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The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, the advocacy arm of the Indianapolis Jewish community, thanks the Indiana House of Representatives for the unanimous passage of House Resolution 59 reaffirming its support for the State of Israel and declaring that the State of Indiana boldly stands against the Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Indiana is now the second state in the country to publicly oppose the BDS movement for “seeking to undermine the Jewish people’s right to self-determination, which they are currently fulfilling in the State of Israel.”
The BDS movement is a growing effort to delegitimize the Jewish State of Israel and undermine the widely supported two-state solution. The Indiana Jewish Community applauds the General Assembly for recognizing that BDS tactics are divisive, focusing solely on Israel, thereby creating a distorted picture of the region which will only serve to make peace harder to achieve.
In an interview with media following the passage of HR 59 Speaker of the House Brian Bosma stated, “This is not new, that there are those that would deny the State of Israel the right to exist or the right of the Jewish people to exist. Our state and country needs to stand firm with the only strong and functional democracy and our strongest ally in the Middle-East.”
Indiana continues to be a leader across the country when it comes to state-wide support of Israel. In recent years Indiana has moved to strengthen formal economic ties with Israeli companies and continues to be the largest per capita investor in Israel Bonds. The General Assembly has also passed legislation to ensure that tax payer dollars are not going to companies doing business in Iran which is known to fund terrorist activities that targets both Israel and the United States.
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Greece's Jewish Community Suffers During Economic Crisis
Photo is of a Jewish Community Center in Greece where many Jews are going for assistance with food and other items.
It is not "new" news that Greece is facing quite an economic predicament. Certainly all of Greece is suffering, but the Jewish community is facing tough circumstances during this uncertain time. Sixty-nine percent of Greece's population harbor anti-Semitic beliefs, according to the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that The Birmingham Jewish Federation funds through our annual campaign. Unfortunately, uncertain economic times, as history shows us, can lead to an increase in anti-Jewish views.
The following excerpts from a Times Of Israel story illustrate the struggles that the Jewish community in Greece is now facing:
For 55 needy Jewish families, a cash welfare payment is the only thing that gets them through the month. But when they came to the Athens Jewish Community last week for their July assistance, they were given only a portion of the payment in cash -- the rest was in supermarket food coupons.
"We just don't have cash and we can't get anymore, the banks are closed," said Taly Mair, the community director who oversees the welfare program. "We hope to make the rest up to them later."
Scenes of turmoil and uncertainty have played out across Greece over the past week with the country on the verge of bankruptcy after failing to make a payment to the International Monetary Fund. Banks have been shut down, ATM withdrawals are limited to about $66 a day, and panicked citizens are stocking up on staples such as bottled water, pasta, lentils and baby formula.
Amid the economic crisis -- and especially following the country's overwhelming rejection in a referendum of the terms offered by Greece's European creditors -- the Greek Jewish community of about 5,000 is grappling with two main concerns: how to provide emergency assistance to Jews in need and how to ensure that the Jewish institutions can continue to function.
The economic crisis also brought with it a rise in anti-Semitism. In 2012, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn became the third-largest party in Greece. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece "is continuing to help, in the spirit of Jewish solidarity, so that no Jew will be left without a meal or can't meet their basic needs," said Victor Eliezer, a member of the umbrella organization of Greece's Jewish communities.
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