RESCIND THE ANTISEMITIC RESOLUTION!
We trust you are in good health during these challenging times. So many of our routines have been disrupted by Covid. On the other hand, antisemitism never stops—so we can’t either. As Psalm 121 says, “He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”
In this time of cancelled live events and a gmish of online events, what can you do to fight antisemitism while you are staying at home? NCCI says plenty! For example, if you are aware of a university that discriminates against Jewish students, you can file an Office of Civil Rights complaint. You need not have attended the school, but it helps. Another option is to sign petitions that are pertinent to our cause of protecting those who support Israel.
Along those lines, we have an important petition to share with you. Many of you are aware that on April 16, 2018, the Durham City Council passed a resolution banning the Durham police from any interaction with Israel. This hate-driven resolution was based on lies about Israel and the Jewish people, as part of the Deadly Exchange campaign. The City Council and the mayor have refused to revisit the issue, but the world has changed in 2 years. More people have come to realize that this kind of boycott, part of the BDS movement, is based on antisemitism.
In light of the upcoming 2-year anniversary of the City Council’s vote, we plan to remind them that we have not forgotten what they have done to the Jewish community, and to all local residents. We ask that you sign the following petition and pass it on to as many friends and family as possible. We are grateful for the advice of Miriam Elman, renowned expert on Deadly Exchange, in crafting this petition. We want to send the Durham City Council a strong message on the anniversary of their hateful vote. We demand that they rescind their resolution!
On April 16, 2018, the Durham, North Carolina, City Council unanimously passed a statement, referred to as “The Israel Resolution,” banning any interaction between Durham police and their law enforcement counterparts in only one country on earth: Israel. In passing this shameful and discriminatory statement, the Durham City Council linked its municipal policing policies with the “Deadly Exchange”, a virulently anti-Israel campaign initiated and promoted by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement which aims to end the Jewish State of Israel. “Deadly Exchange” does not present a legitimate criticism of Israeli policy. It instead traffics in repugnant tropes, canards, and conspiracies about Jewish power and money, and has been widely condemned as antisemitic.
In recent years, the world has come to recognize that BDS is antisemitic in both its intent and in its effect. BDS has been condemned by the Austrian and German Parliaments, the governments of Canada and the Czech Republic, 28 states in the USA, and the UN. Much to our great shame and regret, to date the Durham City Council is the only government entity to endorse the “Deadly Exchange” campaign in the form of a resolution.
We remember what you did. We remember how it made us feel. We, the undersigned, demand that the Durham City Council rescind this decidedly discriminatory, anti-Israel, and antisemitic resolution!