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July 10, 2014 

                   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.

Urge Congress to affirm its unwavering, bipartisan support for Israel’s sovereignty and security, and pass the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act! 


On March 5, the House of Representatives passed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 (H.R. 938) in a vote of 410-1. This legislation has been received by the Senate and was referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. 

The bipartisan United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act would strengthen U.S.-Israel cooperation in the areas of security, intelligence, technology, and commerce. The legislation reaffirms America’s commitment to provide support for the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system, promotes energy cooperation, and codifies Israel’s status as a major strategic partner of the United States. 

Visit Hadassah’s Operation Protective Edge Alert Page and social media accounts for the latest updates and how you can help.

 

 

Dear Friends,

Last night rockets fell three miles from our hospital in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, and less than two miles from our Youth Aliyah Village Meir Shfeyah. Israeli Defense Forces are preparing for a land invasion and 40,000 reservists have been called up. Among them are dozens of our doctors, nurses and medical technicians. Jerusalem is tense, but morale is high.

Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) is mobilizing for an influx of casualties from the greater Jerusalem area, though we pray there will be few. As a tertiary care hospital, we are also prepared to receive wounded soldiers and civilians who might be air lifted from more distant areas.


A missile attack in southern Israel. 
Courtesy of @koshermcdonald


Our below-ground Surgical Center at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is not yet fully equipped and furnished, but it stands ready if patients must be moved out of harm’s way. The five below-ground floors are fortified against conventional, chemical and biological weapons.

As they have in previous emergencies, Hadassah-supported Youth Aliyah villages are prepared to take in children and families from the South, where the majority of rockets are falling—or to welcome the families of their own students who might be in danger.

Young Judaea is on alert and summer programs have revised itineraries to keep participants safe.

I know I speak for every one of you when I say that our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers are with the Israeli people today.

But sometimes thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need to be practical, and ready for any eventuality. Two years ago we created a Hadassah Readiness Fund, for situations just like this one. We are asking you today to ensure that HMO, Youth Aliyah and Young Judaea have the resources they need to service families and the people of Israel.

Please donate today to the Hadassah Readiness Fund

Our website and our Facebook page will be updated continually with the latest information from Israel.

Your generosity built the premier medical organization in the Middle East. Today it must be prepared for any situation. Please support the Hadassah Readiness Fund.

Sincerely,


Marcie E. Natan
Hadassah National President 

June 30, 2014 
It is with a heavy heart that we learned a few hours ago that the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers have been found in Hebron. Naftali Frankel, 16, who had dual Israeli-American citizenship; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were abducted on their way home from school on June 12.
It is a sad day for Israel and the Jewish people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these young men and the people of Israel in this time of grief.

We urge all leaders throughout the world to condemn the kidnapping and brutal murder of these innocents.

We do not know what developments will unfold in the coming days, or what actions Israel may take. Hadassah stands with Israel and supports its right to protect and defend its sovereignty and security.

We encourage you to express your condolences and support to the government and people of Israel. You can send messages mentioning that you are a Hadassah member to Prime Minister Netanyahu, your local Israeli Consulate or via social media.

Zichronom livracha. May the memories of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal be for a blessing.

Marcie Natan, 

National President


June 12, re the kidnapping of the 3 Israeli boys:

...Robert G. Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, of Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations expressed concern and solidarity on behalf of the organization (of which Hadassah is a member) in a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu. The letter affirmed that American Jewry stands together with the government and people of Israel, and particularly, the families of the three youths.

Secretary of State John Kerry said, “The United States strongly condemns the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and calls for their immediate release. …We continue to offer our full support for Israel in its search for the missing teens, and we have encouraged full cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian security services.” Kerry has also been in contact with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas about this issue. 

Take Action! Thank Secretary Kerry for his statements and urge President Obama to speak out publically condemning the kidnappings and supporting Israel’s use of all means necessary to find the Israeli teens. Hadassah also urges the American government to provide all other avenues of support and exertion of international pressure in order to ensure that these young men can return home speedily and safely.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that members of Hamas—the terrorist organization and part of the new Palestinian unity government—carried out the attack. After that announcement Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group connected to Abbas’ Fatah party, claimed responsibility and demanded the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the three Israeli youths. However, there is doubt about the statement’s veracity and it has yet to be verified. 

Hadassah released a statement on June 3 expressing disappointment and deep concern about the formation of a Palestinian unity government including Hamas. The Palestinian Authority (PA) must also be held responsible for the kidnappings and the inclusion of Hamas in the Palestinian unity government. Hadassah joins a bipartisan group of 88 Senators in urging President Barack Obama to ensure full compliance with the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 and to pressure Palestinian President Abbas to return to the negotiating table with Israel and comply with the Quartet principles required for any recognition of a Palestinian government.

Today, Hadassah joins with fellow members of the Jewish community at a prayer vigil at the Israeli Consulate in New York and encourages Hadassah members, associates, and supporters to attend rallies in their communities advocating for the boys’ safe return. Visit the Hadassah National Action Center to advocate for the return of the kidnapped Israeli teens and participate in the #EyalGiladNaftali and #BringBackOurBoys campaigns on social media.

 

     Support Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Make Yom Yerushalayim a day of celebration and a day of action!

Forty-six years ago, following the completion of the six-day war, Jerusalem was reunited once again. Since 1967, Hadassah's National Board has passed a long series of Policy Statements affirming support for Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. In 1997, Hadassah passed a special Policy Statement in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the reunification.

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America celebrates with heartfelt joy the 30th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Historically and politically, spiritually and culturally, Jerusalem represents the heart and soul of the Jewish people. . . . We salute the Congress of the United States for its overwhelming adoption of resolutions and legislation recognizing united Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and requiring the relocation of the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. We urge the administration to implement this legislation in a timely fashion.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act was passed by Congress in 1995, but the legislation allows the president to suspend implementation by presidential waiver on the basis of national security concerns. The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2013 has been introduced in Congress, which calls on the President to immediately implement the provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and amends the act to remove the presidential waiver provision. The United States, as an ally of Israel, must stand unequivocally for Israel's sovereignty and security. In honor of Yom Yerushalayim, urge the Obama administration and Congress to strengthen their commitment to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Visit the Hadassah National Action Center to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim and show your support for Israel!

 

Date: 5/8/2013

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.

Prior to the report release, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes emphasized, “What we're focused on is a diplomatic strategy which . . . increases the pressure on the Iranians, through financial pressure, through economic sanctions, through diplomatic isolation.”

Hadassah continues to affirm its policy statements opposing the Middle East Arms Race, which condemn Iran’s acquisition of weapons of mass destruction, posing a grave threat to regional and international stability. Iran has shown that it will not be deterred, so it must be cut off from all possible sources of support.

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.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video statement for International Human Rights Day.  Click here to view the video.  

  • “International Human Right’s Day is a day on which the State of Israel stands proud, proud of its record as a vibrant, pluralistic democracy—a democracy that has maintained its values, despite security challenges faced by no other nation on earth.”
  • “Protests in town squares are a way of life, not a sign of revolution.” 
  • “In the Middle East women are stoned and gays are hanged and minorities are persecuted.  Israel has a woman who is a chief justice, we have gay pride parades and we have over one million Arab citizens who are free.”
  • “In a land plagued over the centuries by religious wars, Israel has rigorously safeguarded the holy sites of the great faiths and we has protected the freedom of worship for all.”

Professor Alan Dershowitz also released a video about Israel and human rights.  Click here to view the video.    

  • “In the 1940s we said never again and the tragedy is what we’ve seen all over the world has been again and again and again—in Darfur and Cambodia and Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia."
  • "The human rights agenda has been hijacked by whose who perpetuate human wrongs and the real victims have not been Israel . . . [they] have been the 6 million people who have been killed since we said never again in preventable genocides.”

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. 

  • “Is Israel a racist state? To my people, the people who know racism, the answer is absolutely not.  Israel  is a state of people who are the colors of the rainbow."
  • "In Israel, black Sudanese, Christian and Muslim were welcomed and treated like human beings. Just go and ask them, like I have done. They told me that compared to the situation in Egypt, Israel is heaven.”  

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  
                                 Hadassah Joins HERvotes Coalition
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.

Visit the Hadassah National Action Center to learn more about anti-choice legislation and contact your federal elected officials today!

Hadassah units also advocate at the state and municipal levels. “Personhood” amendments—which would declare a fertilized egg a person—were on the ballot from Florida and Mississippi, to Wisconsin and Ohio in 2012. These amendments would outlaw abortions in all cases, including rape and incest; ban certain types of birth control and deny pregnant women access to life-saving care.  Hadassah Members, Associates and supporters are encouraged to speak out for women’s reproductive rights and join coalitions with like-minded organizations to mobilize their local communities.    

Hadassah reaffirms its historic commitment to encourage informed, individual involvement in civic affairs, including voter education, registration and participation. In addition to sample letters to policy leaders, the Hadassah National Action Center can also provide members with information on elected officials and pressing legislative issues.

Sign up today to make your voice heard! A myHadassah account will help you access the National Action Center, preferences management tools and specialized member-only content. Visit www.hadassah.org/actioncenter to log in or create a new account today. 
                                         
For additional information about Hadassah Advocacy, visit www.hadassah.org/advocacy or email programming@hadassah.org .      



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