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Upcoming Allied Defense Briefing: Israeli Defense Attaché Maj. Gen. Yaacov Ayish

November 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Arent Fox LLP
Washington, DC

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Upcoming NYC Forum: The Middle East Erupts

October 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Park East Synagogue
New York, NY

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Upcoming Atlanta Forum: The Middle East Erupts

October 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Atlanta Jewish Academy
Atlanta, GA

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JPC Meeting in Washington: Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, USA (ret.)

September 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Washington, DC

JPC members in Washington, DC met on September 22 to hear Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, USA (ret.) discuss the current situation in Iraq and ways the U.S. could help the Iraqi government reclaim territory from ISIS. Kimmitt, who returned from Baghdad only two days before the program, cautioned against thinking of ISIS "as a ten-foot giant." Stressing that the Iraqi army still has capabilities, and that American advisers could prove invaluable in updating and upgrading its skills, he also warned that military force was not sufficient to solve Iraq's problems. Baghdad's new government will also have to prove open to more consensual governance with Sunnis and Kurds. Following the presentation, members engaged BG Kimmitt in a Q&A session that covered events in Syria, Iran, Jordan and Israel as well.

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The July 9th Symposium: 10 Years and Counting...

July 9, 2014 at 10:00 am
United States Capitol Vistor's Center
Washington, DC

Join us for a Jewish Policy Center co-sponsored event on the delegitimization challenges facing Israel.

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The Lost Spring: US Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid

April 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm
Lower Level Conference Room,
Washington, DC

Join the RJC at a Book Signing and Discussion with Dr. Walid Phares

Author of The Lost Spring: US Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid

About our speaker:

Professor Walid Phares serves as an Advisor to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the US House of Representatives and is a Co-Secretary General of the Transatlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism, a Euro-American Caucus, since 2009. Dr. Phares briefs and testify to the US Congress, the European Parliament and the United Nations Security Council on matters related to international security and Middle East conflict. He He consults with and lectures to several national security and defense agencies as well as to Counter Terrorism advisory boards in North America and Europe.

He has served on the Advisory Board of the Task Force on Future Terrorism of the Department of Homeland Security in 2006-2007 as well as on the Advisory Task force on Nuclear Terrorism in 2007. Dr. Phares teaches Global Strategies at the National Defense University since 2006. Previously he was a Professor of Middle East Studies and Comparative Politics at Florida Atlantic University 1993-2004. He has published several books in English, Arabic and French including the latest three post 9/11 volumes: Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against the West; The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy and The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad. Dr. Phares is Fox News Channel Middle East and Terrorism Expert. He has served as NBC Terrorism Analyst until 2006. He appears on international and Arab media and is published widely.


Tuesday, April 8

Registration begins at 6:15PM

Program will begin promptly at 6:30PM

50 F Street NW

Lower Level Conference Room

Washington, DC 20001


No charge for current RJC Leaders and Members
$10 for non-Members

Light Kosher refreshments will be served

Books will be available for purchase and signing

RSVP is Required!

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Questions? Email Michael Johnson at or call 202-638-2411

American Decline, the New Anti-Semitism and the Fate of Israel - Philadelphia

November 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El
Wynnewood, PA

Featuring our distinguished panelists:

John Podhoretz, Daniel Pipes, Cliff May

Moderated By: Michael Medved

Wednesday, November 13

Registration begins at 6:30 PM Program begins promptly at 7:00 PM

Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El

1001 Remington Road | Wynnewood, PA 19096

This important policy forum is FREE to the public but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and space is limited.

American Decline, the New Anti-Semitism and the Fate of Israel - Detroit

November 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Southfield, MI

Featuring our distinguished panelists:

John Podhoretz, Daniel Pipes, Shoshana Byren

Moderated By: Michael Medved

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Registration begins at 6:30 PM Program begins promptly at 7:00 PM

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

27375 Bell Road | Southfield, MI 48034

Richard Heideman discussed his book, "The Hague Odyssey"

October 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm
The Jewish Policy Center
Washington, DC

International human rights lawyer Richard D. Heideman spoke to the Jewish Policy Center on October 7th about his book The Hague Odyssey, Israel's Struggle for Security on the Front Lines of Terrorism and her Battle for Justice at the United Nations. Heideman, a former President of B'nai B'rith and RJC Leader, has been in the forefront of advocacy for Israel and the rights of victims of terrorism in Israel and in the U.S.

Heideman discussed Israel's isolation a the UN resulting from the larger blocs of countries arrayed against it. The Israeli government is often attacked as racist and criminal in the General Assembly and in UN Committees including the Human Rights Council and UNESCO. Even before the construction of Israel's security fence during the second intifada, critics had contended that Israel way racist by its nature. They now contend that the fence is evidence of apartheid. Heideman eloquently argues that the primary obligation of any sovereign government is to protect its population, that Israel's security fence is intended to keep Israelis safe and has, in fact, saved lives.

(Photo: Michael Johnson)

When the UN General Assembly requested that the International Court of Justice produce an advisory opinion about the legality of the security fence, the Government of Israel addressed only the issue of the Court's jurisdiction in the matter. It lost on the procedural point, but Heideman filed a brief on behalf of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies passionately defending Israel's right to self defense. He argued that Israel should be allowed, even obligated, just like any other state, to defend her people. The Court issued an advisory opinion against the fence that, according to Heideman, has been used by Israel's adversaries as if it had the weight of law -- which it does not.

Looking toward the future, Heideman warned that a break in the current negotiations between Palestinians and Israel will again open the floodgate of Palestinian motions to international bodies condemning Israel and acting against it. He also cautioned that even if Israel and the Palestinians achieve an agreement, countries such as Iran will continue to pose an existential threat.

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