CUFI In The News

Successes in Washington, CUFI’s statements on breaking Israel-related news, and bold leadership in initiatives aimed at making Israel more secure and her people safer, have led established outlets to take notice of CUFI’s efforts and cover what we say and what we do.

With hundreds of mentions in the media, and the vast majority being positive or neutral, CUFI has solidified our place in the pro-Israel community’s tapestry and in the foreign policy arena.

These are selected articles and opinion pieces authored by or featuring CUFI.

CUFI stands up for Israel at UN Human Rights Council

Kasim Hafeez, of British Muslim heritage and former Islamist who is now a proud Zionist who stands with Israel, spoke out at the United Nations Human Rights Council against their condemnation of Israel’s actions in Gaza.

“As this body recently displayed by brazenly lying about Israel’s actions in Gaza, hatred towards the Jewish state persists,”...

Texas is latest state to blacklist Airbnb for what it considers anti-Israel actions

Texas is adding short-term-rental site Airbnb to a list of companies that cannot receive state investments because it disallows Israeli-owned rentals in the disputed West Bank.

Airbnb is the only American-based company on Texas' anti-Israel boycott list, which includes a Norwegian financial services group, a British wholesale co-op and a...

Texas Blacklists Airbnb Over West Bank Settlement Boycott

On Friday the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar publicly updated the list of businesses on the state’s “List of Companies that Boycott Israel” to include Airbnb.

The state of Texas has blacklisted the global vacation rental company Airbnb over its boycott of West Bank settlements.

“We welcome this decision very much and we hope...

Activist who said Israel is a ‘terrorist entity’ attends Tlaib swearing-in, private dinner

(January 14, 2019 / JNS) Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) met with Abbas Hamideh, a Palestinian activist who has said that Israel is a “terrorist entity,” over the weekend.

“I was honored to be at Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib swearing in ceremony in #Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the...

JCRC Finds Ally in Evangelical Pro-Israel Advocacy Giant

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington and Christians United for Israel (CUFI) are embarking on a strategic relationship in Israel advocacy.

“We are limited demographically," said JCRC Executive Director Ron Halber. "We can’t be everywhere fighting every battle. We need friends."

Halber was joined for a Jan. 9...

Florida Governor Denounces BDS, Airbnb; Boosts Security Funding for Day Schools

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called for increased Jewish day-school security funding, while calling for state sanctions against businesses that engage in the BDS movement.

The Republican governor, sworn in last week, pushed for a minimum of $2 million in recurring security funding for Jewish day schools. This comes in the aftermath of...

DeSantis Threatens Airbnb with Sanctions over Israeli Settlement Boycott

TEL AVIV – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday ordered state officials to boycott Airbnb when conducting state business and said he would make the vacation rental giant “feel the heat” unless it walks back its decision banning rentals in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

“We have a moral obligation to oppose the Airbnb policy; it does target...

OPINION: It’s Time To Stop Ignoring Martin Luther King’s Support Of Israel

Since his assassination on April 4, 1968, people have attempted to invoke the name and authority of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for many causes of justice, and often they fall short.

The latest such misrepresentation, made by New York Times columnist Michelle Alexander, contends that King would have probably championed the Palestinian cause if he...

How should Jewish leaders confront challenge of BDS groups within their communities?

The recent decision by the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) to pass a resolution declaring that any member organization supporting the BDS movement could be expelled from the council has generated a wider discussion among Jewish leaders as to where to draw red lines when it comes to Israel.

The resolution—adopted overwhelmingly by...

Senate passes bipartisan pro-Israel, anti-BDS bill

(February 5, 2019 / JNS) The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation on Tuesday that, if enacted, would impose fresh sanctions on Syria, boost security cooperation with Israel and Jordan, and allow state and local governments the right to punish state or local contractors from engaging in boycotting Israel.

It also includes an amendment that...

CUFI: United We Must Stand

As a 20th-century political issue in the United States, Zionism was almost exclusively within the purview of the Jewish community. Stirred by their faith to stand with Israel were millions of Christian Zionists, but for decades they were unorganized, unfocused and unable to speak with one voice. In this century, the pro-Israel tent has finally and...

CUFI: United We Must Stand

As a 20th-century political issue in the United States, Zionism was almost exclusively within the purview of the Jewish community. Stirred by their faith to stand with Israel were millions of Christian Zionists, but for decades they were unorganized, unfocused and unable to speak with one voice. In this century, the pro-Israel tent has finally and...

2020 Election: Democrats can’t afford to ignore their Israel problem

Like it or not, the 2020 presidential election is already starting to heat up. Progressive Democrats are visiting early primary and caucus states, while a few old guard Democrats have been testing the waters since Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald Trump in 2016.

But while more and more Democrats hope to make President Trump a one-term White...

The ACLU Is Fighting to Kill Texas’ Pro-Israel Policy

The American Civil Liberties Union (UCLU) of Texas is suing to overturn a state law requiring contractors to certify that they do not boycott Israel.

In 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott took a stand against a growing move by some states to target Israel.

The law was the 20th measure taken by an individual state to counter the Boycott, Divestment, and...

Pro-Israel Groups Launch Campaign Against Rand Paul Over Bid to Block Military Aid

WASHINGTON – Pro-Israel groups have in recent days invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertisements against Republican Senator Rand Paul over his attempts to block bipartisan security aid to Israel

Read More: Haaretz

Largest pro-Israel group membership swells to 5 million thanks to Evangelicals

Pastor John Hagee says he believes that the peace process was accelerated by the decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The largest pro-Israel organization in the United States just got even bigger.

Christians United for Israel, led by Pastor John Hagee, now boasts 5 million members strong.

“CUFI's growth is a direct...

United for Israel; How John Hagee and an Orthodox Rabbi Forged a Decades-Long Friendship

JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel enjoys a lot of support in the United States. The largest group, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), has grown to more than 4 million members. And it all began with a simple friendship that got its start nearly 40 years ago.

Each year, CUFI brings its members to Washington, DC. Pastor John Hagee formed the...

Ravens DT Wears Cleats Honoring Israel Collective During Game Against Buccaneers

December 17, 2018 SAN ANTONIO - On Sunday, starting Baltimore Ravens Defensive Tackle Michael Pierce wore cleats honoring Israel as part of the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats program, during his team's matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Pierce, who traveled to Israel in March with the IC, an initiative of Christians United for Israel (CUFI),...