attending a conference Graver was the chief of adult cardiac surgery at North Shore University Hospital. Cohen was a certified public accountant and worked as a real estate agent. They were married in September 2010. The National Transporta- tion Safety Board is investi- gating the crash. Republican Jewish Coalition launches $1 million ad campaign against senator who backed Iran deal (JTA)--The Republican Jewish Coalition launched a $1 million television and digital advertising campaign in North Dakota against its incumbent senator over her support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The campaign targeting Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, was launched last week and will air throughout Septem- ber in the Fargo and Minot markets. Titled "Roots," the ad says that Heitkamp abandoned her "North Dakota values" by "siding with liberals and her party to support the disastrous Iran deal." "Those are not our values, they are their values," the ad continues, showing photos of Heitkamp and three key Democratic supporters of the agreement. "Heidi Heitkamp voted for the Iran deal, putting party loyalty above American se- curity and the desires of her constituents," RJC director Matt Brooks said in a state- ment. "She knew the deal was a dangerous risk that would give Iran access to some $100 billion, money that Iran has used to support terrorists like Hezbollah and the cruel Assad regime in Syria. The deal has made America less safe. "Now the voters of North Dakota can finally make Heitkamp answerable for her votes in Washington, especially her support for the dangerous Iran deal." President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear agreement in May. In June, the RJC said it planned to spend more than $500,000 to target Scott Wallace, a Democratic congressional candidate in a Philadelphia-area district whose charity has given to anti-Israel groups. From page 1A "The PLO is not a state with which we have diplomatic relations, and therefore it has no right to a mission in Washington. That privi- lege was granted to advance peace negotiations," former Deputy National Security Adviser Elliot Abrams told JNS. "Because the PLO has refused to negotiate since 2008, imposing this penalty is quite sensible. In fact, it is overdue." Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu applauded the announcement, stating at the start oftheweekly cabinet meeting, that"The U.S. made the correct decision when it decided to close the PLO offices in Washington. The Palestinians refuse to enter negotiations with Israel even as they attack Israel with false claims in international forums. Israel very much ap- preciates the Trump adminis- tration decision and supports American actions that are de- signed to make it clear to the Palestinians that the refusal to enter into negotiations with Israel and the unbridled attacks against Israel will not only not advance peace but will certainly not make things better for the Palestinians." 'Helps to properly rebal- ance the scales' Reactions from Jewish and Israel-related organizations have been mostly positive. "The Jewish Policy Center strongly applauds President Donald Trump's decision to close the PLO office in Wash- ington," Shoshana Bryen, senior director of the Jewish Policy Center, told JNS. "For too long, it had operated as an embassy and operated in violation of the rules of its establishment. For too long, the Palestinians had believed the United States was neutral between the PLO and our democratic ally, Israel. It is assuredly not. This action, with others the president has taken, helps to properly rebalance the scales." The Zionist Organization of America long advocated for this "long overdue action" and "repeatedly pleaded, to no avail, with the Obama and Bush administrations to close the PLO/P.A. offices because they were still a terrorist group promoting hatred and violence against Israel in their schools, media and speeches, and naming schools, streets and sports teams after Jew- killers while refusing to ne- gotiate," ZOA president Mort Klein told JNS. "Closing the PLO offices makes clear that the U.S.wil] no longer toler- ate the le that the PLO/P.A. has any nterest in peace but, in fact, only wants Israel's destructon." Grouls opposed to the decisior include J Street. "The reord makes clear that any 'peae' proposal coming from th; administration is nothingnore than a sham," said J St~et president Jeremy Ben-Am according to The Jerusale~ Post. "This is the latest ira series of moves explicitl', intended to pres- sure anchndermine the only governrrent among the U.S Israel aid the Palestinians that curently endorses a two-stat solution." The Eldowment for Middle East Tru:h and the American Israel Public Affairs Commit- tee echoed the JPC and ZOA's sentiment. "President Trump has yet again given not only the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the United States and the international community a gift by the closing of the P.A. office in Washington," EMET founder and president Sarah Stern told JNS. "[This week] marks 25 years since the sign- ing of the Oslo Accords, which the parties were supposed to have developed a sense of mutual trust in order to go to final-status agreements. For 25 years, we have watched as the Palestinian Authority continued its relentless cam- paign to demonize Jews using every means possible, to teach that one day all of Israel will eventually become Palestine, and to extoll the virtues of jihad and martyrdom." "The Palestinian Authority keeps promising over and over again the same pledges that they had made 25 years ago on the White House lawn," she added. "The Trump administra- tion once again demonstrated its commitment to a negoti- ated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. President [Donald Trump] has made it clear that he is willing to exert maximum pressure on both sides in order to bring them to the table because a deal negotiated by the two sides is the only chance for peace," the Republican Jewish Coalition said in a statement to JNS. "The decision to close the PLO office in Washington was designed specifically to bring the Palestinians to the negotiation table. It was done with the singular intention to bring peace to the region." "While the Israelis have demonstrated time and again that they are willing to negoti- ate a peace deal and stick with it, we need to find away to get the Palestinians to make the same kind of commitment. Where others have tried to coddle the Palestinians, to no avail, President Trump is bringing new ideas and tactics to the process," added the RJC. 'Cease its efforts to delegitimize Israel in international forums' In a statement, AIPAC says that "for years, the PLO has placed obstacles in the path of peace and has now refused to enter negotiations with the Israelis or meet with American officials. We urge the Palestinian leadership to return to the negotiating table with the Israelis and cease its efforts to delegitimize Israel in international forums." Such forums include the International Criminal Court, where the Palestinian Author- ity has called on it to inves- tigate, as P.A. spokesperson Saeb Erekat has claimed, "Israeli crimes." U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton praised the decision and slammed the ICC. "If the court comes after us, Israel or other U.S. allies, we will not sit quietly," he told the Federalist Society in Washington. "The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citi- zens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court." "The Trump administra- tion's decisions to cut aid to the P.A. and close the PLO Mission are steps in the right direction and clearly demon- strate that it is no longer busi- ness as usual," the National Council of Young Israel said in a statement. "No longer is the U.S. going to turn a blind eye to the Palestinian Authority's glorification of terrorism, its despicable practice of incen- tivizing murder and mayhem by paying terrorists and their families, and its anti-Israel machinations at the ICC."