September 9, 2014/14 Elul 5774
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement in response to today’s anti-Israel demonstration at the Minnesota State Board of Investment:
"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) applauds Governor Mark Dayton’s strong support of Minnesota’s investment in Israel. The JCRC is proud that Governor Dayton joined 1,400 other Minnesotans this past July at a community gathering to express support for Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas terrorism. At this somber gathering, Governor Dayton aptly noted that ‘Israel is doing everything possible to protect its people from Hamas’ rockets, while Hamas uses its people to protect its rockets.’
"Israel divestment activists have been unsuccessful in their endless campaign to delegitimize and demonize Israel in Minnesota. The following entities have rejected the efforts of these Israel divestment activists: the Minnesota Legislature, the State Board of Investment, as well as the repudiation of their legal claims by the Ramsey County District Court which was affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
"Judging by recent opinion polls, the American people are standing with Israel and Minnesota’s bi-partisan support for Israel extends back in time even before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Indeed, the purchase of Israel Bonds has been supported by Minnesota Governors from Arne Carlson to Mark Dayton.
"Israel has an unblemished record for meeting its bond obligations underscoring the fact that Israel’s economy is vibrant for a country, which is a per capita international leader in medicine, technology and agriculture – much like Minnesota. Moreover, the road to peace in the Middle East lies in creating economic opportunities for Israelis and Palestinians and not by importing the conflict to Minnesota with futile and counter-productive gestures."
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