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t HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 20, 2013 PAGE 11A Jewish Historical Society awarded ['larida Humanities Council Gr It The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society has been awarded a Florida Humani- ties Council Grant in support of a two-day commemoration marking the 50th anniver- sary of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in United States his- tory. The arrests took place during protest demonstra- tions that ultimately led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The rabbis came to St. Augustine after receiv- ing a request from Reverend Martin Luther King. Since 1971 the Florida Humanities Council has awarded more than $8 million statewide in support of the creation of humanities re- sources and the presentation of public programs. These programs and resources help preserve Florida's rich cultural heritage, promote civic engagement, and foster connections among humani- ties scholars, cultural orga- nizations, and community groups. All awarded funds are provided by the Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humani- ties (NEH). By awarding this grant, the Florida Humanities Council recognizes the value of the Historical Society and its ability to provide public humanities programs and cultural resources on Florida's First Coast. The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society has been cited as part of a matrix of resources dedicated to building strong communities and informed citizens by providing Florid- ians with an opportunity to explore their heritage, tradi- tions and stories. The excitement of Society leadership has been in- creased with the responses from more than half of the Rabbis still alive who look forward to participating in the commemoration. They all are looking forward to recreating the protests of 50 years ago with visits to St. Paul's AME Church from whose pulpit Reverend King preached before sending them out to what is now the Bayfront Hilton Garden Inn to integrate a lunch counter and include a visit to the St. Johns County Jail where they were incarcerated. Shown here (l-r): St. Augustine Historical Soeiety Members Carol Rovinsky, Carl Lin- denfeld, A1 Stein, JosephMarx, read award letter from Florida Humanities Council. Now that the U.S. and other P5+1 powers made an interim nuclear deal with Iran with- out Israel's involvement, the Jewish state is free to act as it sees fit on the Iranian issue without consulting America, former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candi- date Mike Huckabee said in an exclusive interview with The U.S. "has indicated that they are going to act indepen- dently of Israel as it relates to Iran," Huckabee said, calling that a "very foolish policy." "I think now [the Israelis] have really a license to act without having to be scolded for not having consulted the U.S. for their plans," he said. When asked about the possibility of making an- other presidential'run in 2016, Huckabee, the runner-up to U.S. Sen. John McCain (R- AZ) in the 2008 Republican primary, said, "I'm looking at it very seriously." Huckabee I an ordained Southern Baptist minister who currently hosts the talk show "Huckabee" on Fox News--said he is hav- ing exploratory meetings to determine "whether people I trust, and people whose views I have confidence in, believe that there is a pathway forward for me through the primary." What would Jewish Repub- licans think of a Huckabee run in 2016? Fred Zeidman, a Houston businessman and major donor to Republican presidential campaigns, told, "Israel could have no greater supporter than Mike Huckabee, and as far as any concerns we have about the safety and security of the state of Israel, we couldn't ask for better than Mike Huckabee." "You couldn't ask for a more passionate or truthful candi- date than Mike Huckabee," Zeidman added. "Whether you agree with all of his so- cial positions or not, there's no question about where he stands and his willingness to be open about them, to discuss them, and to do what he feels is right for America." Huckabee told that when he ran for president in 2008, outreach to the Jewish community "was always a relationship that we enjoyed and tried to foster." That year's general election saw 78 percent of Jewish voters choose Obama over McCain, and the Jewish electorate's support for Obama decreased to 69 percent in his 2012 race against Mitt Romney. Does Huckabee believe the down- trend in Jewish support for Democrats will continue in the 2016 presidential election? "I would certainly hope so," he said, questioning why anyone committed to the safety and security of the future of Israel "would be supportive of the policies of Barack Obama, which you can call the most frighteningly non-supportive [U.S.] policies on the state of Israel since its inception." "I can't imagine that some- body could look at those policies and say, 'Boy, [Obama has] really got the Israelis' back'--because he doesn't," Huckabee said. Huckabee said he can understand traditional Jew- By Jacob Kamaras ish support for Democratic candidates based on their views aligning socially and economically, but he does not understand Jewish sup- port for Democrats "as it relates to the policy of a secure Israel." "If that's a priority, and that becomes a defining fac- tor in how people vote, then it's inconceivable to me that they could give their support to someone who supports the current administration's policies toward Israel," he said. On the Obama administra- tion's current brokering of Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, Huckabee said the U.S. should only be engag- ing in such talks if it insists that the Palestinians both acknowledge Israel's right to exist and "cleanse their textbooks" of materials that teach children to hate Jews. "Those are to me funda- mental prerequisites to any kind of discussion regarding a peace deal," Huckabee said. Huckabee's comments on Palestinian teaching materi- als as they relate to negotia- tions echo recent sentiments expressed by Israeli leaders such as Prime Minister Benja- min Netanyahu, Defense Min- ister Moshe Ya'alon, and Stra- tegic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, who have all attrib- uted a lack of progress in the current talks between Israel and the Palestinian Author- ity to Palestinian incitement. Recent reports by Palestinian Media Watch reveal Pales- tinian soccer teams named after terrorists, a Palestinian Authority TV (PA TV) broad- cast for children teaching that the Devil and Jews are united in hatred of the Prophet Muhammad, sayings attribut- ed to Hitler in a PA-associated youth magazine, and a state- ment (accompanied by a photo of a man holding a rifle) on Fatah's Facebook page that says it is "the blood of Martyrs that draws the borders of the [Palestinian] homeland." In the U.S., the issue of anti- Israel teaching materials has also garnered attention as of late. In a recent advertisement in Boston-area newspapers, the nonprofit Americans for Peace and Tolerance called out school officials in New- ton, Mass., over the alleged presence of anti-lsrael texts in Newton public schools, including "The Arab World Studies Notebook," which claims that Israeli soldiers murdered hundreds of Pal- estinian nurses in Israeli prisons; "A Muslim Primer,,' which claims that astronaut Neil Armstrong converted to Islam; "Flashpoints: Guide to World History," which asserts that Jerusalem is the capital of "Palestine;" and other materials. Asked what the appropriate course of action should be on the city and state levels regarding a situation such as the alleged anti-Israel texts in Newton schools, Huckabee said, "If it's being taught as curriculum as if it's correct, then I would be aghast at that. I would think that the state board of education should make it very clear that that's not an education, that's an in- doctrination, and not purview of being at a school." A frequent visitor to the Jewish state, Huckabee said an experience "that will forever be embedded in me" is the first time he took his daughter Sarah, then 11 years old, to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and memorial. "I saw the impact that it had on [Sarah] and continues to have on her; she's 31 years old now," Huckabee said. In February, while leading an Israel trip for evangeli- cal Christians, Huckabee at a press briefing called on Obama--who would make his first Visit to Israel as president the following monthItO announce the release of im- prisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. On Nov. 21, Pollard entered his 29th year in U.S. prison; he is the only person in U.S. history to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally. "Pollard has been in prison longer than most people who have done more than he did, and I think particularly in light of his current health situation, [pardoning him] would be a nice gesture toward our allies in Israel, and it would be I think a very impor- tant humanitarian gesture as well," Huckabee told IN CELEBRATION OF A Se00,00cha To Remember SPECIAL CELEBRATION ISSUE JANUARY 31, 2014 Hundreds of different parties will be held in the Jewish community throughout the coming year. HERITAGE readers will be in need of a variety of products and services, including hotels, hair salons, clothing stores, jewelers, printers, florists, restaurants and many others. You can reach this exclusive buying market by placing your advertising message in the HERITAGE Special Celebration Issue. Don't let those weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other simchas pass you by. Make sure your business is included on our readers' shopping lists. Kobi Gideon/Flash90 Former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candi- date Mike Huckabee (r) during a visit with Knesset members and Jerusalem councilmen to the eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood of Beit Orot on January 31, 2011. Mike Huckabee: Israel has to act independently on Irar,!