NEW YORK (Apr. 3)
The national president of Hadassah, Ruth Popkin, issued a call Thursday to all Jewish leaders and organizations, as well as to non-Jewish friends of Israel, to promote tourism to Israel by their groups and by personal example. Popkin, who will be attending meetings in Jerusalem this summer together with other officers of Hadassah, said it was important not to permit travel and tourism to Israel to become the latest hostage of terrorism.
“If we allow our travel plans to be dictated by terrorists, we hand them a victory and penalize Israel and other democratic countries they have targeted,” she said.
Stressing the strict security precautions enforced by the Israeli authorities as well as all those involved in caring for visitors. Popkin said the best response to the terrorists is to heighten vigilance and help make this a banner year for tourism to Israel.
To this end, Hadassah will call on all its members to make it part of their plans to visit Israel with their families and friends and thus express their solidarity with Israel and their support for her people and her economy.