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NEWS RELEASE from the Religious Zionists of America – Philadelphia

February 12, 2015


PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man was one of those murdered by a terrorist group praised by the Palestinian official who was given an award by Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez. The Religious Zionists of America – Philadelphia is calling on Sanchez to retract the award.

Councilwoman Sanchez, who represents the 7th district, recently presented a Liberty Bell replica and Citation of Honor to Palestinian Authority official Laila Ghannam, who holds the position of District Governor of Ramallah.

Ghannam has repeatedly made statements publicly praising terrorists as “heroes” and “martyrs,” according to translations provided by Palestinian Media Watch. Some of the terrorists whom Ghannam has praised are leaders of a group that murdered a Philadelphia man.

Harold Rosenthal of Philadelphia, who was a member of the staff of U.S. Senator Jacob Javits, was murdered when terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) attacked passengers in the Istanbul airport on August 11, 1976.

Governor Ghannam has praised PFLP founder George Habash as “a great leader.” (PA Television, Jan. 7, 2014), In 2013, Ghannam celebrated the anniversary of the founding of the PFLP by placing a wreath on the grave of PFLP secretary-general Abu Ali Mustafa. She praised his “pioneering role” and said “Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa…remains [with us] through his philosophy, history and admirable struggle.” (Quoted in the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2013)

The Philadelphia chapter of the Religious Zionists of America (RZA) is calling on Councilwoman Sanchez to retract the award. In a letter to Sanchez, Philadelphia RZA chairman Benyamin Korn wrote: “PA official Laila Ghannam stands for the very opposite of what the Liberty Bell and the City of Brotherly Love represent. She actively promotes hatred and murder, by publicly praising killers–including the murderers of Philadelphian Benjamin Rosenthal.”

The RZA chairman pointed out that two other Philadelphians have also been murdered by Palestinian terrorists–David Rosenfeld, who was stabbed to death near Bethlehem on July 2, 1982, and Rita Levine, who was killed in an attack on a Tel Aviv-to-Jerusalem bus on July 6, 1989.

Korn wrote to Councilwoman Sanchez: “Instead of giving awards to those who praise groups that have murdered Philadelphians, you should be leading a campaign for justice for Philadelphia victims of Palestinian terrorism. You should be urging the State Department to include Benjamin Rosenthal, Rita Levine, and David Rosenfeld on its website that offers rewards for information leading to the capture of killers of Americans abroad. You should urge that the PFLP, which murdered Benjamin Rosenthal, be expelled from the ranks of the Palestine Liberation Organization. You should call on Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the PA and PLO, to extradite to America all those involved in attacks on Philadelphians.”

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American Jews: Vote For The Religious Zionist Slate

MEET THE SLATE! When casting their votes to set the agenda, priorities, and policies for the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Fund, and Keren Hayesod, the delegates of the Religious Zionist Slate provide a religious voice for world Jewry by focusing on building bridges and increasing unity within Am Israel, promoting Jewish continuity, and preserving and enriching Torah values and Jewish life in Israel and around the world. CAST YOUR VOTE NOW:

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Speaking Out on Israel’s Behalf in The Washington Post

On July 17, 2014 the Religious Zionists of America had the lead Letter to the Editor in The Washington Post:

Were the international community to persuade Hamas to accept a cease-fire, as the July 16 editorial “Hamas’s misfire” proposed, it would solve nothing. It simply would give Hamas time to develop and stockpile more sophisticated rockets to use against Israel — guaranteeing another, more devastating, flare-up in the not-too-distant future. The only way to ensure peace between Gaza and Israel is for the United States and its allies to insist on the complete disarming of Hamas and the demilitarization of Gaza.

Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn, New York
The writers are members of the board of the Religious Zionists of America.

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BREAKING NEWS: Congressional Naftali Fraenkel Reward Bill


NEW YORK-  Responding to a proposal made by the Religious Zionists of America, leading Members of Congress have introduced a bipartisan bill requiring the U.S. government to offer a $5-million reward for information leading to the capture of the Palestinian terrorists who kidnapped and murdered a 16 year-old American citizen, and two other teenagers, in Israel last month.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Representatives Brad Sherman (D-California) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado) introduced the Naftali Fraenkel Reward Bill on July 9, following repeated calls by the Religious Zionists of America for such a reward.

“It is gratifying to see Congress presenting legislation that would give a significant reward for information leading to the capture of Naftali Fraenkel’s killer,” said Martin Oliner, chairman of the Religious Zionists of America (RZA). “Senator Cruz and Representatives Sherman and Lamborn deserve the heartfelt gratitude of the American Jewish community, and of all Americans, for taking this important step for justice.”

In three op-eds published widely in the American Jewish press in late June and early July, RZA national board members Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn urged the Obama administration to offer a reward through its Rewards for Justice program (, which advertises multimillion dollar rewards for information leading to the capture of terrorists who harm American citizens abroad.

Phillips and Korn wrote:

“Now that the Israeli government has publicly identified the kidnappers by name, how can the administration justify refusing to offer a reward?…There is simply no excuse in the world for the Obama administration not to offer a reward in the Hamas kidnapping, just as the U.S. offered rewards in [other, similar cases]…Reporters at the daily White House and State Department press briefings should be asking why no reward has been offered. American Jewish leaders should be calling the White House to demand that rewards be offered. Anyone who cares about justice should be calling or writing their Members of Congress to ask the same thing.”

Phillips and Korn also pointed out that although more than 100 Americans have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists since the 1970s, “not one of the more than 100 murdered Americans is even mentioned by name on the U.S. government’s Rewards for Justice” web site…None of the killers are mentioned by name either–even though many of them have been publicly identified by the Israeli government…” and only one of the many attacks in which Americans have been harmed by Palestinian terrorists is even mentioned on the website.

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Speaking Out For Israel in The Washington Post


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Published in the March 22, 2014 issue of The Washington Post. (see

To the Editor:

The Israeli government’s insistence that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recognize Israel as a Jewish state [“Obama tells Palestinian leader that ‘tough’ decisions lie ahead,” news, March 18] is not just symbolic; it goes to the heart of the peace agreement that Secretary of State John F. Kerry is trying to broker. If the Palestinian leadership does not extend such recognition, then an agreement would be no better than a cease-fire in which Palestinian children continue to be taught that Israel is illegitimate and should be destroyed. In that case, Israel would give up land and get nothing in return.

For an agreement to represent true peace, not just a temporary armistice, Palestinian leaders must sincerely affirm that the existence of the Jewish state is legitimate and permanent and teach that to their constituents, especially the children who will be tomorrow’s leaders.


Moshe Phillips, President
Benyamin Korn, Chairman
Religious Zionists of America – Philadelphia Chapter

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What It Means To Be Pro-Israel

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The Philadelphia Chapter of the Religious Zionists of America (RZA) is cosponsoring (along with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia) a public program, What It Means To Be Pro-Israel, on March 27. The program will feature remarks by Alan Dershowitz and Dr. Charles Jacobs, and the Philadelphia-area premier of the documentary movie “The J Street Challenge.” For more information and to RSVP please visit:

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“Gaza militants fire large rocket barrage at Israel” – Philly RZA’s letter in The Washington Times

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Published in the March 20, 2014 issue of The Washington Times. (see

“Gaza militants fire large rocket barrage at Israel” (Web, March 12) reported that of the “20 rockets” fired from Gaza into Israel on March 12, eight rockets struck populated areas while three that would have hit populated areas were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

While it is wonderful to be able to intercept any missiles, and all Israelis are grateful to the United States for its financial assistance in developing Iron Dome, the fact that Iron Dome was unable to stop eight of the 11 rockets heading toward populated areas underscores the hazards of relying too heavily on technology to stop terrorists.

According to recent news reports, the Obama administration has been trying to coax Israel into withdrawing from the strategically important Jordan Valley by promising that the region “would be fortified with high-tech fences, electronic senors and unmanned drones, to protect Israel from attacks.” Fences, sensors and drones cannot fully protect Israel any more than Iron Dome can. It’s no wonder most Israelis are convinced that in the end, the presence of Israeli troops is their best protection against hostile forces.


Moshe Phillips, President
Benyamin Korn, Chairman
Religious Zionists of America – Philadelphia Chapter


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Abbas has said repeatedly that he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish State – Philly RZA’s letter in The New York Jewish Week


Published in the March 20, 2014 issue of the The New York Jewish Week. (see

To the Editor:

Ami Ayalon, the focus of your March 14 “N.Y. Minute,” is an understandable choice to spearhead J Street’s national campaign for Palestinian statehood. Ayalon’s support for creating a Palestinian state presumably will impress his listeners because he has the credibility of having once headed the Shin Bet, Israel’s security services.

But according to your interview, Ayalon believes that Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state “is necessary in order to create a viable agreement. … it is very important for us that they understand and recognize us the way we understand ourselves.” In other words, Ayalon is a strong supporter of the leading condition for an agreement with the Palestinians advocated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has said repeatedly that he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish State. The Arab League, representing all 22 Arab states, recently said likewise. If Ami Ayalon stands up for the position he articulated in your interview, he is likely to soon find himself denounced as an “obstacle to peace,” ostracized by the elite media and academic circles that have adored him until now, and unable to find a publisher for his next book. That’s the price to be paid for speaking the truth.


Moshe Phillips, President
Benyamin Korn, Chairman
Religious Zionists of America – Philadelphia Chapter

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Is “the two-state solution…the best Zionist option?” – Philly RZA’s letter in The Washington Jewish Week

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Published in the March 19, 2014 issue of the The Washington Jewish Week. (see

Zionist option not what you think

The WJW’s March 13 editorial, “Michael Oren’s unilateral withdrawal,” argued that “the two-state solution is the best Zionist option.”

Is it really? Let’s consider how a two-state solution — that is, creating a Palestinian state in the West Bank territories of Judea and Samaria — compares with Israel’s current situation.

Right now, 98 percent of the West Bank Palestinians live under the rule of the Palestinian Authority and 100 percent of the Gaza Palestinians live under the rule of Hamas. They run their own affairs and they vote in their own elections. They lack only two things that belong to a sovereign state: complete control of their borders and an army. So the question for Israel boils down to this: Would it be better for Israel, or worse for Israel, if the Palestinians controlled their own borders and had their own army?

The Palestinians seem to have answered that question this month. An Iranian ship loaded with advanced weapons tried to reach Gaza. It was intercepted in international waters, but only because the Israeli Navy maintains a legal blockade of Gaza’s western border, the Mediterranean seashore. If the Palestinian Authority controlled its borders, truckloads of weapons from Iran would be arriving daily.
Meanwhile, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired more than 100 rockets into Israel, some of them hitting cities such as Ashdod and Ashkelon. If there was a Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria, terrorists with rockets would be hitting synagogues in Jerusalem, shopping malls in Tel Aviv and airplanes taking off from Ben-Gurion airport.

No, the current Israeli-Palestinian situation is not ideal. But the fact is that for nearly 50 years — ever since Israel won Judea-Samaria in the 1967 war — Israel has been able to maintain a reasonable level of security; Israelis have had access to Jewish religious sites in the territories, which the previous Arab rulers denied; Jerusalem has been reunited; and Israel has remained both Jewish and democratic, despite all the doomsayers’ predictions.

The status quo is far preferable to the creation of a Palestinian state in Israel’s backyard.


Moshe Phillips, President
Benyamin Korn, Chairman
Religious Zionists of America – Philadelphia Chapter

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