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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 From page 1A that feel dead and hopeless. It might even spark a similar ministry in American for victims of terror." In addition to his role with the Koby Mandell Foundation, Rabbi Feldstein has a three-decade career in nonprofit fundraising and marketing. Born and educated in the U.S., he im- migrated to Israel in 2004. He has become a respected bridge between Jews and Christians, writing regu- larly on major Christian web sites about Israel and shares experiences of living as an Orthodox Jew in Israel. Feldstein is also a contribut- ing writer for The Heritage Florida Jewish News. Staver is an American lawyer and is the founding member and chairman of the Liberty Counsel law firm and Christians in Defense of Israel. Liberty Coun- sel's Christians In Defense of Israel consists of more than 200,000 Americans who stand in solidarity with the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Staver authored nine books on religious freedom. He is a constitutional litigator, conducts hundreds of media interviews each year, and maintains a blog on Liberty Counsel Connect. In a re- cent article, dated Oct. 25, concerning the UNESCO resolution, he wrote: "The Palestinians and Arab states are using the United Nations to advance an anti-Semitic movement that dismisses Israel's heritage and biblical history. Now, they're warning other member states to get on board--or face consequences. We are tak- ing assertive action on behalf of Israel, its history, and its rights to the capital city of Jerusalem." Organizations that will be represented at the event include: American Friends of Magen David Adom; Bridges for Peace; BLEM; Call of David Ministries; Cyrus Founda- tion; Encounter Bookstore; Ezra International; Gesher International; Koby Mandell Foundation; Liberty Coun- cil; Rosen Plaza Hotel; and Zionistas. This event is open to the entire community and is free of charge. For anyone attend- ing the event who would like to stay at the hotel, the rate is $119 a night as opposed to the $215 a night price. For more information about The Bless Israel Summit, contact Pastor Lorenz at blake@encounterfl. com. From page 4A lense of Aleppo is the defense of the rest of Syria, it is the defense of Damascus, it is also the defense of Lebanon, and of Iraq. We will increase our presence in Aleppo. Retreat is not permissible." Nasrallah has made good on that pledge. In August, Hezbollah deployed its elite Radwan Forces, a special operations unit, to the Ham- daniyeh quarter of Aleppo. As Russian and Syrian jets have pummeled Aleppo from the air, killing thousands of civil- ians, Hezbollah has engaged in combat on the ground, taking its own casualties in the process, including most recently, one of its top com- manders, Hatem Hamadeh. Since Hezbollah fighters provide ground-level intelli- gence to continue the Russian and Syrian blitz on Aleppo, the killing of operatives, like Hamadeh, is essential to pushing back on Assad's gains. Yet the sobering fact remains. Assad and his allies are calling the shots. That's why Russia has been able to introduce a draft resolution on Aleppo to the U.N. Security Council. With all the focus on ISIS, there is nary a mention of the war criminals that the Moscow regime is supporting. Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., countered the Russian draft by pointing out that if we don't explicitly name Russia as the main party behind "the unspeakable horrors we are witnessing," we thereby "obscure responsibility." But that assessment is shared half-heartedly, at best, by the administration she serves. If there's a fresh approach to Islamist designs on the Middle East that will be the task of the next president. Donald Trump, certainly, is not up to that particular job. (That moment during the third presidential debate when he grunted, with the faux empathy of a reality TV show host, "Aleppooo... soooo saaad," was one of the most skin-crawling of the current cycle.) There is reason to have a scintilla more faith in Hill- ary Clinton, who unlike her opponent, hasn't tried to ob- scure Russia's role in backing some of our worst enemies in the region. Ironically, the latest dump of WikiLeaks email revelations on this score actually does Clinton some favors, revealing that she has a much more cynical view of Iranian strategy than does Obama. That cynicism extends to Russia and Hezbol- lah as well. If Hezbollah comes out of the Syrian war with its prestige strengthened and its threat level boosted, there's every reason to fear the next targetwill be Israel. A renewed war on this front will be far more costly and destructive than in 2006. That's why we should prepare ourselves for a visceral propaganda as- sault on Israel, if it does end up doing what should have been done long ago--cutting Hezbollah to size, and with it, its Russian, Iranian and Syrian allies. Ben Cohen, senior edi- tor of & The Tower Magazine, writes a weekly column for on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writ- ings have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He is the author of "Some of My Best Friends: A Journey Through Twenty- First Century Antisemitism" (Edition Critic, 2014). From page 8A an Samaria] will stand on a field and say 'this is the land where Abraham lived.' And a Palestinian will say 'this land is my family's farm.' It changes the dynamic to say 'this tent is where women from the Palestinian village and the Jewish settlement meet,'" he said. "You have to touch it. It's the core of the conversation we want people to have if we want them to be peace builders." The IAN trip will visit Ramallah, Rawabi and Bethle- hem, and meet with Palestin- ian leaders, as well as Jewish w ~n 1 2 3 T R U 14 I N F 17N A O 23 24 25 S H A 28 V~ A R 31 E k I :36 EV;E 4O T E k II_ 47 48 R A H 51 A k A 54 MOIl 60 A N O 63 T E N leaders in Israeli communi- ties, said Felson. In 2002 JFNA's predecessor agency, called UJC, changed its policy to permit funding to Jewish communities in dis- tress over the Green Line. The move was quite controversial. Some are now concerned that the shift in policy means that JFNA-run or organized missions will begin visiting Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. The change in policy "is pretty shocking, because historically the Jewish orga- nizations or federations them- selves have so frequently had to defend their practice of not allocating resources beyond m 7 O R E 26 S H U S 42 H A N 56 A V I m m m 11 12 13 J C C 16 A k A 19 C U P K E R I D A ZII 35 M E L 39 A R I S h K C S E N E S Ill 57 58 59 E F~ N R I E A F T the Green Line and facing withering criticism whenever the Jewish National Fund or World Zionist Organization would expend funds to benefit the settlements," said Richard Wexler, the former chairman of a part of JFNA's predecessor organization. Now a non-voting board member of JFNA, Wexler is known as a vocal critic of many JFNA endeavors. Speak- ing to Haaretz, Wexler said, "I imagine the criticism from the significant liberal element From page 11A report by the ADL detailing anti-Semitism among Trump supporters on Twitter. "We to- tally disavow hateful rhetoric online or otherwise." Clinton: In an op-ed first published by in April, Clinton said that we must confront anti-Semitism and protect religious liberty. "Today, there are new threats to religious liberty and an alarming rise in anti-Semitism. In many parts of Europe, we've seen synagogues vandalized and gravesites desecrated," Clin- ton wrote. "We must confront these forces of intolerance. If I'm fortunate enough to be elected president, I would ensure that America contin- ues to call out and stand up to anti-Semitism." Last summer, she was within the Jewish community will be very strong. Many will think this is some tacit rec- ognition of the settlements." Rabbi Jill Jacobs is one of them. Jacobs, executive director of T'ruah: The Rab- binic Call for Human Rights, recently ran a successful campaign compelling the JNF to disclose how much of the money it raises goes to fund projects over the Green Line. "If a JFNA group visits Ariel and doesn't also have the opportunity to visit Pal- estinians, that's very much a missed opportunity," Jacobs told Haaretz. "When you visit the settle- ments it's important to say they are settlements," said Jacobs. "Itwould be a problem to visit Ariel and not mention that it is in an area under military occupation, and the impact on Palestinians, how Ariel's location is a major challenge for the two-state solution, and the differences in the way Israel provides infrastructure." She offered to make sure that JFNA delegations see the whole picture when they visit over the Green Line. "T'ruah has a program to bring Jewish groups to Palestinian communities together with Breaking the Silence. I would be very happy to organize a trip like that for any JFNA group that wants to go to see the impact on Palestinians and also Israeli soldiers who risk their lives to defend the Oc- cupation." forced to distance itself from comments made by pro-Pal- estinian Jewish journalist Max Blumenthal, son of longtime Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal, regarding the late Elie Wiesel. Blumenthal said of Wiesel that he "spent his last years inciting hatred, defense apartheid and palling around with fascists." Jake Sullivan, Clinton's senior policy adviser, told The Je- rusalem Post, "Sec. Clinton emphatically rejects these of- fensive, hateful, and patently absurd statements about Elie Wiesel." Irau nuclear deal Trump: When the nuclear accord between Iran and the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany) world powers was announced in July 2015, Trump called the deal "very dangerous." He said at the time, "Iran developing a nuclear weapon, either through uranium or nuclear fuel, and defying the world is still a very real possibility. The inspections will not be followed, and Iran will no longer have any sanctions. Iran gets everything and loses nothing." During his AIPAC speech, Trump vowed to dismantle the nuclear deal as president. "My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran," he said. "I have been in business a long time... this deal is catastrophic for Is- rael, for America, for the whole of the Middle East... We have rewarded the world's leading state sponsor of terror with $ 150 billion, and we received absolutely nothing in return." Clinton: In September2015, Clinton endorsed the nuclear agree- ment in a speech at the Brook- ings Institution, saying that, "diplomacy is not the pursuit of perfection; it is the balanc- ing of risk." However, Clinton went on to say the deal would work only "as part of a larger strategy toward Iran" and that "distrust and verify" would be her approach to handling Iran. She added, "I will not hesitate to take military action" if Iran still sought to develop a nuclear weapon despite the commitments. In July, during her accep- tance speech at the Demo- cratic National Convention, she touted her early role as secretary of state in the nuclear agreement with Iran, - "I'm proud that we put a lid on Iran's nuclear program with- out firing a single shot," she said. "Now we have to enforce it, and keep supporting Israel's security." 615728394 324591867 987643251 492186735 761352489 538974126 849215673 276439518 153867942 From page 13A ers of Israel. The Board of Deputies of British Jews issued its state- ment Friday about an event at UCL the previous night in which "a hate-filled mob supporting the worst kind of extremism in the Middle East once again trampled on free speech at a leading UK campus," the board's vice president, Marie van der Zyl, wrote in a statement. The police were called and the venue was changed several times as pro-Pal- estinian activists shouted slogans that prevented the event from starting, and then physically blocked the entrance to prevent the audience and organizers from leaving, according to the board. "We deplore the aggres- sive and intimidating pro- tests," van der Zyl said of the incident, which Devora Khafi, campus director of StandWithUs UK, described as anti-Semitic. "Last night I and fellow students were barricaded in by violent extremists," Khafi wrote in a separate statement, detailing how she experienced the event. "Stu- dents under threat, holed up in a room, facing abuse and violence--just because they are Jewish." The event was organized by UCL Friends of Israel Society and King's College London's Israel Society with speaker Hen Mazzig, an Israeli peace activist. A few dozen students showed up for the event, as did a similar number of protesters. "We call on UCLto initiate a strong disciplinary process against the perpetrators," van der Zyl wrote. "We will be raising this across Government today and in a meeting with the Home Secretary on Monday. This abuse must have noplace on our campuses." Last week, Universities UK, the umbrella group representing university heads, published a 114-page document on the steps that faculty should take to deal with hate crimes, including anti-Semitism, which affect students. British university bosses should work more closely with Jewish com- munity leaders in order to "better understand anti- semitism," the report stated.