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CURRENT ACTIVE ALERTS:

Call Pres. Bush - Stop The Cycle of Insanity (July 9, 2003):  Will nothing slow down the Road Map?

The good cop/bad cop routine played so well by Abu Mazen and Arafat is promoting a Cycle of Insanity, with more and more unreasonable security-compromising demands on Israel.  The inevitable result is more destroyed lives.

Please ask (phone:202-456-1111; or e-mail) President Bush and other administration officials to stop pressuring Israel.  Don't undermine the U.S. war on terror -- We must not waver:

1) Don't pressure Israel to release prisoners

2) Support the Israeli security fence

3) Don't pressure Israel on the settlements

4) Oppose $1-billion in U.S. aid to the terrorist Palestinian Authority regime

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Call Pres. Bush - End U.S. Hypocrisy On Palestinian Terrorists (June 11, 2003): The only problem with Israel's attempt to kill Abdel Aziz Rantisi is that it missed. Paraphrase of June 10, 2003 Jerusalem Post Editorial.

Hamas is a terrorist group that wants to kill all Jews and destroy Israel.  Rantisi is a Hamas founder who orders terrorist attacks.  He's not just a "politician" or "spokesman." 

Palestinian P.M. Abu Mazen's/Mahmoud Abbas has violated his promises to President Bush and the Roadmap.  He has done nothing to crack down on terror nor end incitement. The official website of the Palestinian Information Service has Nazi-like anti-Semitic cartoons.  For example, one shows Sharon with a cleaver cutting up a bloody Palestinian baby into pieces.  They've also got a photo gallery of "martyrs." 

Please call (202-456-1111) or e-mail President Bush with the following message: Don't criticize Israel for defending its people.  Don't pretend there's a peace process while busloads of Israelis are being blown up. Words are empty without deeds.

So-called "evenhanded" treatment of democratic-Israel and Palestinian-terrorists is a subtle but clear encouragement to murderers.  Creating moral equivalence between victims and perpetrators results directly in loss of Israeli lives because the murderers are getting the message that terror works.  Currently, U.S. policy is that nothing will stop the creation of a Palestinian State - that's wrong. 

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PAST ALERTS: 

Chicagoland VCR Alert: RELENTLESS (May 22, 2003):  This Sunday, May 25, the Jewish Broadcasting Network is showing "RELENTLESS, The Struggle For Peace in Israel," a one-hour documentary on the failure of the "Oslo peace process."

This professionally produced film uses excerpts from Palestinian TV, religious sermons and other sources rarely available to American audiences.  It provides an honest, no nonsense frame of reference for the "Roadmap."

The film has been screened in theaters to audiences in the U.S., Canada, England, South Africa, and Chile.  We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to watch it at home and to discuss it with people who are not familiar with its content.

Click here to find your local cable channel (Chicago area only) and time (either 1:00 pm or 7:30 pm).

May 14 NPR Protest and Congressional Letter Update (May 5, 2003):  On Wednesday, May 14, demonstrations will be held from coast to coast to protest NPR's biased coverage of Israel.

The Chicago demonstration will be held at 12:00 Noon at the Federal Plaza in front of the Chicago Loop Post Office at Adams & Dearborn.

For more information (including other protest locations) visit the protest sponsor's website, http://home.attbi.com/~jat.action/protest.htm 

Detailed critiques of NPR's Israel coverage are available from CAMERA at http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=4&x_outlet=28, and at http://www.fixnpr.org.

AND . . .

CONGRESSIONAL LETTERS UPDATE: 88 Senators and 313 House Representatives sent letters to the President which said that the Palestinians must begin to seriously fight terrorism and dismantle the terrorist infrastructure as a key first step toward renewed negotiations.

ISSUES ON THE HORIZON: The Syria Accountability Act and Iranian Nuclear Proliferation

 

Call President Bush - Roadmap may be released Wednesday! (April 28, 2003): The Roadmap rewards Palestinian terrorists by giving them exactly what they want in exchange for NOTHING.  The Palestinians get the removal of Israeli settlements, a Palestinian state, and keep their "right of return." Israel gets more promises and Quartet "justice."


Israel is being forced to drop its guard. This is not President Bush's June 24 speech. This would never be acceptable for any other country, much less a U.S. ally.


Please call (202-456-1111) or e-mail President Bush with the following message:  Don't pressure Israel to make concessions on its security.  Israel should not pull back from the West Bank and Gaza or make any concessions until the Palestinians actually stop their terrorism.

 

 

Help Congress Protect Israel from the "Roadmap!" (April 6, 2003):  The pressure is increasing on Israel to agree to a Palestinian Terror State under the guise of resuming the peace process.  The "Road Map" may be released any day now, and Colin Powell insists that it's non-negotiable.  This is the work of the Quartet --  the U.N., European Union, Russia and the U.S. State Department --  in a perverse show of even-handedness to placate the Arabs.

 

The House and Senate are circulating bi-partisan letters which ask the Bush Administration to support Israel.  They want the Palestinians to actually stop their terrorism and incitement and comply with the rest of President Bush's June 24 speech.

 

The Washington Post reports that President Bush privately agrees with the Congressional letters, but is opposed by Powell and Blair.  "Lawmakers and pro-Israel activists said Bush would have trouble selling the peace process to U.S. voters if much of Congress opposes it."

Yesterday, Sharon aide Dov Weisglass said that Israel is prepared to publicly reject the road map.

 

Please:

(1) Call or email your Representative and ask him or her to sign the Hyde/Blunt/Hoyer letter supporting Israel.

(2) Call or email your Senators and ask them to sign the Boxer/McConnell letter supporting Israel.

 

Click here for contact information for Congress.

 

Update: 88 Senators and 313 Representatives signed The Congressional letters opposing the Roadmap. 

 

Support Emergency Financial Aid For Israel (August 9, 2002):

President Bush signed the 2002 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill [H.R. 4775] on Friday, August 2.  That legislation includes $200 million in anti-terrorism assistance for Israel.  However, the President must designate this as an emergency before Israel can get the money.

Please call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111.  Ask President Bush to send Congress an official budget request that designates the $200 million for Israel as EMERGENCY FINANCING so that Israel can get the money as quickly as possible.

If you cannot call, click here to email the President.

This is a follow up to our earlier May 22 alert, which is now posted on our website.

Vigil (July 7, 2002):  Please join us at the VIGIL COMMEMORATING ISRAELI VICTIMS OF TERROR at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 W. Dempster in Skokie. The vigil will be held on the lawn from Sunday, July 14 through Friday, July 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.  This is sponsored by the American Zionist Movement  and community organizations and synagogues.

We should raise public awareness about the loss of life suffered by Israel's citizens from daily acts of terrorism. 506 Israelis have been killed in the current intifada through May 2002, including 47 children under 17 and 111 soldiers defending their country. In addition, over 4,000 people have been seriously injured.

Update:  Click here to read how the vigil put a human face on each victim of terror in Israel. 

Oppose any terrorist Palestinian state (June 15, 2002): President Bush is contemplating a major policy shift toward the establishment of a Palestinian state.  Call or email President Bush IMMEDIATELY telling him to reject concrete steps to establish a Palestinian state until the Palestinian leadership unequivocally rejects terrorism and destroys the terrorist infrastructure.  Tell Mr. Bush that, given current conditions, a Palestinian state would be a terrorist state threatening Israel's existence.

Support emergency financial aid for Israel (May 22, 2002): The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill provides for $200 million in additional financial aid for Israel.  Please call or email your Senators and Representative today and ask them to:

1. Oppose any reduction to the $200 million aid for Israel in this bill, and

2. Vote for the final passage of this bill later this week.

We need your help because some lawmakers may try to amend the bill to cut the aid for Israel.  Israel is the United States' only true ally in the Middle East and is a frontline state in the war against terrorism.  It needs the money to prepare against a missile attack by Iraq. Israel needs to spend at least $800 million a year more on defense while its economy has been harmed by constant terrorism.  The $200 million is very small compared to the bill's total appropriations of $29 billion.  Countries like Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and Sudan are also getting aid in this legislation.

Update:  Different versions of the emergency aid bill [H.R. 4775] have been passed by both the House and Senate, although both include the $200 million for Israel.  Click here for the House vote, and here for Senate vote.

Support the “Israel Solidarity Act” (May 1, 2002): Please call your Representative and ask him or her to vote for House Resolution 392!  It's coming up for a vote on Thursday, May 2.  This is the "Solidarity With Israel Act" sponsored by Tom DeLay and Tom Lantos.  It expressly supports Israel's military efforts to dismantle the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure and "condemns the ongoing support and coordination of terror by Yasir Arafat."  It details Arafat's personal participation with terrorism and just stops short of calling him a terrorist. 

Click here for the final form of House Resolution 392.  Print this out and give it to people who don’t know the facts.  Click here for the cosponsors, and click here to see how your Congressman voted. 

Senate Resolution 247 is similar but shorter:  click here for the resolution.  Click here for the cosponsors, and click here for the vote (passed as Senate Amendment 3389).  

 Oppose any U.N. investigation of Jenin (April 24, 2002): Please send an email immediately to President Bush and Secretary of State Powell making the following points.  The United States should oppose any investigation of the events in Jenin, unless Israel regards the investigating team as fair, balanced and competent.  In addition, as the Security Council ordered, the investigation should focus only on Jenin and not go beyond fact-finding.

Let Israel defend itself  (April 17, 2002): Thank President Bush for his leadership on the war on terrorism and say that the Bush Administration should let Israel defend itself against Palestinian terrorists.  Every message counts.  Pro-Palestinians and Jihadists are bombarding the White House with calls, so we have to do the same.  It's worth the money for a few long-distance calls.

Senators object to Cheney/Arafat meeting (March 2002): 52 Senators signed a March 21, 2002 letter to President Bush and asked him to delay any meeting between Vice President Cheney and Yasser Arafat until he stops Palestinian terrorism:

“Until Mr. Arafat and the Palestinian Authority demonstrate a commitment, in word and deed, to control the violence and do everything they can to stop it, we believe that Israel, a democratic state and a staunch friend and ally of the United States, is strongly within its rights to take necessary and appropriate measures to assure the security of its people.”

Call Senator Dick Durbin and thank him for signing this letter.  Also call Senator Peter Fitzgerald and politely tell him that you noticed he hadn’t signed the letter, and ask him to be more active in the future about protesting terrorism.  Encourage both Senators to publicly oppose any meeting between Arafat and Secretary of State Colin Powell.

 Update:  Secretary Powell visited Arafat in April 2002, while he was confined in Ramallah.  See here and here for some background on that trip. 

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade named as terrorists (March 2002): 235 Congressmen signed a March 2002 letter to President Bush asking him to add the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the Tanzim and Force 17 (Arafat’s “Presidential Security Force”) to the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.  These Palestinian groups are closely tied to Arafat and have committed many terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. The March 14, 2002 USA Today quoted an Al-Aqsa leader as confirming that “Our commander is Yasser Arafat himself.”  The article concluded that “The Palestinian leadership has openly allied itself with a terrorist group.”

The State Department designated the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade as a terrorist organization in response to this letter.  This means that Americans are prohibited from supporting them, their leaders can be denied visas to enter the U.S., and their assets will be frozen. 

The Congressmen were led by Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).  The following Illinois Congressmen signed the letter:

Rod Blagojevich (D-IL, 5th Dist.)            William Lipinski (D-IL, 3rd Dist.)

Jerry Costello (D-IL, 12th Dist.)               Donald Manzullo (R-IL, 16th Dist.)

Philip Crane (R-IL, 8th Dist.)                   David Phelps (D-IL, 19th Dist.)

Danny Davis (D-IL, 7th Dist.)                   Bobby Rush (D-IL, 1st Dist.)

Lane Evans (D-IL, 17th Dist.)                   Janice Schakowsky (D-IL, 9th Dist.)

Luis Gutierrez (D-IL, 4th Dist.)                 John Shimkus (R-IL, 20th Dist.)

Timothy Johnson (R-IL, 15th Dist.)           Jerry Weller (R-IL, 11th Dist.)

Mark Kirk (R-IL 10th Dist.)

If you are in one of these districts, please call your Representative to thank him or her for signing the Waxman/Ros-Lehtinen letter against Palestinian terrorist groups.

If your Representative didn’t sign the letter, please call them and politely say that they should have signed the Waxman/Ros-Lehtinen letter and should do more to fight against Palestinian terrorism and all forms of worldwide terrorism.  Our understanding is that these Illinois Congressmen did not sign the letter:

Judy Biggert (R-IL, 13th Dist.)                  Jesse Jackson (D-IL, 2nd Dist.)

J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL, 14th Dist.)          Ray LaHood (R-IL, 18th Dist.)

Henry Hyde (R-IL, 6th Dist.)

 

Oklahoma Senator James M. Inhofe should be commended for his passionate explanation of why he supports Israel.  His March 4, 2002 speech on the Senate Floor made several key points:
Israel is “a roadblock to terrorism” and a strategic ally of the United States:  “We need every ally we can get.  If we do not stop terrorism in the Middle East, it will be on our shores….  One of the reasons I believe the spiritual door was opened for an attack against the United States is that the policy of our Government has been to ask the Israelis, and to demand it with pressure, not to retaliate in a significant way against the terrorist strikes that have been launched against them.”
The Saudi peace plan isn’t anything new:  “When it gets right down to it, the land doesn’t make much difference because Yasser Arafat and others don’t recognize Israel’s right to any of the land.  They do not recognize Israel’s right to exist….  We have to get out of this mind set that somehow you can buy peace in the Middle East by giving little plots of land.  It has not worked before when it has been offered.” 

The Senator further stated that the archeological and historical record proves that there never was any Palestinian nation.   The Turks ruled the area for about 700 years, up to World War I.  During that time, “the land suffered from neglect and low population.  That is a historic fact.  The nation became populated by both Jews and Arabs because the land came to prosper when Jews came back and began to reclaim it.”

Click here to read the full text of Senator Inhofe’s March 4 speech and his five other reasons why Israel should not be pressured to make territorial concessions. 

As he said on December 4, 2001, “The unwavering loyalty we have received from our only consistent friend in the Middle East [Israel] has got to be respected and appreciated by us.  No longer should foreign policy in the Middle East be one of appeasement.”

Senator Inhofe is a committed Christian who celebrates religious freedom as one of the things that makes our country great:

“Some people have the notion that if you are a Christian who believes in the Bible, you are totally intolerant;  you do not allow other people to have a choice.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

“In nations of this world where Christianity is the dominant form of worship, we also find Jewish synagogues, Islamic mosques;  we find freedom of worship.  But we will not find the same kinds of freedom in the militant Islamic nations of this world.  They do not allow Christian churches and Jewish synagogues to operate freely.  They do not allow people the freedom of choice.  In Sudan, they sell Christians into slavery. 

“So one of the reasons America is hated so much is that we have allowed people through the years to choose what they are going to do [and believe].”  Click here if you would like to read more of Senator Inhofe’s December 4 speech. 

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