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avatar Lee S. Bender and Jerome R. Verlin
Lee S. Bender is an attorney and co-President of ZOA-Greater Philadelphia District, and board member of Israel Advocacy Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Jerome R. Verlin is a software developer, a VP of ZOA-GPD, and a past president of the fraternal order Brith Sholom.

ARTICLES BY: Lee S. Bender and Jerome R. Verlin

September 11, 2016 2:23 pm

We Never Left: The Jews’ Continuous Presence in the Land of Israel

Early in his first term, President Obama told the whole world in his speech from Cairo: “It is easy to point fingers -- for Palestinians to point...

August 12, 2014 7:35 am

The Media’s Anti-Israel Bias is Beyond All Shame

Illustrative of the Western media's anti-Israel bias, the Philadelphia Inquirer (our sole hometown daily broadsheet), ran ten photos last week depicting attacks and damage in...

July 30, 2014 11:30 am

22 Reasons for Hamas to Thank the Media

Hamas -which started an offensive war with Israel, rejected ceasefires, deliberately committed war crimes by hiding its weapons and fighters behind human shields, and fired...

July 7, 2014 11:58 am

Israel’s Supporters Must Stop Using These 13 Phrases

Mainstream Western media coverage of Israel is laced with expressions intentionally crafted to delegitimize the Jewish State. The good news is that these terms weren't...

June 26, 2014 10:15 am

Four Facts That Everyone Should Know About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Most Westerners, including many Jews, are unaware of four fundamental facts about the Jewish homeland of Israel that would greatly increase their support for the Jewish...

April 14, 2014 5:56 am

Why the Left Doesn’t Understand the Arab War Against Israel

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz likes to say that if you are for civil rights, women's rights, gay rights, minority rights, basic freedoms of speech,...

March 7, 2014 11:49 am

Mort Klein’s Continued Leadership is Vital to Keep ZOA Strong and Effective

On Sunday, March 9, the Zionist Organization of America will convene its national convention in Philadelphia to elect its new officers in a contested election....

February 26, 2014 8:05 am

Forgotten Even By Us: Judaism’s Historic Ties to Israel

With Palestinian Arabs claiming Canaanite descent, the Jewish people must make their case for their historical ties to the land of Israel. The biblical era,...

February 18, 2014 5:28 pm

Palestinian Arabs – The People Who Always Refuse a State

There are many peoples on this planet that would do anything for their independence, sovereignty, and a state of their own if it was offered...

January 24, 2014 2:11 am

The ‘Homeland’ is the Homeland History Exhibit’s Rightful Home

The group of 22 Arab states that persuaded UNESCO to cancel a Simon Wiesenthal Center exhibit on the Jewish people's 3,500-year homeland connection awakened far more...

January 23, 2014 1:51 am

How to Fight Back When the Media Blames “ŽIsrael for Destroying Peace Talks

As the indefatigable John Kerry plods on, ignoring the huge unbridgeable gulf between the Israeli and Palestinians' peace terms positions, Israel's advocates must make clear to...

December 24, 2013 1:35 am

Media’s Lexicon Poisons Public Perceptions of Israel

Vice President Biden voiced an under-appreciated truth this month in telling a Jewish group that the Jewish people face the most concentrated international effort he...


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...

Training for War in Gaza as Hamas Lurks in Tunnels and Towers - Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained and...

Israeli Attractions: Givat Sher, the Judean Lowhills - In the town of Modi’in, which is situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, lies Givat Sher (“The hill of...


European Powers Propose New Iran Sanctions to Meet Trump Ultimatum

Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington...


Israel Ranks 11th in UN ‘World Happiness Report’ - Israel just missed out on a place in the top 10 happiest countries in the world, placing 11th in the latest world happiness index. “The World Happiness Report 2018,” compiled by the United Nations Sustainable...

Middle East

Abbas Meets With Released Prisoner Who Was Accomplice in Murder of Israeli - In the presidential office in Ramallah on March 14, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Rajaei Haddad, a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem released from prison after serving a...