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ONE JERUSALEM AND COORDINATING COUNCIL ON JERUSALEM UNITE TO KEEP A UNIFIED JEWISH JERUSALEM
NEW YORK, NY (January 7, 2008) In furtherance of its mandate to keep Jerusalem unified, intact, secure and Jewish, The Coordinating Council on Jerusalem (CCJ, www.ccjer.org ) has announced an important alliance with One Jerusalem (www.onejerusalem.org ). Their alliance furthers cross-border coordination and leverage among major Jewish leadership and grassroots in the effort to prevent any division of Jerusalem.
“This alliance is an obvious and important step in World Jewry’s effort to keep a united Jerusalem,” said Jeff Ballabon, who is directing CCJ’s strategy. “One Jerusalem is the established leader on the issue and CCJ’s partnership with them unifies the two largest and most powerful Jewish communities in the world, Israel’s and America’s. We are proud to work together with Natan Sharansky and the visionaries of One Jerusalem.”
Chaired by former refusenik and Knesset member Natan Sharansky, One Jerusalem’s mission is to “maintain a united Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.” One Jerusalem, with over 80,000 members, is best known for its powerful grass-roots efforts and mass events in Israel since its inception in 2001. The Coordinating Council on Jerusalem was founded by members of leading American Jewish organizations this past October as a response to renewed discussion of dividing Jerusalem in connection with the recent Annapolis Conference. CCJ has become known for effective political strategies and Internet advocacy.
Allen Roth, President of One Jerusalem said, “We’ve been at the forefront of the battle to maintain a united and free Jerusalem since Barak put Jerusalem on the bargaining table. Jerusalem is the capital city of all Jews and CCJ has in a very short time made significant impact in driving that message home in the U.S. at the highest levels that this is an issue uniting us wherever we live.”
The strategic partnership expands each organization’s access to key contacts in the US and Israeli government. It also combines the efforts of large grass-roots and media campaigns in both countries. One Jerusalem and the Coordinating Council on Jerusalem are known as non-denominational and represent Jews from around the world.