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  • Hadassah Deeply Concerned by Act of Violence against Jewish Student at Temple University
  • Hadassah expresses horror at learning of an act of violence against a Jewish student at Temple University last week. Hadassah deplores all forms of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and violence against any person based on their race, ethnicity, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender, national origin or disability. We join with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, of which Hadassah is a member, in calling for civility and security on college campuses in light of increased global anti-Semitism.
  • Urge Congress to Affirm Support for Israel
  • Israel once again finds itself in a time of crisis, forced to take military action to defend its citizens from indiscriminate rocket and mortar fire. American support and strategic partnerships are instrumental to securing Israel’s safety. In recent days over 500 rockets have been launched at Israel from Gaza, and over 75 missiles headed for populated areas were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
  • Hadassah Responds to Presbyterian Church Divestment Decision
  • Hadassah joins the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Israel Action Network in expressing outrage, disappointment and sadness over the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) decision to divest from three American companies because of their sales to the government of Israel. See below for excerpts from the joint JCPA/IAN statement or read the full press release on the Israel Action Network website.
  • Advocate for Return of Kidnapped Israeli Teens
  • On Thursday, June 12, three Israeli students—Naftali Frankel (16), Gilad Shaar (16), and Eyal Yifrach (19)—were abducted on their way home from religious school in the West Bank. Naftali Frankel also has dual Israeli/American citizenship.
  • Hadassah Congratulates Israeli President-Elect Reuven Rivlin
  • Hadassah congratulates Israeli President-elect Reuven Rivlin on his election as the 10th President of Israel. Rivlin, a member of the Likud party, has been a Member of the Knesset (MK) since 1988 and served twice as Speaker of the Knesset. He also served as the Minister of Communications from 2001-2003. Rivlin, a lawyer by training, was also director and chairman of the Beitar Jerusalem Sports Association and chairman of the Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene.
  • Hadassah Expresses Disappointment over Continued Calls for Israel Boycotts
  • Today and earlier this week, the film American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs was screened at a Tel Aviv Film Festival. On May 12, activist Grace Lee Boggs, actor Danny Glover, and several others featured in the film released a statement in support of boycotting Israel and in opposition to the film’s inclusion in the festival.
  • Hadassah’s Response to Kerry’s Use of Apartheid Term
  • Central to the celebration of Passover is the remembrance that once we were slaves, and now we are free. Tragically, slavery remains a modern-day reality for an estimated 27 million people worldwide—more than at any other time in history.
  • Slavery: A Modern-Day Reality
  • Central to the celebration of Passover is the remembrance that once we were slaves, and now we are free. Tragically, slavery remains a modern-day reality for an estimated 27 million people worldwide—more than at any other time in history.
  • Support Fair Pay for Women & Families
  • Today—April 8, 2014—is Equal Pay Day and there is work to do! Women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar and a single mother of two working full-time at minimum-wage is living nearly $4,000 below the federal poverty line. America’s women and families are worth more and they deserve better!
  • The Peace Process: Updates & Uncertainty
  • Over the last nine months, Israelis and Palestinians have been engaged in peace negotiations coordinated by Secretary of State John Kerry. As part of the peace negotiation framework, set to expire April 29, 2014, Israel agreed to release 104 convicted terrorists in four stages and the Palestinians agreed to delay seeking any additional recognition by the United Nations and other international authorities.
  • Advocate for Israel's Security
  • Within the last 24 hours, over 70 rockets were launched at southern Israel and three rockets headed for population centers were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
  • Stand Up For Israel
  • February 24-March 2 is the 10th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week in the United States, which will feature anti-Israel events, film screenings, and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) initiatives on college campuses and in communities throughout the country.
  • Take Action for Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Every day, women and children are forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. In recent years, the United Nations, as well as the United States and Israel have made significant progress towards the elimination of trafficking; however, there is still much work to be done.
  • Reproductive Rights after Roe v. Wade
  • Today is the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to make her own reproductive health choices—including seeking access to legal abortion.
  • Urge Congress to Prevent a Nuclear Iran
  • Last week, Hadassah released a statementcriticizing the American Studies Association decision to issue a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Hadassah is a staunch advocate against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to tarnish and delegitimize the State of Israel. Hadassah maintains its long—standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts—opposing destructive actions in favor of constructive dialogue in order to pursue a future of peace in the Middle East.
  • Support Israel & Academic Freedom
  • Last week, Hadassah released a statementcriticizing the American Studies Association decision to issue a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Hadassah is a staunch advocate against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to tarnish and delegitimize the State of Israel. Hadassah maintains its long—standing policy against all forms of organized boycotts—opposing destructive actions in favor of constructive dialogue in order to pursue a future of peace in the Middle East.
  • Advocate for Gun Control in Memory of Sandy Hook
  • Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which ended the lives of 20 students and 6 staff members. Since then, more than 11,000 Americans have been murdered by guns. Join coalition partners in today’s interfaith call-in and advocacy day to end gun violence!
  • International Human Rights Day 2013
  • Today is International Human Rights Day—65 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. Eleanor Roosevelt, the U.S. Delegate to the United Nations—and Honorary Chairwoman of Hadassah’s Youth Aliyah—chaired the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, created in 1947, and championed the creation of the declaration.
  • Buy Israeli Goods for Hanukkah
  • In welcoming a new Israeli law that expands the size of the Israeli rabbinical judge selection committee and ensures women’s representation, Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement.
  • Urge Senate to Support Fair Minimum Wage Act
  • For the past four years, the federal minimum wage has been stuck at just $7.25 per hour and the rate for tipped workers ($2.13 per hour) has not increased in over twenty years! Far too many American families are living paycheck to paycheck—struggling to afford life’s most basic necessities.
  • Hadassah Pledges Relief and Aid to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
  • In response to the deadly typhoon in the Philippines that has already left tens of thousands of innocent victims dead and countless others suffering, members of the worldwide medical community have joined together to do all they can to lend a helping hand.
  • Senate Passes LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Act
  • November 7, 2013, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban employment decisions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote of 64-32, but it now moves to the House, where it faces tough opposition. Thank your Senators for standing up against discrimination and urge your Representatives to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)!
  • Women's Rights Update
  • Eighty percent of all working women will become pregnant at some point in their lifetime. Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, but more still needs to be done to protect pregnant workers' rights.
  • 2013 United Nations General Assembly Speeches
  • Since the opening of the 68th United Nations General Assembly last week, leaders from around the globe have delivered addresses to the international community. The leaders of the United States, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Iran all spoke about the future of the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Iranian nuclear program. Below are excerpts from these speeches, and links to the full transcripts and videos.
  • Women's Equality Day 2013
  • Ninety-three years ago today, the 19th Amendment—granting women the right to vote—was officially adopted as part of the United States Constitution. In 1971, Congresswoman—and Hadassah Member—Bella Abzug championed the creation of Women’s Equality Day on August 26 to commemorate the amendment’s passage.
  • Hadassah Approves New Policy Statements
  • Yesterday, Hadassah concluded its 2013 National Business Meeting by voting on three key policy issues. Hadassah’s National Board and delegates approved a statement in support of women’s economic equity and security, and reaffirmed two statements in support of medical research funding—especially funding for women's health research.
  • Hadassah Reaffirms Support for LGBT Equality
  • Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, welcomes yesterday's Supreme Court rulings which call the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and dismiss California's Proposition 8, expanding same-sex couples' access to federal and other benefits. In response to these landmark decisions, Marcie Natan, Hadassah's national president, released the following statement.
  • Hadassah Reaffirms its Resolution on a Woman's Right to Choose
  • Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, condemns the passage of the nationwide ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and views this legislation as an encroachment on a woman’s right to reproductive choice, an invasion of privacy and an erosion of individual freedom.
  • Hadassah Welcomes New Rabbinical Judges Law
  • In welcoming a new Israeli law that expands the size of the Israeli rabbinical judge selection committee and ensures women’s representation, Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement.
  • 50 Years of the Equal Pay Act
  • On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the historic Equal Pay Act. That year postage stamps were 5 cents, a gallon of gas was 30 cents, and women earned 59 cents to a man’s dollar. Today, prices for postage and gasoline sure have changed dramatically, but women's earnings have not. Women still only earn 77 cents to a man's dollar and the wage gap hasn’t budged a cent for the last decade. America’s women are worth more and they deserve better!
  • Hadassah Welcomes Continued Progress Toward Expanding Egalitarian Prayer at Western Wall
  • On April 22, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved Natan Sharansky's proposals to expand egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and today, April 25, a Jerusalem District Court ruled in favor of women's rights to pray at the Wall. In response, today, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement:
  • Equal Pay Day 2013
  • April 9 is Equal Pay Day 2013. Since Equal Pay day was established in 1996—17 years ago—the wage gap has decreased by only 4 cents. At this rate, the wage gap won't close until 2057—45 years from now! America's women are worth more and they deserve better.
  • Advocate for Comprehensive Gun Control Legislation
  • On April 8, 2013, Congress returned from a two-week recess to the issue of gun control at the top of its agenda. Over the last several months, Hadassah has worked with its coalition partners to advocate for comprehensive gun control legislation addressing firearms, improved access to mental health services, and a conversation about violence in the media.
  • Support Contraceptive Coverage Mandate
  • Over the last several months, more than 50 companies have filed court cases challenging the Contraception Mandate—the proposal announced in January of 2012 that requires most insurance policies to include free contraceptive coverage (no co-pays). These companies claim that the religious beliefs of the organization—or even the boss’s own views—should determine what contraceptive coverage is available for all employees.
  • Gay Rights at the Supreme Court
  • Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a landmark gay rights case: United States v. Windsor. The case addresses the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which federally defines marriage—and all rights and benefits associated with that designation—as a union between a man and a woman.
  • Support Gun Violence Prevention
  • At the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Plenum this week, Hadassah was proud to co-sponsor and support a policy resolution that called for limiting access to the most dangerous weapons and ammunition, waiting periods, volume sales restrictions, background checks, diligent enforcement of regulations, efforts to improve access to mental health services, and a conversation about violence in media.
  • Tomorrow House Votes on VAWA
  • The House is voting tomorrow on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Urge your Representatives to oppose the House version of the bill and vote in favor of the Senate VAWA legislation!
  • Buy Israel Week 2013
  • February 25 is the start of Buy Israel Week, a project organized by online consumer discount site jdeal.com, several Jewish publications, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Manufacturers Association of Israel, among others.
  • Women's Rights Update
  • A women's rights update on the Violence Against Women Act, contraception mandate, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and pay equity.
  • 2013 Israeli Elections Results
  • Join the conversation! Learn more about the Israeli political system, connect to election analysis and share your thoughts about the election results.
  • Support Pay Equity!
  • Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, but the fight for pay equity is far from over.
  • Hadassah National Board Votes on Policy Issues
  • Yesterday, Hadassah concluded its winter board meeting by voting on two key policy issues. The National Board of Hadassah reaffirmed the statement it made in 2000 in support of stronger gun control legislation and expanded it to call for a ban on assault weapons. The National Board also approved a resolution reaffirming its commitment to and support for freedom of worship for all women at the Western Wall.
  • 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
  • On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman's constitutional right to make her own reproductive health choices—including seeking access to legal abortion. Forty years later, the fight continues with new attacks on reproductive rights launched every year. Defeats of these proposals are hard fought and victories hard won.
  • Protect Charitable Giving Incentives
  • Leaders in Washington are locked in heated budget negotiations aimed to avoid significant spending and tax level changes—set to take effect in January—if a compromise cannot be reached. Tomorrow and Wednesday, nonprofit leaders and supporters from across the country are participating in Protect Giving Days, lobbying elected officials to protect charitable giving incentives.
  • Palestinians Granted Statehood Status
  • After years of pursuing a Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) at the United Nations, the Palestinians succeeded in upgrading their status to "non-member observer state." The vote—138 in favor, 9 opposed and 41 abstentions—implicitly recognizes "Palestine" as a sovereign country and opens Israel up to further attacks and delegitimization.
  • Middle East Update: Palestinians at the UN
  • Hadassah maintains its steadfast support for Israel and affirms that the only step forward for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is direct, bilateral negotiations without pre-conditions.
  • Ceasefire Reached
  • This is a special edition Hadassah Action Alert with vital information for all Hadassah Members, Associates, and supporters—including breaking news, Hadassah updates and information about pro-Israel advocacy and activities. 
  • Show Support for Israel: Operation Pillar of Defense
  • Hadassah strongly urges its Members, Associates, and supporters to share their support for Israel with friends, family, and their communities at large. Included in this article is a list of facts and talking points which can be used in discussions, letters to the editor and on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
  • Get Out and Vote! - Election Day 2012
  • On November 6, Americans will elect a President, the full U.S. House of Representatives, one-third of the U.S. Senate, eleven state governors, and many other local officials. Hadassah urges its Members, Associates, and supporters to exercise their right to vote and encourage friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to do the same!
  • Women's Rights Update
  • 2012Today is the first ever United Nations International Day of the Girl Child. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women (the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women), pledged that UN Women will work with governments and other partners to advance girls' education, health and well-being in order to attain a world where girls can live free from fear, violence and discrimination.
  • National Voter Registration Day
  • Today is National Voter Registration Day, of which Hadassah is an organizational partner. Visit the campaign website to learn about voter registration and search for events in your area. Remember, deadlines vary by state, so check with your state election offices for details.
  • Attacks on U.S. Diplomats
  • Hadassah joins the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the greater Jewish community in condemning the attacks on U.S. diplomats in Egypt and Libya and praying for the year 5773 to be one of cooperation and peace. A statement from JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow can be found below.
  • Women's Equality Day 2012
  • August 26, 2012 will mark 92 years since the institution of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. In 1971, Congresswoman—and Hadassah Member—Bella Abzug championed the creation of Women's Equality Day to commemorate the amendment's institution. Every year since, Women's Equality Day has been officially recognized on August 26 by presidential proclamation.
  • Munich Moment of Silence at Maccabi Games
  • The world was profoundly disappointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s refusal to honor the Munich 11 with a moment of silence during the opening of the Olympic games in London.
  • Jonathan Pollard Update
  • On June 16, at Hadassah’s National Business Meeting in Dallas, the Hadassah National Board approved the following motion.
  • Continue Support for Contraception Access
  • This month marked 47 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Griswold v. Connecticut, affirming a woman's right to contraception and paving the way for reproductive rights more broadly. However—nearly half a century later—the debate over contraception access is increasingly contentious.
  • Hadassah Urges Peace Over Divestment
  • Hadassah joins the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) in supporting the "Letter in Hope" and encourages Hadassah Members, Associates and supporters to join the effort. The "Letter in Hope" urges the Presbyterian Church (USA) to support peace and reject the proposed resolution calling for divestment from three companies doing business with Israel
  • The Fight for Pay Equity Goes On
  • Hadassah Members, Associates, and supporters were among thousands of Americans who made phone calls and sent letters about the Paycheck Fairness Act.  These efforts helped garner several new co-sponsors, but ultimately the bill fell short of the necessary 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. On a party-line vote, 52 Senators voted for cloture (allowing the bill to proceed), while 47 opposed it.
  • Senate Votes on Pay Equity Tomorrow
  • A vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act is expected in the coming weeks, so your Senators need to hear from you now! For the next 48 hours, Hadassah and its coalition partners have joined forces for collective call-in days. Women and men from across the country are making their voices heard, bombarding the Senate with a strong, unequivocal message—America's women deserve equal pay!
  • UNESCO holds "Question of Palestine" Meeting
  • Today concludes the "United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine," convened at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. Click here for the press release, distributed last week by the United Nations Department of Public Information.
  • Support an Inclusive VAWA, Oppose H.R. 4970
  • An alert distributed by the Jewish Council of Public Affairs—of which Hadassah is a member—addressing the accuracy of Sunday's 60 Minutes report on Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
  • Support Women's Employment Rights
  • Women's employment rights are center stage, with the introduction of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) today and the pay equity debate among pundits, the press, and possibly the Senate in the coming months.
  • Petition to Honor the Munich 11
  • It has been nearly 40 years since the 1972 Munich Olympics, where 11 Israeli athletes were killed. Hadassah is proud of it's history as a vocal advocate for the victims' families and the memory of their loved ones.
  • 60 Minutes Report: Christians of the Holy Land
  • An alert distributed by the Jewish Council of Public Affairs—of which Hadassah is a member—addressing the accuracy of Sunday's 60 Minutes report on Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
  • Happy Birthday Israel & Hadassah
  • Hadassah joins the international Jewish community in marking Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Independence Day) this week, and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) next month.
  • Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
  • The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is finally expected on the Senate floor for a vote this week! The legislation currently has 61 co-sponsors—a filibuster-proof majority—but is still lacking wide-spread bipartisan support.
  • April 17th is Equal Pay Day!
  • Fact: A woman with comparable education and experience earns only 77 cents, compared to every dollar made by her male counterparts. That's an average of over $10,000 in lost wages every year! Show your support for pay equity and get America’s women out of the RED!
  • International Criminal Court Rejects Gaza War Investigation
  • 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.
  • Israel & the UN Human Rights Council
  • 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.
  • Israeli Security Update
  • Conference of presidents condemns continuing rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel calls upon international community to denounce attacks, prevent weapons flow and financial support enabling future attacks.
  • Iran Center Stage at AIPAC, White House
  • The American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference took place from March 4-6, featuring key speeches by President Barak Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Iran was a key focus of the speeches, and of the meeting between Obama and Netanyahu at the White House yesterday afternoon.
  • Middle East Updates: Impact on Israel & Regional Balance of Power
  • The situation in the Middle East remains tense, with new updates coming to light with each passing day. Yesterday, Haaretz released details from the Israeli Foreign Ministry's annual intelligence estimate, which was presented to Israel's security cabinet a few weeks ago. The report assessed Israel's relationship with its neighbors—focusing specifically on Iran's nuclear plans, the status of peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, and the potential escalation of violence from the Palestinians. Mid-East leaders and analysts are also closely following the situation in Syria and how that is affecting the balance of power in the region.
  • Update: Protect Women's Preventive Health Access
  • On January 20, after several months of public debate and internal review, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced women's preventive health coverage regulations, requiring most employers to provide full contraceptive coverage (without co-pays).
  • UN Security Council Condemns Attacks on Israeli Diplomats
  • Last week, terrorists targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia. Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council released a press statement condemning the attacks and the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs distributed the following:
  • Hadassah Joins Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign
  • Today, in honor of Tu B'Shvat, Hadassah reaffirms its commitment to the environment and proudly announces its participation in the Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign. Hadassah National President Marcie Natan was one of 50 Jewish leaders—from across the political and religious spectrum—to join the campaign earlier this week by signing the "Jewish Environment and Energy Imperative" declaration.
  • Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
  • Yesterday, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed out of committee and is now one step closer to reauthorization. Hadassah joined nearly 1,000 coalition members in submitting a letter to Congress in support of VAWA’s reauthorization, which the chairman referenced in his statement to the committee.
  • 39 Years after Roe v. Wade
  • January 22nd was the 39th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which established a woman’s right to reproductive choice. Advocates on both sides of the issue have taken this opportunity to galvanize thousands of supporters, hosting marches across the country and online.
  • White House Supports Women’s Preventive Health Coverage
  • After several months of public debate and internal review, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced its final regulations on women's preventive health coverage, requiring most employers to provide full contraceptive coverage (without co-pays).
  • Protecting Women's Rights in Israel
  • In response to recent discriminatory acts against women by extremists in Israel, Hadassah’s National Board voted to enact the following Zionist Affairs Policy Statement.
  • Hadassah Thanks Ambassador Killion
  • Hadassah thanks U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) David Killion for his actions opposing anti-Semitism.
  • International Human Rights Day
  • Tomorrow, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. Israel is consistently and unfairly criticized for its record on human rights, most often by countries with their own egregious human rights violations. Join fellow Hadassah Members, Associates, and supporters by honoring International Human Rights Day and celebrating Israel’s example as a beacon for human rights in the Middle East and around the world.
  • Iran Sanctions Update
  • On December 2, the Senate voted unanimously for sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran (CBI)—which is widely suspected of financing Iran's nuclear program—and banks that do business with it and the United States.
  • Buy Israel Week
  • Yesterday, millions of Americans kicked off their online holiday shopping with Cyber Monday. Show your support for Israel while shopping for Hanukkah by participating in Buy Israel Week, which ends Sunday, December 4.
  • Increase Sanctions on Iran
  • This week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report on the status of Iran’s nuclear capabilities, revealing clear evidence that Iran has continued developing a weaponized nuclear program.
  • Hadassah Joins HERvotes Coalition
  • Tomorrow is Election Day and the official start of the 2012 election season. Hadassah—a longtime supporter voter engagement initiatives—is proud to announce its membership in HERvotes, a coalition of women’s organizations mobilizing civic engagement around women’s Health and Economic Rights (HER) for the 2012 election season.
  • UNESCO Approves Palestinian Membership
  • Today, in a vote of 107-14 (with 52 abstentions), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization General Conference approved the Palestinian membership application. The United States, Israel, Canada and Germany were among those who opposed the measure. Notable votes in favor included Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France. The United Kingdom abstained.
  • Urge HHS to Protect Women's Healthcare Access
  • Over the last several weeks, American's have seen a continuous onslaught of attacks against women's reproductive rights. State legislatures across the country are seeking to declare a fertilized egg a person, the House of Representatives passed legislation denying women life saving medical care, and Congress is once again threatening funding for family planning services.
  • Update: Palestinian UNESCO Membership
  • Next Monday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is expected to approve the Palestinian’s application for membership. State Department lawyers have reviewed existing American legislation and see no way around the laws, which would necessitate an automatic cutoff of U.S. funding to UNESCO should the Palestinians gain membership. U.S. dues and contributions to UNESCO make up 22 percent of the organization's budget.
  • Welcome Home Gilad Shalit
  • Today, Hadassah’s Members, Associates and supporters join the worldwide Jewish community in celebrating Gilad Shalit’s homecoming.
  • Jonathan Pollard Petition
  • Since 1987—when Jonathan Pollard was convicted of spying for Israel and sentenced to life in prison—the Jewish community and political leaders from across the spectrum have urged administration officials to release Pollard. In January of 2011, Benjamin Netanyahu was the first Israeli Prime Minister to formally issue a statement urging the US to grant Pollard clemency.
  • Palestinians Win Preliminary Vote for UNESCO Membership
  • Yesterday, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board voted 40-4 (with 14 countries absenting), approving a draft resolution for Palestinian membership. For the Palestinians to gain actual membership, the final resolution would need to be approved by UNESCO’s 193-nation General Conference, which will be meeting next month.
  • UDI Recap & Update
  • Last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submitted an application for full membership at the United Nations, followed by Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's addresses to the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Update: Today at the UN Palestinians Submit Application for UN Membership, Netanyahu Extends Hand in Peace
  • Today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submitted an application for full membership at the United Nations. Abbas addressed the United Nations General Assembly, criticizing Jewish settlements and ignoring Israel’s legitimate security concerns. Hadassah joins the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Israel Action Network in their responses to President Abbas’ speech and his bid for unilateral Palestinian statehood.
  • Unilateral Declaration of Independence Update
  • Over the last several months, Hadassah leaders and coalition partners have been preparing for this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting—monitoring the possible Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) and communicating with key policy makers.
  • Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery Address to the United Nations General Assembly
  • One year ago, I stood at this podium and called for an independent Palestine. I believed then – and I believe now – that the Palestinian people deserve a state of their own. But what I also said is that genuine peace can only be realized between Israelis and Palestinians themselves. One year later, despite extensive efforts by America and others, the parties have not bridged their differences. Faced with this stalemate, I put forward a new basis for negotiations in May. That basis is clear, and well known to all of us here. Israelis must know that any agreement provides assurances for their security. Palestinians deserve to know the territorial basis of their state.
  • Protect Charitable Giving Incentives
  • Hadassah joins fellow Jewish and other philanthropic groups in speaking out against plans to decrease charitable giving tax breaks, which encourage donations for countless programs and services in the United States and around the world.
  • Petition: Release Alan Gross from Cuba
  • During the last several months, Hadassah and its coalition partners have been advocating for the release of Alan Gross, a Jewish American from Maryland arrested during a humanitarian trip to Cuba. In February, Hadassah joined the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in urging Cuban President Raúl Castro to release Gross. Since then, Gross has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for "actions against the integrity of the state" and has lost his only appeal opportunity.
  • Solidarity with Israel Letter
  • In order to show solidarity with the people of Israel—particularly the residents of southern Israel who have been under the constant threat of attack—The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has created a Solidarity with Israel Letter to be sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.
  • Update: Attacks on Southern Israel
  • Since the deadly attacks near Eilat last Thursday, Gaza militants have fired over 100 rockets and mortar shells at Israel. A tentative cease-fire was reached with various factions in Gaza—including the Popular Resistance Committee, which took credit for the attacks last Thursday—however, the rockets and shells have not stopped.
  • Hadassah Condemns Attacks in Israel
  • This morning, a series of terrorist attacks occurred near Eilat, killing at least seven and injuring as many as 40. The victims of the attacks have been taken to hospitals in Eilat and Be'er Sheva and the Hadassah Medical Organization has offered assistance if needed.
  • Hadassah Continues Women’s Health Advocacy
  • Since the Stand Up for Women’s Health Rally and Lobby Day in April, Hadassah representatives have been closely monitoring additional legislation and regulations that will affect access to women’s health services, domestically and abroad. Show your support for women’s health by taking action on these two critical issues!
  • Petition Against a Unilaterally Declared Palestine
  • Hadassah continues its support of the Community Response to Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) by co-sponsoring the Israel Action Network's online Petition Against a Unilaterally Declared Palestine . The petition calls upon the 193 Members of the United Nations to vote against endorsing a unilaterally declared Palestinian state and to promote the resumption of bilateral negotiations.
  • Israel Action Network:
    Community Response to UDI-UN Recognition of Palestinian State
  • Hadassah Israel, Zionist, and International Affairs (IZAIA) and the Hadassah United Nations Team are working closely with coalition partners to monitor the possible Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) of a Palestinian state and to help coordinate a community response. Click here to read "Community Response to UDI-UN Recognition of Palestine State", a report from the Israel Action Network.
  • Final Attempt to Renew Mid-East Peace Talks
  • The Middle East Quartet— the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia—are meeting today in a final effort to restart direct peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. The Quartet affirmed in a statement on July 2 its support for direct negotiations before any declaration of Palestinian statehood. The Palestinian Authority has until July 15 to file papers with the United Nations if they plan to seek recognition by the U.N. General Assembly this fall.
  • Supreme Court Decision Underscores Need for Paycheck Fairness Act
  • June 20th, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., v. Betty Dukes case, denying Wal-Mart's 1.6 million female employees the opportunity to sue the retail giant collectively for gender-based employment discrimination. Hadassah co-signed an amicus brief in the case with the National Women's Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union and others in support the women's class action.
  • Hadassah Calls for Compassion for Pollard
  • Hadassah joins the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in their call for humanitarian compassion to allow Jonathan Pollard to attend the funeral of his father, who passed away on Sunday.
  • Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC, Congress
  • Hadassah joins the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in lauding Prime Minister Netanyahu’s commitment to peace and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship
  • Hadassah Responds To Abbas Op-Ed In New York Times
  • An op-ed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was published this week in the New York Times. Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, the Womens Zionist Organization of America, issued the following statement in response.
  • Demonstrations and Violence at Israel's Borders
  • In the days following Israel's Yom Ha'Atzma'ut celebrations, thousands of Israel's neighbors marked Yawm an-Naqba (meaning "Day of Catastrophe") by mourning Israel's creation with demonstrations and violence.
  • Urge Congress to Oppose H.R. 3
  • Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, the House will vote on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3)—the most recent attack on women's reproductive rights from Congress and state legislatures across the country
  • Urge Your Senator to Support Rescinding the Goldstone Report
  • In a Washington Post op-ed, Judge Richard Goldstone, chair of the Goldstone Report on the 2008-2009 Gaza war, retracted the essential findings of that report. Judge Goldstone clarifies, "Unlike Hamas, Israel did not intentionally, as a matter of policy, target civilians in its 2008-2009 war to stop indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza." The JCPA, of which Hadassah is a member organization, welcomed Judge Goldstone's disavowal of the 2009 UN Human Rights Council-sponsored Commission Report bearing his name. 
  • Wear Red for Equal Pay Day Tomorrow!
  • “If you would wear lower cut shirts, you would probably get more pay.” — Quote from a male Wal-Mart Manager, mentioned in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart case
  • Stand Up for Women's Health Lobby Day
  • Over the last couple of weeks, the onslaught of anti-choice and anti-family planning legislation has continued to move through Congress. Hadassah has joined forces with its coalition partners to stand up for women’s health and women’s reproductive rights.
  • Women's History & Women's Rights
  • Our History is Our Strength is the 2011 theme of the National Women's History Project. Today, in honor of the 100th International Women's Day, Women's History Month and a legacy of great female leaders, Hadassah advocates for the rights of women.
  • Stem Cell Action Coalition Doubles in Size to 62 Affiliated Organizations
  • An initiative organized by GPI, the Coalition aims to foster public awareness about the promise of embryonic stem cell research and its translation into regenerative medicine, promote robust funding of basic research and translational medicine within ethically responsible and scientifically sound guidelines, and vigorously defend this research from unwarranted restrictions.
  • Unrest In Egypt
  • Hadassah representatives have been closely following the unrest in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, participating in conference calls and engaging with partner organizations. The Advocacy Department will continue to monitor the transition of power in Egypt and its potential impact on the region, Israel and the United States.
  • Update: Durban III Conference, September 2011
  • Over the last several weeks, Hadassah representatives have participated in a series of conference calls on the United Nations Durban III Conference, scheduled for September 2011 in New York City.
  • Hadassah Welcomes the 112th Congress
  • On January 5, 2011, 18 Hadassah Members and Associates welcomed the 112th Congress to Washington. Of the 112th Congress, 107 were new members, the largest freshman class in more than sixty years. Throughout the day the group introduced themselves—and Hadassah—to the new representatives, senators and Capitol Hill staff.
  • Combat Sex Trafficking in the United States
  • Hadassah affirms its policy statement against the trafficking of women and strongly supports the passage of the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act (S. 2925/ H.R. 5575).
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