the last few days, Hadassah representatives have been actively engaged in the
unfolding Gaza Flotilla situation. Yesterday, Hadassah hosted a presentation by
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Gabriela Shalev, to the Jewish
Non-Governmental Organizations affiliated with the U.N. Economic and Social
Shalev explained that Israel is more isolated than ever. She believes the
current tension is similar to when a U.N. resolution equated Zionism with
racism. Israel always needs the support of organizations like Hadassah, but at
no time has it been more vital than now.
Pro-Israel rallies are occurring across the
country. Check the Stand with Us
website or The Israel Project blog to see if there are rallies in your area.
representatives have also spoken with Mark Regev, Spokesperson for Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Zalman
Shoval. Amabssador Shoval urged
Hadassah members to contact their elected representatives to encourage the U.S.’s
continued support for Israel. A suggested template can be found below. The
letter can be used to contact your elected officials or local media, or as
talking points for your bulletins, Facebook, Twitter, or other social
Hospital was also involved in the situation on the ground. Four of the wounded
(all foreign citizens) arrived by Israeli Airforce helicopter at the Ein Kerem
helipad and were taken by Magen David Adom ambulances to the Trauma Unit for
treatment.. The Hadassah Trauma Unit was already prepared with physicians,
nurses, X-Ray technicians and all the required equipment for a mass casualties'
event. At last report, all were in mild condition and fully conscious
The Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Organizations (www.conferenceofpresidents.org)
The Israel Project (www.theisraelproject.org)
The World Zionist Organization (www.wzo.org.il/English/flotilla/)
Dear Senator or Congressperson:
The United States and Israel have been strong allies and partners for
decades. In light of the recent altercation that took place off Gaza’s coast on
Monday May 31, 2010, Israel needs the United States’ continued support now more
While the specifics of this situation are still coming to light, this much
- This mission was not about
humanitarian aid but about breaking the blockade.
- Both Egypt and Israel both
offered to have the boats dock in their ports to transport the supplies to
Gaza, but were refused.
- International allies of Hamas
use any and all opportunities to transport weapons into Gaza,
necessitating Israel’s insistence for a naval blockade as well as strict
- The naval blockade is a
matter of life and death for Israel and is in compliance with
I am a member of your district who values the freedom, liberty and safety of
living in America. The people of Israel deserve that same security. I
appreciate your continued support for Israel.