Monthly Archives: March 2017

AIPAC Expects Over 18,000 Activists At Policy Conference

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Washington — March 25, 2017 … Over 18,000 pro-Israel activists are expected to attend the AIPAC’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 26 through 28. The AIPAC mega event is the largest annual gathering of America’s pro-Israel community.

Through presentations of groundbreaking Israeli innovations, keynote speeches by American and Israeli leaders, inspiring moments on stage, and intimate educational sessions, AIPAC Policy Conference delegates will experience the full scale of pro-Israel activism in three powerful days.

The conference culminates with the opportunity for delegates to lobby their members of Congress in support of legislation that enhances the relationship between the United States and Israel. Conference delegates will meet with every single member of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Confirmed speakers include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Mike Pence, Amb. Nikki Haley, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, Israeli Permanent Representative to the United Nations Danny Danon, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Bob Corker, Professor Alan Dershowitz, Director of Cyber Cooperation Embassy of Israel Amir Becker, Israeli Minister of Education and Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Israel Ambassador of Goodwill Tal Brody, former UN Ambassador Dr. Dore Gold, Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief, The Jerusalem Post and several other respected Israeli and American experts on the Middle East.

As Bomb Threats Continue Against US Jews – Police, DHS Offer Advice

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

New York — March 22, 2017 … With over 160 bomb threats made to Jewish organizations in the United States and Canada, many questions are now being raised as to how to respond.

Yesterday, Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, New Jersey was targeted. Police told the INA that the threat was received by telephone at around 11 a.m.

Livingston police Detective Sgt. Jack Hickey stated that the call was live, that the incident did not use a robocall which was has been the pattern used to intimidate dozens of Jewish Community Centers in the US and Canada.

Detective Hickey confirmed that after a brief evacuation took place where the Essex County Bomb Squad inspected the location, that the call turned out to be just another scare.

“We can receive 100 false calls but it only takes one of them to be real, as such, all Jewish facilities must take these bomb threats seriously,” said Hickey.

He added that the incident is now being investigated by the FBI and the US Department of Home Security.

Hickey and the Department of Homeland Security suggest the following quide lines when receiving a bomb threat:

  1. Immediately evacuate the facility in a calm and effective manner.
  2. Notify a co-worker to call 911 and report the threat.
  3. Update all telephone systems so that caller ID and recording of calls can take place.
  4. Install surveillance cameras both inside and outside of the facility.
  5. When the facility is active, have a police officer or uniformed guard greet all those entering the facility.
  6. The uniformed guard should routinely  patrol both the outside and inside of the facility.
  7. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Be polite and show interest to keep them talking.
  8. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.
  9. Write down as much information as possible—caller ID number, exact wording of threat, type of voice or behavior, etc.—that will aid investigators.
  10. Record the call, if possible.
  11. For threats made in person, via email, or via written note, refer to the DHS Bomb Threat Checklist and DHS-DOJ Bomb Threat Guidance for more information.
  12. Be available for interviews with facility supervisors and/or law enforcement.
  13. Follow authorities’ instructions. Facility supervisors and/or law enforcement will assess the situation and provide guidance regarding facility lock-down, search, and/or evacuation.
  14. Engage the public and the media. Control the narrative.

“The bomb threat at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, New Jersey was deeply unsettling. Each threat sends a message of hate to innocent adults and children, who will surely carry it with them for years to come,” said Joshua Cohen, ADL New Jersey Regional Director. “These threats serve as an important reminder to Jewish institutions to ensure that every staff member knows proper security procedures.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a Security Advisory to Jewish institutions nationwide following a series of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in at least 18 states. ADL is closely monitoring the situation and has been in touch with federal and local law enforcement across the country.

Although the threats do not appear to be credible, the League is urging all communal institutions to take these threats extremely seriously.

Please download, print and distribute to Jewish organizations in your community.

Stronger laws against hate speech and racism have been drafted and passed into law in the United Kingdom. This petition, Stop Bomb Threats, which we ask you to sign and share, demands that US Congress designate members of Neo-Nazi, AltRight and other hate groups as members of terror organizations. As such, white supremacy groups would be stripped of being able to recruit, incite and unable to hide behind free speech laws.

The placing of bomb threats is terrorism.
It’s up to us to either remain victims or take effective action in preventing these acts of terrorism, whether physical or psychological, and arresting those responsible.

Israel, WJC To Hold Massive Event At UN Fighting BDS

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

New York — March 21, 2017 … The World Jewish Congress and Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations will co-host a special conference on the delegitimization of Israel, at the UN headquarters in New York City on March 29.

The Annual Ambassadors Against BDS Summit will bring together more than 2,000 students, dignitaries, public officials, diplomats, journalists and opinion makers.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement is based on coercion rather than democracy. Proponents imply that Israel is not open to persuasion and that the electorate is too stupid, immature or evil to know what is best for the society.  Unable to convince the Israeli electorate of the merits of their views, BDS proponents demonize Israel and call for outsiders to punish the citizens of Israel until they capitulate.

Under the false premise of being “apolitical,” BDS advocates claim they are not advocating any one solution. In reality, this is purposeful ambiguity, as their three demands clearly spell out a “one-state” outcome, which has no basis in international law and which is code for the destruction of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. While disavowing any interest in an objective policy for concluding an Israeli-Palestinian agreement,  their preconditions make it impossible to see an outcome whereby an independent state of Palestine would coexist beside a secure Jewish state.

BDS is a recipe for disaster, not coexistence. Creating “one state” with the “right of return” would mean that there would be no Israel and no self-determination for the Jewish people. This is not a basis for peace but a formula for perpetual conflict.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who was the first US governor to sign into law anti-BDS legislation, will address the UN conference participants at the opening plenary session in the General Assembly Hall.

“In the UN, international institutions, and academic forums, we are witnessing a dangerous form of anti-Semitism in the attempts to delegitimize Israel and deny the Jewish people their right to security and sovereignty,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder. “The BDS movement does not seek peace, it seeks the destruction of the State of Israel.”

“This is undeniably anti-Semitic and it must never become acceptable. We must stand up for what is right and expose BDS for the fraud that it is. We cannot fight anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel alone.”

Lauder added: “We must work together to spread the truth and to make sure that the world knows: this is not just a Jewish problem, it is a problem that concerns us all.”

Respected officials set to address the UN summit include WJC President Lauder, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Danny Danon, and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharanky.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon stated: “This is a new era at the UN in which we are voicing a clear call in support of Israel.  We will gather in the General Assembly Hall and stand against the attempts by the BDS movement to infiltrate the UN and harm Israel.”

“This gathering is on the frontlines of our battle against the global BDS movement.  Israel has countless supporters who work tirelessly against these forces of darkness.  Now is the time for us all to come together as a united front as we face this challenge,” Danon added.

Following the plenary session, conference participants will have the opportunity to hear three panel discussions focusing on the major issues at the heart of the fight against BDS: Social and digital media, campuses around the world, and the private and business sectors. The panels will feature international renowned professionals in their respective fields, as well as representatives with first hand experience in fighting BDS and its challenges.

Netanyahu Meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Photo: Haim Zach / GPO

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

March 21, 2017 — Beijing … Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the official guest house in Beijing.

Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following comments:

“It’s a pleasure to be here in Beijing again and to see you again, sir. I want to thank you for the extraordinary hospitality you and your government have shown me and my delegation, which includes four ministers.

We have signed many agreements, but I think that your decision to announce a comprehensive innovation partnership between China and Israel is a tremendously important decision, certainly for us in Israel, and I believe through our cooperation, for China as well.

We admire China’s capabilities, its position on the world stage and in history. We have always believed, as we discussed on my previous visit, that Israel can be a partner, a junior partner, but a perfect partner for China in the development of a variety of technologies that change the way we live, how long we live, how healthy we live, the water we drink, the food we eat, the milk that we drink – in every area.

There are vast and rapid changes in technology, which Israel excels in that we believe that we could cooperate in.

We know that you have great scientists, great industrialists, great capabilities, and we think that by working together we can make the future better for our peoples, but also I think for humanity as a whole.

So in this regard, I want to thank you, not only for the friendship you have shown Israel, but for the important strides we are making to make the world a better place for all of us.”

Prior to his meeting with the Chinese President, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife Sara laid a wreath at the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square.

The Prime Minister then proceeded to the Great Hall of the People where he met with National People’s Congress Standing Committee Chairman Zhang Dejiang and told him, “We have made great strides in the 25 years that we’ve had this friendship. We have come a long way on cooperation about economic possibilities, about the betterment of life. And these are all real things that are happening, and I think it’s a great message to our people, but also to the people of the world.”

Zhang Deijang said that while Israel’s population is only eight million it is a leading global force in technology.

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