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BDS UPDATE

Student Gov't at U of M reject anti-Israel BDS measure

We are very pleased to report that the Central Student Government has voted down a resolution calling upon the University of Michigan to divest itself from investments in Israel. JCRC congratulates the CSG board for making the right decision despite pressure from the resolution's supporters that some board members described as intimidation.

JCRC is actively engaged in combatting the global campaign to delegitimize Israel – in particular, BDS activities on our college campuses. That’s why JCRC provides consultation to our state’s campus Hillel staff, encourages university administrations to be aware of the divisive and uncivil activities pro-Palestinian activists use, and bring in experts to train students on how to advocate effectively for Israel.

U of M Hillel and the Jewish students there showed that with good preparation, cool heads and respectful presentations, Israel’s advocates can prevail. 

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News, Op-Eds and Other Resources

Updated regularly

 
Israel's big niche in nanotechnology

By Karin Kloosterman of Israel21c

As reality sets in and more Israeli and international companies embrace nanotech –– which can span every industry in the same way clean-tech does –– Israel is making itself a niche with this science.  Read Full Story  

U.S. Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

From remarks presented on April 4 by Dennis Ross, a fellow and counselor at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who served under presidents George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama.

Ambassador Ross sets the context for understanding where we are in the peace process, how we got there, and what we might do from this point on.  Read full story and watch video of his presentation

John Kerry ruined what John Kerry built

Ben-Dror Yemini (i24 News)

These negotiations were serious. The framework started coming together. So why did the negotiations break down? Because John Kerry refused to learn from the past.  Read full story

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Leads GOP on Immigration Reform

While Washington is gridlocked, divided over immigrant visas and border control, one Republican governor remains committed to reform, if for no other reason than to help save his state and bring its economy back from the brink.  Read full story

The Truth About Israel

by Tomer Kornfeld, a pro-Israel blogger

For millions of Jews, Muslims and Christians, Israel is a safe haven in a very scary region  Read full story

Combatting Anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

Detroit's Jewish Community Relations Council has hosted Israel Action Network professionals three times in the past three years for successful Israel advocacy trainings and leadership briefings to enhance efforts to combat BDS. The JCRC and other local Israel advocacy groups are preparing to activate during the lead-up to the June 2014 national Presbyterian assembly in Detroit where anti-Israel resolutions are to be considered. These Jewish groups have also confronted BDS activity by local campus groups and student governments, in some churches, in the media, and by community groups which sponsor anti-Israel films and speakers.  Read full story 

Israel viewed most favorably by Americans; Iran worst

Information from the Gallup Poll   Read full story

 

JCRC is proud to announce that...

Lois & Hon. Avern Cohn

... have been selected to receive the Jewish Community Relations Council's 2014 Activist Award. We will honor them on Sunday, June 22, at our Activist event featuring guest speaker U.S. Rep. Sander Levin at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. Elaine and Eugene Driker, Mary Ellen and Harold Gurewitz, and Zina and Michael Kramer are the event's honorary co-chairs. Click here for more information.

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