Richard Melson

May 2006

ZOA

http://www.zoa.org

The Zionist Organization of America

4 East 34th Street New York, NY 10016

Telephone 212-481-1500 FAX 212-481-1515

Since its founding in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America has been fighting for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

Under the leadership of such illustrious presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, the ZOA has been on the front lines of Jewish activism.

With a national membership of over 30,000, and chapters throughout the United States (including Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, North Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, South Jersey and Washington D.C.), the ZOA today works to strengthen US-Israeli relations, through educational activities, public affairs programs, working every day on Capitol Hill, and by combating anti-Israel bias in the media, textbooks, and on campuses.

Wherever our message is needed, our voice is being heard.

The ZOA is the only organization that documents and exposes Palestinian Arab violations of the Road Map plan. The ZOA leads the efforts on behalf of American victims of Palestinian Arab terrorism. The ZOA's campaigns have repeatedly led to the defeat of hostile critics of Israel who were nominated for important government positions.

The ZOA has played a key role in Congress regarding victims of terrorism, keeping Jerusalem unified under Israeli sovereignty, fighting Hamas and Fatah, and working on the imposition of sanctions on Syria and Saudi Arabia.

The ZOA's growing Campus Activism Network organizes college students to combat Arab propaganda on campuses from coast to coast. The ZOA regularly brings student activists to Israel for leadership training programs; we are preparing the Jewish activist leadership of the future.

The ZOA's Center for Law & Justice works through the courts to help Israel and the Jewish people. The Center has filed suit against the State Department for ignoring the law requiring that "Jerusalem, Israel" be stamped on the passports of U.S. citizens who are born there. The Center also helped bring about the shutdown of ten pro-terrorist web sites. The ZOA initiated a groundbreaking case under federal civil rights laws to rectify the anti-Semitic/anti-Israel climate on campus.

The ZOA speaks out for Israel - in reports, newsletters, and other publications…in speeches in synagogues, churches, and community events, in high schools and colleges from coast to coast…in e-mail action alerts…in op-eds and letters to the editor…in radio and television appearances by ZOA leaders.

Always on the front lines of pro-Israel activism, ZOA has made its mark.

"The ZOA is the most credible advocate for Israel on the American Jewish scene today."

"The ZOA is one of the most important and influential Jewish groups in the U.S. today."

May 10, 2006

Contact Morton A. Klein at: www.zoa.org

Attn: NEWS EDITOR

Sharon called PA Police - Terrorists

ZOA STRONGLY OPPOSES US DECISION TO FUND PALESTINIANS/HAMAS WORKERS

New York - The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the decision made by the Bush Administration yesterday to agree to the creation of a system to transfer funds for salaries and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians, which represents a deviation from its policy of isolating Hamas and not funding the Hamas Palestinian Authority (PA) government. The US has agreed to give $10 million in emergency medical assistance to Palestinians in Gaza, some of which will be channeled through the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Children's Fund.

ZOA sent a letter to President Bush signed by ZOA President Morton A. Klein; Chairman of the Board, Dr. Michael Goldblatt; Chairman of Executive Committee, Dr. Alan Mazurek, saying, "Providing US taxpayers dollars to the Hamas/Palestinian government employees; the Hamas/Palestinian teachers who spew hatred of the US and Israel in their classroom; to the Hamas/Palestinian police of whom Prime Minister Sharon said, 'the PA security organizations are really security terror organizations' (and that was under Mazen); or to any other Hamas/Palestinian institution whether direct or indirect is a serious and dangerous mistake. "Firstly, it sends a message that there are no serious consequences to the ongoing terror and promotion of terror by the Hamas/Palestinian authority. Secondly, all monies are fungible and this US money frees up other PA funds to buy arms and fund further terrorism against Israel Jews. Thirdly, this only strengthens and helps prop us the Hamas terror regime, when there should be weakened and destroyed. "The Palestinians have also not fulfilled a single aspect of their obligations under Oslo or the Road Map. Congress passed legislation after Oslo stating that financial aid is contingent on Palestinian compliance. Tragically every President has invoked a waiver to bypass the will of Congress. "The reason we have this tragic Hamas/Palestinian terrorism situation today is that we have ignored the anti-peace/pro-terrorism actions of the Palestinians for over 12 years now. The US has continued financing and even negotiating with this terror regime. "It's time to be Churchillian and make it clear the Palestinians agenda will go backwards and not forwards if they don't change their policy of murder and destruction of Israel and finally join the world of civilized nations that prepare their children for a productive life and not for death and hatred. "Mr. President, do what's right and moral. Stop funding these Hamas terrorist institutions, which calls for the murder of Jews and the destruction of Israel in its charter, while establishing close relations with Iran - an arch enemy of the US."

The Zionist Organization of America

4 East 34th Street New York, NY 10016

Telephone 212-481-1500 FAX 212-481-1515

ZOA Strongly Opposes US Decision to Fund Palestinians/Hamas Workers

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Thursday, May 11, 2006