NEW YORK – More than three hundred Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) activists from around the country will take part in the ZOAs Annual Activist Mission to Washington next week, to meet with Members of Congress and Bush administration officials to express opposition to the creation of a Palestinian Arab state.
The ZOA activists will be speaking about:
* The dangers of creating a Palestinian Arab state, which would be a terrorist state threatening Israel. A recent poll found that by 71%-13%, Americans oppose creating a Palestinian Arab state.
* The importance of the Koby Mandell Act, which would create a special office within the Justice Department to pursue Palestinian Arab killers of Americans and assist their victims. A recent poll found 73% of Americans believe the U.S. should insist that the PA turn over all Palestinian Arabs accused of killing or injuring American citizens.
* The double standard by which the Bush administration is demanding freezing of Jewish construction in Judea-Samaria while never calling for freezing of the much more widespread Arab construction in those territories. A recent poll found that by 61%-13%, Americans say that Jews should be allowed to continue building in Judea-Samaria.
The mission will include a gala dinner on Capitol Hill, featuring Dr. David Wurmser of the State Department, as well as an internationally-known anti-terrorism expert. The mission participants will also attend a Capitol Hill luncheon featuring remarks by numerous Members of Congress. Later, they will receive briefings at the Israeli Embassy from Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon, Embassy spokesman Mark Regev, and David Wilder, spokesman for the Hebron Jewish community, who will provide a first-hand report on the plight of the Jewish residents of Hebron and the rest of Judea-Samaria in the face of ongoing Palestinian Arab terrorism.
ZOA National Policy Coordinator Sarah Stern, who is one of the organizers of the mission, said: Members of Congress and administration officials will hear voices from around the country that represent the grassroots masses of American Jewry.