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NORPAC to Sponsor Political Home Meetings

On Thursday evening, July 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., Moshael Straus will be chairing an event for Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), in Englewood.

Senator Reed has a long-standing record as a legislator. In 1996, Reed won a seat in the U.S. Sen­ate after serving three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was re-elected with 78% of the vote in 2002 and again won by a landslide in the 2008 election.

With the retirement of Senator Carl Levin, Senator Reed is expected to be the next Chairman of the Senate Armed Servic­es Committee this January. Even assuming a Republican Majority, he will be the top Democrat on this key committee. Given all the Israel Defense Missile funding appro­priated by this committee as well as oth­er vital issues, Jack Reed will be one of the most important members of Congress for U.S.-Israel relations.

Jack Reed has been a great proponent of Israel’s right to self-defense. In November of 2012, Senator Reed co-sponsored S. Res. 599 in vigorous support of Israel against Ha­mas in Gaza. While rockets were falling on Israel, he signed on to this bipartisan res­olution introduced by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Kirsten Gillebrand (D-NY), which strongly supported Israel’s inherent right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.

On Sunday, July 27, Drs. Daniel Feuer and David Wisotsky will be hosting Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) in Englewood.

Rep. Meadows, a member of the House Subcommittee on Middle East and North Afri­ca, has been active in advocating for a strong U.S.-Israel partnership and supports the safety and security of the State of Israel. States Mead­ows, “One of our country’s strongest allies, Isra­el is a beacon for democracy in the Middle East. The United States must defend and support Is­rael at all costs and work to help facilitate peace and stability in the region. We must never turn our backs on our friend and ally, and in Con­gress I will always vote in support of strength­ening our relationship with Israel.”

Along with Reps. Schneider (D-IL), Engel (D-NY), and Royce (R-CA), Mark Meadows in­troduced the Hezbollah International Financ­ing Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 4411), which NORPAC members advocated for during our recent Mission to Washington and for which we gained key co-sponsorship. This bill cur­rently has over 280 cosponsors. The bill aims to cut off the terrorist group Hezbollah from the international financial system and curb its global influence through its terrorist-designat­ed propaganda television network, Al-Manar.

For additional information or to RSVP, con­tact Avi Schranz at [email protected] or 201- 788-5133 or Ben Chouake at bchouake@aol. com.

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