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College Democrats, Republicans Sign Letter of Solidarity

From Israel Campus Beat on 12/5/2012 at 3:06 PM

Categories: Education, Politics

College Democrats, Republicans Sign Letter of Solidarity

Presidents and executive board members of College Democrats of America and the College Republican National Committee have come together to sign a Letter of Solidarity with Israel. The Letter of Solidarity with Israel expresses both groups' unwavering support of Israel’s right to defend its citizens against terror as well as its right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state.

"We express unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognize and strongly support its inherent right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism," the letter states.

“As a bipartisan group of student leaders committed to Israel's security, we express our solidarity with Israel during this deeply challenging period and denounce the reprehensible and indiscriminate rocket attacks launched by Hamas and Islamic Jihad against innocent Israeli citizens."

Alex Schriver, national chairman of the College Republican National Committee, said the letter was a way for both groups to come together and stand with a cause that they believe in.

“The idea behind this letter is one that both groups shared," he said. "It was a unique opportunity to come together to support one issue that we both care about.”

Schriver noted that it was not difficult for both groups to collaborate on the letter, because both groups consider Israel's security to be a bipartisan topic that aligns with the values of both organizations.

These individuals have attended AIPAC’s Policy Conference and/or traveled to Israel as part of AIPAC’s bi-partisan student leadership missions. The letter was drafted last spring when leaders of the College Republican National Committee and College Democrats of America were together in Israel. However, leaders of both organizations decided that with the recent Pillar of Defense campaign in Gaza and Palestinian bid for Observer State Status at the United Nations, now would be an appropriate time to show that American college students support Israel’s right to self determination and self defense.