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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 5, 2014 Who's blocking a two-state solution? By Lawrence Grossman reports that Abbas issued the stabbing in 2006. And there Abbas led off his recent As Abbas knows well, Al statementonlyafterprodding havebeennumerousincidents campaign of incitement Aqsa, though built upon the from Secretary Kerry's office of rock-throwing, Molotov to violence with his U.N. ruins of the Jewish Temple, Does Palestinian Author- raised further doubts about cocktail flinging, and other General Assembly speech on was left intact and in Mus- ity (PA) President Mhmoud its sincerity, modes of mayhem. Rosh Hashanah, accusing lim hands after Israel took Abbas want peacewith Israel? The synagogue carnage is Let's recall that alittle more Israel of"a new war of geno- control of the area in 1967. Given hisposturesincepeace partofanupsurgeinPalestin- than six months ago, Israeli cide perpetrated against An agreement was reached talks broke down in April, his ian terrorism that some in and Palestinian negotiators the Palestinian people." He at the time to allow Jews to inflammatoryU.N.speechand the media are calling a"third were meeting with Secretary called Israel "racist," and visit the site, but not to pray ongoing rhetoric, and now a intifada,"suggestingthepos- Kerryandhisteaminaserious charged that it was guilty there. While some Israelis new wave of terrorism, one sible reprise of large-scale, effort, started in July 2013, to of "absolute war crimes" now call for the institution wonders, long-term violence against reach a permanent two-state and "apartheid." He said of Jewish prayer on what The horrific attack on a Israel, as began in 1987 and peaceagreement.Themanwho he could not "return to the Jews call the Temple Mount, Jerusalem synagogue, killing again in 2000. torpedoed those negotiations, cycle of negotiations that the government has firmly five and wounding others as Cars are new weapons of who refused to extend them, has failed to deal with the rejected any change in the they were praying, triggered choiceforsometerroristswho was none other than Abbas. substance of the matter," status quo. How many other outrage among some world have driven theminto groups Six days before the April 30 and instead would seek U.N. countries would go to such leaders.U.S.SecretaryofState of Jews, killing four people-- deadline for concluding the Security Council action on lengths as Israel has to avoid JohnKerryurgedAbbastoend including a 3-month-old talks, Abbas announced a Palestinian statehood, religious confrontation? theincitementthatledtothis girl--and wounding sev- Palestinianunity government In another incendiary Nevertheless, Abbas's in- latest tragedy, eralothers. Knives wereused with the Gaza-based terrorist move, Abbas claimed that dictment that Israel has For Abbas, however, the twice in one day. An Israeli organization Hamas, which Israel "specifically targeted designs on the site has been forthrightnessofhiscondem- soldier at a Tel Aviv train sta- refuses to even consider rec- the City of Jerusalem and spread by Palestinian me- nationof"theattackonJewish tion was repeatedly stabbed ognizing Israel and spews vile its inhabitants, attempting dia, especially social media, worshippers in their place of and later died, and another anti-Semitism. Through the to artificially a|ter the spirit, enraging young Muslims prayer"wassomewhatattenu- man who came to his aid spring andsummer, as Hamas identity, and character of the and emboldening some to ated by his call to end"incur- was wounded. Hours after operativeskidnappedandmur- Holy City, focusingonAIAqsa "defend" their holy shrine by sions and provocations by this attack, another young deredthreeteenageJewishboys Mosque, threatening grave attacking Jews. His cynical settlers against the [All Aqs a Arab man stabbed and killed and the organization launched consequences." (On previous exploitation of this spurious Mosque," as if such events a 26-year-old Israeli woman barrages of missiles across the occasions Abbas had denied issue is not only fomenting had actually taken place and, at the entrance toAlon Shvut, border at Israel, Abbas and his that a Jewish Temple had ever Palestinian violence, but the ifthey theoretically had, they aWestBankcommunity, and PA--ostensiblystillcommitted existed in Jerusalem, a posi- toxic rhetoric could easily somehow balanced the cold- two otherswere injured. That toatwo-statesolution--main- tion echoed by the website of enrage others in theArab and blooded murder of Jews. News womanhad survived a similar tained unity with Hamas. his Fatah party.) Muslim world as well. PAGE 5A Fatah declared a "Day of Rage" in Jerusalem on Oct. 31, two days after Israeli police killed a Palestinian who shot and severely wounded Yehu- dah Giick, a rabbi who sup- ports greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount. Abbas called the Palestinian shooter a "martyr," and his death an assassination committed by terrorists. Speaking in Ramai- lah on the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death, Ab- bas said that Jews must not be allowed to "contaminate" the holy place, and praised the "heroes" defending it. Such words can, and did, lead to more bloody attacks on Jews--witness Tuesday's gruesome assault on the Jerusalem synagogue. Tragically, Israel faces a formidable obstacle in the search foran end to violence and achievement of a peace deal: Mahmoud Abbas. A two-faced Palestinian leader cannot bring about a two- state agreement. Lawrence Grossman is the American Jewish Commit- tee's director of publications, Israel needs a bigger message By David Suissa I'm repulsed by these anti- Israel groups on college campuses that pretend to care about oppressed people in the Middle East. They don't. What they really care about is undermining Israel. Groups like StUdents for Justice in Palestine, for example, have no interestin engaging in a de- bate about Israeli:Palestinian co-existence. What they live for is to single out Israel and crush it. No wonder UCLA Chan- cellor Gene Block quickly released a statement last week opposing the vote by anti- Israel students that singled out Israel in a divestment resolution. Maybe he saw how crazy it is to go after the only democracy in the Middle East while tens of millions of poor souls throughout the region are living under brutal dicta- torships. I remember interviewing Arab -Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh a few years ago, after he finished a tour of campuses across the United States. When he asked pro- Palestinian students, "What makes you pro-Palestinian?" they hadnothing good to say about Palestinians. All they could say was, "Israel is an apartheid state," "Israel is a violent oppressor," etc. It's only gotten worse. Anti-Israel groups on U.S. campuses have become so brazen that their actions have started to backfire, as we saw with Chancellor Block's statement. But what about the pro- Israel movement? WhaUs the best way to respond to the hypocrisy and bad faith of these anti-Israel groups? Here's a tip--not by going into the mud with them, Not by simply responding and reacting. Not by letting them frame the debate. Defending Israel against unfair resolutions is impor- tant, but it's not enough. What the pro-Israel movement must do is ambush the enemy with a big, positive idea--an idea that will galvanize the movement and empower all students on campus, Jewish and non-Jewish, to support Israel. Here's the biggest idea I can think of: "Israel can save the Middle East." ; That's right, Israel can save the Middle East. There's no bigger, more important message today: The Middle East has cancer, and Israel has the cure. Over many long decades, Israel has Behind social entrepreneurship, a surprising force By Dara Weinerman Steinberg AKRON, Ohio (JTA)--Five years ago, when I began to work for Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, I metwith a colleague who worked with early-stage nonprofit organi- zations that are creating new ways of involving people in Jewish community life. How wonderful, I gushed, that there are all these people who felt outside of Jewish life and who are now trying out new approaches to Jew- ish engagement. "Data," my colleague stopped me to say, "these entrepreneurs aren't outsiders. They are day school graduates and rabbis' kids, and many are rabbis them- selves." It was a surprising mo- ment for me. Having spent several years disengaged from organized Jewish life myself, and seeing all sorts of oppor- tunities to learn, engage and contribute that were often targeting the "unaffiliated," I assumed that their creators were also communal outsid- ers, Stepping back, though, it's not surprising that Jew- ish social entrepreneurs are connected to their religious communities. After all, why would someone innovate to enhance something they don't strongly value? So too, it turns out, are financial supporters of in- novation-and the lesson applies to all kinds of religious communities, not just Jewish ones. A new study, "Connected to Give: Risk and Relevance," co-funded by the Lippman Kanfer Foundation, finds that "[t]he donors most willing to support an unproven organi- zation generally are those who are most engaged in their re- ligious communities. Highly connected donors generally are willing to contribute to new organizations that offer a different approach to address- ing a persistent problem that has been difficult to solve." What sets religiously af- filiated donors apart from others less willing to fund such innovation? Maybe because they are involved in Jewish life they know what they find most valuable in Judaism and Want to find ways to share it with others. They experience gaps themselves, see where the gaps exist for their families and friends, and therefore provide support for promising responses. Af- filiated donors are, perhaps, more willing to take risks because they can imagine, and sometimes experience firsthand, the reward. For such donors, today's group of innovative Jewish ventures can indeed provide myriad ways to enact and extend their Jewish values and sensibilities. Whether it's practicing values of wel- coming and applying the principle that all are created in the divine image (b'tselem Elohim) by creating a more inclusive community with InterfaithFamily and Keshet (which works with and for LGBT Jews), or expanding opportunities for learning for its own sake (Torah Lishma) with innovative educational experiences such as Kevah (which creates lay-led 're- ligious learning circles) or project-based learning in Jew- ish day schools, or implement- ing the principle of reducing waste (bal tashchit) by sup- porting, environmental activ- ism and farming with Hazon (which advances healthy and sustainable communities) and the Jewish Farm School. Supporting innovation itself embodies learning from practice: we do and then we understand (na'aseh v'nishma). When we experi- ment, success often doesn't look exactly like what we anticipated. For both the donors and the organizations, experimenting is about ex- ploring and learning together what is relevant for people, what makes their lives more meaningful, what helps to repair the world. With religious affiliation as the engine that drives support for new ideas and approaches, we who work with innovators should be turning more often and more directly to those most deeply involved with Jewish organizations and causes. We should listen to how they talk about the gaps, opportunities and possibili- ties that call for important and promising innovations. Con- tinuing to enlist more active partners in funding ihnova- tive endeavors will open new pathways for the connected and not-yet-connected alike, and will enrich Jewish life for all. Dara Weinerman Stein- berg is executive director of Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Liv- ing Torah. managed to build the demo- cratic institutionslsocial, economic, civil and legal-- that the chaotic countries of the region desperately need. On every issue, from water to medical care to education to creating jobs, Israel can fect country constantly trying to improve itself. What other country in the Middle East can say that? What other country in the area can offer the same free- dom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press help transformtheregionand and overall freedom to fight br!ngit into the new century, injustice and correct itself, Yes, of course, it's a pipe dream to expect the Arab world to look to israel to transform its societies. But that's not the point. Thepoint is to transform the debate about Israel. Our defensive stance makes us look weak. When all we do is react,we dance to the tune of our enemies. It's time for the pro-Israel movement to take over the high ground. We must posi- tion Israel as what it truly is: a light unto the Middle East. An imperfect light, to be sure, but that is precisely its strength. Israel is a model of an imper- as Israel does? In short, it's time to stop thinking small'and Start thinking big. While we should never stop trying to resolve our conflict with the Pales- tinians, we must expand our horizons and show that Israel has the know-how to help all the oppressed people of the region and transform the Middle East. Pro-Israel groups can unite and turn this idea into a seri- ous movement. Every sign, every demonstration, every YouTube film, every confer- Suissa on page 14A Dry Bones Fight the history rewriting, go to: igg. me/at/drybones