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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 PAGE 5. A By Marshall Roth Aish Hatorah Resources Infanticide shakes Israel to the core. The world lets it pass unnoticed. A 10-month-old baby girl, on the playground, her head placed in the sniper's scope, shot dead in her father's arms. This cowardly, beastly act tore a hole in every Jewish heart. The pain was com- pounded by the drama of Shalhevet's mother, crouched for hours on the floor of the playground, not allowing the burial society to touch her dead baby. All of Israel is shaken. Why? Because this is not about targeting settlers. It is about targeting Jews. All Jews. I am reminded of the words of PLO secretary general Marwan Barguti, who calmly told MBC Saudi television why the PLO would justify a 1995 attack that killed 21 people at a bus stop at Netanya: "This is an area that we have yet to liberate." So this week, as we were still quivering from the murder of 10-month-old Shalhevet, the news struck of a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem's busy Talpiot industrial and shop- ping area. A few hours later, another suicide bomb, this time in the capital's French Hill neigh- borhood. One day later, teenagers dead in Kfar Saba. And more bombs found in Netanya and Petach Tikvah. The attacks were barely touched by the foreign press. When Palestinians fired shots this week at my neighbor's Our mur, lered baby house in suburban Modi'in, the incident was not reported by the media, anywhere. Does anyone care? That Shalhevet's murder was not the top international headline, I could understand -- had the media not a few months ago made the unfor- tunate death of a Palestinian boy, caught in crossfire, top news for many weeks. That incident left a lotofquestions unanswered, the most impor- tant being what was he and his father doing in the heart ofcrossfire shooting, and how the media came to be perfectly placed to photograph it. After this week's suicide bombings, the Associated Press headline read: "Pales- tinian Militants Strike Twice" (March 27, 2001). Is it appro- priate to call suicide bombers as "militants?" The U.S. State Department lists Hamas as a "terrorist organization.'Why doesn't the Associated Press? Whitewashing "terror- ists" promotes their violent methods. The day of Shalhevet's murder, speaking at the opening meeting of the Arab League summit in Jordan, UN Secretary-General Kofi An; nan said the world has every right to criticize Israel for oc- cupying Arab land and for its "excessively harsh response" to the Palestinian uprising. Annan uttered not one word critical of the Palestinian ter- rorism and street violence. Meanwhile in Hebron, in the aftermath of Shalhevet's murder, the IDF general in charge of the area, Amnon Cohen, was not available, because he was still mourn- ing the murder of his father, Baruch Cohen from Efrat, gunned down by Palestinians on the road last week., Scores of Jews have been killed by Palestinians in recent months, and about 500 Jews are victims since Oslo began. But the murder of Shalhevet was the hardest to bear. What kinds of beasts target a baby girl with sniper fire? Is there any cause that could justify such cruelty? And in Hebron of all places-- city of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah. Like Shalhevet, didn't our greatest ancestors take their first steps and speak their first words there? For us, Shalhevet's mur- der reveals a stark reality. Our hopes for peace, for the next generation, have been drowned in the brutal hatred fomented by the Palestinian leaders and their media. As Nobel laureate Elie Wisel recently said of Arafat:"I accuse him of murdering the hopes of an entire generation. His and ours." Shalhevet's murder is bewildering. The great Rabbi Yizrael Zev Gustman once said of himself that "it is impossible to depress me or humiliate me." Why? Because Rabbi Gustman was holding his only son in his arms when the Nazis shot his son dead. Nothing, Rabbi Gustman said, could ever match that horrible feeling. So although Arab terrorists make no distinction between killing of a grandmother in Netanya, a new immigrant at the bus stop in Holon, or a teenager on the Internet, the body of this 10-month-old baby is still the heaviest one to carry to the grave. By Jacob Baime On Friday afternoon, the Doctoral Students Council of the City University of New York (CUNY) once again con- sidered a hateful resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions After the same measure was defeated by 41 votes last month, this destructive and divisive resolution once again reared its ugly head. For a sec- ond time, the resolution failed to win passage, receiving 31 out of a required 39 votes. The hypocrites who pro- moted the resolution are part CUNY is no place for BDS movement's hate of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This well- funded and increasingly organized campaign seeks to isolate, demonize, and ultimately destroy the Jewish state of Israel. The resolution's backers claimed they were promoting justice and human rights, that they were seeking sovereignty and freedom for the Palestin- Jan people, that they are trying to end the occupation. Nothing could be further from the truth. To be part of the solution, we have to bring together peo- ple of different backgrounds and beliefs. We have to engage in meaningful dialogue. We have to empower the campus community to make a mean- ingful contribution to peace by promoting constructive efforts toward coexistence. The hate-mongers who want CUNY to boycott Israeli universities are part of the problem. They are an ob- stacle to peace. Why would people who truly want peace demonize Israeli schools that have been at the forefront of criticizing Israeli govern- ment policies? Why would they isolate colleges that hire Palestinian faculty and actively recruit and subsidize Palestinian students? Why would they seek to tear down some of the most progressive institutions in Israeli society that are working to promote Palestinian statehood? The fact remains that Israel wants peace and always has. For its entire existence, Israel has wanted nothing more than to live side by side in peace and security with its neighbors. Time and again, Israel has made painful sacri- fices for even the prospect of peace. Honest and educated observers understand that the core of the conflict has always been and remains Arab and Palestinnn rejectionism. The supporters of BDS at CUNY have joined forces with these anti-peace rejectionists. They are undercutting those who are trying to find a two- state solution for peace. They don't care about ending the occupation--they just- want to single out Israel for oppro- brium. They think they know better than Palestinian Au- thority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has denounced such BDS attacks on Israel. Sensible students and fac- ulty at CUNY organized to stand up for academic freedom and moral integrity by help- ing defeat this resolution. They were supported by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Stand- WithUs, The Third Narrative, The Israel Project, and an on- site rapid response team from Israel on Campus Coalition. The CUNY defenders of freedom and pursuers of peace prevailed once again Friday.And we should all applaud the tire less efforts of these CUNY students and faculty who are standing athwart the pro-hate BDS move- ment and saying, "stop." They will succeed because, at the end of the day, love conquers hate. And it always will. Jacob Baime is executive director of Israel on Campus Coalition. Obama refuses to condemn Palesti:nian terrorist By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn Another young American man has given his life while fighting in the ranks of Is- lamist terrorists abroad. But this time, instead of being met with universal condem- nations and scorn, the young terrorist is being greeted with sympathetic news ac- counts and "even-handed" statements from the State Department - all because he joined a politically correct terror group affiliated with the Palestinians. Just think. When Eric Har- roun of Arizona joined an A1 Qaeda group fighting in Syria last year, he was arrested as soon as he tried to re-enter the United States. When Douglas McCain of Minnesota was killed in August while taking part in an ISIS attack in Syria, a senior ObamaAdministration official told NBC that "the threat we are most concerned about to the homeland is that of fighters like this returning to the U.S. and committing acts of terrorism." When three young Muslim women from Colorado were caught on their way to try to join ISIS, the Obama Admin- istration strongly condemned them. But when U.S. citizen Orwa Abdel Hammad, a former resident of New Orleans, took part in an Islamist terrorist attack in the Middle East last week, the response from the Obama Administration was oh so different. Hammad was a Palestinian Arab with American citizen- ship. On Friday, Oct. 24, he de- cided to take part in the wave of Islamist violence against Jews that has been engulf- ing Israel in recent weeks. Hammad positioned himself alongside Highway 60, north of Jerusalem, and prepared a molotov Cocktail. Spotting an approaching Israeli motorist, Hammad rose to hurl the flaming bottle of gasoline. The goal was to set the Israeli car on fire, so that its drivers and passengers would be burned alive. Because they were Jews. Fortunately, Israeli soldiers on a stakeout shot Hammad dead. It turns out that Hammad was the cousin ofa Palestinian terrorist who murdered 10 Is- raelis in an attack in 2002. He was the nephew of a terrorist who died in a terrorist attack in 1989. And one of Hammad's own cousins admitted to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he and Hammad were among a group of Palestinian Arabs who were taking part in attacks on Israeli motorists. The New York Times' ac- count of the attack did not mention anything about Ham- mad's quite relevant family lineage or his cousin's testi- mony. The Times' headline on the story began "Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Teenager'-- not "Palestinian Teenager Tries to Burn Israelis Alive." And while the dead ter- rorist Douglas McCain was denounced by the Obama Administration as a grave threat to America, the dead terrorist Orwa Hammad was warmly embraced by the Obama Administration. State Department spokes- woman Jen Psaki announced that the Administration had sent its "deepest condolences" to the Hammad family. Psaki demanded that the Israeli government undertake "a speedy and transparent in- vestigation" of the killing of Hammad. She called on "all parties to help restore calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of the tragic recent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank." Psaki in no way called on the Palestinian Authority-- in whose territory Hammad resided--to investigate its young people who are trying to burn Israelis alive. Nor did Psaki make any distinction between Pales- tinian terrorists and Israelis Dry Bones STATE SOLUTION 7, A PALE00r00IAN 00ATE, 1,.. THAT NPS rrs "1] THAT 2ECOC00IZES I Akq'F3E/00ITIC 2HET021C00] ' I ITS SL.PPORT Or: J MINORITY 2k00Tg, " I A00l"I-IS2AELI TE22000. ] o 0 0 ,4 ... LJVtN00 sn)E By 5DE PEACE WITH IT'LL BE CALLED THE ,I'E00/15H STATE. 7 I:AN'I'A00 0 o 0 acting in self-defense. In- stead, it was the fearsomely familiar Obama moral equiva- lency: "all parties" should be "calm"--"all parties" should "avoid escalating tensions." Psaki called the killing of Orwa Hammad "tragic." She got her tragedies wrong. It's a tragedy that the Pal- estinian Authority actively incites its young people to try to murder Israelis. It's a tragedy when Ameri- can citizens take part in Islamist terrorism, whether in Syria or Israel. And it's a tragedy--actu- ally, an outrage--when the United States government cannot distinguish between victim and aggressor, be- tween right and wrong, or between good and evil. The authors are members of the Board of the Religious Zionists of America. Dry Bones POOP