HADASSAH ACTION ALERTS, ADVOCACY, & BACKGROUNDER
Support Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
June 15, 2012
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.
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.
Below is an alert distributed by the JCPA about the “Letter in Hope”, which is also sponsored by the Israel Action Network, an initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with the JCPA:
In just one week, over [15,000] Jews throughout the country have signed a “Letter in Hope” to delegates to the biennial Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, encouraging them to embrace reconciliation and reject an anti-Israel divestment resolution. The letter calls divestment a “counterproductive proposal” that would delay action towards peace, and its thousands of signers ask the Presbyterians to “deepen our understandings of the multiple narratives in the region” and focus on positive steps including economic development, Palestinian state building, and a return to negotiations.
The rapid outpouring of support for this letter reflects the deep and widespread opposition to divestment in the Jewish community and well beyond. It points out that divestment promotes a lopsided assessment of the causes of and solutions to the conflict, disregarding the complex history and geopolitics. Furthermore, it shamefully paints Israel as a pariah nation, solely responsible for frustrating peace. It is a blunt tool that is more likely to encourage those with more extreme aims than to foster reconciliation.
April 24, 2012
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.
In February, VAWA passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote. 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.
Check out HERvotes for the new VAWA Blog Carnival and additional information and resources from Hadassah’s coalition partners.
Don’t let women’s safety be put in jeopardy because of partisan politics. Visit the Hadassah National Action Center to thank your Senators for their support.
As Israel turns 65 and Hadassah celebrates its Centennial, our bond is stronger than ever. Hadassah’s founders dreamed of what Israel could be—laying the groundwork for its healthcare system and making deserts bloom, all while rescuing and nurturing the children who would grow to shape the new nation.
Today, Hadassah hospitals treat one million patients a year and are home to world renowned medical research and trauma care. Like our pioneering founders a century ago, Hadassah Members, Associates and supporters are practical Zionists—pouring time and resources into Hadassah’s projects and advocating for pro-Israel policies from every Congressional district across the country.
Happy Birthday Israel & Hadassah! Celebrate and show your support online and in your community.
Advocate for Iran Sanctions via the Hadassah National Action Center.
Share your support for Israel by writing to elected officials, local media and via social networking.
You have probably heard and read about recent discriminatory acts against women in Israel. The stories of incidents in which ultra-Orthodox men have used threats and violence to scare women are in the press, on your TVs and your computers.
Women are being asked to sit at the back of buses, and in perhaps the most well-known incident, eight-year-old Naama Margolis was harassed on her way to school, accused of immodest dress.
As the largest women's Zionist organization in the United States, Hadassah has always had the greatest respect for all streams of Judaism and we have been among the leading supporters of a pluralistic Israel since its founding. This discrimination must stop. Read our statement , and please sign our petition. This is your opportunity to be counted!
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. Thank your Senators for their support and urge your Representatives to vote for the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011 (H.R. 1905). This bill would strengthen existing sanctions and close loopholes, in addition to sanctioning the CBI.
Also, urge your Representatives and Senators to support the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act (H.R. 2105), which increases sanctions on individuals who provide support and resources to these countries’ nuclear programs.
These bills have been fast-tracked in Congress in response to a recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on the status of Iran’s nuclear capabilities, which revealed clear evidence that Iran has continued developing a weaponized nuclear program. Click here to read the full report.
Urge your Representatives and Senators to support Iran sanctions legislation and work for its prompt passage. Visit the Hadassah National Action Center to email your legislators today!
December 9, 2011
International Human Rights Day
December 10 was 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.
Video links and quotations about human rights and Israel can be found below. Hadassah encourages its members to share this information with family and friends, and to use these talking points for bulletins, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video statement for International Human Rights Day. Click here to view the video.
Professor Alan Dershowitz also released a video about Israel and human rights. Click here to view the video.
Sudanese activist Simon Deng spoke out at an anti-Durban III event this fall, describing the genocide in his native Sudan and praising Israel's commitment to pluralism and human rights. Click here to view the video.
Buy Israel Week
During the week ending December 4th, millions of Americans kicked off their online holiday shopping with Cyber Monday. You can still show your support for Israel while shopping for Hanukkah by buying Israeli products. Buy Israel Week was organized in response to 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 resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pursue a future of peace in the Middle East.
For additional information and a listing of online deals for Israeli goods visit www.buyisraelweek.com, managed by online consumer discount site jdeal.com in conjunction with the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of Israel, among others.
November 7, 2011