The San Remo Resolution: A Powerful Israel Advocacy Tool
Submitted by: Talia Category: Engaging in Our Community
The Big Idea
The San Remo Resolution: A Powerful Israel Advocacy Tool for Uniting Jews of Disparate Partisan Persuasions
What if the Jews of Los Angeles were introduced to a fresh, new, and exciting fact about Israel's history that propelled them to unite passionately in defense of Israel? Better yet, what if Jews of varying political persuasions, from every part of the political spectrum, banded together to inform other Jews and Christians about this fact? This is precisely what has already begun to happen, as Jews and Christians throughout Los Angeles become informed about the San Remo resolution, an obscure legal document, still binding under international law, that in 1920 vested sovereign control of Jerusalem and its Old City to Jews all over the world. When both Jews and Christians learn about San Remo and its legal significance on the question of Jerusalem, they express an exhilarated interest and curiosity about the subject. Why? Because this legal document refutes the false accusations that Jews illegally occupy East Jerusalem and that Israel's conception, birth and general existence violate international law. Indeed, when Jews first learn about the San Remo resolution, their partisan differences are momentarily lifted and their focus shifts to this fresh, new and powerful tool for defending Israel against her detractors.
The project, under the supervision of an internationally renowned and well-respected legal scholar versed in this topic, would produce a series of free educational workshops throughout Los Angeles County, presented in synagogues, churches, schools and other institutions, in which the history, provisions and legal significance of the San Remo resolution would be discussed. A part of the workshop would focus on training the attendees to explain the legal significance of the San Remo resolution in simple, layman's terms. The project's promotional campaigns would seek to draw in Jews and Christians from every part of the political spectrum to the workshops, in view of galvanizing and uniting them to advocate for Israel together. The impact of such a workshop would be to have Jews and Christians of every political persuasion begin building bridges of unity and solidarity by defending Israel from a fresh, new angle.
This Is A Great Idea Because
The San Remo resolution, as an advocacy tool in defense of Israel, is virtually unknown among Israel supporters. It has been obscured for years, yet is still as legally significant today as it was when first drafted by the Principal Allied Powers of World War I in 1920. The document was ratified unanimously by 51 countries from the League of Nations and enshrined in the Treaty of Sevres. It is a new and innovative advocacy tool, previous unknown to the Jews of L.A, that would unite and engage them in a very powerful way.