Mission to the Congress
Americans Vote Israel—a grass roots network of American citizens living in Israel together with family and friends from the U.S.—uses its implied voting power to help our representatives in the Knesset and Congress enact resolutions and laws in service of Israel’s security goals.
Shortly, we will be going to Capitol Hill to encourage Members of Congress to support HR 1006, a recently introduced bill that calls for the U.S. Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem without a presidential waiver; recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel; and a requirement that official U.S. documents (e.g., passports) that list countries and their capital cities likewise identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Our visit also will address the continuing Arab violence against Jewish mourners on the Mt. of Olives and the desecration of graves. We will attempt to elicit official U.S. condemnations from the State Department and U.S. administration. And we will urge them to pressure the Palestinian Authority to condemn these deplorable acts, as well.
Regardless of our mission’s outcome in regard to condemnations, we hope to widely and clearly convey that all of the holy sites of Jerusalem are best served when protected under Israeli sovereignty.
Americans Vote Israel is introducing letters to our friends in the Knesset and the U.S. Congress pertaining to these matters in the name of concerned American Israelis and Jewish Americans. Won’t you consider including your name to help us make this effort that much more effective?
Director, Israel Office
Zionist Organization of America
Tel. from Israel: 052-538-0840
Tel. from US: 011-972-52-538-0840
Email us at savejerusalem@AmericansVoteIsrael.org or
To add your name(s) to our letters to the Knesset and Congress,
To offer to share personal testimony concerning the Mt. of Olives
To detail why we feel strongly about focusing on Jerusalem at this particular time.
My grandfather was born in Me’a Shearim in the early 1900s. HIS father, Jacob David Paletz, who was a friend and personal acquaintance to Theodor Ze’ev Herzl, died in 1933 and is buried on the Mount of Olives. I visited his gravesite in September 2010 for the first time.
As you know, in 1948 the Jews were driven out of Jerusalem by the Jordanians. Hundreds, if not thousands of graves on the Mount of Olives, including that of my great-grandfather, were desecrated. After the re-taking of Jerusalem by Israel in 1967, my great-grandfather’s gravestone was replaced and his gravesite restored.
The Mount of Olives and ALL JERUSALEM have ALWAYS belonged to the Jewish People of Israel. May it remain ever so!
Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
(my grandfather and grandmother, Joseph and Zissy Sura Friedman are buried there too, circa 1936.} jsk
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