About The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs


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A description of the projects and activities of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a multidisciplinary, independent non-profit think tank for Israel policy research and education, bringing together the best minds in the political, strategic, diplomatic and legal arenas, in Israel and abroad.

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About The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

  1. 1. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs<br />
  2. 2. Who We Are<br />The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is a multidisciplinary, independent, non-profit think tank for Israel policy research and education, bringing together the best minds in the political, strategic, diplomatic and legal arenas in Israel and abroad. The Jerusalem Center consists of 55 Fellows.<br />The Center was founded in 1976 by the late Prof. Daniel J. Elazar , a political scientist and specialist in the study of federalism and political culture. Since 2000, the Center has been led by former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Dore Gold. Under his direction, the Center’s research has focused on engaging the public through conferences, in print, and online about Israel’s security needs and international standing.<br />
  3. 3. Winning the War of Ideas<br />The challenges that Israel faces today are not only military. <br />They extend to the United Nations, International Criminal Court, mass media, universities, and non-governmental organizations. <br />Often, the assault on Israel is aimed at its very legitimacy as a Jewish state.<br />Israel's growth and survival are dependent on its winning the war of ideas.<br />
  4. 4. An International Think Tank<br />While the bulk of Jerusalem Center material is produced in English, much is made available in foreign languages in order to be more accessible to the international community.<br />We publish materials and maintain websites in:<br /><ul><li> English – www.jcpa.org ; UK - www.mesi.org.uk
  5. 5. Hebrew – www. jcpa.org.il
  6. 6. French – www.jcpa-lecape.org
  7. 7. German – www.jer-zentrum.org
  8. 8. Arabic – www.infoelarab.org</li></ul>Our material is accessed more than one million times each<br />month worldwide.<br />
  9. 9. Our Programs<br />Institute for Contemporary Affairs – a forum for discussion with the foreign media and diplomats in Israel about Israel’s defense and national security challenges<br />Global Law Forum – engages in innovative, evidence-based scholarship, countering the inconsistent application of legal standards in the international law community, particularly regarding Israel and the Middle East<br />Defensible Borders Initiative –an effort to ascertain that Israel's rights and requirements for defensible borders are placed squarely on the global diplomatic agendaas part of forming a durable peace in a volatile Middle East<br />Jerusalem in International Diplomacy –analyzes the legal and historic rights of Israel and Jerusalem and the security threats of the potential division of Israel’s capital<br />Institute for Global Jewish Affairs –investigates recent developments in Jewish communities throughout the world and the rise in global anti-Semitism<br />Daily Alert – a highly-acclaimed daily roundup of top Israel news stories from mainstream English and Hebrew media sources<br />
  10. 10. INSTITUTE FORCONTEMPORARY AFFAIRS<br />Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation of the United States in 2001, the Institute, directed by Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror,provides a forum for discussion of Israel’s strategic, defense and national security challenges.<br />ICA provides analyses on leading issues in Israel and the Middle East for the diplomatic corps and foreign media representatives based in Israel. In addition to providing a public forum, ICA publishes Jerusalem Issue Briefs and JerusalemViewpoints.<br />Briefings are delivered by military officials, academics and politicians such as: <br />Maj.-Gen. IdoNehushtan,<br />Commander of the Israel Air Force<br />Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu<br />Brig.-Gen. (res.) YossiKuperwasser<br />Southern Command Chief Maj.-Gen. YoavGalant<br />Dr. Bernard Lewis<br />
  11. 11. IRAN AND THE NEW THREATS TO THE WEST<br />Preparation of a legal document jointly with leading Israeli and international scholars and public personalities on the initiation of legal proceedings against Iranian President MahmoudAhmadinejad for incitement to commit genocide and participate in genocide. This program also features major policy studies by security and academic experts on Iran’s use of terror proxies and allies in the regime’s war against the West and its race for regional supremacy.<br />
  12. 12. Global law forum<br />These publications revitalize public discourse of legal issues concerning Israel and the Middle East by producing up-to-date materials explaining the international law dimensions of current regional controversies.<br />Topics addressed by the Global Law Forum include:<br /><ul><li> Charges of Apartheid
  13. 13. Legality of the Gaza Blockade
  14. 14. Gaza Fact-Finding Mission (Goldstone Report)
  15. 15. Settlements and Occupation
  16. 16. Universal Jurisdiction
  17. 17. Proportionality in Modern Asymmetrical War</li></li></ul><li>GLOBAL TERRORISM<br />Using previously unpublished documents, Jerusalem Center President Dore Gold explored the influence of Saudi Wahhabism on 9/11 in the New York Times bestseller Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Regnery, 2003)<br />
  18. 18. DEFENSIBLE BORDERS INITIATIVE<br />In light of a widening range of threats to Israel's security, in 2010 a group of senior Israeli generals came together to outline an unprecedented set of basic principles for a defense policy focused on Israel maintaining defensible borders. This project outlines the security infrastructure for any future agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.<br />The initiative included a conference, an informational video viewed hundreds of thousands of times online, and a book distributed to top politicians, academics, and journalists.<br /><ul><li> All material is available online at www.defensibleborders.org/security   </li></li></ul><li>Daily alert<br />This highly acclaimed newsletter produced for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations since 2002 provides excerpts of top Israel-related news stories for thousands of Jewish leaders and decision-makers.<br />The daily newsletter (Monday – Friday) can be sent straight to your inbox and is also available online at www.dailyalert.org.<br />For busy readers, top excerpts are published in the Daily Alert blog.<br />
  19. 19. Jerusalem in International diplomacy<br />Dr. Dore Gold analyzes the legal and historic rights of Israel in Jerusalem and exposes the dangers of compromise that will unleash a new jihadist momentum in his book, The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (Regnery, 2007). <br />Justus Reid Weiner looks at Illegal Construction in Jerusalem: A Variation on an Alarming Global Phenomenon (2003). <br />Researcher NadavShragai assesses imminent security threats to <br />Israel’s capital resulting from its potential division and offers <br />alternative strategies for managing Jerusalem’s demographic <br />challenge in his monograph <br />Jerusalem: The Dangers of Division (2008).<br />
  20. 20. Institute for Global Jewish Affairs<br />Established in 2008, the institute directed by Dr. MansfredGerstenfeld comprises several programs:<br /><ul><li>Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism Project – conferences, seminars, and publications discussing restitution, the academic boycott, Holocaust denial, and anti-Semitism in the Arab world, European countries, and post-Soviet states
  21. 21. Changing Jewish Communities – building upon the studies of Prof. Elazar and investigating recent developments in Jewish communities worldwide
  22. 22. Jewish Political Studies Review – a scholarly journal focusing on Jewish political institutions and behavior</li></li></ul><li>New Models for Economic Growth in Israel<br />This comprehensive, 10-year project has studied the application and impact of privatization policy and other financial innovations in Israel. Sponsored by the Milken Institute, the project includes nine published volumes in Hebrew and English.<br />
  23. 23. Media Impact<br />The Jerusalem Center has been a resource for some of the most influential international publications and decision-makers.<br /> For once, Israel’s critics and cheerleaders agree on something: the Jewish state risks greater international isolation. Pro-Israel groups such as NGO Monitor and the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs say a new assault is on the way.<br />– Sept. 13, 2007<br />Our experts are widely interviewed and quoted in international media outlets, such as:<br /><ul><li> The New York Times
  24. 24. The Washington Post
  25. 25. The Wall Street Journal
  26. 26. Fox News
  27. 27. Sky News
  28. 28. MSNBC
  29. 29. BBC
  30. 30. Al Jazeera
  31. 31. CNN</li></li></ul><li>In the International Arena<br />Our fellows are often invited to present their research at conferences and legislative briefings. Some recent examples include:<br /><ul><li>Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C., 2010
  32. 32. Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, 2010
  33. 33. British House of Commons, 2009 and 2007
  34. 34. U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee staff meeting, 2009
  35. 35. Repeat appearances at AIPAC policy conferences</li></ul>Our research is also referenced by politicians and their aides in forming policies. Some recent examples include:<br /><ul><li>Annapolis Summit, 2007: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with the heads of Israeli think tanks, including the Jerusalem Center, for their input on moving the peace process forward
  36. 36. Australia, 2007: Just before his election, Australian Prime </li></ul>Minister Kevin Rudd embraced the Jerusalem Center’s <br />initiative calling for the indictment of Iranian President <br />Ahmadinejad for incitement to genocide<br />
  37. 37. Stay Connected<br />Sign up for our mailing lists and Daily Alert on our website.<br /><ul><li> Join us on Facebook
  38. 38. Follow us on Twitter
  39. 39. Watch us on YouTube</li>