Durham City Council Sued Over Alleged Violation of Open-Meetings Statute

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Using public records obtained by a Voice4Israel investigation, a Durham resident filed a lawsuit yesterday alleging that the Durham City Council used email communications in violation of the open-meetings statute related to the writing and passing of the April 16 anti-Israel City Council statement. Mayor Steve Schewel and Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson initially called the …

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Heartbroken about Durham City Council – Thankful for HRC Draft Report

Durham HRC, Israel, Durham City Council

In November, the Durham Human Relations Commission (HRC) presented a draft proposal recommending that the Durham City Council removes the singling out of Israel from their divisive and discriminatory April 16 statement.  Judith Siegel, a Durham resident, sent the Durham HRC the strong letter printed below.  Read more letters to the Durham HRC here. Letter to the …

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World Renowned Historian Supports HRC Draft Report

Gerhard L. Weinberg, Israel, Durham City Council, HRC, Durham Human Relations Commission

In November, the Durham Human Relations Commission (HRC) presented a draft proposal recommending that the Durham City Council removes the singling out of Israel from their divisive and discriminatory April 16 statement. Gerhard L. Weinberg wrote the letter below to the Durham HRC. Dr. Weinberg is a world renowned historian, North Carolina resident, and Professor Emeritus of …

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Progressive Jewish Community Leader Supports HRC Draft Proposal

Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, Israel, HRC, Durham City Council

In November, the Durham Human Relations Commission (HRC) presented a draft proposal recommending that the Durham City Council removes the singling out of Israel from their divisive and discriminatory April 16 statement. Durham resident and community leader Pilar Rocha-Goldberg wrote the letter below to the HRC in support of their well researched draft report. Rocha-Goldberg is President and …

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Holocaust Survivor Writes the Durham HRC

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Sven Sonnenberg is an 87 year old North Carolina resident and a Holocaust survivor. His childhood was spent in Nazi-occupied Poland during WWII. As a survivor, Mr. Sonnenberg witnessed horrors beyond most people’s imaginations. Mr. Sonnenberg is author of A Two Step Journey to Hell about surviving the Holocaust. Sven just wrote to Durham’s Human Relations Commission (HRC): …

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Supporting the HRC Report in Durham

Voice4Israel and the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill jointly sent this letter today, on behalf of the mainstream Jewish community, to the Durham Human Relations Commission. The Case for Supporting the Report of the HRC Subcommittee on the April 16 Council Statement Dear Members of the Human Relations Commission, As we have noted with appreciation, …

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HRC Recommends Durham Removes Israel from Divisive Statement

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In response to a complaint jointly filed by the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation and Voice4Israel, Durham’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) plans on proposing at their monthly meeting tonight that the Durham City Council rewrite their divisive April 16, 2018 statement by removing the singling out of Israel. The HRC recommends revisions to the April 16 …

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Connecticut is Not Israel: Mayor Schewel’s Allegation Rejected by Chief Lopez

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Background On April 16, the Durham City Council passed a foreign policy statement making Durham the first city in the United States to boycott police trainings specifically with Israel – the only Jewish majority country on the planet. Voice4Israel has learned through public record requests that Mayor Steve Schewel and Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson referred to …

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