3 million Refugees in Ukraine Crisis; Sierra Club Flips on Canceling Israel Trips; Amnesty Opposes Existence of Jewish State

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March 17, 2022


Nearly three weeks into Russia’s invasion, the number of Ukrainians fleeing abroad passed 3 million, the United Nations said. Following an advocacy campaign by national Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, the Sierra Club reversed its recent decision to cancel trips to Israel. Amnesty International is under fire again after an official said that the organization is opposed to Israel continuing to exist as a Jewish state.

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1) More Than Three Million Refugees Have Fled Fighting in Ukraine, UN says

“Some 3,000,381 people have so far left Ukraine, data from the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) showed. It is basing its aid plans on 4 million refugees but has said the figure will likely increase. After Sunday's Russian strike on the Yavoriv military base near Lviv, some people from western Ukraine have now joined the refugee flow across the border.” Reuters: LEARN MORE

+ ADL tweet: Outraged and horrified by this latest barbaric action by Russia targeting a site known to harbor civilians. Our prayers are with the people of #Mariupol and those who sought safe haven beneath this destroyed theater.

+ ADL Resource: Things you can do today to support Ukraine and Refugees

2) Sierra Club Reverses Course After Canceling Trips to Israel

“Days of dueling statements, social media posts and open letters from interest groups followed the Friday report. While Jewish pro-Israel groups excoriated the decision to cancel, pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist organizations celebrated it as a major win in their efforts to protest the Jewish state.” The Jewish News of Northern California: FULL STORY

+ READ: ADL Letter to Sierra Club Regarding Decision to Cancel Trips to Israel

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: Encouraged by the conversations I’ve had with @SierraClub leadership over past 24 hours. They made the right call to reverse their decision to cancel trips to Israel.

3) Amnesty International Official Says He is ‘Opposed’ to Israel as a Jewish state

“Following Amnesty International’s recent report that accused Israel of ‘apartheid’ in its treatment of Palestinians, the group’s USA director appeared to go a step further on Wednesday, suggesting to a Woman’s National Democratic Club audience that the bulk of American Jews do not want Israel to be a Jewish state, but rather ‘a safe Jewish space’ based on ‘core Jewish values.’” Jewish Insider: READ MORE

+ READ: ADL Letter to Amnesty International Regarding Hostility Toward Israel

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: Thanks but no thanks, @dpaulobrien. We don't need you to jew-splain what our community should think or feel, even as you dismiss thousands of years of history. You & @AmnestyUSA ignore clear evidence of overwhelming support among Jews for #Zionism & the democratic & Jewish state.