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JCRC defends Israel in the media

Feedback: Israel has the right to defend itself

by JCRC President Dr. Richard Krugel in Detroit Free Press

Can Hamas, designated by the U.S. and the EU as a terrorist organization, be trusted to keep any agreement to stop attacking Israelis? Read full story  

Hamas leaves Israel little choice

by JCRC President Dr. Richard Krugel in The Detroit News

What would you do if a rocket could land on your house at any time? If a siren could force you out of bed with just 15 seconds to find shelter? What if your loved ones, who are elderly or disabled, were faced with this reality — could you sleep knowing their mobility issues might spell disaster? Read full story 

What you can do to help defend Israel

by JCRC President Dr. Richard Krugel in Detroit Jewish News

Every person can be an effective Israel advocate.... Here are some facts to get you started. Read full story

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News, Op-Eds and Other Resources

Updated regularly

Israel’s Endless Trials

by Jonathan Carey in The Times of Israel

Even with Hamas rockets still targeting Israeli homes, Israel’s defense priorities are rapidly shifting from preventing tunnel and rocket attacks to preparing for lengthy legal battles in distant courtrooms.  Palestinian leaders are threatening to sue Israel in the International Criminal Court and the UN Human Rights Council is moving ahead in its investigations into possible war crimes in Gaza. While Israel’s hard-earned military superiority over its many adversaries is unquestioned, Israel is concerned that its upcoming legal battles may be hopeless and that a guilty verdict has already been determined in the world’s eyes.  However, the Jewish struggle for justice is not new.  Israel’s current legal predicament is reminiscent of the events and lessons of the “Dreyfus Affair.”  Read full story

Amb. Power: UNHRC “Incapable of Engaging Constructively on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

in The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel reported today that the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, questioned the impartiality of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) when it deals with Israel. Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, criticizes the world body's panel created to investigate the recent conflict in Gaza. Read full story

The West is ignoring the practitioners of 'disproportionate’ violence

by Charles Moore, The Telegraph

It’s Hamas and Isis who are willingly sacrificing the lives of men, women and children - not Israel  Read full story 

US livid with Israel? Hamas can’t believe its luck

by David Horovitz, The Times of Israel

Op-Ed: Israel left Gaza in 2005 and now finds itself under relentless attack by the terrorists who took over. It deserves international support; instead, it’s being abandoned.  Read full story

Gaza fighting is 'proxy war' for the Mideast

by Josh Levs CNN

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey all have a stake in the outcome. Read full story  

Editorial: Let Israel finish its mission in Gaza

in The Detroit News

A premature cease-fire that rewards Hamas for its terrorism will assure the cycle of violence will continue. Read full story

Arab leaders, viewing Hamas as worse than Israel, stay silent

by David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times

Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not this time.  Read full story

Metro Detroit Jewish community says it backs Israel in fight against militants

by Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press

As fighting continued unabated, about 1,500 people gathered at a Southfield synagogue Wednesday night to show their support for Israel as it battles militants in the Gaza Strip. Read full story

In Israel, who defines what is 'proportionate'?

by Berl Falbaum, Detroit News

No one has defined what they mean by “disproportionate” or “proportionality.” What is Israel to do? Should it purposely miss its targets to achieve proportionality? Should it let some missile, intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, fall on Israelis in order to suffer causalities?  Read full story 

Trouble Underfoot on an Israeli Kibbutz

Hamas Tunnels Prompted Invasion of Gaza

The current warfare between Hamas and Israel shatters several myths that have been accepted as gospel by many in the international community and the media

by Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University and the author of books about advocating for Israel. 

Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not this time.  Read full story

Israel Wants Detroit Partnership

by Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle (metro Detroit's African American weekly newspaper)

Israel’s top diplomat to the Midwest came to dinner to sell Israel as a product any nation or community would want to seek partnership with as part of his mission in establishing links and building new bridges. I came to dinner to advocate for Detroit as a place that is on the rebound with much untapped potential and a city that Israel should seriously consider establishing a meaningful relationship with in the form of a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and educational opportunities among other things between the two jurisdictions.  Read full story 

A letter to President Obama:

Published in The Jerusalem Post

Mr. President, Hamas must be stopped. For this to happen, the UN Human Rights Council must be stopped first. Someone has to stand up and tell the world the truth. That someone, Mr. President, ought to be you. Only you.

Because you are the only one they’ll believe. Read full story 

Act now to defend Israel

Talk with your friends, neighbors and coworkers about the terror attacks on Israel and why it is responding as it is.

Keep these talking points in mind:
  • Since Monday, July 7, Hamas terrorists in Gaza have indiscriminately fired several hundred rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israeli cities, targeting civilian populations in cities as far away as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
  • Israel’s response, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and terrorist tunnels, is intended to defend the security of its citizens by preventing these attacks.
  • Israel goes to the greatest lengths to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties, but that is hard to do when Hamas puts its rocket launchers in or next to hospitals, schools and mosques.
  • Before it attacks terror sites, it actually warns civilians to get clear of them. But Hamas puts its own people at risk, hiding among them and even using them as human shields.
  • Israel’s actions in self-defense are completely understandable. Americans would demand the same from our government if missiles were falling on vulnerable U.S. population centers, such as across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario to Detroit. 
  • In 2014 thus far, Hamas and its terrorist partners in Gaza have fired more than 2,000 rockets at Israel. Millions of Israelis are being forced into bomb shelters, schools are closed, business is curtailed and public activities are canceled.
  • In addition to countering rocket and mortar-fire from Gaza, Israel is also threatened by cross-border incursions from Hamas, including recently stopping an armed group that sought to infiltrate Israel from the sea.
  • White House Spokesman Josh Earnest expressed concern, "We strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire inside of Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations in Gaza. No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel's right to defend itself against these vicious attacks." Similarly, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned “the recent rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza.” He went on to say, “These indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas must stop.”
  • The United States, along with the European Union, has designated Hamas a terrorist organization fueled by an extremist ideology and openly seeking the destruction of Israel. 
  • The increased sophistication and range of Hamas rockets is due to continued attempts by the Iranian regime to smuggle weapons to Hamas.

The only long term solution to this conflict is a negotiated, two-state solution that will allow Israel to live side-by-side in peace and security alongside an independent nation state of Palestine.

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