Delegitimization — it’s the new buzzword in the world of pro-Israel activism. The term, used to describe a broad spectrum of anti-Israel protests, has become a major rallying point for the American Jewish community and is the up-and-coming cause for Jewish organizations.21
As Passover approached, Israeli and Jewish families around the world were urged to save an empty seat around the Seder table for Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held in captivity by Hamas for more than three years.
A last-minute veto by the president of the student government at the University of California, Berkeley appears to have foiled a rare campus victory for proponents of divestment efforts targeting Israel. A week earlier, the student senate had approved a resolution calling on the school to divest from corporations deemed to support the Israeli military, the West Bank separation barrier and settlement building.11
The name Dan Senor triggers two associations in the minds of those people who have heard of him at all.
The fight against de-legitimization of Israel has taken center stage in the U.S. Jewish organizational world, and now the powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC is taking on the cause with full force.
AIPAC’s annual policy conference is set up to be the great show of Israel-U.S. reconciliation after a couple of tense weeks following the announcement of new building plans in East Jerusalem during Vice President Biden’s trip to the region.
The pro-Israel lobby AIPAC managed to kick off its annual policy conference without even one mention of the 800-pound gorilla in the room — the latest spat between the U.S. and Israel over building in East Jerusalem.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual parley is known for pulling in top names from the administration, Congress and the Israeli government. But this year, the pro-Israel lobby’s policy conference will put many of the key players in the American-Israeli relationship onstage, as relations between the two allies are at a rare pitch of tension.
Breaking rank with most Jewish organizations, America’s largest synagogue movement is calling on Israel to declare a moratorium on new building in East Jerusalem, following the latest dispute over plans to build 1,600 new housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.
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