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JEWISHcolorado Condemns Colorado Democratic Party Adoption of Anti-Israel Resolution

July 20, 2020 – Denver, Colorado – JEWISHcolorado condemns the Colorado State Democratic Party Central Committee’s adoption of an anti-Israel resolution that endorses U.S. House Resolution (H.R.) 2407, Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.

“We are very disappointed in the results of this vote,” said Rabbi Jay Strear, JEWISHcolorado president & CEO. “H.R. 2407 is full of falsehoods attributed to groups engaged in round-the-clock demonization of Israel and its supporters in the United States. They choose to spotlight missteps made by the Israel Defense Forces in its efforts to protect its citizens but purposely ignore the steps Israel has taken to correct these mistakes. Furthermore, the resolution ignores both the continued ill treatment of minors and the inculcation of Jew-hatred by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza. What does this do to better Palestinian children’s lives? Absolutely nothing.”

“We were troubled that no one from the state party or those proposing this resolution reached out to the Jewish community to seek our input on this,” said Joe Dubroff, JEWISHcolorado director of external affairs. “It is disappointing that a small fringe prefers destructive efforts like this one over constructive efforts to address concerns. Unfortunately, this seems to be a common practice of those who seek to delegitimize the world’s only Jewish state.”

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About Joseph Dubroff

Joseph Dubroff is the Director for External Affairs for JEWISHcolorado. JEWISHcolorado provides a pathway for Coloradans to connect with their Jewish identity and values. We offer diverse, creative and inviting opportunities to embrace all Jews at every age and stage in life. Since 1946, JEWISHcolorado has offered programs and services to unite with the people of Israel and ensure a thriving and lasting Jewish community in Colorado. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org.

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  1. Here is what I wrote to the Colorado Dems (info@coloradodems.org) :
    o the Colorado Dems –

    I was shocked to see that amidst all that is at risk right now – the
    existential threats of both a virus at pandemic levels and an insane
    president – that you choose to hurt and alienate a reliable and worthy
    part of your constituency, Coloradans who are Jewish.

    The "Party" support of HR 2407 is misguided at best, and anti-Semitic at
    worst. The "Party" fails in the same ways as most of the American public
    does in that they limit their sources of news of Israel. What I hear
    through NPR and the likes (a news organization I've listened to my whole
    life) consistently provide only parts of the stories. Reading other news
    outlets, the full stories are revealed. A typical news piece that makes
    Israeli soldiers look like monsters is never balanced with the larger
    story: why they were/are there in the first place. Be it in the macro view
    of "Israel vs The Palestinians", or the micro view of a particular
    incident, US news outlets very rarely provide the full story.

    So you have fallen for part of a story, part of a narrative.

    Most Colorado Jews have great feeling for the situation in the region. We
    cry over the senseless loss of life – but that happens on BOTH sides, not
    just the side of Palestinians. One of my childhood friends was macheted to
    death in Jerusalem. There was no major act of "retribution" for that.
    Jewish families have been murdered in their own homes; small Jewish
    children murdered in their own beds. Families have been blown up in pizza
    restaurants and at Passover dinners. Yes – that happens, too! And it has
    led to the walls, the uber security, and yes – soldiers – to keep Israeli
    citizens from being killed in cold blood.

    So if you want to show REAL concern for what is happening between Israelis
    and Palestinians, let me just say this: we want peace. But not at the cost
    of the one Jewish State in the entire world. We want our children, and
    their children to live in peace. But that is difficult when Palestinian
    children are taught – IN SCHOOL, IN THEIR TEXT BOOKS – of the "pigs" that
    are Jews; of the arithmetic exercises of what you get if you start with
    three Jews, and then you kill one: what is the answer to what you have
    left?

    Wake up and see the reality, the bias in what is regularly reported in the
    US and west, and the veil of hatred that is caught up in HR 2407.

    Forget any money or effort we will ever make for Colorado Dems. You stunk
    it up on this one.