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Israel Affairs Committee

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The mission of the Beth El Synagogue Israel Affairs Committee is to provide education about the thriving economy in Israel, the various accomplishments of Israel and to address threats to the existence and security of the State of Israel.  We do not have a political agenda, and our programming strives to avoid being labeled as pro-Democratic or pro-Republican, or left or right wing.  Rather, we are pro-Israel Zionists.

To see our upcoming events, go to the calendar page and select “Israel Affairs Committee”” under the event category menu.

The Israel Affairs Committee welcomes new members and invites you to join us and share your knowledge and thoughts on future programming.  Please contact Rita Millner at rrmillner@gmail.com.

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Anti-Semitism defined:

In the spirit of the Stockholm Declaration that states: “With humanity still scarred by …antisemitism and xenophobia the international community shares a solemn responsibility to fight those evils” the committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial called the IHRA Plenary in Budapest 2015 to adopt the following working definition of antisemitism. On 26 May 2016, the Plenary in Bucharest decided to:

Adopt the following non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

To guide IHRA in its work, examples were provided. This list is found via a search on The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Anti-Semitism.

Re “U.S. Revives Rutgers Bias Case in New Tack on Anti-Semitism” (The New York Times, front page, Sept. 12):

Assistant Secretary of Education Kenneth L. Marcus has taken action that you say “put the weight of the federal government” behind a definition of anti-Semitism. It is known as the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, and 14 years ago, the American Jewish Committee played a role in drafting it.

The definition offers a clear and comprehensive description of anti-Semitism in its various forms, including hatred and discrimination against Jews, Holocaust denial and, of particular note, anti-Semitism as it can at times relate to Israel.

The American Jewish Committee considers the working definition a powerful tool for determining issues arising out of Title VI, prohibiting discrimination, and creating a welcoming educational environment for all students.

We welcome the decision to use this definition, which recognizes that some anti-Israel conduct crosses the line into anti-Semitism and is one of several factors that may be considered in determining if an act was anti-Semitic.

Our organization appreciates the Rutgers University administration’s commitment to cooperate with any review of this case by the Education Department. As a public university with one of the largest Jewish student bodie­­­s in the country, Rutgers can be a model for fighting campus anti-Semitism.

Reply written by Rabbi David Levy, NJ regional director for the American Jewish Committee.

COLLEGE STUDENTS OR INTERESTED OTHERS:

If you want to receive (at no cost) Know Your Rights: A student’s Guide to Pro-Israel Activism, please email rrmillner@gmail.com your request for this comprehensive AJC publication.

Links of Interest

Click here for “The Six Day War, Causes and Consequences”, by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.
Click here for the New York Times article “Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear.
Click here for the CNN World article “How the Iron Dome Blocks Rockets from Gaza, Protects Israelis.”
Click here for Elder of Ziyon – Israel News: EoZ Posters for “Apartheid Week.”
Click here for IDF “combat cameraman” deployed to combat propaganda.
Click here for Door Breech Weapon.
Click here for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summarizes the good, the bad and the beautiful.
Click here for Ambassador Nikki Haley discusses standing up for Israel at the United Nations.
Click here for Senator Charles Schumer addresses the critical threats facing Israel.
Click here for Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay calls for two-state solution, but stresses both sides must take steps to rebuild trust.
Click here for AJC Statmenet on Gaza Violence.

Factoids

  • Cancer Diagnosis Tool: 2014 Technion-Haifa Professor Hossam Halk, an Israeli-Arab, has become the first to teach an online Arabic language course on nanotechnology and nanosensors.  Thousands have signed up for this free course.  Scientists in Israel and around the world are developing nanosensors that will distinguish between the breath of lung, breast and colon cancer patients from that of healthy people with extreme accuracy.
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    Professional Medical Clowning: 2014 Israel has a unique school program at Haifa University where a student can acquire a BA in Clowning.This program helps students develop their theatrical abilities while teaching them about medical situations. In this way, the clowns end up working in pediatric hospitals and clinics and are part of the interdisciplinary medical staff within the hospital. Their goal is to help the young patients with their treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. The program is called Dream Doctors and was developed in 2002.  Haifa University is currently developing an MA program for Clowning.  Click here for the Dream Doctors home page.