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Latest News in Israel – 18th August

Liberman unveils new ‘carrot and stick’ policy for West Bank Palestinians

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman unveiled a new policy toward Palestinians based on the “carrot and stick” model – harsher punishment for families and villages from which terrorists originate and economic benefits for those areas that have not produced terrorists.

“We will implement a differential policy in Judea and Samaria,” Liberman said. “Its purpose is to continue to give benefits to those who desire co-existence with us and make life difficult for those who seek to harm Jews.”

The minister added that “anyone who is prepared for co-existence will prosper, while those who opt for terrorism will lose.”

As part of this policy, the defense establishment is also establishing a news website in Arabic that will be run by the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Liberman announced the new policy on Wednesday at a press conference at his office in Tel Aviv.

According to Liberman, the new plan has three principles: Carrots and sticks; dialogue with the Palestinian public; and the drawing up of a list of those considered close associates of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Liberman stressed that the new plan was made in coordination with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I update the prime minister on every detail,” he stated.

According to the new policy, the defense establishment divided the West Bank map into two parts – the main part marked on the map in green represented the areas from which no terrorists had come, while a smaller part, mainly in the southern West Bank  from Hebron southward  featured villages colored in red and yellow.

The areas that will get benefits immediately are Beit Sahur, in which a hospital will be built; western Nablus, in which an industrial zone will be built; and Kafr Bidia, in which a soccer field will be built.

Infrastructure plans will also be expanded in Kalkilya, Hableh and Izbat Tabib, and an economic corridor will be opened from Jericho to Jordan in accordance with a plan being promoted and paid for by the Japanese government.

Liberman added, however, that he does not intend to allow the Palestinians to build another city in the West Bank.

The means of punishment for areas from where terrorism originates will include increased IDF activity in Area A of the West Bank; home demolitions; increased arrests; raids on homes from which terrorists came; confiscation of terrorism funds and property; cancellation of VIP permits for senior Palestinian Authority officials taking part in incitement; increased vehicle searches at the Kalandiya refugee camp; and stricter enforcement against illegal building.

Liberman quoted Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s saying that you must be “a generous and cruel genius.”

The plan, he said, had been formed after lengthy discussions.

“I didn’t wake up one night and make it up” – taking into consideration the opinions of OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Roni Numa, the COGAT, Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, as well as senior Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) officials.

One of the keys of the plan deals with the defense establishment’s desire to hold talks with Palestinian figures without mediation and without the approval of the Palestinian Authority. Although Liberman did not call it as such, it could be defined as “a track that circumvents Mahmoud Abbas.”

According to Liberman, “[Abbas] speaks with everyone in Israel and, therefore, the goal is to attain symmetry between Israel and the PA.”

He said PA officials speak to all parts of Israeli society – ministers, MKs, mayors, academics and more – whereas Israel holds talks only with PA officials or those who have received the approval of the PA.

“Our goal is to create a dialogue with anyone who wants to talk to us,” the minister stated. He added, however, that “we have no intention to crown kings in the PA or to interfere in internal affairs.”

In answer to whether his plan is a return to the Village Leagues that then-defense minister Ariel Sharon formed in the 1980s to counteract PLO influence in the West Bank, Liberman said: “We are not forming Village Leagues. Secondly, there is a big difference between what his plan was and what happened.”               (Jerusalem Post)

IDF arrests key Hamas elections official in the West Bank

Security forces arrested a top West Bank Hamas official overnight Tuesday, drawing accusations from the Gaza-based terror group that Israel is meddling in the upcoming Palestinian municipal elections.

Hussein Abu Kweik was arrested at his home in the el-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah, the Shin Bet security agency said in a statement.

Abu Kweik is Hamas’s main West Bank campaigner in the elections, which are slated for October 8. Last week, he was appointed Hamas’s only representative to the PA’s central elections commission, which is overseeing the elections.

He was arrested in a joint operation by the IDF and Shin Bet “for his involvement in security-related activities that presented a threat to security in the area,” the Shin Bet said.

Specifically, Abu Kweik is suspected of “incitement,” the security service said. However, additional allegations may be brought against the senior Hamas official following his interrogation, it added.

In recent days Abu Kweik has boasted that his group is the “spearhead of the resistance” against Israel, Israel Radio reported.

In the same operation, Israeli forces arrested a number of other suspected Hamas members from villages and cities around the West Bank, the IDF said.

Two were arrested along with Abu Kweik in el-Amari. In Beitunia, one alleged member of the terrorist group was picked up, along with one in Dayr Samet, southwest of Hebron, and another in Surif, west of Efrat.

Three more suspected Hamas members were arrested by IDF troops in Hebron, the army said.

In addition to the alleged members of the terrorist organization, 12 Palestinians were arrested in the West Bank overnight Tuesday, five of them for throwing rocks and taking part in violent protests, the army said.

During nighttime raids in the Hebron area, Israeli forces also found military equipment, bullets and two handguns — one in the al-Fawar refugee camp and the second in Halhul — the army said.

Hamas’s Gaza leadership decried Abu Kweik’s arrest Wednesday, with spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri calling it an Israeli attempt to intervene in the elections.

Hamas has already accused PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party of arresting Hamas activists in a bid to influence the results of the elections.

On Monday night, senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar told al-Jazeera that Hamas has many “comments about Fatah due to the continual arrests of [its] leaders in the West Bank.”

The group is considering boycotting the municipal elections if the Palestinian Authority does not cease arresting its members, he said.

“The elections cannot take place if this issue continues,” al-Zahar insisted.

Since Hamas — considered a terror group by Israel and most Western governments — surprisingly agreed to participate in the municipal elections, it has been complaining that its activists in the West Bank are being rounded up by PA security forces.

Fatah has made the same complaint about its representatives being arrested in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Zahar also hinted for the first time that Fatah is considering delaying the elections.

“There are conflicts within Fatah preventing it until now from forming lists. They cannot overcome their internal differences and are shooting at each other,” he said. “There are a lot of leaks from within the government talking about the possibility of postponing the elections.”    (the Times of Israel)

After Sarona attack, open malls to get tougher security

Two months after a deadly terror attack in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, the Public Security Ministry is pushing to increase security in open malls and markets such as Sarona by bolstering on site guards and introducing patrols to garrison the public spaces.

On June 8, cousins Muhammad and Khalid Muhamra opened fire in the complex, in the heart of Tel Aviv, killing Ido Ben Ari, Ilana Naveh, Michael Feige and Mila Mishayev, and wounding over a dozen others. They fled the scene but were captured by private security guards and police a short time later.

The attackers were able to enter the Max Brenner restaurant, where they carried out the attack, without passing through any security. They were both carrying concealed improvised sub-machine guns.

The attack was captured by security cameras at the restaurant (Warning: graphic content):

The investigation carried out by police immediately after the attack found that “security arrangement in open malls, markets and public recreation sites are lacking,” according to the Ynet news site.

Following the initial probe, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan established a committee to asses the security of such public spaces and present recommendations on how to prevent repeat attacks.

After two months’ work, the committee has recommended a simple but wide-ranging amendment to the Business Permits Law, requiring open-plan and outdoor shopping centers to apply for the same police permits as closed malls, Ynet reported.

The amendment would mean that sites such as Sarona will have to subject to a significantly more detailed security assessment than in the past, and be required to increase the number of on-site security guards. In some cases, the police would be able to insist that security patrols patrol around the site and in its open spaces.

Two months before the attack, Sarona’s management and the Tel Aviv municipality argued against efforts by police to close down the commercial center over fears it was not sufficiently secure. The police had asked the municipality to revoke Sarona’s business license, arguing that lax security put the visiting public at risk.

The popular compound is home to Israel’s largest indoor culinary market. Its 8,700 square meters (93,000 square feet) of market space hosts 91 shops.                (the Times of Israel)

 Seven Israeli Soldiers Injured in Collision on Golan Heights

Seven Israeli soldiers were injured, one of them severely, in a collision between two vehicles in the northern Golan Heights on Tuesday evening. An earlier report did not mention that the victims were soldiers due to military censor gag order.

The accident occurred when the two army vehicles, a D-9 bulldozer and an armored personnel carrier, were heading back to an Israel Defense Forces outpost in the Har Dov area, near the border with Lebanon.

Three soldiers, one with severe injuries and two moderately wounded, were evacuated by a helicopter to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. Four other victims, two in moderate condition and two others who suffered light wounds were taken to the Rebecca Sieff Hospital in Safed for further treatment.

All of the soldiers are part of the Combat Engineering Corps’ 601 Battalion.

The military said it was investigating the incident.   (Haaretz)

Dennis Ross doubts Obama will push UN resolution

US President Barack Obama will probably deliver a final speech on the Mideast before leaving office in January, though he is unlikely to translate the principles of that speech into a UN Security Council resolution, according to veteran US Mideast negotiator Dennis Ross.

Speaking Monday at a symposium in Washington sponsored by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Ross said that while it is unlikely Obama wants to launch a big diplomatic initiative before his term ends, a speech laying out the parameters of a Mideast accord was likely, and something Obama would see as his Mideast “legacy.”

Ross, who dealt with Middle East issues under George H.W. Bush as well as under Bill Clinton and Obama, said the president feels that if he sets down a set of parameters about how the conflict could be resolved – even if neither side would accept those guidelines – “over time the rest of the international community and the Israelis and Palestinians will come to realize that these are the only parameters that will actually work.”

According to the former diplomat, who worked in Obama’s Administration during his first term and is currently a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, speeches by presidents at the end of their presidencies “frankly don’t have that big of an impact on anybody.”

Ross said that because Obama’s speech was likely to be balanced in terms of addressing both Israeli and Palestinian needs, it’s parameters could not then be turned into a UN Security Council resolution.

The only Security Council resolution that could be produced at this time is one that precisely spells out what the Palestinians want in terms of borders, a state and Jerusalem, but would then be very vague on Israel’s concerns about security and refugees, he said.

This type of resolution, he added, “would actually make things worse, not better. I don’t think the administration will make a big effort at the Security Council, because I think they realize the likely effect.”

Asked what his advice to the next president would be regarding how to improve US-Israel relations, Ross recommend making very clear that there would be a focus on strictly enforcing the Iranian nuclear deal. This would win immediate points both with the Israelis and America’s traditional friends in the Arab world, he said.

Ross suggested the establishment of a “joint implementation committee with Israel to watch very carefully what is going on with the agreement.” Likewise, he suggested “contingency plan discussions” with Israel and Arab states on “how to contend with Iranian threats in the region.”

Ross also recommended that the next president establish a “back channel” between the new president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, something that does not exist today.

“Re-establish that,” he said of this type of communication channel. “I think there will be a strong impulse on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s side to show that if there were tensions in the relationship, it was not because of him, and he will want to get the relationship off on a good footing. And I suspect the next president here will want to show that things are also on a sound footing as well.”

Ross said he did not know what to expect regarding US involvement in the diplomatic process if Republican candidate Donald Trump would win the elections.

As for a Clinton presidency, he said she would likely commit herself to “working on the issue.” But, he added, there is a big difference between working on the issue and raising expectations that peace is lurking around the corner. There is a range of activities between doing nothing, and “saying we can solve it.”

Ross, whose name has been mentioned as a possible player on Mideast issues in a Clinton administration, said that he thought the issue needed to be dealt with on a number of different levels.

The first thing, he said, was the need to “restore belief” on both sides that things could change and create “a sense of possibility again.”

To do that, he said, it will be necessary to work with each side, “to have them take some steps to demonstrate or manifest a commitment to two-states.”

In addition, he added, “you have to bring the Arab states into this.”

Ross said with the Palestinians weak, divided, and focused very much on who will succeed PA President Mahmoud Abbas, they will find it difficult on their own to do anything. “You need to see if you can create Arab state involvement, Arab state coverage.”

That “coverage,” he noted, is also needed for Israel, since the Israeli public is skeptical regarding what they might receive from the Palestinians, and would like to know what they could expect from the Arab world.

With so many other problems in the region, Ross added, it was unclear whether “the Arab states have enough bandwidth to get involved,” but this needed to be probed.    (Jerusalem Post)

Israel scores success against skin cancer

A three-pronged approach to fighting skin cancer in Israel appears to be showing success. Over the past five years, an aggressive campaign predicated upon awareness, identification and research has apparently been responsible for significantly lower skin cancer rates in the Jewish state.

Under the direction of the Israel Cancer Association, newly created skin care apps such as “DermaCompare” and the development of immunotherapy drugs like Keytruda, the campaign appears to have made noticeable headway in fighting the disease.

“We were third in the world in the incidents and mortality after Australia and New Zealand and it was, of course, because we have a lot of people who come from Europe with light skin,” Miri Ziv, the Director General of the Israel Cancer Association told The Media Line. “In the last five years, Israel dropped to the 20th country with the highest incidents (of skin cancer) and in terms of mortality, we dropped to number 13 for men and number 20 for women.”

According to Ziv, the ICA has worked tirelessly for the past half-decade trying to promote a more sun-smart attitude. “We disseminated our sun-smart stuff in TV programs and in the media. Every summer we launch the early detection project and we encourage people to avoid sun bathing from 10-4.” Ziv cited the achievement that while melanoma is still rising significantly for most of the world, it has stabilized in Israel.

Of the three prevalent types of skin cancer, the most common is basal cell carcinoma, followed by squamous cell carcinoma. The least common, but deadliest, is melanoma. “The whole key is early detection,” Dr. Michael Goldenhersch, a dermatologist in Jerusalem told The Media Line. “If you catch (melanoma) early, then it is 100% curable. The whole key to prognosis is the depth of the melanoma itself – the deeper it is, the worse it is.”

“Take, track, treat” is the slogan for Emerald Medical Applications’ newest app, DermaCompare, released just six months ago. The app, which is FDA approved, uses air force image processing and big data analytics to track suspicious moles by asking users to take photos of themselves while clad only their underwear and upload to the images to the app.

“Our enemy is the mole,” Lior Wayn, founder and CEO of DermaCompare told The Media Line. “DermaCompare is based on three layers of suspicion. The first is the idea that we can take the measurement of any mole and we can find something suspicious in the first photo. The second is based on the idea that moles have changed and the common practice is to take photos every six or seven months. The third is using machine learning and artificial intelligence to suggest which moles might be suspicious over time.”

The app, which is free to download everywhere, has a partnership with physicians in countries like Israel and the United States. “While there are other apps like this available, we are the only app to have two modules – one for the home user and one for the doctor – and we are the only app that is doing auto comparison instead of manual comparison,” Wayn added. In some cases, though, precautionary measures and early detection aren’t enough.

In 2014, the FDA approved a revolutionary antibody drug to treat metastatic melanoma, Keytruda (Pembrolizumab), which was developed jointly by researchers in the US and Israel. Keytruda is an immunological therapy which means that it helps the immune system destroy the tumor itself by blocking pathways between immune checkpoints, which cancers use to dodge the body’s immune system. This type of therapy is often more effective than chemotherapy and has revolutionized cancer treatments.

“For stage 4 melanoma, a few years ago, it was a death sentence of one-year,” Professor Angel Porgador at Ben Gurion University told The Media Line. “However, with the combination of immune checkpoint therapy plus targeted chemotherapy, you [now] have nearly a 40% survival rate among patients.” Keytruda has been approved for treating metastatic melanoma and advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

On August 6, it was approved to treat recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. While the rates of skin cancer have dropped dramatically since the early 2000s, the Israel Cancer Association plans to continue raising awareness through their sun-smart campaign in an effort to lower rates even more.            (Jerusalem Post)

The Meaning of an Olympic Snub

The Arab world has a problem of the mind, and its name is anti-Semitism.

by Bret Stephens                The Wall Street Journal

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-meaning-of-an-olympic-snub-1471303698

An Israeli heavyweight judoka named Or  Sasson defeated an Egyptian opponent named Islam El Shehaby Friday in a first-round match at the Rio Olympics. The Egyptian refused to shake his opponent’s extended hand, earning boos from the crowd. Mr. Sasson went on to win a bronze medal.

If you want the short answer for why the Arab world is sliding into the abyss, look no further than this little incident. It did itself in chiefly through its long-abiding and all-consuming hatred of Israel, and of Jews.

That’s not a point you will find in a long article about the Arab crackup by  Scott Anderson in last weekend’s  New York Times Magazine,  where hatred of Israel is treated like sand in Arabia—a given of the landscape. Nor is it much mentioned in the wide literature about the legacy of colonialism in the Middle East, or the oil curse, governance gap, democracy deficit, youth bulge, sectarian divide, legitimacy crisis and every other explanation for Arab decline.

Yet the fact remains that over the past 70 years the Arab world got rid of its Jews, some 900,000 people, while holding on to its hatred of them. Over time the result proved fatal: a combination of lost human capital, ruinously expensive wars, misdirected ideological obsessions, and an intellectual life perverted by conspiracy theory and the perpetual search for scapegoats. The Arab world’s problems are a problem of the Arab mind, and the name for that problem is anti-Semitism.

As a historical phenomenon, this is not unique. In a 2005 essay in Commentary, historian  Paul Johnson noted that wherever anti-Semitism took hold, social and political decline almost inevitably followed.

Spain expelled its Jews with the Alhambra Decree of 1492. The effect, Mr. Johnson noted, “was to deprive Spain (and its colonies) of a class already notable for the astute handling of finance.” In czarist Russia, anti-Semitic laws led to mass Jewish emigration as well as an “immense increase in administrative corruption produced by the system of restrictions.” Germany might well have won the race for an atomic bomb if  Hitler hadn’t sent  Albert Einstein, Leo Szilard,  Enrico Fermi and  Edward Teller into exile in the U.S.

These patterns were replicated in the Arab world. Contrary to myth, the cause was not the creation of the state of Israel. There were bloody anti-Jewish pogroms in Palestine in 1929, Iraq in 1941, and Lebanon in 1945. Nor is it accurate to blame Jerusalem for fueling anti-Semitism by refusing to trade land for peace. Among Egyptians, hatred of Israel barely abated after Menachem Begin relinquished the Sinai to  Anwar Sadat. Among Palestinians, anti-Semitism became markedly worse during the years of the Oslo peace process.

In his essay, Mr. Johnson called anti-Semitism a “highly infectious” disease capable of becoming “endemic in certain localities and societies,” and “by no means confined to weak, feeble or commonplace intellects.” Anti-Semitism may be irrational, but its potency, he noted, lies in transforming a personal and instinctive irrationalism into a political and systematic one. For the Jew-hater, every crime has the same culprit and every problem has the same solution.

Anti-Semitism makes the world seem easy. In doing so, it condemns the anti-Semite to a permanent darkness.

Today there is no great university in the Arab world, no serious indigenous scientific base, a stunted literary culture. In 2015 the U.S. Patent Office reported 3,804 patents from Israel, as compared with 364 from Saudi Arabia, 56 from the United Arab Emirates, and 30 from Egypt. The mistreatment and expulsion of Jews has served as a template for the persecution and displacement of other religious minorities: Christians, Yazidis, the Baha’ i.

Hatred of Israel and Jews has also deprived the Arab world of both the resources and the example of its neighbor. Israel quietly supplies water to Jordan, helping to ease the burden of Syrian refugees, and quietly provides surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to Egypt to fight ISIS in the Sinai. But this is largely unknown among Arabs, for whom the only permissible image of Israel is an Israeli soldier in riot gear, abusing a Palestinian.

Successful nations make a point of trying to learn from their neighbors. The Arab world has been taught over generations only to hate theirs.

This may be starting to change. In the past five years the Arab world has been forced to face up to its own failings in ways it cannot easily blame on Israel. The change can be seen in the budding rapprochement between Jerusalem and Cairo, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, which might yet yield tactical and strategic advantages on both sides, particularly against common enemies such as ISIS and Iran.

That’s not enough. So long as an Arab athlete can’t pay his Israeli opposite the courtesy of a handshake, the disease of the Arab mind and the misfortunes of its world will continue. For Israel, this is a pity. For the Arabs, it’s a calamity. The hater always suffers more than the object of his hatred.

Black Lives Matter must rescind anti-Israel declaration

by Alan M. Dershowitz                                 The Boston Globe

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/columns/2016/08/12/black-lives-matter-must-rescind-anti-israel-declaration/EHDYV3gNLwrTTwfp0JA8QN/story.html

It is a real tragedy that Black Lives Matter — which has done so much good in raising awareness of police abuses — has now moved away from its central mission and has declared war against the nation state of the Jewish people. In a recently issued “platform,” more than 60 groups that form the core of the Black Lives Matter movement went out of their way to single out one foreign nation to accuse of genocide and apartheid.

No, it wasn’t the Syrian government, which has killed tens of thousands of innocent people with barrel bombs, chemicals, and gas. Nor was it Saudi Arabia, which openly practices gender and religious apartheid. It wasn’t Iran, which hangs gays and murders dissidents. It wasn’t China, which has occupied Tibet for more than half a century. And it wasn’t Turkey, which has imprisoned journalists, judges, and academics. Finally, it wasn’t any of the many countries, such as Venezuela or Mexico, where police abuses against innocent people run rampant and largely unchecked. Nor was it the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, where the police are a law unto themselves who act as judge, jury and executioner of those whose politics or religious practices they disapprove.

It was only Israel, the nation state of the Jewish people and the only democracy in the Middle East. The platform accuses the US of being “complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people” by providing aid to “an apartheid state.”

To be sure, Black Lives Matter is not a monolithic organization. It is a movement comprising numerous groups. Many of its supporters have no idea what the platform says. They cannot be faulted for supporting the movement or its basic mission. But the platform is the closest thing to a formal declaration of principles by Black Lives Matter. The genocide paragraph may well have been injected by radicals who are not representative of the mainstream. But now that it has officially been published, all decent supporters of Black Lives Matter — and there are many — must demand its removal.

Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic. Like other democracies, including our own, it has faults. Criticizing Israel’s settlement and occupation policies is fair game. But singling Israel out and falsely accusing it of “genocide” can be explained in no other way than blatant hatred of Jews and their state.

In defending its citizens against terrorism since before its establishment as a state in 1948, Israel has killed fewer Palestinians than did Jordan and Syria in two much shorter wars. The relatively low number of civilian deaths caused by Israeli self-defense measures over the past 68 years compares favorably to the number of civilian deaths in other conflicts. This is because, as Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, put it: There has been “no time in the history of warfare when an Army has made more efforts to reduce civilian casualties…than [the Israel Defense Forces].” Though Kemp was specifically referring to the wars in the Gaza Strip — which are also the apparent focus of the Black Lives Matter Platform — his conclusion is applicable to all wars Israel has fought.

Genocide means the deliberate extermination of a race, such as done by Nazi Germany to Jews and Sinti and Roma or by the Hutu against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It has no application to deaths caused by self-defense measures taken to protect citizens against terrorism. To falsely accuse Israel of “genocide” — the worst crime of all, and the crime whose very name was coined to describe the systematic murder of 6 million Jews — is anti-Semitic.

Until and unless Black Lives Matter removes this blood libel from its platform and renounces it, no decent person — black, white, or of any other racial or ethnic background — should have anything to do with it. We should continue to fight against police abuses by supporting other organizations or forming new ones. But we must not become complicit in the promotion of anti-Semitism just because we agree with the rest of the Black Lives Matter program.

To support an organization or movement that promotes anti-Semitism because it also supports good causes is the beginning of the road to accepting racism. Many racist groups have also promoted causes that deserve support. The Black Panthers had breakfast programs for inner-city children, while advocating violence against whites. And the Ku Klux Klan organized summer camps for working-class families, while advocating violence against blacks.

There must be zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, regardless of the race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation of the bigots who promote, practice or are complicit with it. Being on the right side of one racial issue does not give one a license to be on the wrong side of the oldest bigotry.

To give Black Lives Matter a pass on its anti-Jewish bigotry would be to engage in racism. Black anti-Semitism is as inexcusable as white anti-Semitism or white racism. There can be no double standard when it comes to bigotry.

I write this column both in sorrow and in anger. In sorrow because I support the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement — I have long been involved in efforts to expose and prevent police abuses — and worry that this obnoxious and divisionary platform plank may destroy its credibility with regard to police abuse in America by promoting deliberate lies about Israel. It is also alienating Jewish and other supporters who could help them achieve their goals here at home — as many such individuals have historically done in actively supporting all aspects of the civil rights movement.

I write it in anger because there is never an excuse for bigotry and for promoting blood libels against the Jewish people and their state. It must stop. And those who engage in it must be called out for condemnation.

Black Lives Matter should rescind the portions of the platform that falsely accuse Israel of genocide and apartheid. If it does not, it risks ending in the dustbin of history, along with other discredited bigoted groups.

It would be sad if the good work done by Black Lives Matter were now to be sidetracked by the mendacious and irrelevant accusation of “genocide” and “apartheid” against one foreign democracy — Israel.

Alan M. Dershowitz is professor emeritus of law at Harvard University and author of “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law.’’

Incredible story of an Israeli professor who beat Parkinson’s Disease by dancing

This story of a brilliant Israeli professor who has courageously battled a difficult Parkinson’s Disease prognosis with the power of dance. He is an inspirational role model for all who are suffering from any illness. May this great man keep dancing till and after a cure has been found for the disease.

https://youtu.be/ak4smTliKUg

Fighting the BDS Movement