Crisis in Israel: ADL in Action
Posted: July 20, 2006
Since the latest unprovoked attacks against Israel on its northern border and the escalation of hostilities on Israel's southern border, ADL's 30 regional offices across the country are fully engaged in a range of activities related to the current crisis. Working both behind the scenes and in the public domain, the League's professional staff and lay leaders are mobilized and taking a proactive role in organizing and participating in events of solidarity and support for the Jewish state and people in this time of crisis, while responding to unfair and biased criticism of Israel's military actions against the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.
Here are some of the ways ADL is working every day to rally critical support for the Jewish State:
Solidarity with Israel Rallies: Across the country, ADL has worked closely with local Jewish federations and institutions and others in the community sympathetic to Israel's plight to get out their numbers in shows of strength and solidarity with Israel. The rallies, attracting in some instances thousands of people, have been addressed by leading members of Congress, Jewish, Christian and other interfaith leaders, mayors, governors, and community leaders, showing the multiplicity and diversity of voices in the United States who strongly support the Jewish State's just campaign to stop the terrorist attacks and ensure the security of its people. Just a sampling of some of the cities and regions who, working alongside ADL, have organized community-wide rallies or briefings in response to the crisis include: New York, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Austin, Washington, D.C., Denver, south Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, San Francisco, St. Louis, Connecticut and Seattle.
Providing interviews, context, and reaction to local newspapers and broadcast media and responding to editorials and op-eds. Opinion articles and letters from ADL have appeared in various national, regional and local newspapers. ADL's staff continues to monitor media coverage of the crisis as the news from the region unfolds and changes daily.
Solidarity Ads: Various regional offices have taken out ads in their local newspapers, in some cases co-signed with others in the community, again showing the strong local support for Israel. At the national and international level, ADL's pro-Israel ads have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune.
Monitoring Anti-Israel Demonstrations: Both at the national and local level, ADL is monitoring and reporting on the activities of anti-Israel activists, as well as extremist organizations on the far left and right that routinely use outbreaks of violence in the Middle East as a pretext to spread hateful anti-Semitic canards and stereotypes, or to spread misinformation or disinformation about the state of Israel and its history.
Working with the Bush Administration and a bi-partisan group of members of Congress to ensure America's steadfast support for Israel never wavers. This includes applauding those government leaders, such as President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who have taken a strong stand in support of Israel's right to self defense. ADL's Washington Government and National Affairs Office is keeping abreast of all Israel-related developments inside the Beltway. And the League's International Affairs team is reaching out to leaders around the world to make Israel's case and urge their support.
Providing round-the-clock updates on the League's Web site at www.adl.org. In the days and weeks ahead, as the situation in the Middle East changes on a daily basis, ADL will be providing updates, commentary and context on its Web site, tracking the voices of key decision-makers around the world in response to the crisis, monitoring the Arab media for anti-Semitic images, and updating the League's body of research on terrorist groups and leaders and their supporters and backers in the region, including in-depth backgrounders on Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Iranian regime's anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements. In addition, staff in ADL's Israel Office will offer commentary on the situation and mood in Israel through periodic ADL Jerusalem Journal reports.
ADL stands mobilized, committed and ready to serve the public and Israel's needs for the long haul, as the crisis in Israel continues to develop at this critical juncture for the Middle East. For more information on what you can do to help Israel, contact your local ADL Regional Office.