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The "Stand With Us" situation room at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya during operation 'Cast Lead'. The poster in the background depicts children in Gaza as potential terrorists. According to UNICEF some 431 children were killed and 1,872 wounded during the Israeli assault. [1]

StandWithUs is a pro-Israel advocacy organisation.

StandWithUs was founded in Los Angeles in 2001 by Roz Rothstein, her husband Jerry Rothstein and Esther Renzer.[2]

The StandWithUs website describes its role as follows:

StandWithUs is an international education organization that ensures that Israel's side of the story is told in communities, campuses, libraries, the media and churches through brochures, speakers, conferences, missions to Israel, and thousands of pages of Internet resources.[3]

The Middle East Times claimed in March 2009 that StandWithUs had been established by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.[4]

StandWithUs is a sponsor of HelpUsWin.org, a pro-Israel social networking campaign launched at the IDC Herzliya during the Israeli offensive in Gaza in January 2009.[5][6]

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Creative Community for Peace

StandWithUs is behind the group Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) which works to counter the cultural boycott of Israel in Hollywood and beyond. SWU has channeled donations to CCFP, shares an office with it, registered its name (along with 'Israel Emergency Network' or 'Israel Emergency Alliance') and website and has a closely overlapping board. While SWU is outspokenly pro-Israel, CCFP claims it is non-political and seeking only to stop restrictions on the exchange of music and the arts.[7]

CCFP is a 501(c)3 organization that does business under the name Israel Emergency Alliance[8], aka StandWithUs.

After a number of high profile celebrities expressed public criticism of Israel and/or sympathy for Gaza during 'Operation Protective Edge' (Jul-Aug 2014), Creative Community for Peace published a statement signed by nearly 200 entertainment industry workers condemning Hamas for its '[ideology] of hatred and genocide, its rocket attacks on Israel and for holding Gazans 'hostage':

Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.[9]

Signatories included Kelsey Grammer, Haim Saban, Ziggy Marley, Seth Rogen, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On 13 September 2014 CCFP published the statement, along with a list of signatories, as a full page ad on p. A7 of the New York Times.[10] The statement was also reportedly published in Billboard, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood.[11]

CCFP's website at this time included a special thank you message to the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles for a 'Cutting Edge' grant 'that is allowing us to expand our work'.

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Notes

  1. UNICEF News note, 'Situation of children in Gaza remains precarious 100 days after end of conflict', 28 April 2009
  2. Michael C. Duke, Nine years and growing: StandWithUs building network to stand up for Israel and democracy, Jewish Herald-Voice, 27 May 2010.
  3. About, standwithus.com, accessed 18 June 2009.
  4. Mel Frykberg, Israel Launches New 'Soft War', Middle East Times, 11 March 2009.
  5. Help Us Win, accessed 18 June 2009.
  6. Jessica Freiman, IDC students work to win media war, Jerusalem Post, 4 January 2009.
  7. Phan Nguyen, '"Apolitical" arts organization combatting BDS is front for pro-settler group tied to Israeli foreign ministry', Mondoweiss, 24 October 2013, accessed 9 September 2014
  8. 'Support Us', CreativeCommunityforPeace.com (accessed 14 September, 2014)
  9. 'Statement from Creative Community for Peace and Friends', Creative Community for Peace; links in original. Cf. 'Nearly 200 Hollywood stars sign petition supporting Israel', The Tower (25 August, 2014).
  10. Zach Noble, 'Think Hollywood Is Anti-Israel? Page A7 of Saturday’s New York Times Might Make You Reconsider', The Blaze (13 September, 2014),
  11. 'Pro-Israel Ad Signed by 300 Hollywood Professionals and Celebrities Appears in The New York Times', The Tower (14 September, 2014).
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