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PAGE 8A i HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 JNF's Tree of Life dinner honored 10 Orlandoans Karen Dyer with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and JNF Orlando Board of Directors mere- JNF Orlando Board of Directors member Aaron Gorovitz with 2013 Guardian of Israel ber Jim Pugh. honorees Sy and Debra Israel and Mark and Caryn Israel. More than 400 Jewish Na- tional Fund (JNF) supporters attended the 2013 JNF Tree of Life TM Award dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Nov. 6 to honor Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer with the Tree of Life TM Award, presented by JNF Orlando Board of Directors member Jim Pugh, in honor of his outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-lsraeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life. Receiving the Guardian of Israel Awards were Sy and Debra Israel, Mark and Caryn Israel, Dick and Louise Wein- er, Ben and MauraWeiner, and Lois Tannenbaum. The evening ended with a comedic performance by stand-up comedian andwriter Joel Chasnoff. "I was delighted to attend this year's Orlando Tree of Life TM Dinner. We honored Alex Hyman with 2013 Guardian of Israel Award honoree Lois Tannenbaum. two wonderful community leaders and two generations of great families,allwho are ded- icated supporters of JNF and Israel," said Bruce K. Gould, JNF Florida chairman. "All Alan Weiner with 2013 Guardian of lsrael Award honorees Dick and Louise Weiner and Maura and Ben Weiner. of the honorees exemplify the Jewish tenent of Tikkun Olam- the biblical teaching that we are all obligated to heal the world. They are-all outstanding individuals in their own right and make our community, Israel and the world a better place." Jewish education expe discusses Israel's past and present By Alan Kornman Just as it is important to always remember the Holo- caust by retelling those events through living survivors, books, films and various programs, it is equally im- portant to teach the history of modern-day Israel accurately, and make sure it remains factual so that its history does not become distorted to fit a particular political agenda. On Nov. 4, approximately 35- 40 people attended a program on Israel in World Relations, held at the University of Cen- tral Florida. Sponsored by the Knights For Israel, Hiilel Central Florida, Our Soldiers Speak, Hasbara Fellowships, Commit- tee For Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAM- ERA), the course was designed and presented by JED Institute founder Richard Bass, who's extensive curriculum iswidely recognized as one of the most thorough and balanced re- sources to teach the issues in the Middle East today. One of the central aims of all of his courses isto encourage people to challenge opinion, uncover facts, and search for the truth without bias. Message from the UCF Knights For Israel Knights for Israel is a new pro-Israel group at the University of Central Florida. It has been established to be a beacon for pro-Israel advocacy on campus. Along with advocacy, its mission is to provide students with education on various issues in Israel as well as pioneer- ing interrelations between the UCF campus and Israel. "With the help of our current president, Kelly Truitt, we aim to establish an active group of students who support Israel by organizing political, cultural, and social events on campus. Our chief goal is to promote pro-Israel sentiment on campus and maintain it for years to come, said Ari Hoffman, vice president of the UCF Knights for Israel. With the help of our students and the community, w e hope to achieve our goals and continue to provide UCF with Israel activism. Ariel Hoffman can be reached at Hoffmanariel@ The Jewish historical con- nection to Israel Chief Palestinian Justice Sheikh Taysis Tamimi said in August 2009 that the Jews have no historic connection to Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple never existed. Sheikh Tamimi is the second high- est Muslim cleric only to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem so his words are to be taken seriously. Bass presented evidence the Jewish people have a historical connection to Jeru- salem and the Temple Mount and dispelled the claims of Sheikh Tamirni using two examples of archeological and eyewitness evidence: the Arch of Titus, which has a menorah engraved carving from Solomon's Temple, and eyewitness accounts from Flavius Josephus of the Jewish Temple on what is now called the Temple Mount. Bass also used Islamic sources that counter Sheikh Tamimi: Qur'an verses 17:4-7 talk specifically of the Jewish Temple at the Temple Mount. Page 4 of the 1925 Temple Mount Guide by the Islamic Waqfstates, "the site of"Solo- mon's Temple at the Temple Mount is beyond dispute." Sovereignty over Israel and international law At the Basel Conference of 1897 Theodore Herzi gave birth to the first Zionist Con- gress. It declared, "Zionism seeks to establish a home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured under public law." CBN News Middle East Bu- reau ChiefChrisMitchell stated, "Fifty years later in November of 1947 what many considered an impossible dream became a reality when the United Nations voted to approve a Jewish state in Palestine. Yet international agreements had already validated the Jewish State many years before in the San Remo resolution of 1920 and the League of Nations Mandate in 1922." Bass provided the founda- tional evidence for the estab- lishment of the modern State of Israel and the San Remo Resolution of 1920 validates his claim. In 1947, Britain abandoned the Palestine Mandate and toidthe United Nations to take this land off their hands. The U.N. put forth an Arab State and an Israeli State in the nonbinding U.N. Resolution 181. The Arabs rejected the partition plan and Britain soon after left the region. On May 14, 1948, Israel declared independence and was immediately attacked by Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. Israel was victorious and expanded her territory. Israel's expansion of new territory caused an Arab refugee problem, which the world blames on Israel. Bass explained Israel was not to blame for these refugees because if the Arabs accepted the U.N.'s partition plan there would have been no war and no refugees. On May 6, 1967, Israel preemptively attacked her neighbors andwon this war in six days. Bass pointed out that Golda Meir never understood why the Arabs said they were fighting over Israeli settle- ments in Judea and Samaria when at that time there were none. As a result of the '67 war, Is- rael gained more territory in- cluding the Sinai, Gaza strip, West Bank, Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem (including the holy places in the Old City, which leads us into the next topic of occupation). The Israeli oceupationm myth or truth? Bass asked the question can Israel be an illegal occupier? He defined an occupier as a country that controls land that it does not own. Based on the San Remo Resolution, Bass said Israel was granted the land on the east and west side of the Jordan River, which includes the West Bank. Ac- cording to international law Israel legally owns the land and can't be an occupier, by definition. Then the 1973 Yom Kip- pur War happened. Israel won, but the dynamics of the Middle East changed, according to Bass. The Dave Gordon Richard Bass, founder of the Jed Institute, and author of a 75-hour educational cur- riculum on the Jews' histori- cal connection to Israel. Middle East Arab countries now had oil exporting power and money. Bass observed that Japan, Great Britain and Canada became dependent on Middle Eastern oil and their support for the State of Israel diminished accord- ingly on the world stage. The Arabs lost wars to the Israelis in 1948, 1967, and 1973. Post 1973 the Arabs realized they could not defeat Israel on the battlefield but they did have a formidable economic weapon control- ling Middle Eastern oil flow to the West. Expert on page 18A