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susieb  // Posts published by susieb

15 Apr Posted by | Comments

In Three Minutes, You Can Effect Change For Israel

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the JUF-JF Board meeting in Chicago, discussing the importance of the current Israel vote; not the recent Israeli elections in Israel, but the most important Israel vote that we in the Diaspora can participate in, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) vote – happening now. Being president of the American Zionist Movement, (AZM) I understand how Zionism has different meanings and emotions depending on one’s relationship with Israel.  However, I cannot stress enough, as Jewish Americans, regardless of our definition, it is our right and opportunity to vote on behalf of Israel.  The more votes America has, the stronger our voice can be heard for Israel and for Zionism. Why is voting so critical this year?  With the State of Israel besieged on many sides, with the current state of relationships between the State...

24 Feb Posted by | Comments

Does Israeli Apartheid Week Benefit Anyone?

Posted in: Israel Activism

Those behind this week’s activities on campuses and elsewhere: your role doesn’t help anyone, neither Palestinians nor Israelis who are working to build trust on the ground, writes Ishmael Khaldi, Counsellor for Civil Society Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London. Ishmael Khaldi was the first Bedouin in Israel’s foreign service. He has served as Israel’s deputy consul general in the US Pacific Northwest and has been Middle East and Arab affairs adviser for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman since August 2009.  He has recently been appointed the Counsellor for Civil Society Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London. To read the full post, please visit

08 Feb Posted by | 1 comment

Tu B’Shvat in Israel

almond blossom

Leor Sinai, AZM’s Vice President, Young Leadership, recently made aliyah and writes about his first Tu B’Shvat as an Oleh. “The almond trees are beginning to bloom and flowers are popping up everywhere… and I think to myself – Ein li eretz acheret… I have no other land.  Tu B’Shvat h’giya hag la’ilanot!” Read the full post by visiting