MetroWest Calls On Community to Stop Efforts to Delegitimize Israel

Melanie Gorelick, associate director of the Community Relations Committee of MetroWest (CRC), is this week's guest blogger.

 

As noted in prior blogs, widespread efforts to delegitimize Israel and undermine its right to exist are increasing around the world and in our community: on college campuses, in high schools, and in our marketplace through boycott initiatives. This effort to delegitimize Israel aims to turn government and world opinion against the Jewish State. In our most recent blog, we discussed the actions the Community Relations Committee of MetroWest (CRC) is taking to address this issue. But we need your help!

 

A Call to Action

It is imperative that all individuals in the Jewish community take seriously the impact the assaults on Israel’s legitimacy are having on the community-at-large. Each one of us is an ambassador for Israel to our friends, people of other faiths, policy makers, and opinion molders.   

 

To empower the community to counter these assaults, CRC is launching an Israel advocacy campaign to help you make the case for Israel. By launching this campaign, we believe we can successfully and pro-actively counter negative assaults on Israel through education, effective advocacy, and strong partnerships. Also stay tuned for the launching of a newly-created CRC Israel Advocacy webpage. We will not be working alone. Our actions are part of a national effort that includes the creation of a new Israel Action Network, a joint project of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA) and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to proactively develop a national response to the delegitimization campaign.

 

What You Can Do

 

  • Learn Effective Tools to Stand Up for Israel and Respond to Bias: It can be intimidating to respond to people who are organizing against Israel, or feel uncomfortable responding to a neighbor who has incorrect facts. To learn how to handle these situations we urge you to participate in community trainings and action requests as they are organized during the upcoming year. Learn effective methods to respond to anti-Israel activities and speak out on behalf of Israel. Your involvement, and the involvement of our youth, is critical to our community’s future.

  • Participate in Advocacy Initiatives: Numbers matter when it comes to public policy and opinion making. We urge you to be active in advocacy initiatives. Opinion-makers care about your stance on important issues such as this one.

Letter-writing campaigns: Write letters to President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, your Congressmen, New Jersey State elected officials, and other opinion-molders to let them know of your support of Israel

 

Monitor your local media: Write op-eds and letters to the editor to counter negative, unbalanced, or incorrect facts on Israel or promote Israel’s contributions and quest for peace.

 

Participate in CRC programs, committees and forums: Attend rallies and mobilize your local community to participate in advocacy efforts such as the recent BIG day (Buy Israel Goods) that took place to counter those calling for boycotts of Israeli goods.

 

  • Strengthen Partnerships with the non-Jewish community: Participate in CRC efforts to maintain strong relationships with key opinion leaders, legislators, and civic and interfaith leaders by taking action when called upon. It is imperative that these individuals are educated with accurate and factual information on Israel, participate in pro-Israel coalitions and alliances, and engage with our partners to discredit those who are making assaults on Israel

    If you are interested in becoming trained as a speaker to engage with local churches and civic groups or in organizing a parlor meeting with your local interfaith community, please contact the CRC. 

If you care about Israel, now is the time to get involved. This is the moment that we need to gear up and be prepared to make the case for Israel. We urge you not to be bystander.

 

For more information contact crc@ujcnj.org.

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