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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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