March 28, 2012
Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution to establish a "Fact Finding Mission on the Influence of Settlements on Palestinians," prompting Israel to suspend all ties with the Council. Thirty-six countries voted in favor, the United States opposed and 10 abstained.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry, Israel's Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, and Prime Minister Netanyahu have all released statements criticizing the proposed mission. An Israeli representative from the Foreign Ministry explained specifically that Israel has suspended "working relations, participating in debates and discussion and exchanging papers, sending information and requesting information, and organizing visits and so on and so on."
Hadassah's United Nations Team—with representatives in New York, Geneva, and Vienna—has been closely monitoring UNHRC, which has a history of targeting and delegitimizing Israel. Since its inception in 2006, the council has made 91 decisions: 39 on Israel, three on Syria and one on Iran.
Efforts to tarnish and delegitimize Israel also continue from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In response to the Global March to Jerusalem protests and BDS Global Day of Action, Jewish community leaders have announced Buy Israeli Goods (BIG) Day for Friday March 30.
Hadassah maintains its long-standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts—opposing destructive actions in favor of constructive dialogue in order to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pursue a future of peace in the Middle East.
Shop for Pesach and show your support for Israel all at once! Promote your support for Israel and Buy Israeli Goods Day in bulletins, letters to the editor or elected officials, and on social media. For additional information and a listing of Israeli products, visit www.buyisraelgoods.org, run by the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce & Industry.Date: 3/28/2012