September 7th, 2006 by Jenn Harmless

Hey everybody!  ICAP is having the fall call out this Friday at 6 pm!  This will be held at Purdue’s Hillel, which is across from Lily.  We are having free pizza, free hookah, discussion of upcoming events, and we will watch some very short videos dealing with the current situation. 

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact me at harmless@gmail.com or jharmles@purdue.edu.  Also if you plan to come and you want to recommend a pizza topping please let me know! (Because it is at Hillel it has to be vegetarian though, sorry!) 

By the way, if you can’t make the callout, but are looking for a group to discuss politics with, let us know anyway!

Also all backgrounds and religions are welcome, in our group there is no need to be Jewish to support Israel. 

Tsuriel Raphael Presentation

February 8th, 2006 by John Meuser

Raphael and ICaPOn February 6th, Israel Council at Purdue, Purdue Objectivists Club, and The Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest presented Israel: A Political Update by Tsuriel Raphael. It was well attended with over 40 students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community. The talk lasted for about 35 minutes with 30 minutes of discussion. Subjects included the peace process, the Iranian nuclear threat, the recent Palestinian elections, and the upcoming Israeli elections.
Pictured here is Mr. Raphael and some members of ICaP. Below is a link to an audio file of the entire talk. It was recorded with a hand held digital audio recorder, so the quality isn’t great, but is comprehendible.

Full Audio

Israel: A Political Update

February 1st, 2006 by Jenn Harmless

On Monday February 6th at 7 pm the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, Israel Council at Purdue, and the Purdue Objectivists Club are sponsering an event by the Director of the Israel Information Center in Jerusalem, Tsuriel Raphael. The talk will be in Forney room G124.

Raphael’s posts in the Foreign Ministry have included: Autumn 1983: Member of Israel’s delegation to the 38th General Assembly of the United Nations; 1984-87: First Secretary for Information at the Embassy of Israel, Washington, D.C.; 1987-90: Chief Writer/Advisor for Information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 1990-93: Deputy Consul-General of Israel, Los Angeles; 1993-95: Deputy Consul-General of Israel, New York; 1995-98 : Counselor (Congressional Desk) as the North America Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 1998-2002: Deputy Chief of Mission/Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Israel, Madrid

Iran Defends anti-Holocaust Conference

February 1st, 2006 by Jenn Harmless
Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 24, 2006

Iran Tuesday defended its plan to organize a conference to examine what it terms the scientific evidence for the Holocaust, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi also castigated British Prime Minister Tony Blair for criticizing the event, saying the time has come for Western leaders to hear comments not to their liking.”For over half a century, those who seek to prove the Holocaust have used every podium to defend their position. Now they should listen to others,” IRNA quoted Asefi as saying Tuesday.

The planned conference is yet another step in hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s public campaign against Israel.

Ahmadinejad already had called the Nazis’ World War II slaughter of 6 million European Jews a “myth” and said the Jewish state should be “wiped off the map.”

If the Holocaust did happen, Ahmadinejad said Israel should be moved to Germany or North America, rather than punishing the Palestinians, who lost their land in the name of what he said were crimes committed by Europeans.

The call prompted strong condemnation from Western leaders. Blair has reportedly branded the planned conference “shocking” and “ridiculous.”

IRNA quoted Asefi as saying: “People of the world should hear all opinions and choose the best. Such comments are an insult to the wisdom of the people around the world.”

“Unfortunately, blind prejudice together with political interests and aims have closed the eyes of the Holocaust defenders to the realities of the world, and they reject without any logic a scientific conference,” Asefi was quoted as saying.

On Monday, a small round-table discussion hosted by a private news agency and a pro-Palestinian non-governmental organization in Tehran examined whether the Holocaust was a lie or an exaggeration. It was attended mostly by university students.

Political science professor, Ahmad Bakhshayesh, called the Holocaust a lie used by Zionists to justify the creation of Israel.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry, which was expected to sponsor the conference, has yet to fix a date or place. It was not clear who might attend.

Callout Meeting

January 17th, 2006 by Jenn Harmless

IC@P will be hosting a call out meeting on Friday January 27th at 6 pm at Hillel!

Also on February 6th IC@P and the Consulate General to the Midwest plan to bring Tsuriel Raphael, Director of the Israel Information Center in Jerusalem to campus. Look for more information as we make the arrangements.

Nuclear Iran

January 17th, 2006 by Jenn Harmless

From the Jerusalem Post, by Herb Keinon:

Israel cannot let Iran obtain nuclear weapons, Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday, spearheading stepped up Israeli diplomatic efforts to help keep the Bomb out of Teheran’s hands.

Olmert, in his first public comments on diplomatic issues since filling in for ailing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said that Israel could not under any circumstances “allow anyone with these kinds of malicious designs against us, have control of weapons of destruction that can threaten our existence.” His comments came at a press conference after meeting President Moshe Katsav.

“Israel can not reconcile itself with a situation where there is a threat to us, just as in my opinion both European countries and the US can’t reconcile themselves to it,” Olmert said. He added that Israel has acted, and will continue to act, in cooperation with the US and Europe.

“I think there is a way to ensure that non-conventional weapons will not be found in irresponsible hands that could endanger world peace,” he said.

Olmert’s comments came on the same day that a high-level Israeli delegation went to Russia to appraise the Kremlin of how Israel views the situation. US, European and Israel diplomatic efforts are presently geared at getting Russia and China to support sanctions against Iran at the UN Security Council.


February 24th, 2005 by Jenn Harmless

Israel Council at Purdue is proud to host, with special support from the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, and with thanks to the Jacob Burns Endowment in Ethics Grant:

“The Ethics of the Middle East Conflict”

Sunday April 3rd

Purdue University, Matthews Hall, Room 210
1:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Register Here


1:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
2:00 Session 1 Prof. Ilai Alon “Negotiations in Arabic-Speaking Islam”
Dr. Ilai Alon is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and winner of a two-year post doctoral scholarship at Oxford University. He is distinguished Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University and currently visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. Professor Alon continues to be the Negotiations Adviser to the Prime Minister.
3:00 Questions/Comments and break
3:15 Session 2 Prof. Amos Guiora “Legal Aspects of Counter-Terrorism”
Lt. Col. Guiora served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces Judge Advocate General Corps, where he held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law, Judge Advocate for the Navy and Home Front Command, and Legal Advisory to the Gaza Strip. He had command responsibility for the development of an interactive software program that teaches soldiers and commanders a code of conduct based on International Law, Israeli Law, and the IDF code.
4:15 Questions/Comments and break with Kosher style refreshments
5:15 Session 3 Carl Schrag “Prospects for Peace: Can Abbas and Sharon Make a Deal?”
Carl Schrag is the former Editor of The Jerusalem Post, and in his award-winning career as a reporter and editor, he has chronicled political and social developments in Israel. His current writing focuses on the changing paradigm of Israel-Diaspora relations, and he is an expert on media coverage of the Middle East conflict.
6:15 Panel Discussion “The Future Necessity of Israel”
At this point we will also have the speakers discuss the more complex issues and questions from the audience.
7:00 Closing Remarks

If you plan to attend please register here so that we can get an idea how many people to expect.

The Road to Jenin

November 30th, 2004 by John Meuser

Israel Council at Purdue are presenting a showing of “The Road to Jenin”Boy with Gun by Pierre Rehov. This film presents the true story of the so-called Jenin “massacre” of April 2002.

For more information feel free to vist the following links:


Emperor’s Clothes


ICaP will show the 52 minute movie at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 1st in WTHR 104. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Something to Agree On

October 4th, 2004 by John Meuser

Israel Council at Purdue and Purdue Hillel Present:

Hookah in the Sukkah

Tuesday October 5th
6 – 9:00 pm
in front of Hillel
(912 West State St, across from Lily)


Must be 18 for the Hookahs, please bring proof of age.

Happy 56th Birthday Israel

April 26th, 2004 by John Meuser

April 26th and 27th from 11 AM to 3 PM, ICaP members will be on the Memorial Mall giving out brithday cake and information sheets to celebrate the 56th anniversary of Israel’s statehood.

For more information, visit the following websites:

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs