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On July 7-9, 2019, the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States, Christians United For Israel (CUFI), will hold its annual Summit in Washington, D.C. Thousands of CUFI attendees will gather inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to hear from speakers such as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
In this post we will describe the preparations by leading anti-Israel groups to protest outside the venue, and cause a disruption inside the venue, as laid out at a planning meeting recently held in Maryland.
Target - CUFI
1. Why Target CUFI?
1. Why Target CUFI?
Groups - CUFI - Whale - Sorts - Membership
For anti-Israel groups, CUFI has become a white whale of sorts; with its ever-burgeoning membership and its popularity among America’s sizable Evangelical community, CUFI is a problem for those who seek to turn American Christians away from Israel.
This explains why a handful of the most aggressive anti-Israel groups, including (the inappropriately named) Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), have been planning a joint protest of CUFI’s upcoming convention. [See discussion of each group later in this post.] They’re calling it, “Rise Against Racism: Counter CUFI!”
Protest - Venue - Conference - Attracts - Israeli-haters
It this were just a protest outside the venue, it would not be unusual. Almost every major pro-Israel conference attracts fringe Israeli-haters like Code Pink and various Hezbollah supporters.
Based on our investigation, however, it appears that the anti-CUFI demonstrators are planning to take the protest inside the venue, and thereby to disrupt the summit. These plans were discussed by organizers at a June 22 planning meeting, which was promoted by the Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF).
TOLEF - C - Church - First - Congregational
TOLEF is a 501(c)3, founded by a Connecticut-based church called The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. TOLEF claims to “provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences and educational...
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