Hadassah Responds To Abbas Op-Ed In New York Times


May 19, 2011

Below is a statement from Hadassah’s National President Nancy Falchuk, in response to the recent op-ed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the New York Times.
Hadassah’s coalition partner The Israel Project has released an action alert, also found below, with a succinct synopsis of the current situation in Israel and details on how you can get involved.

At 11:40 TODAY, May 19, 2011, President Barak Obama will deliver a speech on the Middle East, likely to included mention of the Israel-Palestinian peace process.  Next week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be visiting the U.S. and will make an address to Congress. Hadassah will continue to monitor the evolving situation in the Middle East and American foreign policies concerning the region.
Hadassah Responds To Abbas Op-Ed In New York Times
NEW YORK – An op-ed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was published this week in the New York Times.  Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, issued the following statement in response:
“I was disappointed and even appalled to read Mahmoud Abbas contend in the New York Times that it was the fault of the Jewish people that war and violence erupted after the United Nations determined a Jewish homeland would be established.  Such historical revisionism does nothing to advance the conversation of negotiation toward Middle East peace, but only contributes to confusion and perpetuates misplaced anger.
On behalf of Hadassah, a 99-year-old Jewish organization founded on Zionist principles and proud of Israel’s endeavors to come to consensus with the Palestinian people, I am afraid that President Abbas’ message only serves to send the peace process a step backward.  His misinterpretation of the past is misleading to those who would like to help achieve peace in the region, and his antagonism toward talks and face-to-face negotiations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a dangerous example of the little headway that can come from such a one-sided perspective.
The fate of Palestinians’ and Israelis’ future should not be restricted by the unilateral declarations of a zealot.  Hadassah is gratified by the ways our organization has in the past – and will continue in the future – to partner with the Palestinian people, specifically in providing health care and using medicine as a bridge to cooperation, and we will not let politics get in the way of forging relationships and making certain the legacy of the State of Israel is one of cooperation and collaboration, not of prejudice and possessiveness.”
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The Israel Project Action Alert: Israel in a Time of Diplomatic Peril

Washington, May 18 – Israel is facing increasing diplomatic peril among international bodies such as the United Nations. As you may know, Palestinian President Abbas recently signed an agreement with Hamas, the Iran-backed organization on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization<http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm> list. Hamas has fired thousands of rockets<http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=689705&ct=8991027> at Israeli civilians including 328 this year. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh recently condemned the killing of the “holy warrior” Osama bin Laden<http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=689705&ct=9378195> and called on Palestinian worshippers to pray for an end to Israel<http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=220567>.

The new Palestinian unity government intends to seek recognition of a state on the 1967 borders in the U.N. General Assembly this September<http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/opinion/17abbas.html?_r=1&ref=israel>, a clear attempt to delegitimize and attack Israel<http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=689705&ct=10038579>. The Palestinians seek to make this declaration unilaterally, WITHOUT seeking a negotiated peace with Israel.

The Israel Project will be running television ads<http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?a=lkIXJcPVKkLSIjI&s=6dKBJONnF7KKLUNoFiH&m=cpIOLVMxEaIFL2J> in Washington and New York highlighting Israel’s challenges and desire for peace while PM Netanyahu is visiting the U.S.<http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=689705&ct=10034201> and President Obama is speaking at AIPAC’s Policy Conference<http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=689705&ct=10038095>. But we need your help to call attention to this grave threat to the State of Israel.

Please use our automated system<http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?a=enJJKRNtEdKFKZL&s=6dKBJONnF7KKLUNoFiH&m=cpIOLVMxEaIFL2J> to send a letter to your elected officials and newspapers NOW and urge them to stand behind Israel as once more it faces an existential threat. Tell them to support a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and to oppose Palestinian efforts to circumvent the peace process.

Click HERE for talking points and facts<http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?a=hqLPK0OFKgJMI9K&s=6dKBJONnF7KKLUNoFiH&m=cpIOLVMxEaIFL2J> that can help you write your letter, but please use your own words. Make your voice heard today!


Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Founder and President
The Israel Project


One Response to “Hadassah Responds To Abbas Op-Ed In New York Times”

  1. 1 Jake

    I’m glad to see that Hadassah is not bending over, but actually has a spine and is willing to stand up and fight!

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