Standing with Israel in Carrboro

Standing with Israel 

Josh Ravitch, Amy Rosenthal, and Joel Freelander braved the heat today to bring their love of Israel to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market. They were joined by Emma and Jenny Blass. This joint venture between Voice4Israel and StandWithUs was a great success. 

Josh, Amy, Joel, Emma, and Jenny spoke to college students, families, and members of the community about Israel. Many people, including children and college students, were excited about the complimentary water, sunglasses, and coffee beans and stayed for the friendly and informative conversation. One college student listened intently as Josh discussed Israel’s impressive water recycling and water technology

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Visiting Israel 

Amy, Josh, Joel, Emma, and Jenny warmly greeted the young children who stopped by with their families and helped them pick out sunglasses. 

A college student walked away from the crowded table saying she would like to visit Israel. A family who were considering visiting Israel were provided reading materials for the parents as well as reading materials for their children. The father was excited that he could read to his children about Israel while showing them beautiful pictures. 

Hats off to all involved for sharing their love and knowledge of Israel with the good people of Carrboro!

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Explaining Anti-Semitism and Discrimination to the Durham City Council: An Open Letter

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Amy Rosenthal with Josh Ravitch

Explaining Anti-Semitism and Discrimination to the Durham City Council

Voice4Israel board member Amy Rosenthal sent this letter to Durham City Council member Mark-Anthony Middleton to share her concerns about the discriminatory nature of the Council’s decision to single out Israel.

Hello Mr Middleton,

I have reviewed again your statement from the April 16th hearing regarding police exchanges with Israel. You said “I’m troubled….that the mere mention of a nation is somehow anti-Semitic. I’ve seen that tactic before.” We who support Israel have not said you cannot criticize Israel, I have no idea where you got that notion, but you seem quite pleased to be calling us out on it anyway. All the Israel supporters I know criticize Israel, and America, and Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, and Lebanon, and England, and France, etc, etc. It becomes discriminatory and anti-Semitic when you only criticize Israel, and blame that country while ignoring egregious behavior on the part of others.

"It becomes discriminatory and anti-Semitic when you only criticize Israel, and blame that country while ignoring egregious behavior on the part of others."

You said “the council did not single out Israel.” If this were true, why is that the only country mentioned? Simply because you chose the lines you wanted to select from Chief Davis’ statement, while leaving out the positive experiences she had working with Israel, does not excuse your selective wording. To say “we were just quoting Chief Davis” is a slick way of trying to get out of what you did, but we are not fooled.

You properly asked the question “what does military style mean?”, then never went on to define it. Even so, you and everyone else used the words as though they understood exactly what it means. What kind of research did you do on the matter? How do you know that Israeli police are “militarized”? Based on what data, criteria and research? Did you compare this to other countries who train with American police?

Finally, I found your last words offensive and anti-Semitic. Other groups “would love to have the time we’re spending on this…but when you got more money and you’re better organized….I guess you get our attention”. You should know that the pro-Israel community spent zero dollars on our defense. We had no money, but what we did have, and continue to have, is outrage. That is why we were there. We feel deeply wounded. That is why we will do everything possible to educate people about the wrongs that were done to the Jewish community, wrongs that you played a role in.

Thank you for your time,

Amy Rosenthal

Amy Rosental, Israel

Bio: Amy Rosenthal lived in Jerusalem from 1964-1965. Although I was young, Israel had a powerful effect on me, and I have loved the land ever since. My experience there is an important part of who I am. I am dedicated to seeing Israel thrive in the future.

Israel Under Fire: From Green to Black, Turning Israel to Ash

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Israel under fire

Amy Rosenthal shares her memories and pictures of a beautiful Israel landscape with our readers. 

"With 678 fires so far, crops burning and animals burned alive, where is the outrage?"

Amy Rosenthal

Israel Burns from Hamas Attacks

As Israel burns from Hamas attacks, day after day for more than 100 days, why is the world silent? With more than 678 fires so far, crops burning and animals burned alive, where is the outrage?

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Josh and I visited Israel near the Gaza border and the town of Sderot when we were on our StandWithUs mission trip, right before the fires started in April. We met families who were working hard to grow precious crops. We saw beautiful greenery in the countryside. We visited greenhouses where delicious tomatoes were grown with great care. The members of the moshav we visited near Sderot took a lot of pride in their hard work, and for good reason. It’s hard hard living to make such land produce for the people as they do. I have included a photo from the roadside, one from a home in Sderot and another of the amazing greenhouse.

Now, these fields are black and dust. All the labor for nothing. It’s time for the world to stand up and say NO to Hamas!

Amy Rosenthal is a Voice4Israel board member and part of our outstanding Farmer Market’s team

Video courtesy of the Israeli Defense Forces 

Voice4Israel/StandWithUs at the Durham Farmer’s Market

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Amy, Marcia, Josh, and Joel advocating for Israel

Our local Jewish community has been jolted by recent episodes of anti-Semitism, but through our strong presence at the StandWithUs/Voice4Israel farmers market booth, we’re showing that we are an integral and vibrant part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill community.

We will be at the Durham Farmer’s Market, 501 Foster St, Durham, North Carolina 27701, from 8AM-12 noon, on:

  • August 11, 25
  • September 8, 22
  • October 12, 27.

If you have any questions about the booth, please email: ravitchj@yahoo.com