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AIPAC: American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Works to help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American support remains strong.

Americans For A Safe Israel
AFSI was founded in 1970 as an American counterpart to the Land of Israel Movement, asserting Israel's historic, religious, and legal rights to the land re-gained in the 1967 war.

BESA: The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
Reports and publications on foreign policy and security issues from Israeli research center for strategic studies.

CIJR: Canadian Institute for Jewish Research
An independent academic think-tank providing information about and analysis of Israel and Middle East-related issues.

Christians United For Israel
Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States with over one million members and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. Its purpose is to provide a national association through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues.

Friends of Israel Initiative
Founded under the leadership of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar,
Friends of Israel Initiative members include such notable figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate David Trimble, Peru's former president Alejandro Toledo, Italian philosopher Marcello Pera, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, British historian Andrew Roberts, and others. Their key aim is to counter the growing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and its right to live in peace within safe and defensible borders. This Initiative differs from previous such ventures primarily in that it is being led by people who are not Jewish and whose motivations are based on the firm conviction that Israel is part of the Western world. The sponsors are convinced that Israel is of fundamental importance to the future of the West. Although the peace process is important, the members of the Friends of Israel Initiative are even more concerned about the onslaught of radical Islamism as well as the specter of a nuclear Iran, both of which threaten the entire world.

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.

Monitors the media, exposes cases of bias, promotes balance, and effects change through education and action.

IMRA: Independent Media Review Analyses
Current digest of media, polls and significant interviews and events.

Institute for Zionist Strategies
In recent years the word "Zionism" has been given the connotation of a conservative political outlook. IZS sees great importance in returning Zionist ideals as the common denominator of all political camps. In furtherance of this goal, the IZS eschews all involvement in matters relating directly to the future of Israel's borders and its relationship with non-Israeli Arabs. This has been the central and cardinal issue dominating Israeli politics, splintering the community, and diverting energies away from the Zionist vocation.

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
Part of the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC), it focuses on issues concerning intelligence and terrorism with reports on the Palestinian Authority and its policies regarding terrorism and terrorist organizations, Palestinian terrorist organizations and their activity during the lull in the fighting, anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli incitement and hate propaganda. terrorism-sponsoring countries (especially Syria and Iran), Hezbollah, global financing of terrorism, links between Palestinian-Middle Eastern terrorism and global Jihad, suicide-bombing terrorism and its source in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and involvement of women and children in Palestinian terrorism.

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was established in 1980 in recognition of the biblical significance of all of Jerusalem and its unique connection to the Jewish people. Today, it represents millions of Christians, churches and denominations to the nation and people. It recognizes in the restoration of the State of Israel God's faithfulness to His ancient covenant with the Jewish people.

Its main objectives are to stand with Israel in support and friendship; to equip and teach the worldwide Church regarding God's purposes with Israel and the nations of the Middle East; to be an active voice of reconciliation between Jews, Christians and Arabs and to support the churches and congregations of the Holy Land.

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews was founded in 1983 to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians and to build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns. Its vision is that Jews and Christians will reverse their 2,000-year history of discord and replace it with a relationship marked by dialogue, understanding, respect and cooperation.

Based in Chicago and Jerusalem, The Fellowship operates under the leadership of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, and is governed by an independent board of directors, people from both faith groups who share our strong belief in building bridges between the Christian and Jewish communities.

ICT: The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism
The leading academic institute for counter-terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism. ICT is an independent think tank providing expertise in terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, threat vulnerability and risk assessment, intelligence analysis and national security and defense policy.

Isi Liebler Candidly Speaking from Jerusalem
Isi Leibler is a veteran international Jewish leader with a distinguished record of contributions to the Jewish world and the cause of human rights, including the struggle for Soviet Jewry. He was head of the Jewish community in Australia for many years and made aliya in 1999. Leibler has held senior roles in the World Jewish Congress, including chairman of the governing board and senior vice president. Today, he writes prolifically and is a regular columnist for The Jerusalem Post and Yisrael Hayom.

Israel Antiquities Authority
The Israel Antiquities Authority serves as the leading professional body for the study of the archaeology of the Land of Israel.  It preserves, conserves, and studies the archaeological heritage of the country at the highest scientific level, and maintains a balance between development needs and antiquities preservation.

Israel Institute
The Israel Institute works in partnership with leading academic, research and cultural institutions to enhance knowledge and study of modern Israel in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2012 as an independent, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC, the Institute supports scholarship, research and exchanges to build a multi-faceted field of Israel Studies and expand opportunities to explore the diversity and complexity of contemporary Israel.

Israel Resource News Agency
Israel Resource News Agency reports Israel's reality to the media by retaining the services of the best Israeli and Arab journalists to cover, research and investigate the events of the day. Since its inception in 1987, Israel Resource News Agency has covered every aspect of peace negotiations, providing hands-on coverage for the press from Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza, Gush Etzion, Hebron, Oslo, Bonn, Brussels, the Wye Plantation, Shepherdstown, Washington, Ottawa, Toronto and Vienna.

Jabotinsky Institute
Founded over 70 years ago, the Jabotinsky Institute fosters and disseminates the legacy of Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky and the National Movement, and encourages scholarly research on these subjects. The Institute's main components are the Jabotinsky Museum and the Archives of the Jabotinsky Movement, both of which showcase the movement's history, factions, institutions and prominent personalities.  Through the years, the Institute has grown to include a state-of-the-art museum, open to the public, and an impressive program of study days and seminars attracting growing numbers of audiences. To broaden its scope, the Institute has undertaken an ongoing commitment to initiating research, publishing books, and other activities of national and international status. Recently, Institute has completed the first phase of the monumental project to upload the archive's million documents onto the Internet.

JCPA: The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Under the direction of Ambassador Dore Gold, the JCPA is an independent non-profit institute for policy research and education.

JIIS: Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
A think tank for research and ideas on Jerusalem, environmental and innovational policy in Israel, and management of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Institute focuses on the unique challenges of modern Jerusalem, and its analyses are widely acclaimed by policy makers, scholars and the general public.

JINSA: Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Educates the American public about the importance of an effective U.S. defense capability so that our vital interests as Americans can be safeguarded; and informs the American defense and foreign affairs community about the important role Israel can and does play in bolstering democratic interests in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. is the world's leading website for video news content from Israel in English. For more than 7 years and with full cooperation with Israel's main news source, Channel 2 News Company, JOL has been providing its viewers with ongoing news updates from Israel and the Middle East. In addition, JOL is well known for being the first video newscast from Israel in English which has been showing daily on the website, 7 days a week for the past 7 years. JOL also broadcasts a weekly video news summary, news in Spanish and a weekly newscast in Arabic. Today, JOL reports 24/7 news reports from Israel and the surroundings in addition to the daily Newscast.

The Lawfare Project
The Lawfare Project is the only organization of its kind dedicated solely to identifying, analyzing, and facilitating a response to lawfare in all of its manifestations. It raises awareness about the phenomenon and specific instances of lawfare, assuring the subject matter receives the credibility and immediacy that it warrants; facilitates (legal and non-legal) responses to the perversion and misapplication of international & national human rights law; identifies potential lawfare threats and mobilizes human and institutional resources to combat them; and brings diverse and interested parties together in a common forum to discuss the phenomenon.

Menachem Begin Heritage Center
The Menachem Begin Heritage Center perpetuates the ideals, principles and legacy of Menachem Begin in the style of an American Presidential Library by providing a framework for students, soldiers, citizens of Israel and tourists to learn about and experience the life of Menachem Begin, identify his place in history and examine his life's work.  The Begin Center uses the museum, archives, library and research center as well as its programs to achieve its goal of passing on to future generations Begin's belief in democracy and parliamentarianism, his vision of peace for a secure Israel, social justice and the return of Jews to Israel.

MEForum – The Middle East Forum
The Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank, seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East. The Middle East Quarterly provides in-depth analyses. Campus Watch critiques Middle East studies in North America. Islamist Watch focuses on the lawful promotion of radical Islam. The Legal Project protects public freedom of speech in this subject area.

MidEast: On Target
Elliot Chodoff and Yisrael Ne'eman founded Hamartzim Educational Services in 1989, providing seminar, lecture and guiding services throughout Israel. Both have many years of experience teaching and analyzing the Mideast "situation" and presenting it in a comprehensible fashion to the novice and veteran alike.

PMW: Palestinian Media Watch
Palestinian Media Watch analyzes Palestinian Authority culture and society from numerous perspectives, including studies on summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, religious ideology, crossword puzzles, and more.

Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center
Shurat HaDin is an Israeli-based civil rights organization and world leader in combating the terrorist organizations and the regimes that support them through lawsuits litigated in courtrooms around the world. Fighting for the rights of hundreds of terror victims, Shurat HaDin seeks to bankrupt the terror groups and grind their criminal activities to a halt - one lawsuit at a time.

Simon Wiesenthal Center
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts antisemitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE, Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Jerusalem.

Taglit-Birthright Israel
Taglit-Birthright Israel aims to change the course of Jewish history and ensure the continuity of the Jewish people by strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish communities, and solidarity with Israel via an educational trip to Israel for Jewish young adults around the world.

The Herzl Institute
The Herzl Institute aims to contribute to a revitalization of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the family of nations through a renewed encounter with the foundational ideas of Judaism. As a research institute and training center, it is dedicated to intellectual renewal, content development and capacity building in the following core areas: Jewish Political Thought, Jewish Philosophy and Theology, History of Jewish Ideas in the Christian and Islamic Worlds, History of Zionism and the State of Israel, Human Nature and Philosophical Psychology, Philosophy of Science, Interfaith Encounter and Coalition Building, The New Anti-Semitism, Higher Education and the University Curriculum, and Jewish Education and Curriculum.

The Historical Society of Israel
The Historical Society of Israel promotes the discipline of history in general and Jewish history in particular. Founded in 1926, the Society publishes two journals: Zion, devoted to Jewish history, and Historia, dedicated to general history. The journals feature research by distinguished scholars from various fields, from Israel and abroad.

The Ir David Foundation
The Ir David Foundation is committed to continuing King David's legacy as well as revealing and connecting people to Ancient Jerusalem's glorious past through four key initiatives: archaeological excavation, tourism development, educational programming and residential revitalization. The Foundation runs activities at three historic sites in Ancient Jerusalem: The City of David National Park, Armon Hanatziv, and the Mount of Olives, bringing hundred of thousands of visitors to its gates every year.  Currently, the Israel Antiquities Authority is excavating three sites in the City of David, sponsored by the Ir David Foundation: "Givati", the "Spring House", and the "Herodian Road". As excavations are completed, the area is opened to tourism to further deepen visitors' understanding of its monumental past.  Additional educational programming geared towards Israeli students, adults and soldiers reconnects them to their history and heritage.

The Israel Forever Foundation
The Israel Forever Foundation is an Israel Engagement organization that develops, supports and promotes experiential learning opportunities to celebrate and strengthen the personal connection to Israel. It aspires to cultivate and advance personal connections with the multi-faceted reality of Israel that will foster understanding, respect, involvement and pride in Israel; encourages dynamic dialogue through virtual and local programming that focuses on the value of Israel and her significance to both collective and individual Jewish identity; and seeks to
emphasize the value of Israel and her continued existence as a Jewish democratic state and her contributions throughout the world. Through these efforts, The Israel Forever Foundation seeks to place Israel at your fingertips and engage you in enlightening, experiential, and apolitical activism that expands your Israel pride beyond Yom Ha'Atzmaut and into the everyday.

Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism
The Vidal Sassoon International Center (SICSA) was established in 1982 as an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to an independent, non-political approach to the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge necessary for understanding the phenomenon of antisemitism. The Center engages in research on antisemitism throughout the ages, focusing on relations between Jews and non-Jews, particularly in situations of tension and crisis.

World Zionist Organization
The World Zionist Organization is committed to promoting the Zionist idea and the Zionist enterprise as vital and positive elements of contemporary Jewish life, in accordance with the principles articulated in the Jerusalem Program. This manifesto is dedicated to instilling the centrality of Israel and Jerusalem its capital deep within Jewish consciousness, encouraging the return to Zion, fashioning an exemplary society in the Jewish state, expanding Zionist education including Hebrew language instruction, settling the land, and combating Anti-Semitism. The WZO strives to enhance the impact of Zionist ideology and activity in Jewish communities around the world, including Israel, both by working through the Zionist Federations and their constituent bodies, and by influencing the agenda of the organized Jewish community, particularly through its involvement with the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Zionist Organization of America
Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America ("ZOA") is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA is dedicated to educating the public, elected officials, media, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing and relentless Arab war against Israel. ZOA is also committed to promoting strong U.S.-Israel relations. ZOA works to protect Jewish college and high school students from intimidation, harassment and discrimination, and in fighting anti-Semitism in general.

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