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Resolution Adopted by the CCAR
RESOLUTION ON SUPPORTING ISRAEL
Adopted by the
Board of Trustees
Central Conference of American Rabbis
May 8, 2002
Ever since September of 2000, Israel has been the target of a continuous bombardment of terrorist attacks, aimed at taking innocent civilian life and breaking the resolve of Israeli people. The attacks have been particularly ruthless and ferocious, aimed at innocent civilians at play, at work, in worship or in celebration. Israel responded to these attacks as any nation would have with the aim of protecting its citizenry from harm.
Because of these unprecedented random acts of terrorists, Israel and its people have suffered tremendous loss: loss of life, loss of trade and tourism, and, among some, loss of hope. Some social services had to be curtailed, just at a time when they were needed the most.
As Israel's partners in faith and in fate, we must do what we can to strengthen Israel at this time of unprecedented need. One way to do this is to donate funds which will go to help the victims of terrorism in Israel and their families, along with providing safety, especially for the young and the elderly, psychological counseling, and financial support for those most affected economically from effects of terrorism. Another way to help the Israeli economy is by shopping in Israel, purchasing Israeli products and doing business with Israeli companies, all of which can be done directly or through the Internet. Of course, the most important way we can show our support is by going to Israel and standing with our brothers and sisters in their time of distress.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: