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BDS Fails in Park Slope

The Israel Action Network would like to take a moment to applaud the victorious efforts of the collective New York City community who came together to defeat BDS.

On Tuesday, March 27, the Park Slope Food Coop, the largest urban food cooperative in the United States, voted by an overwhelming majority of 60 percent to reject a proposed boycott on Israeli-manufactured products. In fact, nearly 2,000 of the co-op’s 16,000 members showed up to vote; most monthly meetings only draw around 300 members. Read More. 


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IAN’s Year of Community Mobilizations Continues  

IAN’s Year of Community Mobilizations is bringing strong advocacy training and strategic planning to Federations and Community Relations Councils from coast to coast. The IAN has been able to assist 40 communities thus far, to increase their capacity in countering attacks on Israel’s legitimacy. Strategic mobilizations, direct consultations, micro-grants that support innovation, as well as original materials intended for local community distribution are just a few of the types of programming being offered to combat delegitimization. Read More.


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Update on Iran 

In a teleconference last week hosted by JFNA and JCPA, together with IAN, Luke Bronin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said that the current economic pressures being exerted on Iran through sanctions are making an impact so far. “We’ve had tremendous success and as a result, Iran has gotten increasingly and dramatically isolated from the international financial system.” Read More.


Happy Passover!

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy Passover. Passover is a holiday about so much more than just a week-long matzo-fortified diet. It commemorates the torturous journey that the Jewish people endured following an escape from slavery in Egypt. When they ultimately arrived safely in the Promised Land, the tribes of Israel came together to forge a sovereign nation that would become the Jewish state of Israel.

This epic event is inextricably linked with the purpose of the Israel Action Network. Just as the Jews fled Egypt to escape from those who sought their destruction, we at the IAN seek to counter those who deny the legitimacy of the Jewish identity of the state of Israel. So, while you recline and reflect during Passover this week, and examine the answers to plaguing questions, we hope you will take a moment to reflect on the very current parallels we can draw between the story of Passover and our current battle against delegitimization. 

From all of us at IAN -- chag Pesach sameach.




Calendar April 26
Yom HaAtzma'ut - Israel Independence Day
Yom HaAtzma'ut commemorates Israel's declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. Yom Ha'atzma'ut is nominally celebrated on the 5th day of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar, the anniversary of the day in which Israel independence was proclaimed, when David Ben-Gurion publicly read the Israeli Declaration of Independence. 

Did you know that the Israel Action Network has now tweeted over 1,000 news articles, updates and breaking information on Israel? Make sure that you’re ‘following’ @IsraelActionNet to keep informed on Israel and the assault on its legitimacy.


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Emily Hochberg
Director of Communication, Social Media & Research JFNA/JCPA Israel Action Network

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