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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

December 24, 2020

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

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— Featured —


Jewish Republicans Take Outreach Door-to-Door


The Atlanta Jewish Times reports on the RJC’s Week of Action in Georgia:

The Republican Jewish Coalition is targeting Jewish voters, among others, in a door-to-door campaign to help keep the two currently Republican Georgia Senate seats and prevent Democrats from controlling the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.

Sam Markstein, RJC’s national political director, said there are at least 120,000 registered Jewish voters in Georgia, so any shift, given the November election margins, “could make the difference in a close race.”

…Markstein described the week of action as “targeting Jewish voters in key suburban Atlanta counties. We’ve knocked on thousands of doors just in the first couple of days.”

Chuck Berk, who co-chairs the local chapter of the RJC with his wife Bonnie, was one of the volunteers for the week of action. He said he believes in the importance of “split government and that the Republicans need to hold the Senate [to stop a] liberal and progressive agenda, … to be a check and balance.” Berk said he wants to “educate people…[about] the actual comments Raphael Warnock has made that have been anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.”

Read the whole thing here.

See our gallery of photos from the Week of Action here.



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The Fight for Georgia Goes On

Breitbart reports on a letter from the Coalition of Jewish Values denouncing Senate candidate Raphael Warnock’s anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric: 

[The Coalition for Jewish Values], which represents “over 1500 traditional rabbis in matters of public policy,” also accused liberal Jews from the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) of trying to “whitewash” Warnock’s views by circulating a petition claiming that he was the victim of “baseless claims and attacks.”

In a letter to the JDCA, whose signatories included two rabbis from Georgia, the Coalition addressed a recent JDCA meeting at which Warnock had been given an opportunity to explain his views to the Jewish community.

The traditional rabbis said that they were “concerned and hurt by the manner in which the Reverend brushed aside his past rhetoric against Israel and the Jewish community, and even blamed his opponents for ‘trying to use Israel as yet another wedge issue.'”

… In a press statement, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) thanked the rabbis for speaking out.

RJC executive director Matt Brooks said: “We applaud and thank Rabbi Ilan Feldman of Atlanta and Rabbi Avigdor Slatus of Savannah for honestly and fearlessly speaking out about the antisemitic statements of Senate candidate Raphael Warnock. … Their voices should be heard, and their concerns should be taken seriously by every Georgia voter.”

RJC members in Georgia are not just knocking on doors and making phone calls; they’re also publicly expressing their concerns about Raphael Warnock in Jewish media outlets. RJC member Lowell Fine wrote to the Atlanta Jewish Times to say

There are actually two Warnocks: the one before he ran for office and the one now wanting to be senator.

In 2018, he repeatedly bashed Israel from his pulpit telling lies about her, and he signed a National Council of Churches of Christ statement in 2019 calling for an end to arms sales to Israel. In particular, that statement called for the U.S. to reconsider its $38 billion military aid package to Israel.

In a letter to the editor of the Forward, RJC member Jay Starkman wrote: 

My wife and I are children of concentration camp survivors. We are deeply disturbed that many Jews don’t take U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock at his word. His rhetoric is dangerous to Jewish interests.

… Warnock has given anti-Israel sermons, saying in one, “We saw the government of Israel shoot down unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey.” And echoing Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas, Saeb Erekat and Fatah publications, Warnock has called Jesus “a poor Palestinian prophet,” a view which seems to deny the Jewish people’s connection to the Holy Land. Last year, Warnock even signed a letter comparing the West Bank to apartheid South Africa.


The flags of Israel and the United States wave above a camp for U.S. service members supporting exercise Juniper Cobra at an Israeli Defense Forces site on Feb. 23, 2018.
Credit: Sgt. Matthew Plew/U.S. Air Force.

Democrats and Israel

Jonathan Tobin looks at the real reasons that the historically bipartisan support for Israel has fallen apart

[T]he one factor that has made it increasingly difficult for unity on Israel is not the increased support for Israel by Republicans in recent decades but the decline among Democrats. The people who broke the consensus are the Democrats and, in particular, President Barack Obama and his administration. It was Obama who sought more “daylight” between the two nations, achieving it with policies designed to damage Israel’s security as part of a vain effort to entice the Palestinians into peace negotiations and to appease Iran.

… Equally absurd was the claim that [Donald] Trump’s tilt towards Israel somehow damaged the pro-Israel consensus. His was the most pro-Israel administration ever to serve as he fulfilled promises to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, held the Palestinians accountable for their support for terrorism and then facilitated normalization agreements with Arab states despite the refusal of the Palestinians to make peace. That was something that Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry said would never happen, in no small measure because he wasn’t interested in making it happen. The Democrats refusal to back Trump’s pro-Israel stands indicated that they prioritized partisanship over pro-Israel policies. If the consensus seemed to collapse, then the blame fell upon a Democratic Party that was increasingly under the influence of its radical intersectional activist wing that is clearly hostile to Israel.




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— Short Takes —

Trump names new members of Holocaust Memorial Council

This week President Donald Trump announced the appointment of three people to serve on the US Holocaust Memorial Council, including RJC Vice Chairman’s Council member Martin Oliner of New York.  We congratulate Mr. Oliner on this distinguished appointment.


Another appointee was Richard Grenell, former ambassador to Germany and a staunch Israel advocate. As ambassador, Grenell pushed hard for European countries to isolate Iran, combat neo-Nazis, and declare Hezbollah a terrorist group.


After Jewish Democratic Council of America leader Halie Soifer tweeted a disgusting insinuation that Grenell was aligned with antisemitic groups himself, RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks and many others condemned her lie and praised Grenell for fighting antisemitism and BDS. Joel Pollak at Breitbart has the whole story.


Yes, cyber-spying is that bad

Stephen D. Bryen and Shoshana Bryen write at Newsweek that while the recent announcement of a cybersecurity breach via malware inserted in Solarwinds software is serious, there is potentially an even larger cyber threat to this country: “Virtually every computer and computer processor used in the United States is, in part or entirely, made in foreign countries, with China directly and indirectly providing 90 percent of the hardware. We haven't been looking at hardware for possible infiltration, but we should have been… You can't build an effective U.S. security system on top of foreign-built computer hardware.”


Len Khodorkovsky: The State Department's secret weapon

Lahav Harkov at the Jerusalem Post writes about RJC member Len Khodorkovsky, who arrived in the US from the Soviet Union in 1981 at the age of 12. In recent years he turned his talents to providing digital strategy – and viral memes – to the Trump campaign and later the US State Department.


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— Events —


RJC Victory Team
Georgia Runoff Days of Action


We are holding Virtual Days of Action and making calls EVERY DAY starting Sunday, December 27 through Election Day on January 5 (except for New Years Day). We're working hard to get out the vote in Georgia for the very important runoff elections. Click here to sign up and help! When you sign up, a team member will reach out to give you 1-on-1 training on our outreach app, so you’ll know exactly what to do.


Join us on Wednesday, January 13 at 6:00 PM for a virtual meet and greet event with Congresswoman-Elect Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11). Malliotakis defeated incumbent Democrat Max Rose in a hotly contested race, flipping NY-11 back to the GOP.  


You can watch these past virtual events on the RJC web site:

  • Closing Arguments: What's at Stake for the Jewish Community, featuring Jason Greenblatt
  • A Conversation with Boris Epshteyn
  • A Conversation with Senator Ted Cruz
  • A Conversation with Jason Miller
  • RJC Town Hall with Nikki Haley and Mark Levin

You can access all of them by going to the RJC homepage and scrolling down to the "RJC Live" section. There's a drop-down menu there to select the video you want to see.




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