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UJA Federation to Allow Anti-Israeli Organizations to March in Israel Day Parade

A coalition of Jewish community organizations urgently calls on all friends of Israel to make their voices heard. The UJA-Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) have granted permission to extremist anti-Israel organizations to march in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 1st in New York. These groups encourage Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, seeking to delegitimize and economically weaken the Jewish State.

Egypt Is not the Solution for Handling Security in Gaza

In his weekly commentary, Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director of IMRA, states that having Egypt take over security in the Gaza Strip is a very bad idea for at least three reasons. (And there are others but he lists the most important, if not obvious, reasons.)

Israel Will Survive Without U.S. Aid

The State of Israel's survival is in no way dependent on the United States or any other human agency. The incredible saga of the Jewish return to the Holy Land is, of course, preceded by the miraculous survival of that Jewish people through 1,900 years of persecution, wanderings, and Holocaust. How? Why, because they are, indeed, the Chosen People. They are, indeed, capable of suffering terribly but never being destroyed. They are, indeed, the people of God who, just as Divinely promised, have come home, never again to be exiled. That is the immutable fact of history, whether one cares to believe or not. Not by American bread does the Jewish state live but by the word of God.

In Depth Analysis

At the Heart of the Jewish State Issue

The Palestinian Authority (PA/PLO) can't recognize Israel as a Jewish state because to do so would force them to give up their historical narrative in which they see themselves as victims of history who can only be made whole by annulling the results of Israel's War of Independence. This is not merely a matter of Israelis stating their sympathy for the losers in that war. The key principle of Palestinian nationalism is rejection of Zionism and the existence of Israel no matter where its borders are drawn. If the PA/PLO were to agree that a Jewish state has the right to exist it would mean they would have to give up their dreams of extinguishing it.

Abbas Decorates Terror Leader Abu Jihad With Star of Honor

The leader of the organization wanting to create an Arab state carved out of Judea and Samaria, Mahmoud Abbas, has continually publicly honored terrorists from many different anti-Israel terrorists groups, all the while receiving support, encouragement, and funding from the United States government. The US seems to turn a blind eye to this type of behavior, wanting desperately for Israel to give up the land to their enemies. The terrorist who was honored this time was Abu Jihad, who was responsible for murder of 125 Israelis, many of them US citizens.

No End to Claims Conference Distortions and Shamelessness

The Board of Directors of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany repeatedly sought to side-step the issue of the embezzlement of $57 million from the Holocaust survivor's benefit fund. This has resulted in the appalling suffering of Holocaust survivors, denying them the basic essentials of food, medicine, and other services to allow them to live out their remaining years with dignity.

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A Letter to US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, Regarding Jonathan Pollard

US President Obama continually refuses to release Jonathan Pollard from prison despite the fact that many Israeli and US government leaders, including those from the FBI, CIA, NSA and Department of Justice, have called for his release. Contrary to statements spread by uninformed individuals, Pollard was never indicted for harming the United States, for compromising codes, agents, or war plans, nor was he ever charged with treason. Pollard was indicted on only one charge: one count of passing classified information to an ally, without intent to harm the United States, for which the usual sentence is only two to four years. One fact that stands out significantly is that while the United States continues to refuse to honor the plea agreement it made with Pollard, it demands that Israel release hundreds of terrorists who have been tried and convicted of committing multiple, heinous murders, of whom many of the victims are US citizens.

Examining the Roots of Historical Jewish Music

Music from the Jewish culture allows historians and other researchers to discover Jewish history from a unique point of view. Jewish music provides insight into details not usually found in common historical artifacts. Many organizations, specifically created for the research and study of Jewish music, are providing a wealth of information not previously known in that field of study.

Remembering Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler was a Polish Gentile who rescued more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. The Life in a Jar project celebrates her accomplishments in defeating Hitler's intended murder of these children.

Selected Reading

Israel in Figures 2013 - Central Bureau of Statistics

This booklet covers a broad range of topics related to Israeli demography, society, and economy. Included are facts about the government and its founding, facts about the land itself, as well as population, standard of living information, education and economic stats and many other details about the nation. Very good background information.

Are Settlements Illegal?

The world declares that the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria are illegal and must be destroyed and the Jews relocated. They base their claim on either the Geneva Convention, UN General Assembly Resolution 181, UN Security Council Resolution 242, or any number of other documents. The facts, however, prove otherwise. The Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria are, in fact, quite legal, under the provisions set forth in the previously mentioned documents and others, including the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.

Is Jerusalem Sacred for Muslims?

Muslims claim that Jerusalem is sacred for two reasons: First, Muslims were initially commanded to pray toward Jerusalem. But when the Jews refused to convert to Islam, Muhammad changed the prayer direction toward Mecca. Second, Muslims believe that Muhammad ascended to heaven and back from "the Rock" which much later after his death was interpreted to mean what is today the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Interestingly though, Islamic sources from the first 50 years or so after Muhammad's death make clear that Jerusalem had absolutely no holy status for Muslims.

Why Is Israel's Presence in the Territories Still Called "Occupation"?

When an armed force holds territory beyond its own national borders, the term "occupation" is usually used to describe its holding on the land. However, not all the factual situations that we commonly think of as "occupation" fall within the limited scope of the term "occupation" as defined in international law.

The History and Meaning of "Palestine" and "Palestinians"

Palestine has never existed . . . as an autonomous entity. There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs.

Young and old live on despite attempts to erase Israel from the map. "But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, seed of Abraham My friend — you whom I drew from the ends of the earth and called from its far corners, to whom I said: 'You are My servant'; I chose you, I have not rejected you." (Isaiah 41:8-9)
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The Board of Directors of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany repeatedly sought to side-step the issue of the embezzlement of $57 million from the Holocaust survivor's benefit fund. This has resulted in the appalling suffering of Holocaust survivors, denying them the basic essentials of food, medicine, and other services to allow them to live out their remaining years with dignity.No End to Claims Conference Distortions and Shamelessness

Ten spies were arrested around the same time as Jonathan Pollard or years later. They sold sensitive secrets, passed technology, and did not hesitate to expose other US agents. Dozens of spies have been caught operating on US soil. They received substantial sentences which were followed by reductions and early release. They are all free today. Only Jonathan Pollard remains in prison.

Critics and enemies of Israel, including members of the UN and organs such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) have come to use the Geneva Convention as a weapon against Israel, even when statements by authoritative analysts, scholars and drafters of the document contradict everything said by those who distort history for politically motivated reasons.

Arab leaders falsely point to UN Resolution 194 as proof that Arab refugees have a 'right to return'. First of all, the refugee situation is a small part of the Resolution. And secondly, Resolution 194 makes no distinction between Arab refugees and Jewish refugees.

There is a myth hanging over all discussion of the Arab problem: this land was Arab land taken from its native inhabitants by invading Jews. The reason this is a myth is hardly ever made known. In fact, the Arab press has done an excellent job of making it seem to be the truth. So what is this myth and how strong is it?



» Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza

The government of Israel maintains several security corridors for the transfer of goods, humanitarian aid, fuel supplies, and other assistance for Gaza's Arab civilian population. Gaza is currently controlled by Hamas, a quasi-independent political/terrorist branch of the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority, based in Ramallah. This corridor is used by internationally recognized organizations including the United Nations and the Red Cross. Additional details can be found in our Gaza section.
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