July 2016

Support for Israel

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America,  Inc., reaffirms its steadfast dedication to Zionism and firm commitment  to the Jerusalem Program, the official platform of the World Zionist Organization and the international Zionist movement. The Jerusalem Program proclaims  Zionism as the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, which  brought about the establishment of the State of Israel, and views a  Jewish, Zionist, democratic and secure State of Israel to be the  expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its  continuity and future.  Furthermore, Hadassah believes it is especially  relevant in light of worldwide increased anti-Zionism, often masking  anti-Semitism, to reaffirm our commitment to Zionism. 

Hadassah  believes it is our responsibility to help ensure the continuity of the  Jewish people both in Israel and the Diaspora, and contribute to the  betterment of the world through life-saving medical care, research in  service to humanity, and other acts of tikkun olam (repairing  the world). As Hadassah members, Associates, and supporters, we express  our practical Zionism by supporting the Hadassah Medical Organization  and other Hadassah projects in Israel, and by promoting and engaging in  Zionist education and advocacy in the United States and worldwide.  

Hadassah’s  foundation is rooted in practical Zionism, and it is imperative to our  mission and guiding principles to advocate and nurture what the Jerusalem Program refers to as “mutual Jewish responsibility to defending the rights of  Jews as individuals and as a nation, to represent the national Zionist  interests of the Jewish people and struggle against all manifestations  of anti-Zionism.” Hadassah reaffirms its condemnation of any linkage  between Zionism and racism, its long-standing policy against all forms  of organized boycotts, and denounces the systematic global campaign to  delegitimize the State of Israel. 

Hadassah is  committed to addressing and changing the current negative connotations  of Zionism in an increasingly anti-Zionist world. Through renewed and  strengthened education, advocacy and discourse we are committed to  proudly declaring our Zionism and in doing so to create a safe space to  interact with and educate the wider public.  Hadassah recognizes that  many in our community are passionate when we discuss Israel and are  deeply committed to individual ideas for how best to support and defend  the Jewish homeland. In order to ensure that there is room for all  members of the Jewish community to join the discussion, we must listen  and respect those who share opinions that differ from our own and  emphasize what unites us— shared identity, love of Israel, and  commitment to Jewish traditions and values—not what divides us.

Hadassah's Policy Statements represent the organization's official stance on a wide variety of issues facing our nation, Israel and other international matters of concern. Policy Statements are debated and voted on at national meetings by Hadassah’s national board and delegates from our membership. Once approved, statements become official policies of the organization and serve to define Hadassah's overall agenda and advocacy priorities. Hadassah, as a charitable organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is prohibited from any direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, candidates for public office.