DA Israel Leadership:
It is a great privilege to be writing to you from this new position, leading our important organization during this crucial time in history. Thank you for entrusting me as your Chair.
As Americans and Israelis, we have a distinct role in preserving democratic institutions in our world, during a period in which our cherished democracy is facing threats on multiple fronts. We have vital work ahead of us.
Our vision must be clear and steadfast: We want to see a world in which democracy and humanity thrive. We believe in a civic society based on the unequivocal values of compassion, inclusion, diversity, protection of equality and human rights. These are the ideals that our work is built on.
Our mission is equally pressing: To grow a community of Americans in Israel who are committed to these values and beliefs.
Our work is urgent: To encourage Americans in Israel to participate in the democratic process in America in order to protect democracy today and for future generations.
As we emerge from the shadows of the pandemic, as well as from the cultural and political darkness that fell upon us all in 2016, it is time to rebuild our communities and bring back the light to our shared humanity.
There are many ways for you to do this, by taking part in growing the Dems Abroad community.
* Attend an in-person event – such as the July 4 picnic or Tel Aviv Pride this coming Friday.
* Bring a friend and invite them to join our community – especially one who may not be a member of Dems Abroad yet.
* Volunteer for one of our committees, like Social Media or Get out the Vote, both of which need your help.
Feel free to be in touch with me any time at [email protected]. I’m eager to hear from you.
To new beginnings, together,
Jerusalem, May 28 – Democrats Abroad-Israel unequivocally condemns the increasing wave of antisemitism – an increase of 60% over the past few weeks, according to the ADL – and calls on community leaders and legislators to take all necessary steps to stem the worrying tide. The condemnation follows the statements of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President Kamala Harris, and the Democratic Party leadership including, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, House Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and others who have admirably taken firm stands on the issue.
“The disturbing increase in physical, verbal and online antisemitic attacks in the United States and around the world must be addressed through a combination of enforcement, awareness, and education campaigns and interventions,” says DA-Israel Chair Dr. Elana Sztokman. “In addition, we call on the Republican party to take responsibility for stoking hatred and enabling radical and violent extremists in their midst, as we saw on January 6 and as we hear from people like Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene whose vile conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial have been supported by 199 House Republicans. The failure to act in the face of antisemitism poses a threat not only to Jews but to all endangered minorities and to democracy itself.”
DA Israel applauds the Democratic leadership for taking a stand on this issue.