The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
It will be recalled that The Jewish Press took the lead in criticizing Hillary Clinton during her campaign for the Senate last year. But the fact that we took a back seat to no one in hammering Candidate Clinton for her appalling record on Israel in no way inhibits us from applauding Senator Clinton for her lead role in the efforts to get the International Red Cross to grant membership to the Magen David Adom Society, Israel's rescue and relief service.
The Magen David Adom has been barred from membership ever since the founding of Israel on the ground that its emblem features the Star of David rather than the archetypal red cross. This, even though waivers have been granted to more than 20 aid groups that have emblems other than a red cross, including one for the Moslem Red Crescent.
Senators Clinton and Peter Fitzgerald (R-Illinois ) have launched a public campaign for acceptance of Magen David Adom as a full member of the International Red Cross. They circulated a letter to their senate colleagues ? which was signed by 46 senators ? in which they appealed to the International Red Cross to grant membership to the Magen David Adom. In part the letter read:
The United States must send a clear message to the leadership and the member states of the International Red Cross that the American people will not accept that the Israeli Magen David Adom Society is the only organization excluded from full membership in the largest humanitarian organization in the world.
The letter also pointedly noted that the International Red Cross has been the beneficiary of over $700 million in American taxpayers' money.
It will take a lot to erase the memory of Mrs. Clinton's past record. Certainly it will take more than spearheading an effort that revolves around a basically symbolic though important issue. We would like to hear from her on some of the life and death issues Israelis must confront each and every day. But, it is a beginning and we are listening.
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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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