ISSUES

At CUFI, we are focused on several key issues with the goal of defending Israel’s strength, security, and sovereignty.

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Issues

UNESCO-affiliated scholars slam agency’s anti-Israel bias, plead for rethink

A group of scholars affiliated with UNESCO criticized the agency for recent one-sided resolutions on Jerusalem, calling for a new approach to sensitive holy sites that takes into consideration everyone’s religious sensitivities.

“The UNESCO decisions on the holy sites in Jerusalem have failed to draw on expert scholarship and knowledge,” the...

Israeli Technology Issues

Israeli-developed ALS treatment reversing motor decline breakthrough

You may recall friends and family dumping buckets of ice on their head to raise funds for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating neuro-degenerative disease.

Current treatments are able to slow ALS’ progression but fail to maintain or restore motor movement. Now, multiple clinical trials conducted by an Israeli firm,...

Syria

Israel believes rocket fire from Syria may have been deliberate

Israel believes five rockets fired across the border from Syria early Saturday morning may have been deliberately launched at Israel, rather than constituting errant spillover from clashes in Syria, military sources said late Saturday.

Israel fired back into Syria, hitting three rocket launchers, in response to the rocket fire, and warned that...

Hamas

We Will Wipe Out Israel, Not Disarm, Says Hamas Leader in Gaza

Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip has said the Islamist group is focused on wiping out the state of Israel and has no intention of disarming.

Yahya Sinwar, a hardliner who was elected head of Hamas in Gaza in February this year, made the comments at a meeting of Palestinian youth and in the presence of the press. However, his most inflammatory...

Archeology Issues

Massive section of Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years

Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the riddle of what took place in Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by Romans in 70 CE.

Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists announced Monday that for the past two years they have been excavating and exposing a massive eight-meter deep section of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, unseen for...

Event Recaps

Spanish Standing With Israel October 11 – Farmers Branch, TX

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Standing With Israel October 8 – Flintstone, GA

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Standing With Israel October 7 – Franklin, TN

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Pastors Breakfast October 4 – Vassalboro, ME

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Standing With Israel October 1 – Myrtle Beach, SC

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Pastors & Ministry Leaders Luncheon June 5 – Corpus Christi, TX

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CUFI Sunday Service June 4 – Los Lunas, NM

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Issues

Wisconsin Is the Latest State to Introduce Anti-BDS Legislation

Last week, two Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin introduced legislation to prohibit businesses from engaging in boycotts of Israel as a condition of any state contract.

In recent years, more than 20 US states have passed legislation condemning BDS or prohibiting their governments from doing business with entities that boycott Israel....

US-Israel Relationship

Israeli aid workers provide support in California as deadly fires rage

A team of seven aid workers from Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID are working in evacuation centers in California after the worst series of blazes in the state’s history.

Since the fires broke out almost a week ago, 40 people have been killed, 5,700 homes and businesses destroyed, and 100,000 people evacuated throughout the Napa...

Israel Defense Force (IDF) Issues

Collecting intelligence – and in ways no female soldier has done before

On a hill overlooking the small community of Yahel in the Arava, a unit of female combat intelligence soldiers are using their newest advanced tactical reconnaissance vehicle to see into the darkness and thwart possible terrorist attacks.

“There is no one else collecting intelligence in the area except us,” company commander Capt. Guy Ribenfeld...

Iran Talking Points

Talking Points

We Applaud President Trump for not Recertifying the Iran Deal

Today was a good day for all of us who opposed the dangerous deal with Iran.

President Trump announced that he would not recertify the Iran nuclear accord.  He also noted that if Congress does not act to fix the serious flawed in this agreement, he will exercise his power as president...

Iran Issues

Trump announces he will not recertify Iran nuclear accord

US President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would not recertify the Iranian nuclear deal, while not withdrawing from the pact, and outlined a new, tougher approach toward Tehran.

Trump said he was launching a tougher strategy to check Iran’s “fanatical regime” and warned that 2015’s landmark international nuclear deal could be terminated...

Iran Issues

Treasury Designates the IRGC under Terrorism Authority and Targets IRGC and Military Supporters under Counter-Proliferation Authority

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 and consistent with the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.  OFAC designated the IRGC today for its activities...

Issues US-Israel Relationship

US announces withdrawal from UNESCO, cites ‘anti-Israel bias’

The United States announced Thursday that it is withdrawing from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citing financial considerations, the need for reform and the organization’s “continuing anti-Israel bias.”

In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the decision was “not taken lightly and...

Hezbollah Issues

Jewish and Christian groups commend Senate passage of Hezbollah financing act

“Iran’s emerging stranglehold over a vast swath of the Middle East is a dire threat to the United States and Israel,” said David Brog, a board member of Christians United for Israel. “And a newly enriched, experienced and emboldened Hezbollah is the tip of Iran’s spear. This legislation is an important first step in recognizing and countering this...