Iron Dome missile defense system
After Hamas terrorists in Gaza launched over 4,300 rockets into Israeli airspace, Israel’s Iron Dome batteries were nearly depleted.
President Biden committed to helping Israel replenish Iron Dome, and in September 2021, the House voted overwhelmingly to approve $1 billion in new funding to follow through on the president’s promise.
Read background information we’ve compiled on why funding this purely defensive system is so critical for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Ensuring Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon
President Biden has made clear that Iran must never obtain a nuclear weapon. Iran has rejected diplomatic overtures and continues to escalate its nuclear program in dangerous ways that threaten American interests.
Before President Trump’s unwise decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA), Iran was already in violation of the terms of the agreement. Currently, Iran is refusing to even return to the JCPOA let alone agree to the longer, broader, and stronger limits the Biden administration has said are necessary.
Be sure to sign our petition if you agree with President Biden that Iran must not obtain a nuclear weapon.
Opposing The “Two-State Solution Act”
Democratic Majority for Israel strongly supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has opposed both new settlements, and annexation.
But the one-sided Two-State Solution Act seems less about actually achieving a two-state solution and more about rewriting history — both ancient and modern — and stirring up anti-Israel hostility. The bill wrongly blames Israel alone for the failure to achieve a two-state solution. The reality is that Israel has offered Palestinians — and Palestinian leaders have refused — a state of their own on several occasions.
Following from this misattribution of responsibility, the Two-State Solution Act makes a number of demands of Israel and calls for restrictions on U.S. support for Israel, but it makes zero demands of the Palestinians. This legislation is counterproductive, one-sided, and bad policy.
Importance of U.S. Aid to Israel
In 2016, the U.S. codified its commitment to provide aid to Israel in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) negotiated and signed by the Obama-Biden Administration. Every Democratic Member of the House of Representatives voted to make the terms of this MOU law.
An aid cutoff makes full scale war more likely, putting Israeli and Palestinian lives in danger. Supporting any effort to cut aid to Israel walks away from solemn commitments made by then-Vice President Biden and Congressional Democrats.
IHRA Definition of Antisemitism
Democratic Majority for Israel applauds the Biden Administration for adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism.
While it is not, nor does it seek to be legally binding, the Working Definition helps provide clarity in determining whether particular acts or words are antisemitic, including anti-Zionist antisemitism. The United States joins more than 30 countries around the world in adopting the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, including close allies such as the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Canada, South Korea, and Israel and the UAE.
Opposing Rep. Betty McCollum’s anti-Israel Bill
In April 2021, Rep. Betty McCollum introduced H.R. 2590, another in a series of factually inaccurate and one-sided anti-Israel bills she has introduced in Congress.
This bill is not only ill informed, but also dangerous, putting civilian lives at risk and stirring up anti-Israel sentiment.
The For The People Act
Following the 2020 election, state legislatures around the country passed or proposed voter suppression laws that make it harder to vote, disproportionately disenfranchising voters of color.
We believe voting rights must be strengthened and that voters should pick their representatives, not the other way around.
Congress can accomplish these goals by passing the For The People Act. Read more from the Brennan Center about this vital legislation here and sign our petition urging Congress to pass the For the People Act now.
Criminal Justice Reform
We believe criminal justice reform is vital for our country.
While the U.S. population constitutes less than 5 percent of the world’s population, our incarcerated population makes up 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. This leads to a cycle of poverty, crime, and police brutality that disproportionately affects Black and brown people.
Congress has a part to play in reducing prison populations, reimagining our country’s punitive practices, and reinvigorating police reform. Read about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.
The Equality Act
No one should be fired, kicked out of their home, or denied services based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet, in the United States, no federal law exists to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people, and many states have failed to enact such protections.
The Equality Act would amend our current civil rights laws to include LGBTQ+ people by federally banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
It’s long past time for Congress to pass this important legislation so LGBTQ+ people can achieve true equality. Read more from the Human Rights Campaign here and send a letter to your senators urging them to pass the Equality Act!