The Israel Action Network (IAN) would like to once again wish you and your loved ones a reflective and joyous holiday. As we enter our holiest days - the days of Awe, Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur - we reflect on the past and look to the year ahead. With this in mind, we announce the kickoff of the Israel Action Network: Year of Community Mobilization to address the challenges facing Israel's legitimacy. Click here for more information.
IAN Goes Viral
Peace needs two partners: Israelis and Palestinians. But in order to achieve this, both parties need to sit down, together, at the negotiating table and resume bilateral negotiations. This is the message that IAN is broadcasting to Jews and non-Jews alike with this video as we continue to drive new people to sign our petition to the UN sending the same message. It’s a sentiment echoed by the Quartet, comprised of the United States, European Union, Russia and the UN, and it needs your support, too. Please watch and circulate this important video with your communities, families and friends and be sure to use #PeaceNeedsPartners when posting on Twitter. Click here to view the video.
Last week we witnessed a powerful drama play out at the United Nations around the Palestinians’ unilateral bid for statehood recognition. In response, our sponsoring partner organizations, JFNA and JCPA both released important statements. Click here for the statement of Kathy Manning, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Jerry Silverman, President & CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America, and here for the statement from Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO of JCPA.
Uniting Against UDI
With the United Nations in the background, IAN and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) hosted a press conference last week with U.S. elected officials and North American Jewish leaders to oppose the unilateral Palestinian bid for statehood. Bipartisan speakers led by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took to the podium to urge for a return to bilateral, direct negotiations toward two states for two peoples. Read More.
IAN and JCRC-NY gathered over 105,000 supporters and growing for an online petitionto oppose UDI at the U.N. It was presented to the 193 UN member states, reflecting a powerful expression by Jews and non-Jews alike in support of Israelis and Palestinians returning to the negotiating table for bilateral discussions for two states for two peoples. The petition will continue to accept signatures up until the U.N. votes on the Palestinian request for statehood at a TBD date. Click here for more information on the presentation, Click here to see pictures of the petition presentation and click here to sign the petition.
IAN Community Actions
Community action is the centerpiece of IAN’s mobilization. Because of your participation, we not only achieved our petition goal, but many editorials, op-eds and outreach to coalition partners and policymakers took place. We want to document, share and build on your strategies and successes and feature your work in the IAN Insider. Keep us in your loop by contacting Julie Bernstein.
The GA inspires and engages current & emerging Jewish leaders, tackles the critical issues of the day and showcases the best of the Federation movement. IAN will host a series of sessions at this year's GA that will address the challenges and strategies for countering delegitimization.
Did you know that at the time this newsletter is going to print, our Peace Needs Partners petition is up to 105,476 signatures? Keep them coming!