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Symposium Anti-Zionism = AntiSemitism

The American Zionist Movement (AZM) in cooperation with The Center for Diaspora Communications & Countering AntiSemitism of The World Zionist Organization (WZO) held a Symposium on Anti-Zionism = AntiSemitism on November 28, 2017 in New York City.  View Symposium Program.

View Source Book, Symposium Video, Photos, and Recordings (in English and Hebrew below)

This symposium was convened in conjunction with a delegation of Israeli Mayors and municipal officials visiting New York City, under the auspices of the WZO. The program and visit coincided with the commemoration at the United Nations of the 70th anniversary of the Partition vote on November 29, 1947 which preceded the establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948. This event was made possible through the support of the World Zionist Organization.

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The source book was provided by The Israel Forever Foundation

 

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE SYMPOSIUM HERE:


 

AUDIO RECORDING (IN ENGLISH)

 

AUDIO RECORDING (IN HEBREW)

 

 

 

Balfour Centennial Resolution 11.17.17

HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES BALFOUR CENTENNIAL RESOLUTION WHILE
AMERICAN ZIONIST MOVEMENT MEETS IN WASHINGTON

(Friday, November 17, 2017): The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed H. Con. Res. 92—“Recognizing the deep and abiding friendship between the United States and Israel” and commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.  The resolution was adopted while The American Zionist Movement (AZM) convened its National Conference in Washington in honor of the Balfour Declaration.  AZM had promoted awareness of this anniversary among Members of Congress and advocated for passage of a Congressional resolution to mark the Balfour Centennial.

Richard D. Heideman, President of AZM, said “We take great pride that, at the same time as the American Zionist Movement brought together a broad and diverse coalition of Zionist voices in Washington the House of Representatives took decisive and bipartisan action to honor the 100th year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. We thank the House Foreign Relations Committee, including Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Elliot Engel (D-NY) for quickly advancing the resolution out of committee. We thank the entire House for passing the resolution unanimously concurrently with our Conference convening in Washington. The House delivered a clarion call of united American support for Israel on this momentous anniversary.

The AZM conference, which is concluding this morning, took place during “Zionism Anniversaries Month” and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution, two key events in the path to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

The three-day AZM conference featured a day on Capitol Hill with a luncheon paying tribute to Israel and its Ambassador Ron Dermer.  The AZM gathering was addressed by Ambassador Dermer, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representatives Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Robert Pittinger (R_NC), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Ed Royce (R-CA), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Lee Zeldin (R- NY).  Video greetings were delivered by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (NY), Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the United Kingdom and attorney Alan Dershowitz.  Messages were also read from Vice President Mike Pence and United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.  Other notable speakers included Baroness Ruth Deech of the UK House of Lords; British Col.(ret.) Richard Kemp; Israel Brig. Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser; Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman of the World Zionist Organization and Richard D. Heideman.   

The conference was convened in partnership with the Department of Diaspora Activities of the World Zionist Organization and the Balfour Initiative of the Israel Forever Foundation. For more information, including the conference program, visit www.ZionismForward.com.

 

 

PROGRAM: Symposium on Anti-Zionism = AntiSemitism

 
Program

 

Panelists include:

 
  • Betty Ehrenberg, Executive Director, World Jewish Congress American Section

  • Ira Forman, Former US State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat AntiSemitism

  • Yaakov Hagoel, Vice Chairman, World Zionist Organization

  • Richard D. Heideman, President, American Zionist Movement

  • Yossie Hollander, Philanthropist and Activist

  • Kenneth Jacobson, Deputy National Director of the Anti-Defamation League

  • Dr. Charles A. Small, Director of the Institute for the Study of Global AntiSemitism and Policy

 

 

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Photos from AZM Washington National Conference 2017

Videos from AZM Washington National Conference 2017

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The Balfour Gala at The Embassy of Israel

 

 

FOR RELEASE: On 100th anniversary of Balfour, the American Zionist Movement conference will reenergize and rebrand Zionism

MEDIA ADVISORY

On 100th anniversary of Balfour, the American Zionist Movement conference will reenergize and reclaim Zionism

(Monday, November 6, 2017):   The American Zionist Movement (AZM) will convene its National Conference in Washington, DC from November 15-17, 2017, taking place during “Zionism Anniversaries Month” and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution, two key events in the path to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

The conference, with over 50 presenters, will feature key speakers including Ambassador Ron Dermer; Baroness Ruth Deech; Malcolm Hoenlein;  Col.(ret.) Richard Kemp; Brig.Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser; Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman: and Richard D. Heideman.  The program includes panels, discussions and briefings on Israel and Zionism, and special events, including The Balfour Gala hosted at The Embassy of Israel, and sessions on Capitol Hill featuring a Congressional and Diplomatic Luncheon honoring Ambassador Dermer. For more information, including a list of speakers and tentative schedule, visit www.ZionismForward.com.

Richard D. Heideman, President of AZM, said “Zionism, the term and the ideology, is under attack like never before. The American Zionist Movement is leading a campaign to reenergize Zionism and remind the world of the historical  connections and rights  of the Jewish people in the ancient land of Israel, as context for the modern State of Israel. On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which led to widespread international acceptance and support for national sovereignty for the Jewish People in their indigenous and ancestral land, this conference will reclaim the rich history of the Zionist movement in the U.S., among decision-makers, opinion-shapers and all Americans.”

For required press credentials contact azm@azm.org or 212-318-6100 x. 6947

DETAILS:

WHO:              American Zionist Movement—including over 25 member and affiliate organizations—in partnership with the World Zionist Organization and the Balfour Initiative of the Israel Forever Foundation.

WHAT:           Washington National Conference—speakers, panels, Gala at Israeli Embassy, and Congressional and Diplomatic Luncheon on Capitol Hill honoring Ambassador Ron Dermer

WHEN:           November 15-17, 2017

WHERE:        Liaison Hotel                                   Embassy of Israel                           Capitol Hill

                       415 New Jersey Ave NW               3514 International Dr NW             HCVC 201AB

                       Washington, DC 20001                  Washington, DC 20008                  

                       See conference schedule at:  www.ZionismForward.com                                

 

The American Zionist Movement (AZM) is comprised of 25 national Jewish Zionist organizations and works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel. Twice in each decade, AZM organizes and sponsors the United States election of delegates to the World Zionist Congress, a process in which tens of thousands of American Jews participate and vote.

 

AZM Member Organizations: American Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry • Ameinu • AMIT Children • ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) • Aytzim • Bnai Zion  • Hadassah – The Women’s  Zionist  Organization of  America  • Herut – N.A. • MERCAZ USA – Zionist  Organization of  Conservative  Judaism • NA’AMAT – USA  • Partners for  Progressive  Israel • Religious Zionists of America • Zionist Organization of America    Affiliated Organizations: Baltimore Zionist District • B’nai B’rith International •Emunah of America • Friends of the Israel Scouts • Israel Forever Foundation • Jewish National Fund   Zionist Youth Movements: • American Zionist Youth Council • B’nei Akiva • BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization) • Habonim Dror •  Hashomer Hatzair • NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth) •  USY ( United Synagogue Youth) •  Young Judaea

 

 

Zionist Movie Night featuring “Ben-Gurion: Epilogue”

 

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Photos & Videos from AZM Washington National Conference 2017

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The American Zionist Movement held our Washington National Conference: Zionism Forward in the Spirit of Balfour on November 15-17, 2017 in Washington DC, in partnership with the Department for Diaspora Activities of the World Zionist Organization 

(WZO) and the Balfour Initiative of The Israel Forever Foundation (IFF).

 

Conference videos below: 

*Click on 3-line icon on top left of screen below to see full list of videos*

The Conference commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution.  Our gathering featured key speakers, panels and exciting events, including The Balfour Gala hosted at The Embassy of Israel, followed by a powerful day of sessions on Capitol Hill, featuring a Congressional and Diplomatic Luncheon. The conference concluded with the WZO Symposium on Diaspora Affairs.

 

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VIEW: AZM Washington National Conference Program

 

HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES BALFOUR CENTENNIAL RESOLUTION WHILE AMERICAN ZIONIST MOVEMENT MEETS IN WASHINGTON

View the Balfour Centennial Resolution passed on November 17, 2017 

 

 


 

SPEAKERS

 

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For more details contact azm@azm.org or call 212.318.6100 x6947

*Kosher Dietary Laws observed throughout the conference