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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 19, 2018 PAGE 15A By United with Israel Nobel Peace Prize co- winner Nadia Murad of Iraq is a staunch supporter of Israel and visited the Jewish state last year. On Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Surgeon Denis Mukwege from Congo and 25-year-old Murad '!for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict." Murad visited Israel in July 2017 when the Knesset held a memorial session in remembrance of the genocide conducted by the Islamic State against the Yazidis in Iraq in recent years. The conference's main guest speaker was Murad, who, in August 2014, was captured by ISIS in her village of Kocho, Iraq, and sold into sex slavery. ISIS murdered six of her brothers and held her captive for months. She managed to escape, found her way to a refugee camp andwas one of more than a thousand Yazidis accepted into a refugee asylum program in Germany. Murad was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by the UN last year as an advocate for her people. She is explaining to the world that the crimes waged against them must not go unpunished. "This is not the first time people have used their power to destroy a group of inno- cent human beings, simply because of who they are. This is something you know all too well, and your families have had their own tragic and dif- ficult journeys," she told the Knesset last year, referring to the Holocaust. "We Yazidis are a p~ceful people. Never in ourS,000 year history have we ~ught and killed others. Bt our peacefulness has not erved us well," Murad state~ "We have faced 74 masscres, often motivated by e~reme interpretations of Islal. And I'm afraid this genocie, the one that continues tody, will be complete, if we are nt able to return to our homland. Yazidis strive for, but ar given no say, in deciding theuture of our homeland." 'Like the Jewish peole, we have always survived' "I know that like th Jew- ish people, we have lways survived. These expeences inspire us to hold om our culture and identity. And importantly, our experiences drive us to stand up for others who are being persecuted, as you have chosen to do today. This is why I use my voice to speak on behalf of those who are silenced, like the 3,000 women and girls still in the hands of Daesh [ISIS] ter- rorists. My visit here today is to ask you to recognize the genocide being committed against my people, in light of our peoples' common history of genocide," she said. Murad announce after winning the prize that she will share the award "with Yazidis, Iraqis, Kurds, other persecuted minorities and all of the countless victims of sexual violence around the world." "As a survivor, I am grate- ful for this opportunity to Nadia Murad draw international attention to the plight of the Yazidi people, who have suffered unimaginable crimes" under ISIS, she said. "We must work together with determination to prove that genocidal campaigns will not only fail, but lead to accountability for the per- petrators and justice for the survivors," Murad concluded. AP contributed to this report. From page 1A according to a letter from Cole to the professor, which is part of the FOIA file. The professor acknowl- edged that he previously wrote a few letters for students want- ing to study in Israel because he "did not have tenure." "Supporting the academic aspirations of your students is fundamental to your respon- sibilities as a faculty member. You have an obligation to sup- port your students' academic growth," said Cole. 'Rather than fulfill this obligation, you used the student's reqt~st as a platform to express yow own personal views." "Nothing in this letttr is in- tended to discourage yen from speaking on or advocating for matters that are of concern to you, which you are free to do," added Cole. "But interfering with a student's academic aspirations, as you have done here, is not acceptable." Despite a BDS resolution passed last year by the uni- versity's student government, the school itself prohibits its departments or any part of the university to boycott or divest from Israel. This development comes amid two anti-Israel con- troversies at the university late last week: a guest lec- ture comparing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler and a graduate instructordenying a similar request from a student, citing the same reason as Cheney- Lippold. From page 4A America. Israel is the only country in the world where a majority--52 percent--be- lieves that under Trump, the U.S. is doing more to solve global problems than itwas in previous years. Seventy-nine percent of Israelis think U.S.- Israel relations have improved under Trump. Eighty-six percent of Israelis believe that under Trump, the U.S. takes its interests into account. On the other side of the At- lantic, the situation is almost completely reversed. The AJC poll from June showed that only 26 percent of American Jews support Trump while 71 percent oppose him. Seventy percent of American Jews oppose the way Trump is handling U.S.-Israel relations. As The Wall Street Journal editorialized on Thursday (Oct. 4), one of the clarifying aspects of the Democratic bid to dehu- manize and destroy Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is that it shows that the Democrats' rage is not solely directed against Trump personally. Trump is the Democrats' "foil to regain power." Kavanaugh, after all, is not a "Trump Republican." The Washingtonian is about as establishment as they come. By trashing Kavanaugh as though he were what the Journal refers to as "part of Mr. Trump's NewYorkmenag- erie," the Democrats revealed that they oppose Trump because he is implement- ing conservative Republican policies and not because of his unconventional personality. The Journal explained, "Re- publicans across America can see, and certainly their Sena- tors voting on Judge Kavana- ugh should realize, thatthe left hates them as much or more than they loathe Mr. Trump. Conservatives understandthat, for the American left, they are all deplorables now." The Federations' use of their conference to disrespect Israelis while highlighting longstanding disagreements is a means to express their anger as Democrats at Israelis for supporting Trump. The fact that Democrats are using Trump as a foil to discredit his policies and de- monize his supporters has had a radicalizing effect on Demo- crats. Since everything Trump supports is bad, Democrats now embrace positions that they had previously rejected. Growing Democratic hos- tility towards Israel and ef- fusive support for the PLO are a consequence of that radicalization. Last week, 34 Democratic senators--two thirds of the Democratic Senate caucus--signed a let- ter to Trump asking that he restore aid to the Palestinian Authority. This, despite the PA's continued payment of more than $300 million a year to convicted terrorists and their families. That is, the Democrats called for Trump to ignore the Taylor Force Act, which requires the adminis- tration to deny funding to the PA so long as it continues the payments. The AJC survey indicated that Jewish Democrats are not lagging far behind their senators. Consider the U.S. lewish community's positbn on Trump's transfer of tie U.S. embassy to Jerusalem Eighty-five percent of Is- raelis supported the move; only 7 percent oppoed it. In contrast, only 46 grcent of American Jews suported Trump's decision tomove the U.S. embassy to srael's capital, while 48 percnt op- posed it. This position is rmark- able because for deczies, a solid majority of American Jews supported moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Major Jewish groups played key roles in passing the Jeru- salem Embassy Act of 1996 that recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and enjoined the executive branch to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The precipitous drop in American Jewish support for the embassy move--graphi- cally demonstrated by the Jewish Federations' decision to hold their annual confer- ence in Tel Aviv--shows that like their fellow Demo- crats, Jewish Democrats view Trump's supporters--includ- ing Israelis--as"deplorables" who deserve their hostility. So their longstanding support for locating the U.S. embassy in Israel in Israel's capital city flew by the wayside. The program of the three- day GA is similarly discourag- ing. The three days of panels, speeches and debates are ostensibly supposed to involve frank discussions between Israelis and American Jews, with the goal of building bridges between them. But the Federations invited no Israelis who represent the religious Israeli establishment that they spend so much time and energy demonizing. They invited no anti-immigration activists from south Tel Aviv who com- plain that their neighborhoods have been transformed into crime-ridden ghettos due to illegal immigration from Er- itrea and Sudan. None of the sponsors of the Nation-State Law, so viciously opposed by the Jewish Federations, was invited to speak. No voices call- ing for abandoning the quest to establish a Palestinian state were invited. Most of those invited to speak represent marginal factions in Israeli society. The spectrum of views spans from center-left to far-left with a siz- able representation of Israel's Arab community thrown in, to what is billed as a frank discussion between American Jews and the uninvited Israeli Jews who disagree with them (and support Trump). The only Israeli speaker representing the positions held by the majority of the country's citizens who was invited to address the GA is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Given that his is the only representative voice on the program, Netanyahu should use his speech to voice the growing frustrations that Israelis feel toward the Ameri- can Jewish establishment. He should ask them why they haven't acknowledged, much less applauded, Trump for his unparalleled support for Israel. He should ask them why so few of them support the embassy move--and what possessed them to hold their conference, in this of all years, in Tel Aviv rather than Jerusalem. And he should tell them that Israelis are proud to stand with their friends and supporters wherever they may be--and ask them why they find it so difficult to do so. The American Jewish com- munity's apparent preference for lawmakers who urge Trump to underwrite Pales- tinian terrorists over Trump and his voters who refuse to do so makes no sense to Israelis. Netanyahu should tell them that while Israeli Jews are eager to work with American Jewry on the basis of our shared heritage and values, if American Jewry chooses to abandon those values in favor of their swiftly radicalizing partisan agenda, they are free to make that decision--and live with its consequences. Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. From page 5A the burden upon themselves to secure our land and our people. What is most im- portant to note, however, is the woeful fact that we need Marc Prowisor, we need Nadia Matar and we need Yehudit Katsover. We need them to fill the void, because our leaders have failed us, and continue to fail us. Our sovereignty and our security will not com~about through flowery speches or through negoti,~ions. Nor through pleadng or acquiescence. Rather, it will come about through lewish dignity, loyalty to our ~ation, appreciation of our legitimate heritage and devotion to our ancestral land, along with the courage to stand up for it with determination and with pride. Such was the ethos of the Likud of old, infused with the honor, integrity and legacy of Betar, the progenitor of the Herut and then Likud parties. It is time for them to turn to this once more. It is my fervent prayer, that once this missive is published, my words will no longer ring true. Zahava Englard Shapiro is an Israeli based author and writes articles on Israel for several online publica- tions. From page 7A character development, we sussed out themes. The differ- ence is that in the more adult books, there's a tremendous amount of ambiguity between who's a good guy and who's a bad guy." This fall, 10 of the 11 graduating students entered Jewish schools, ranging from Orthodox schools like Flat- bush or the Ramaz School, to The Abraham Joshua Heschel School, which is pluralist, or the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester af- filiated with the Conservative movement. "Once a student is here, we don't really look much at where they came from," said Rabbi Joseph 3eyda, principal of FlatbusVs Joel Braverman High Schml. "We want everyone to getoff on the same foot. It's kind of a fresh start." Shefa is staying in touch with its graduates. They sent each of the new high schoolers a binder with sheets that help them take notes, summarize readings or outline a five- paragraph essay. "They're people who love children and care about chil- dren and believe that children with learning disabilities are smart," said Claire Shamah, Linda's mother. "She feels love there. "They're not just shipping her off into oblivion. They sent her resources she could use this year." And Linda is making sure to remain in contact with her alma mater. During Sukkot a couple of weeks ago, she paid a visit to Shefa. The teen said she misses the school and teachers-- but feels ready to move forward. "I wasn't confident be- fore," Shamah said. "Now I really understand what I'm reading."