Posts tagged with 'press-release'

Official Press Release – Jerusalem Bus Stop Bombing

Posted by michaelshapiro on March 23, 2011 @ 12:34 pm


March 23, 2011

This morning, an explosive device detonated at a central Jerusalem bus stop, wounding at least 25 and leaving at least three in serious condition. One woman has died from her injuries. As of this moment, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Israeli authorities suspect that Palestinian militants planted the device. The terrorist attack would mark the first within Jerusalem in several years.

The past few weeks underscore Israel’s unique security concerns. On March 11, five members of the Fogel family—including three children, one of whom was an infant—were brutally massacred in Itamar. Four days later, the Israeli naval forces intercepted a ship carrying thousands of weapons sent by Iran earmarked for Hezbollah in Syria and Hamas in Gaza. And four days after that, Hamas launched over 50 mortar shells into Israel. In addition to this morning’s bombing, Hamas fired two grad-type Katyusha rockets along with mortar shells into Be’er Sheva.

Recent events only serve as a roadblock to reaching a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nevertheless, Israel remains anxious for peace. Now she just needs a partner. As former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin once said, “We will negotiate as if there were no terrorism, and fight the terrorists as if there were no negotiations.”

LionPAC would like to encourage everyone to keep those wounded in today’s attacks in their thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

We will continue to provide updates as more details emerge.

By Michael Shapiro

President, LionPAC

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 – Official Press Release

Posted by jonathanhuberman on February 28, 2011 @ 6:29 pm


New York, NY—This week, our campus must again contend with deceitful anti-Israel propaganda, as Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (CSJP) participates in the International Israeli Apartheid Week. Apartheid refers to the system of racial oppression that occurred in South Africa, and CSJP seeks to equate Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians with the racist South African regime. Beneath the façade of the apartheid analogy, CSJP makes the insidious allegation that Israel is an inherently immoral and colonial regime with no right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. These claims are false and offensive, and we cannot stand by silently as our fellow students vilify our homeland.

Israel is a moral country, and we should feel proud to defend it as an island of egalitarian democracy in a sea of despotic oppression. Israel provides equal rights to all of its citizens, regardless of their background. Israeli-Arabs vote in elections, hold seats in the Knesset, and sit on the Israeli Supreme Court. When Israel takes measures of self-defense, such as its construction of the security barrier, it does so from a desire to protect its diverse population, not to enforce racist ideologies. While some inequality does exist in Israel, as it does in every western democracy, the Israeli government has persistently sought to preserve its cultural richness and equality.

LionPAC urges everyone on campus to participate in the many LionPAC and other Hillel sponsored events this week that will respond to the false moniker of apartheid and to help Hillel on College Walk as we seek to further an honest presentation of the facts. Lastly, as always, check back often on for event announcements, insightful blog posts, and relevant Spectator op-eds.

Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day – Official Press Release

Posted by michaelshapiro on January 27, 2011 @ 4:35 pm


January 27, 2011

New York, NY—Today marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which pays tribute to the estimated eleven million Jews, homosexuals, handicapped, and other minorities murdered as part of the Holocaust. January 27 marks the anniversary of the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a Nazi concentration camp where over one million people were exterminated.

On this day the nations of the world should unite to mourn the loss of those innocent men, women and children who died as a result of their religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or physical appearance. As sensible students and members of the Columbia community, we cannot allow for the desensitization of this sacred day. However, there are those within our community who wish to exploit this day of mourning by drawing disgusting and despicable comparisons between the Nazi Holocaust and the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. While LionPAC does not seek to belittle Palestinian suffering, the notion that the deliberate and systemized mass extinction of the Jewish people by the Nazis is comparable to Israel’s ongoing war with Hamas—a widely recognized terrorist organization funded in part by Iran—is not only offensive to the Jewish people, but to humanity as a whole.

LionPAC would like to remind the Columbia community to keep the millions massacred by the Nazis in your thoughts today, and to never forget the true meaning and purpose of this day of remembrance.

By Michael Shapiro

President, LionPAC

Official Response to Gaza Flotilla Incident

Posted by ericlawrence on May 31, 2010 @ 10:42 am

Hope you are all having fantastic summers! By now most of you have probably heard about the violent incident that occurred early this morning concerning a Gaza aid flotilla. While we are still awaiting more details, LionPAC wanted to alert you to the available information. The following is our official press statement.

Violence Under the Mask of Humanitarian Aid

Early Monday morning, the Israeli Navy was forced to intercept a six-ship flotilla led by the Free Gaza Movement and Turkish-based Insani Yardim Vakfl off the coast of Cyprus en route to Gaza. The flotilla intended to break Israel’s maritime blockade off the Gaza coast, which prevents smugglers from providing weapons to the terrorist group Hamas. Continue reading…