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Hadassah Engaged in Gaza Flotilla Situation

Over 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 Council.

Ambassador 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.

Hadassah 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 media.

Hadassah 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

Additional Resources:

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 than ever.

While the specifics of this situation are still coming to light, this much is clear:

  • 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 cargo inspections.
  • The naval blockade is a matter of life and death for Israel and is in compliance with international law.

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.


Date: 6/3/2010 12:00:00 AM

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