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April 29, 2013

Hadassah's Response to Kerry's Use of Apartheid Term
NEW YORK – Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement On Support for Israel, clarifying earlier remarks in which he used the term apartheid. In response, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., released the following statement:
Hadassah supports Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to create a lasting peace in the Middle East and I appreciate his response to his error in using the word apartheid. The use of this term was inappropriate and divisive—straining the atmosphere of dialogue necessary for the peace process to move forward.

As President Obama has said in the past, injecting an emotionally loaded term like apartheid into the discussion does not advance the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security.

The current next steps for the peace process remain unclear, with many difficult decisions ahead. We welcome Secretary Kerry’s continued efforts and remain hopeful for a future of stability in the region and a peaceful fulfillment of a two-state solution.


June, 2013
                  Hadassah Remembers Senator Frank Lautenberg

NEW YORK — In response to the death today of Senator Frank Lautenberg, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement:

Senator Frank Lautenberg was a champion for Israel, Jews and women during his three decades in the Senate. At the moment of his passing, we remember him as an advocate for Jewish immigrants and other refugees seeking new lives in the United States, a supporter of women's reproductive rights, and a spokesman on women's health issues.

His history with Hadassah goes back decades, including the 1968 founding of the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research at what is today the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. Senator Lautenberg was a true friend to Hadassah, regularly meeting with our members from across the country when they came to Washington to advocate for women's issues and Israel on Capitol Hill. He was gracious and eager to discuss women's health and reproductive issues.

The senator was an engaged statesman on Israel and the Jewish community, whose commitments went far beyond his work and included service on the boards of several Jewish and Israeli organizations. He will be truly missed.


March 1, 2013

Hadassah Condemns Turkish Prime Minister's Comments on Zionism

NEW YORK – In response to the comments by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan denigrating Zionism, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., released the following statement: 

Hadassah unequivocally condemns the statements by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan – calling Zionism a “crime against humanity” – made recently at a United Nations event in Vienna. Amidst the campaign of anti-Israel activities occurring across the globe this week, these comments are unfortunately yet another example of the systematic effort to tarnish and delegitimize the State of Israel.

As we have seen, time and time again, Zionism and Israel are criticized on the international stage — met by applause from the world’s most notorious leaders and silence from countless others. On behalf of Hadassah’s 330,000 members, associates and supporters, I urge all world leaders to condemn these remarks and promote constructive dialogue in order to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pursue a future of peace in the Middle East.

Since Hadassah’s founding in 1912, we have combated global anti-Semitism and I continue to pledge our support to educational, legislative and diplomatic efforts to combat the growth of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism wherever it may appear. 

Hadassah welcomes the White House’s denunciation and urges Secretary of State John Kerry, currently in Turkey, to hold Prime Minister Erdogan accountable for his comments and urge Erdogan to become a broker of peace in the region. 


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