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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

July 02, 2020

Your weekly look at the latest news, analysis, and RJC activities around the country.

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— Featured —


Georgia Senate Race - Perdue vs. Ossoff

Georgia is the only state hosting two Senate races this year. While the special election to fill the remainder of now-retired Senator Johnny Isakson's term has attracted more attention, insiders are pointing to Senator David Perdue's reelection race as a growing concern for the GOP.   


Those of you who were fortunate enough to attend RJC's 2019 Las Vegas Leadership meeting will remember Senator Perdue's stirring introduction of Vice President Mike Pence. During those remarks he emphasized his strong, personal pro-Israel commitment, noting that he chose Israel as the destination for his first overseas trip as a Senator because "I wanted to send a message that there are friends in the US Senate who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the state of Israel."  


In his bid for a second term, Perdue faces Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old filmmaker and one-time Capitol Hill staffer. Ossoff is best known for narrowly losing a special election for a suburban Atlanta House seat in 2017 in a race that attracted national attention and record campaign spending. In that race and in his current one against Senator Perdue, Ossoff proudly aligned himself with J Street and embraced the Obama Iran deal.  


The contrast between Ossoff's thin resume and very liberal ideology on the one hand, and David Perdue's mainstream conservatism and record of accomplishment on the other, could not be more striking. Before entering politics, David had a 40-year business career during which he created thousands of jobs and saved thousands more. In that respect, he has frequently been compared to President Donald Trump, and it's important to note that Senator Perdue is known as one of the President's closest allies in the Senate.   


How close is the race at this point? A Fox News poll conducted late last month found Perdue leading just 45-42 - too close for comfort. And other polls have shown similar results. "Here's the reality," the Senator has warned, "the state of Georgia is in play. The Democrats have made it that way."  


The hard-fought 2018 gubernatorial election in which Brian Kemp narrowly defeated Stacey Abrams left Democrats convinced that they are close to a breakthrough in the Peach State. In the face of the left's frenzied efforts to beat the GOP in one of its traditional strongholds, it is imperative that conservative and pro-Israel voters mobilize to keep proven champion David Perdue fighting for us in the Senate.


The RJC PAC has endorsed David Perdue. You can help him win by clicking here to support his campaign.


Please watch this space for more in-depth analysis on individual races in the critical 2020 elections. If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on any of these races, please email me at [email protected]Click here to see previous "Notes from Norm."



RJC in the News

•  In a debate hosted by i24NEWS on Israel’s anticipated sovereignty initiative, Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks took on J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami. They discussed at length the consequences that extending Israeli sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria could have on Israel’s relations with its close allies, including the United States. Watch the debate here.


•  The Jewish Insider reports on a key Senate race in Michigan, where John James, an African American Republican, is taking on first-term Democratic Sen. Gary Peters. The RJC PAC has endorsed James and is raising money for him. Matthew Kassel writes

GOP strategists believe the Republican upstart has a decent shot of pulling off an upset in November. A victory for James would be a crucial win for the Republican Party as Democrats look to flip the Senate this cycle. Norm Coleman, who chairs the Republican Jewish Coalition, said that James’s Senate bid represents one of his party’s best chances to pick up a seat in the general election and fend off a Democratic majority.

John James is a veteran, a businessman, and a political outsider running a competitive race. Learn more about him at the RJC PAC web site.


Graffiti was spray-painted on the walls of Congregation Beth Israel in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, May 30, 2020. (Photo by Lisa Daftari/Twitter)

We Must Stand Firm

In an essay at National Review, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) makes the case for standing firm against the “outrage mob.” He writes

You see, this isn’t about taking down offensive messages or symbols. These mobs didn’t suddenly stumble upon some forgotten and offensive historical anecdote or reach their wits’ end after seeing Aunt Jemima on the grocery-store shelf just one too many times. No, this was a deliberate hijacking of a tragedy. The touchy sympathies of “political correctness” were always just a base from which to launch a cultural revolution, a purge of traditional American narratives and icons.

It’s about time we all woke up to it.

… The good news is that it’s not too late. It’s never too late, not so long as good and decent people remain standing and willing to do something. There are a lot of us who love this great country, believe in the promise of its Founding, and aren’t keen on letting a mob rip it apart. All we have to do is speak out. We must hold the line and demand that our elected leaders stop allowing their cities to burn, that corporate America stop caving to Twitter hordes and becoming complicit in the cultural destruction, and that our educators stop teaching our kids that America is evil.

Caroline Glick brings the issue home with a piece on the antisemitism that is baked into the Black Lives Matter movement. She writes

Over the Shavuot festival on May 30, members of Black Lives Matter (BLM) carried out a pogrom in Fairfax, the oldest Jewish community in Los Angeles, largely populated today by ultra-Orthodox Jews. They vandalized five synagogues and three Jewish schools. Most of the Jewish businesses on Fairfax Avenue were looted.

As Daniel Greenfield reported at Frontpage, Allyson Rowen Taylor, a co-founder of StandWithUs, shared an account of the riots in which they chanted, “F**k the police and kill the Jews.”

… Greenfield revealed that the Jews were not incidental victims in a larger night of “anti-racist” rioting by BLM. BLM in Los Angeles is led by outspoken anti-Semites with intimate ties to the virulently anti-Semitic Nation of Islam… So for BLM, anti-Semitism isn’t a bug. It is a feature. Hatred of Israel and the Jews is part of its DNA.

Yesterday, Nicholas Rowan of the Washington Examiner tweeted out a video of protesters in Washington, DC chanting, “Israel, we know you; you murder children too.” As Rowan reported later, the protest was held in tandem with a series of "Day of Rage" demonstrations against Israel and was specifically “intended to tie the cause of Black Lives Matter to the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment movement against Israel.” 

"Israel, we know you, you murder children, too," the crowd chanted at one point.

The crowd immediately followed that chant with alternating rallying cries of "Black lives matter!" and "Palestinian lives matter!" Many more shouted criticisms of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A woman waved a sign that on one side bore the Palestinian flag and, on the other, the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

The RJC released a statement last night about the anti-Israel chant: 

We are horrified by this vicious hatemongering by Black Lives Matter protesters. The Black Lives Matter charter is filled with anti-Israel and antisemitic lies. It is deeply disturbing, but not surprising, to hear those sentiments chanted in the streets of Washington, DC. We call on former Vice President Joe Biden, as the standard bearer of the Democrat Party, to condemn these antisemitic chants by BLM protesters.


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) circulated a House letter threatening US assistance to Israel.

Democrats Lining Up Against Israel

We’re seeing more evidence of the “progressive” (read: extreme left-wing) pressure on Democrats to abandon the historically bipartisan support of Israel in the US Congress. JNS reports

Four Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been circulating a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, threatening the conditioning or even cutting off of US assistance to Israel if the Jewish state goes ahead with its plans to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank in what many have said would be an annexation of the area, also known as Judea and Samaria.

The letter has been issued by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Betty McCollum (D-MN).

The letter, which was sent to Pompeo on Monday, had signatures from more than a dozen congressional Democrats. Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon writes that several organizations that promote BDS (the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions effort to delegitimize Israel) had endorsed the letter

In an internal email circulated to House Democrats and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Ocasio-Cortez lists 10 organizations that support her letter to Pompeo. Most of these groups are prominent leaders of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), which seeks to wage economic warfare on Israel. One such organization—Defense for Children International – Palestine—has been linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a U.S.- and European Union-designated terrorist organization.

…Almost all the "supporting organizations" listed on Ocasio-Cortez’s letter are vocal supporters of the BDS movement, including the American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and Churches for Middle East Peace. Each of these advocacy groups has a lengthy history of Israel criticism.


Countdown to Election Day


The RJC is committed to reelecting President Donald Trump, keeping the Senate, and winning back the House. We encourage our members to participate in our outreach phonebank project to help Republicans win in November. It's easy, and you can do it from home! Here's how YOU can help: 

- Sign up to call Jewish voters from home by clicking HERE
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- Listen to the instructions and write down your username and password when a member of the RJC Victory Team contacts you.
- Make as many phone calls as you can. Everyone you speak to is a potential vote for President Trump and the GOP!


Sign up now and you could be the next RJC Volunteer of the Week!



The Republican Jewish Coalition is hiring field staff for our advocacy efforts in support of President Donald Trump’s reelection in various battleground states. CLICK HERE for details and application information. 



The RJC PAC has endorsed a terrific slate of House and Senate candidates, and we need them to continue their work on Capitol Hill! CLICK HERE to donate through the RJC PAC portal and show your support for our great candidates!


And don't forget your RJC/Trump kippah! 
Our extremely popular red Trump kippah is now for sale for just $18. This includes shipping and handling. Supplies are limited. 



— Short Takes —

Pompeo urges UN arms embargo on Iran's `terrorist regime'

Calling Iran "the world’s most heinous terrorist regime," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to extend the U.N. arms embargo against Tehran, which expires in October, and reject "extortion diplomacy."


Economy adds 4.8 million jobs in June, surpassing expectations as coronavirus lingers

The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June, according to data released Thursday by the Labor Department, as the gradual easing of coronavirus-related restrictions helped more businesses reopen and bring back workers… Economists expected the U.S. to add anywhere between 1 million and 3 million jobs for the month after the U.S. added 2.7 million in May, according to revised figures, despite widespread predictions of another decline.


Things look grim for freedom in Hong Kong

This week Beijing’s top legislative body passed a national security law for Hong Kong that prohibits acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security. Predictably, pro-liberty protesters in Hong Kong are the target of this law. Hong Kong police immediately arrested more than 300 people under the new law. The UK has confirmed  its intention to extend a path to British citizenship to almost three million citizens of Hong Kong who are eligible for British National Overseas (BNO) passports. For background on the legal status of Hong Kong and its citizens see here.



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— Events —


RJC Victory Team National Days of Action


Please join us for the upcoming RJC Victory Team Virtual Days of Action scheduled next week for Tuesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 9 and the following week for Tuesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 16. We'll be calling potential Jewish voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia, key battleground states of the 2020 election cycle. Click here to sign up and help!


We look forward to scheduling in-person grassroots events and resuming our chapter activities around the country as soon as possible. Don't forget to check our web site for updates. 


We also encourage you to check out the terrific content and virtual events offered by our sister organization, the Jewish Policy Center.



Celebrating Our Freedom


On July 4th, we celebrate the founding of this amazing country and all that America has accomplished in its 244 years. The officers and staff of the RJC wish you a very happy Independence Day!


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