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Chapter in a Box

The efforts to delegitimize Israel are heating up on our nation’s college campuses. To fight back with the TRUTH we need you to launch an official CUFI on Campus chapter if you haven’t already and take back the narrative concerning Israel on your campus. Our desire is to equip you with every tool you need to launch your CUFI on Campus chapter.  

Below, you will find everything we cover listed below: 

 
CUFI Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide Christian student leaders with the skills, resources, relationships, and biblical teachings they need in order to speak up on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people at this crucial time. CUFI on Campus is a national initiative of Christians United for Israel that was founded in 2007.  As anti-Semitic activity on American college campuses has steadily increased, CUFI recognizes that Christian students have a responsibility to speak up on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.

 

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Description of what a typical university requires for the establishment of a student organization:
  • A minimum number of members/executive board members who are all currently enrolled at your University;

  • Non-discriminatory membership (open to all students);

  • Cannot duplicate any other club’s mission;

  • Have a Constitution;

  • Have a Mission Statement:

  • Disclose if you are part of a national organization;

  • Comply with all relevant University policies, procedures, rules, regulations and guidelines and support the educational mission of the University;

  • Thoughtful and reasonable budget;

  • Have an official email, phone number, and website (if applicable).

  • A campus/university employee to serve as an adviser (if applicable, check terms of who can serve as an adviser)

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Suggested steps to take, order to follow, to becoming an official student organization:
  1. Go to your campus administration’s website and see what is required to start a chapter at your university. Other important things to note while on that website are:

    1. If you are allowed to table without being an established club/student org -  a great way to gain recruits and get your name out there is to table!

    2. If there is a Club rush week you can participate in and advertize the fact you want to start a chapter.

    3. Research what type of cubs are on your campus:

      1. Jewish Clubs;

      2. Political Clubs;

      3. Other Christian Clubs/Bible Studies/Organizations;

      4. Other Social Justice Clubs/Groups.

  2. Call up your CUFI on Campus coordinator and report all that you researched above.

  3. Go recruit candidates to fill the minimum requirement of students needed to start a chapter:

    1. Reach out to the Hillel/Jewish group(s) on campus to see if they have heard of students (especially Christian students) who might be interested in helping you start a chapter.

    2. Draft emails to other Christian, political, and social justice groups on campus asking if you can:

      1. Make an announcement at the beginning or end of their meeting about the formation of your chapter (always bring a sign-up sheet);

      2. Take the chair and/or vice chair of other potential partner chapters out to coffee to tell each other about your organization’s missions, how you can partner on events in the future, and if they know of anyone who might be interested in joining your chapter;

      3. Get the leadership boards of different organisations to attend a leadership breakfast/lunch/dinner where you can present your cause, who you are, and why you want to start a CUFI on campus chapter.

    3. Meet with Student Government Representatives to introduce yourself, your mission, and see if they know of any other like-minded people who’d like to join your club.

    4. Grab some friends and ask them if they want to go through the Nehemiah Generation Small Group Studies to help them see why Israel is relevant to them!

    5. Go table!

    6. Walk around Campus with a sign-up sheet! Seriously! You never know when an impromptu opportunity will arise to talk about Israel.

    7. If your regional coordinator is in the area, grab some friends that are on the fence and have them meet up with you and your coordinator for coffee! It’s a great time to answer all their questions!

    8. Get an academic advisor. Start with asking the Jewish community on campus if they know of a faculty member who would like to help you establish a chapter. If you don't have a Jewish community, then some good places to start looking are:

      1. Hebrew Language Studies

      2. Jewish Studies Department

      3. Middle East Studies Department

      4. Religious Studies Department

      5. SGA (Student Government Association) -  a senator can send an email for you to all faculty members.

    9. If there is a fee to start your chapter, reach out to the community! Local churches, Jewish Community Centers, and local synagogues are your best bet for fundraising!

    10. If you live in a dorm, reach out to your RA to see if you can do a floor/dorm event introducing your club.

    11. Throughout it all, keep in touch with your regional coordinator and update them on anything and everything! We love hearing from you!

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What to look for in an Academic Advisor

We recommend you for for someone who can:

  • Make a commitment to the club and attend club meetings for a specific period of time each week.

  • Is thoroughly aware of the nature and objectives of the club.

  • Is knowledgeable about Israel, up to date with current events related to Israel, is passionate about the topic, and can answer/help explain any difficult questions/topics.

  • Assist students in setting, developing, and clarifying realistic plans for the school year.

  • Monitor your club’s progress, encourage and stimulate the involvement of all students, and encourage teamwork and cooperation among all members.

  • Pass along any new/beneficial information.

  • Doesn't micromanage.

  • Monitor financial practices, ensure they comply with state/college policies regarding club expenditures, and sign any paperwork authorizing such expenditures.

  • Develop a positive, collaborative working relationship with the Office of Student Life and Administration.

  • Stand against any forms of anti-semitism, harassment, discrimination, or hate speech while helping you present your case against such acts to the administration.

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Suggestions for clubs to recruit members from

Here is a more extensive list of student groups to reach out to and who may be interested in your club:

  1. Christian Organizations (Cru, Intervarsity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life, etc);

  2. Political Organizations (College Democrats, College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty, Turning Point USA, pro-Life groups);

  3. Jewish/pro-Israel clubs (Hillel, Chabad, AIPAC, SWU, SSI, AIPAC, CAMERA, etc);

  4. International clubs

  5. History clubs

  6. Business clubs

  7. Academic clubs/groups

  8. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) clubs

  9. Environmental clubs/organizations

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A CUFI on Campus Sample Constitution

 

CONSTITUTION OF 
Christians United for Israel at
The University of Texas at Austin

 

Adopted: September 8, 2007

Last Revised: September 8, 2007

 

ARTICLE I – NAME

The name of this organization shall be “Christians United for Israel at UT”, hereinafter referred to as CUFI-UT. Christians United for Israel at UT or CUFI-UT will be the only official names used to represent the club for purposes of marketing or representation.

 

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

The purpose of Christians United for Israel is to provide a campus forum through which every Longhorn, Church community, and Christian organization can speak and act with once voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues. CUFI-UT shall show Christian support for the State of Israel and to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and all its inhabitants (Psalm 122:6; Is. 62:1, 6-7).

 

The details of carrying out the purpose will be decided by the active members and will vary according to the needs and desires of the members. CUFI seeks to create an atmosphere of openness, discussion, dialogue, and education. CUFI will work to create a fair and balanced framework to understand Israel and the Middle East.

 

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1:    Membership in Christians United for Israel is open to all students, staff, and faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. The organization welcomes all students, non-students, and community members to attend our meetings and events, but only students shall be considered for official membership.

 

Section 2:    Any member may be removed from membership for violation of any of the rules herein listed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board. All Executive Board members must be notified of this pending action at least one week (seven days) prior to the removal decision. Written documentation of charges by a member must be presented to the CUFI Executive Board, who will notify the member in question with sufficient opportunity given for the member to answer charges at a CUFI Executive Board meeting. The removal process will be determined by the majority of the members of the Executive Board. The member in question must be notified immediately of the outcome of the vote.

 

Section 3:    Membership is granted without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.

 

Section 4:    “Honorary Member” status shall be available to non-UT students and community members who financially support the organization. Honorary members will not have voting privileges. Donation levels and honorary membership will be decided on by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE V – EXECUTIVE BOARD

 

Section 1:    The Executive Board shall be the official decision-making authority of CUFI-UT. All decisions are not final until receiving at least a majority vote from the Executive Board.

 

Section 2:    Executive Board members shall be elected by current CUFI-UT Executive Board members to serve until graduation, resignation or removal from the Executive Board.  Election to the CUFI-UT Executive Board requires a unanimous vote from current CUFI-UT Executive Board members attending the voting meeting. Upon election, new Executive Board members will become active at the conclusion of the election meeting.

 

Section 3:    Any Executive Board member may bring up an item for consideration.

 

Section 4:    Each Executive Board member may be asked by the Chairman to take on a specific initiative-based job responsibility and title in addition to the general responsibilities and duties of every Executive Board members. (See Article IV)

 

Section 5:    Any Executive Board member may be removed from his/her position on the Board by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board.

 

Section 6:    No more than 10 members may serve on the Executive Board at any given time. There is no minimum to the number of members that must serve on the Executive Board.

 

Section 7:    The Executive Board will elect at least one non-voting position reserved on the Executive Board to be filled by a Jewish Community Liaison.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

 

Section 1:    All officers shall be students at UT-Austin and must be selected from the membership of the CUFI-UT Executive Board.

 

There shall be a Chairman and Vice Chairman of CUFI-UT. These two positions shall be the only two positions that must be assigned at any given time. These officers will be chosen at a special election at the end of the academic year to serve a one-year term. Executive Board members may nominate themselves or other members for the position of Chairman or Vice Chairman.

 

A.     The Chairman will:

1.      Coordinate CUFI-UT meetings and events.

2.      Vote only in case of a tie.

3.      Officially Represent CUFI-UT.

4.      Appoint officer positions with specific job responsibilities from within the Executive Board, subject to the 2/3 approval of the Executive Committee.

5.      Oversee CUFI officers in fulfilling their responsibilities.

6.      Have signing authority for CUFI-UT.

7.      Submit monthly updates to the National CUFI on Campus Coordinator to report on program updates, organizational progress, and requests for aid from the national CUFI organization.

 

        B.     The Vice Chairman will:

                    1.      Assist the Chairman in his/her duties.

                    2.      Assume all powers of the Chairman in the Chairman’s absence.

                    3.      Perform any other function/duties as assigned by the Chairman.

 

Section 2:    Other officers may be appointed at the discretion of the Chairman at any given time. These officer positions will have a specific initiative-based purpose and may be eliminated at any point by the Chairman. Officer appointments require 2/3 approval from the Executive Board.

 

Section 3:    The Chairman or Vice Chairman may be removed from his/her officer position by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board. If an officer removal vote results in a two-thirds majority, a separate vote would be required if the Executive Board wishes to remove the member from its Executive Board membership.

 

Section 4:    Should the Chairman vacate his/her position for any reason before the regularly scheduled election meeting, a special election shall be called at the next Executive Board meeting to fill the opening. Typical election rules apply.

 

ARTICLE VI – ADVISORY BOARD

 

Section 1:    An Advisory Board shall be formed that is comprised of Christian leaders from around campus. The Advisory Board shall recommend and give counsel to the Executive Board regarding decisions affecting CUFI-UT.

 

Section 2:    Membership to the Advisory Board shall be decided by unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

 

 

ARTICLE VII – MEETINGS

Section 1:    Executive Board Meetings – Executive Board meetings shall be held at least monthly during the regular school year.

 

Section 2:    Advisory Board Meeting – Advisory Board meetings shall be held at least once a semester during the regular school year.

 

Section 3:    Special Meetings – Special meetings may be called by the CUFI-UT Chairman.

 

Section 4:    A quorum of the Executive Board shall consist of the majority of current CUFI-UT Executive Board membership (50% plus 1).

 

Section 5:    A simple majority vote of the CUFI Executive Committee shall be necessary to pass any business.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII – FINANCES

Section 1:    There are no current dues/fees for membership.

Section 2:    The CUFI-UT Executive Board can authorize all expenditures and reimbursements. If purchases are made and reimbursement is sought, it must first be approved by the CUFI-UT Executive Board.

 

ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS

Section 1:    All Executive Board members shall receive advance notice of the proposed amendment at least one week (seven days) before the meeting. This rule may be waived by a two-thirds vote.

 

Section 2:    This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote or the closest ratio relative to voting members of the Executive Board.

 

ARTICLE X – ENACTING CLAUSE

Section 1:    This constitution shall become effective upon approval of the Executive Board of Christians United for Israel at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Draft email to prospective advisors

Dear Dr./Prof._______,

 

My name is ____and I represent CUFI (Christians United for Israel) at ________.  Our mission is to equip Christian student leaders with the skills, resources, relationships, and biblical teachings they need in order to speak up on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. We desire to educate people on what is  truly  happening in the Middle East and create a space for dialogue where it is rarely seen when talking about this topic.

 

I am writing to you because we are currently in the process of forming an official chapter on campus and are looking for someone to fill the position of club advisor. If you would be interested in helping us fill this position, I would greatly appreciate the chance to meet with you in person, give you more information about our club, and answer any questions you may have.

 

Given my class schedule, would it be possible for us to meet on___ ,____ , or ____ (days of the week) in/at _____ (times)? I understand that this is a busy time for you, so I deeply appreciate you taking the time to meet with me. Please let me know what time will work best for you.

 

Thank you in advance. I look forward to meeting you,

 

Sincerely,

 

_____

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Draft Email Introducing CUFI on Campus to Jewish Groups on Campus

Dear _____,

 

My name is ____and I represent CUFI (Christians United for Israel) at ________.  Our mission is to equip Christian student leaders with the skills, resources, and relationships they need in order to speak up on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. We desire to educate our student body on what is  truly  happening in the Middle East, create a space for dialogue to occur, and present the true narrative of Israel at _____(campus name).

 

I am writing to you in order to see if you would like to meet up for coffee sometime this week in order to learn more about each other’s organizations and see where we can coalition on projects/events in the future?

 

Given my class schedule, would it be possible for us to meet on___ ,____ , or ____ (days of the week) in/at _____ (times)? Please let me know if any of those times works well for you. Thank you in advance!

 

I look forward to meeting you,

 

___________

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Draft Email Invite to an Interest Meeting

Dear____,

 

We (Christians United for Israel at ___________) wish to invite you - and any other interested members from your club - to attend an interest meeting that we are holding on ________  at ___________. This informal "info-coffee" meeting will be held at __________.

 

Our mission is to equip Christian student leaders with the ability to educate people on what is  truly  happening in the Middle East and to create a space for dialogue around the topic of Israel. As we are in the process of establishing ourselves on campus, at this interest meeting we will talk about the goals and projects of CUFI at _________and answer any question you may have. We hope that this time together will help you -- and us -- determine what your interests and abilities are in order that we can find areas to partner together in the future.

 

If you can attend, please reply to this e-mail by _________ to let us know. We look forward to seeing you there! Also, please feel free to forward this email to anyone you may know who is interested in learning more about CUFI at _________!

 

Thank you,

 

____________

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Event Planning on Fleek
1. Choose an event.
  • Nehemiah Generation Small Group Study

  • Off-Campus speaker
  • Tabling & Outreach initiative
  • Workshop such a BDS Boot Camp or Israel 101
  • Live display of art, worship & prayer or poetry slam
  • Fundraiser
  • Documentary screening.
2. Select a date and time.
  • Plan around exams and projects
  • Contact your regional coordinator for his/her availability or the availability of other speakers.
  • Give yourself enough time to promote the event.
  • What time are students available to attend your event?
  • Do you need to apply for funding?
3. Secure a space.
  • What setting would be best for your event?
  • Based on your promotion plan, how many people are you expecting?
  • Does your speaker need a projector or a microphone?
  • How easy is the room to find?
  • Do you need a screen or sound system?
  • Is there a DVD player for your documentary?
4. Promote the event. ***
  • No one will come to your awesome event if they don’t know about it.
  • 3 weeks before the event make a Facebook event page.
  • 2 weeks before print flyers and post them around campus.
  • Make an ad for your event in community calendars.
  • Reach out to related student organizations and classes about the event.
  • Send the flyer to leaders of other clubs.
  • The week of the event pass out flyers in your free speech zone, quad or student center or table the day of the event.

***Not applicable to tabling, tabling is promotion.***
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Tabling: One-On-One Advocacy For The College Campus


Tabling is an easy and effective way to engage students on your campus with the pro-Israel message. Our CUFI on Campus initiatives are designed for one-on-one conversations at a tabling setting and this guide will help you maximize your tabling advocacy. 


Prep for Tabling:

  • Materials – Go to cufioncampus.org and sign up to participate in our initiatives: Israel: Poised for Peace, #RaiseYourVoice and Only Love. After you order materials, they will be sent to you with instructions and messaging for each initiative.

  • Logistics – Decide where you will table. It should be a high traffic area like the student union in between classes, at the dining hall around meal times, or at other large events on campus that draw a crowd. Make sure you get all the necessary permission from your campus.

  • Training– To communicate the initiative in quick and simple language, agree on a short summary of each initiative at a meeting before your tabling begins. Have people practice what they will say to get people to the table, rehearse how they will explain the issue, etc. 

  • Scheduling – Have chapter members sign-up for tabling. Send people a reminder about their shifts the night before they are scheduled to table! People quickly tire of tabling. If possible, keep the shifts between an hour and two hours in length. In addition, tabling is always more fun if you have someone do it with you

Table Appearance:


On the day of tabling, make sure your table is organized and that all literature is displayed neatly. Make the table stand out as much as possible. Hang up an American and Israel flag, make colorful posters highlighting the specific initiative and remember: Advertise for the DC Summit! Make sure you also have some flyers with information about your next meeting, info on the campaigns you are working on, and a sign up sheet! 

 

Lay the materials out on the table in an attractive way. Try to have incentives for people to approach the table. Candy or baked goods are a good way to attract people to your table. 

 

Engaging your Campus Community:

 

Get Out From Behind Table– Be friendly and welcoming – Remember you are not there to debate; you are there to advocate! If you have two people, have one person stand in front of the table with a clipboard. They can ask people a simple question to make them stop or ask them to sign a petition, distribute flyers or find other ways to get them to look at your materials on the table! 

 

When striking up conversations, don’t run right into the pitch. Start with small talk or ask if they have heard of your CUFI on Campus chapter. Make sure to have extra material on hand to give out to people who don’t have time to chat, so they can read more about CUFI on the initiative later. 

 

Answering Tough Questions:

 

By educating yourself on the issues before you go, you’ll ensure that answering questions will be easy. Use the literature on your table to supplement your answers. The issues facing Israel and the region are deep and complex; so don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to a tough question at first. Simply get the person’s contact information and offer to have someone get back to him or her. You can also prep a smartphone or tablet with the CUFI on Campus website for quick reference. Remember: if you don’t know something, that’s OK – never make something up!

 

 

Tips for Success!

  • We can’t say it enough: always be in front of the table! People are shy so you have to encourage them to come over!

  • If you have a clipboard, keep it at your side--think about your body language. 

  • Make eye contact and have an interesting greeting.

  • People always want to watch movies so have the IC films playing on your table too! You can find them at israelcollective.org.

  • Have a big smile when you greet people. Don’t let a bad day get you down.

  • Don’t engage with people opposed to you, invest your time to educate, not debate. Just thank them and greet the next person.

  • Wave at people when they walk past you.

  • If you’re excited about being there, people are more likely to talk to you so live it up.

  • Try to get email addresses. No matter what the tabling is for, email address can help build a network to send out meeting times, etc.

  • By looking well put together, not wearing sunglasses, and flashing a smile, you’ll be more approachable and reach more people. And don’t forget to wear your CUFI shirt!

  • Finally, have fun! Your efforts are so crucial to connecting your campus community to the information that you have regarding Israel.

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How to Host a Film Screening Event

6 – 8 weeks before

  • Schedule date and time

  • Make sure you check all school calendars to avoid conflict with other events

  • Determine when students are most likely to attend. Try a student survey!

  • Get funding

  • Secure funding for snacks, flyers, etc. (work with pro-Israel organizations, churches, synagogues, etc.

4 – 6 weeks before

  • Advertise!

  • Hang up flyers, table in the quad, use social media, email faculty/staff, announce it in your classes, ask community members to announce it in their workplaces, places of worship, etc.

  • Keep it consistent! Start by making social media posts at least three days a week and then increase as you get closer to the event. People should see it often.

  • Bug people! Send reminder emails at least once a week so no one forgets.

  • If there will be food, make sure everyone knows

 

1 – 4 weeks before

  • Snacks

  • Decide what snacks are best for your movie night (people like variety).

  • Designate who will pick up and store snacks (stay under budget).

    •  Assign event jobs

  • On the day of the event, you’ll need:

    • Someone outside directing people to the movie area

    • Someone managing the sign in sheet (very important)

    • People greeting guests at all entrances

    • Someone to introduce the film/lead discussion afterwards

  • Pre-screen the film and go over/create discussion questions so you’re prepared to talk

  • Keep advertising!

 

Day of event

  •  Advertising push

  • Do one last social media and email push the day before and the day of the event

  • Revisit the assigned jobs

  • Take pictures!

  • Be sure to promote the DC summit, your club meetings, and any upcoming events you have

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Terms to Know
  • Abrahamic covenant: Bible scholars refer to the covenant God made with Abraham in Genesis 12, 15 and 17 as the “Abrahamic covenant.” In this covenant, God promised to bless Abraham and his descendants with land—the land of Israel—and innumerable descendants, as well as a great name and great blessings.

  • Advocacy: The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support.

  • Anti-Semitism: Hostility, prejudice, or discrimination against Jews based on their ethnic identity. A person who holds such positions is called an anti-Semite or anti-Semitic. According to the Anti-Defamation League, “Anti-Semitism is widely considered to be a form of racism. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Jews, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them.” 

  • Anti-Zionism: An effort to thwart the self-determination of the Jewish people, anti-Zionism involves “three Ds”: demonization, delegitimization, and double standards. The three Ds were put forward by Israeli politician Natan Sharansky who suggests using these criteria to distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism masked as anti-Zionism.

  • Apartheid: A former social system in South Africa in which black people and people from other racial groups did not have the same political and economic rights as white people and were forced to live separately from white people. [Merriam-Webster.com][1] Anti-Israel movements often try to paint the democratic state of Israel as an apartheid state. This is completely false. Arab and Jewish citizens (and indeed all minorities in Israel) have full and equal rights. 

  • Arab League: Organization of Arab states founded in 1945 with the goal of uniting all Arab nations (pan-Arabism) and destroying Israel.

  • Arab Springs: Series of revolutions throughout the Middle East in which several major regimes were overthrown.

  • Assyrian exile: Also called the Assyrian captivity. In 721 B.C., the Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom of Israel, and many Israelites were taken into captivity.

  • Babylonian exile: Also called the Babylonian captivity. In 597 B.C., Babylon— under King Nebuchadnezzar—conquered the kingdom of Judah and deported most Jews from Judah. By 586 B.C., Judah ceased to be an independent kingdom. During the exile, some Jews remained in the land of Israel. Before and during the exile, prophets such as Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah prophesied about the future return of the Jewish people to their land.

  • BDS/BDS movement: A movement designed to target Israel’s political and economic stability with boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). The BDS movement seeks to manipulate world opinion of Israel through thinly veiled anti-Semitic rhetoric. This movement is especially active on college campuses, where young people are presented with a false narrative by individuals appropriating the lexicon of the civil rights and social justice movements. They claim Israel’s government oppresses Palestinians with the same kind of racial discrimination that white South Africans once used against black South Africans under apartheid. This vicious lie has spread throughout academia and infected the United Nations. The old anti-Semitism of blatant hatred of Jews has been repackaged as anti-Zionism and hatred of Israel. 

  • Biblical Basis: Israel’s biblical roots have been validated through archaeological discoveries dating back over 3,000 years. Nearly every week, another piece of history is found that proves the continuous Jewish connection to this land from ancient times until the modern era. This growing wealth of archaeological evidence validates Israel’s biblically mandated right to exist as a Jewish state.

  • Check Points: Places along a road, border, airport screening area, etc. where travelers are stopped for inspection for security purposes. After the Second Intifada, Israel established checkpoints for the security of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians amid the daily threat of terrorism.

  • Christian Persecution: The Middle East is one of the most dangerous places for Christians to live. The ancient Christian communities in that region have been decimated by terrorism and persecution. Israel is the only safe place for Christians in the Middle East. In other places, Christians face daily threats of imprisonment, torture, and execution. We pray for the protection of Christians throughout the Middle East and want to raise awareness of the dangers they face.   

  • Christian Zionism: “Also known as Biblical Zionism, [Christion Zionism] supports the right of the Jewish people to return to their homeland on scriptural grounds. The biblical foundation for Christian Zionism is found in God’s [everlasting] Covenant with Abraham. It was in this covenant that God chose Abraham to birth a nation through which he could redeem the world, and to do this He bequeathed them a land on which to exist as this chosen nation.” [ICEJ] [2]

  • Covenant: Literally, a contract. In the Bible, an agreement between God and his people, in which God makes promises to his people and, usually, requires certain conduct from them. In the Old Testament, God made agreements with Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. 

  • CUFI: Stands for Christians United for Israel. Every day, CUFI works to make Israel stronger and its people safer. We do this because the Bible makes it clear that God’s covenant with the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, established in the book of Genesis, is everlasting and unbreakable. This belief in God’s love for the Jewish people and their biblical and historical right to sovereignty in their ancient homeland crosses denominational and ethnic boundaries to unite Christians of many different backgrounds. Our rapid growth from just 400 members to over 7 million in the first thirteen years of our existence has made CUFI not only the largest pro-Israel organization in America, but also one of the largest and most influential grassroots organizations in the nation. 

  • Diaspora: Most often used to describe the Jewish people in the wake of the Roman conquest of Israel. The Hebrew word that describes the Jewish diaspora, “galut,” means “exile from the land.” There is a long Jewish tradition of believing that Jews who do not live in Israel live in an unnatural state because they are divorced from the land given to them by God. 

  • East Jerusalem: Predominantly Arab section of Jerusalem which includes the Old City of Jerusalem, it was held under Jordanian control from 1948-1967, and officially annexed to Israel in 1980. [Jewish Virtual Library][3]

  • Eretz Israel: Meaning “the land of Israel” in Hebrew, this is the traditional Jewish name for the promised land.

  • Fatah: (Arabic: “conquest”). A Palestinian organization that has carried out numerous attacks against Israel in the name of Palestinian nationalism. It was founded in secret during the late 1950s. Appearing publicly in 1965, Fatah soon became the largest and most important of the organizations with the Palestine Liberation Organization, taking full control in 1968 under the leadership of Yasser Arafat. Fatah remained in control of the PLO until Hamas was elected into power in 2006. [Jewish Virtual Library][4]

  • Gaza: A narrow, 25-mile long strip of land along the Mediterranean Sea that Israel captured from Egypt in the 1967 War. The Cairo Agreement of May 4, 1994 led to civil autonomy for the Gaza Strip’s Palestinian residents within the framework of an Israeli military withdrawal from the region. Israel later dismantled all Israeli settlements and withdrew fully from the Gaza Strip in August 2005 as part of Israeli Prime Minister Sharon’s unilateral disengagement plan. Since then, there have been over 15,000 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel by Hamas. [Jewish Virtual Library][5]

  • Ghetto: This term may have originated from the name of the Jewish quarter in Venice, Italy where Jews were forced to live. By the 13th century, Jews were systematically removed from their homes and required to live in designated communities. By the 16th and 17th centuries, Jewish ghettos existed in Frankfurt, Rome, Prague, and other cities throughout Europe. Jews were forced into ghettos after Nazi Germany took power, including the Warsaw Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland in which nearly 500,000 Jews were segregated and confined.

  • Golan Heights: An upland region on the Israeli-Syrian border, from which Syria launched attacks against Israel prior to 1967. During the Six Day War in 1967, Israel captured this strategic high ground and continues to hold it today.

  • Grafted: To join or unite as if by grafting. This is a reference to the act of uniting new olive branches to an existing older olive tree. This is the image Paul uses in Romans 11 to explain to Christians that they are like the new olive branches, while the existing tree is God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendants, the children of Israel.

  • Hamas: (Arabic: acronym for Islamic Resistance Movement). Hamas is a terrorist organization that primarily targets Israeli civilians. According to their charter, their goal is to destroy Israel and replace Jewish sovereignty over any part of the land with radical Islamist rule from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. After Israel voluntarily withdrew from the Gaza strip, Hamas won control of the territory. Since 2006, Hamas has consistently used Gaza as a launch pad for rocket and mortar attacks against Israel. In 2014, Israel discovered Hamas was digging tunnels beneath the Gazan border. Hamas uses the Palestinian people living in Gaza as human shields, stealing money and resources from them in order to support terror. Hamas is preparing for the next war with Israel by stockpiling thousands of rockets and digging new tunnels in Gaza.

  • Hezbollah/Hizballah: (Literal translation: Party of god). Hezbollah is one of the deadliest terror groups in the world. They are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans since the 1980s. They were founded, trained, and armed by Iran’s government and are commissioned with the destruction of Israel. Based in Lebanon along Israel’s northern border, Hezbollah has become the dominant political force in Lebanon and frequently launches attacks against Israel from deep within civilian population centers. The terrorist organization has grown in size and sophistication, gaining experience in warfare through its involvement in the Syrian civil war, and now poses an extreme threat to Israel’s security. 

  • IDF: The Israel Defense Forces upholds the highest moral standards. The IDF’s commitment to protecting innocent human life during combat is upheld even when it makes winning more difficult and more dangerous for its own soldiers. The IDF is also one of the most inclusive militaries in the world, and provides opportunities for women, minorities, and people with disabilities to serve their country with honor and respect. Although they serve the State of Israel, the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces make the whole world safer by fighting the same enemies that want to destroy America and all other free societies. 

  • Incitement: The Palestinian Authority regularly incites violence against Israelis, and then rewards terrorists and their families with a lifetime salary worth more than most Palestinians could ever hope to earn. In 2017, this “Pay to Slay” program handed out over $350 million in payments for terrorism. In 2018, the Palestinian Authority increased its budget for this program to $405 million. For many years, American tax dollars given to the Palestinian Authority as foreign aid intended for humanitarian services and civil government programs were redirected into this slush fund for terrorists. CUFI was the first major pro-Israel organization to strongly support the Taylor Force Act (passed into law in October 2018) in the United States, which cut off most American foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until our State Department can certify that the Pay to Slay program has been shut down. 

  • Indigenous: Native to a particular place. The Jewish people are considered indigenous to the land of Israel, as there has been a continued Jewish presence in Israel for over 3500 years.

  • Intifada: (Arabic: “rebellion, uprising,” literally: “shaking off.”) A wave of deadly violence launched by Palestinian leadership against Israel and Jews between December 1987 and September 1993. There have been two major intifadas, in addition to the more recent stabbing intifada.

  • Intrafada: Cycle of violence coinciding with the intifada in which over 2,000 Palestinians were killed by other Palestinians on suspicion of collaborating with Israel. [Jewish Virtual Library][6]

  • Iran: Iran’s obsession with destroying Israel began in 1979 after the violent Islamic Revolution empowered radical fundamentalists committed to dominating the Middle East. Iran’s hatred of Israel and America has been the foundation of its foreign policy ever since. The US State Department recognizes Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. For decades the world has sought to isolate Iran and curb its terrorist activities and nuclear weapons ambitions through economic sanctions.

  • ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria): ISIS seeks to re-establish an Islamic caliphate, or empire, across the entire Middle East. Over the last several years, these brutal terrorists have murdered thousands of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. Despite recent defeats in Iraq and Syria, their radical ideology continues to inspire deadly terror attacks around the world. At the same time, ISIS has set its sights on Israel, and wants to destroy the Jewish state. The IDF has been carefully watching the terrorist organization’s movements as they have established a presence in the Sinai desert along Israel’s border with Egypt, on the Syrian side of Israel’s northern border, and are now competing with Hamas for control of the Gaza strip. The extremist ideology of ISIS is even more violent than Hamas, which attracts extremists who believe Hamas is not doing enough to attack Israel. 

  • Israel: Israel is the name given to the Jewish patriarch Jacob according to Genesis 32:38. Jacob’s descendants are the 12 tribes of Israel which make up the biblical nation of Israel. Today, Israel is the name of the modern Jewish state which exists in its historical homeland.

  • Israeli Arab: Those Arabs who chose to stay in the area that became the State of Israel during the War of Independence. They include Muslim Arabs, Christian Arabs, Druze, and Bedouins. They enjoy equality and full citizenship in Israel and participate actively in its politics. [Jewish Virtual Library] [7]

  • Israeli Technology: The Bible describes Israel as a light unto the nations, and modern Israel has lived up to that description. The innovative discoveries and technologies coming out of Israel continue to revolutionize our world. In nearly every scientific field, Israel’s inventors and entrepreneurs are on the cutting edge. These technological advancements are saving lives and transforming the way nations address critical challenges. From fighting cancer to eliminating hunger, Israel’s technology is one of the primary ways the nations of the world are blessed through the Jewish state. 

  • Jerusalem: Jerusalem has been the political, cultural, and spiritual center of Jewish life since the time of King David. The Jewish people have an unbroken connection to Jerusalem dating back over 3,000 years. Even while persecuted and scattered around the world, Jerusalem has always been home to a resilient Jewish community. When Israel established its independence and modern rebirth in 1948, it lost Eastern Jerusalem and the Old City to Jordanian occupation for 19 years. During that time, Jewish holy places were desecrated, Jewish inhabitants were kicked out of their homes, and Christians living in the holy city had many of their rights restricted. But in 1967, Israel won a miraculous victory against five Arab armies who failed in their plan to wipe Israel off the map. As a result, Israel won control of Eastern Jerusalem and reunited the city under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in thousands of years. For decades, the international community has refused to recognize Israel’s legal and historical right to Jerusalem as its capital city, and continues to pressure Israel to divide Jerusalem as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians. CUFI worked with President Trump to aid him in fulfilling his campaign pledge to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize the Holy City as Israel’s capital.  This announcement led several other countries to reconsider their foreign policy and announce plans to also move their embassies to Jerusalem. 

  • Jewish Diaspora: Refers to the dispersion of Jews out of their ancestral homeland (the Land of Israel) and the communities built by them across the world.

  • Judaism: The world’s oldest monotheistic religion. Abraham and Sarah were called by God, as recorded in Genesis 12, and are considered the ancestors of the Jewish people. Some consider Judaism a culture, a religion, or a nationality, but in reality, it encompasses all three.[8]

  • Judea and Samaria: The biblical names of the land west of the Jordan River. The [alternative] term West Bank was not utilized by Israel until the 1993 Declaration of Principles. [Jewish Virtual Library][9]  

  • Kibbutz: Jewish communal living in Israel, typically a farming community, originally with all property shared. Prominent before and after the founding of the modern state of Israel and many still exist today.

  • Knesset: Meaning “gathering” in Hebrew, the Knesset is the Israeli parliament or legislature, consisting of 120 representatives of different political parties. The name is derived from the “Knesset Hagadolah” (large assembly), the representative Jewish council created in Jerusalem by Ezra and Nehemiah in the fifth century B.C.E. [Jewish Virtual Library][10]

  • Land for Peace: A term which developed as a buzzword following the Six-Day War, Israel has demonstrated itself willing to offer land for peace, most notably in the agreement made with Egypt in which Israel returned to Egypt the Sinai Peninsula, which Israel had captured in a defensive war, in exchange for peace.

  • Law of Return: On July 5, 1950, Israel passed the “Law of Return” which mandates, on a basic level, that Jews may come and live in Israel and gain Israeli citizenship if they desire to do so. However, essentially anyone who would have been targeted by the Nazis’ Nuremberg Laws for being Jewish is considered welcome to live safely in Israel.

  • Minorities in Israel: Israel is home to many minorities, including: Israeli Arabs, Arameans, Baha’I, Druze, Bedouin, Christians (many denominations), and the Ethiopian Church.

  • Mizrahi Jews: Descendants of Jews who lived in local communities in the Middle East and North Africa, such as Iraq, Kurdistan, Libya, Egypt, etc. Many Mizrahi Jews were forced to flee their homelands after the establishment of the State of Israel. Today, about 50% of Jews living in Israel are Mizrahi.

  • Muslim Brotherhood: A Salafi inspired organization seeking a return to what they feel is the “authentic” faith of the first Muslims. Sunni sect of Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent company, so to speak, of organizations like Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and Hamas.

  • Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO): The PLO was founded in 1964 after an Arab League decision with the purpose of destroying Israel through armed violence and establishing a new state called Palestine. The PLO is now recognized by Israel as the official representative of the Palestinian People, but only after officially renouncing violence and terrorism. However, PLO-sponsored violence against Israel continues to this day.  

  • Palestine: Historically the name given to the region of Judea and Samaria by the Romans after they destroyed Jerusalem and sought to expel the Jewish presence in the land of Israel. Until recent decades, the term has referred only to a region and never to a nation.

  • Palestinian Authority (PA): The Palestinian autonomous government in the West Bank and Gaza areas from which the Israeli Defense Forces have redeployed since the 1994 Gaza-Jericho agreement and the 1995 Interim Agreement (“Oslo II”). [Jewish Virtual Library][11]

  • Pan-Arabism: Developed during the late 1800s and early 1900s, the ideology that espouses unification and solidarity across the Arab world.

  • Pogrom: Derived from a Russian word meaning “to destroy, to wreak havoc, or to demolish violently” pogrom is used to describe an attack on Jews. The first pogrom occurred in 1241 in Frankfurt, Germany. After a debate regarding interfaith marriages between Jews and Christians, 180 Jews were killed and 24 were forcibly baptized; this is known as the “Slaughter of the Jews” or Judenschlacht. By the 1800s, pogroms were commonplace in Russia. More than 200 anti-Jewish events occurred during this time in Kiev, Warsaw and Odessa. On November 9 and 10, mobs ran amuck in the streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland, attacking Jews in their homes, workplaces, and houses of worship. In two nights, more than 90 Jews were killed and hundreds more were injured. More than 1,000 synagogues were burned, over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed, and tens of thousands of Jews were sent to concentration camps. Known as Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass,” this pogrom, while gruesome, must be remembered so that such an atrocious act of hatred will never happen again.

  • Replacement Theology: Also called supersessionism or fulfillment theology, replacement theology is a destructive and false theology that teaches that Christians have replaced the Jewish people as the chosen people of God. This is counter to Paul’s specific teaching in Romans 11 that Christians are “grafted in” to God’s promise to Israel but have not replaced Israel.

  • Right of Return: The “Right of Return” has become a stumbling block on the quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as Arab leaders and many in the international community insist that all of the original refugees of the 1948 war and all of their descendants be given citizenship in Israel. This right of return has never applied to any other displaced people group on earth in history, and it certainly has never applied to the descendants of refugees born after the initial displacement. Because Israel is a democratic country and its Arab citizens have full and equal rights and participation in government, to allow millions of Palestinians to become Israeli citizens would effectively destroy Israel’s identity as a Jewish state. It is important to note that the Right of Return is demanded in addition to the creation of a Palestinian state, which would mean both Israel and a newly-created Palestine would be Arab-majority countries.

  • Righteous Gentiles: Non-Jewish people who, during the Holocaust, risked their lives to save Jewish people from Nazi persecution. Today, a field of trees is planted in their honor at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel, commemorating their courage and compassion. 

  • Security Barrier: The Security Barrier is a (potentially temporary) defensive measure constructed by the Israeli government in response to a wave of Palestinian terror attacks including suicide bombings and shootings of innocent Israelis called the Second Intifada. 

  • Settlements: The term “settlements” usually refers to the towns and villages that Jews have established in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and the Gaza Strip since Israel captured the area in the Six-Day War of 1967. In many cases, the settlements are in the same area which flourishing Jewish communities have lived for thousands of years. [Jewish Virtual Library][12]

  • Shi’ah and Sunnis: Two main branches of Islam, rival groups. Sunni is the largest group in Islam.

  • Shoah/Holocaust: A term used to refer to the genocidal Nazi policy of exterminating six million Jews during World War II.

  • Six-Day War: War fought in June 1967 when Israel reacted to Arab threats and the blockade of the Straits of Tiran resulting in a stunning victory over the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian armies. [Jewish Virtual Library][13]

  • Syria: The Syrian civil war between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces, including ISIS, has been ongoing since 2011. Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia are all on the ground in Syria fighting to support the Syrian regime against ISIS and many other rebels. This confluence of several different enemies, some religious radicals and others secular, has produced a muddy conflict with no good possible outcomes. Israel, on Syria’s southern border, has stayed out of the war except for occasional targeted strikes when Israel’s security was threatened, and humanely treating those wounded in the conflict. On February 10, 2018, Iranian forces stationed in Syria invaded Israel’s air space with a drone, provoking Israel to respond by shooting the UAV out of the sky and attacking the vehicle on the ground in Syria operating the drone. During the course of Israel’s counterattack, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles shot down an Israeli F-16 and injured two pilots. The IDF responded by destroying four Syrian command posts and eight Iranian command posts in Syria. This incident showed that Iran and its allies in Syria are spoiling for a fight with Israel. 

  • Tanakh: Also known as the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh is the canonical collection of Jewish texts, which Christians call the Old Testament.

  • Temple Mount: The platform on Mt. Moriah where both Jewish Temples once stood and where the Dome of the Rock now stands.

  • Terrorism: Intentional targeting of innocent civilians with violence or intimidation to achieve a political goal.

  • Three No’s of Khartoum: Following their defeat in the Six-Day War, Arab leaders gathered for the Arab League’s Khartoum conference in Sudan and adopted an official position against Israel that included three infamous no’s: no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel.

  • Tikkun Olam: The Jewish idea of repairing the world; an action promoting social justice, usually taking the form of community service and humanitarian aid.

  • Torah: refers to the Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. 

  • UNRWA:  The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is a relief and human development agency founded specifically to bring aid to Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian refugee problem was created when the Arab League refused to recognize Israel and instead started a war in 1948. The conflict led to many displaced Jews and Palestinians. Israel absorbed and assimilated the Jewish refugees while Arab countries never did the same for Palestinian refugees or their descendants, creating the current Palestinian refugee crisis.

  • US- Israel Relationship: The United States was the first country to recognize Israel’s independence in 1948, and the first country to recognize Israel’s right to claim Jerusalem as its capital. Israel’s close relationship with the United States has benefited both countries tremendously. Our countries strengthen each other through national security cooperation, joint military training and shared military technology, mutual economic investment, and scientific research and development. More than a pragmatic alliance, the close friendship between our countries is based on shared democratic values. The Judeo-Christian worldview emphasizes personal freedom, universal civil rights and places a deep value on all human life. This is the value system upon which America was founded, and it is reflected in Israel’s vibrant society. Support for Israel has historically been one of the only issues that generates consistent bipartisan agreement among elected officials.  

  • West Bank:  Territory west of the Jordan River that Israel captured from Jordan in its defensive 1967 War. Often referred to by its biblical name, Judea and Samaria, this land is home to a Palestinian population of over two million, as well as about 200,000 Jewish residents. Under the terms of the Israeli-PLO Declaration of Principles, Palestinian autonomy has been extended from the Gaza Strip and Jericho to other areas of the West Bank. [Jewish Virtual Library][14]

  • Western Wall/Kotel/Wailing Wall: The only remaining structure from the second temple left standing after the Roman destruction in 70 A.D.

  • Yom Kippur War: In October 1973, Syrian and Egyptian forces, assisted by other Arab nations, launched a surprise attack on Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Although placed on the defensive for the first two days, Israel eventually was able to counter-attack and repulse the Arab invaders. An internationally-brokered cease-fire was established after three days of fighting. [Jewish Virtual Library][15]

  • Zionism: A nationalist and political movement of Jews and Jewish culture that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland as a modern nation-state in the historical homeland of the Jewish people.

 

[1] “Apartheid,” Merriam-Webster Dictionary, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apartheid.

[2] Malcolm Hedding, “CHRISTIAN ZIONISM 101: Giving definition to the movement,” ICEJ.org, https://int.icej.org/media/christian-zionism-101.

[3] See “Jerusalem: An Introduction,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jerusalem-an-introduction.

[4] See “Fatah: History & Overview,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/fatah-history-and-overview.

[5] See “Palestinian Authority: The Gaza Strip,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-gaza-strip.

[6]“ Palestinian Authority: Statistics on the ‘Intrafada’

(1987 - 2009)” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/statistics-on-the-palestinian-quot-intrafada-quot-1989-2009.

[7] Mitchell Bard, “Israeli Arabs: Status of Arabs in Israel,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-status-of-arabs-in-israel.

[8] MJL, “Judaism,” My Jewish Learning, https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/judaism/.

[9] See “The West Bank: Judea and Samaria,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-west-bank-2.

[10] See “The Knesset: History & Overview,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/history-and-overview-of-the-knesset.

[11] See “The Palestinian Authority: History & Overview,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/palestinian-authority-history-and-overview.

[12] Mitchell G. Bard, “Facts About Jewish Settlements in the West Bank,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/facts-about-jewish-settlements-in-the-west-bank.

[13] See “The Six-Day War: Background and Overview,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/background-and-overview-six-day-war.

[14] See “The West Bank: Judea and Samaria,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-west-bank-2.

[15] See “The Yom Kippur War: Background & Overview,” Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/background-and-overview-yom-kippur-war.